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  • Yup, now the iPhone 7 is exploding

    09/29/2016 2:43:12 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 36 replies
    Boy Genius Report ^ | Sep 29, 2016 | Zach Epstein
    The worlds leading smartphone makers just cant stop copying each other. While the company has certainly improved its image over the past few years, Samsung is likely most famous for being an Apple copycat. After all, the company was sued repeatedly by Apple for stealing its technology and designs. And as we all learned, things got so crazy at one point that Samsung even created a 132-page internal document to help its engineers copy the iPhone pixel by pixel. Of course, Apple is hardly innocent in all this. The iPhone maker has aped plenty of features from Android in recent...
  • Clueless iPhone 7 owners destroy new handsets after... DRILLING their own headphone jack (trunc)

    09/24/2016 8:56:21 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 46 replies
    Clueless iPhone 7 owners have been destroying their new 600-handsets after watching a prank video advising them to drill a hole for their headphones. Apple's slick new phone comes without a headphone jack, unlike any of its predecessors, as the tech giant encourages its customers to invest in wireless ear pieces. The cruel but funny tutorial instructs iPhone uses to clamp their precious new mobiles in place before creating their own jack with a 3.5mm drill.
  • Son of China's Richest Man Buys Eight iPhone 7s for His Dog

    09/23/2016 11:31:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, September 21, 2016
    The 28-year-old only son of Chinas richest man, Wang Jianlin who is worth 23 billion, has just set the internet on fire after he bought his dog, Coco an Alaskan Malamute, eight iPhone 7 handsets. According to a Dailymail, pictures emerged on Chinas social media showing the lucky canine posing next to a stack of eight boxes believed to contain a 800 phone in each which its eccentric owner, Wang Sicong, who was educated at Winchester College in UK bought for her. The new photos were uploaded by Wang Sicong who is already worth 430 million to the dogs...
  • That iPhone 7 Hissing Sound Is Probably Nothing to Worry About

    09/20/2016 9:52:46 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 23 replies ^ | Sep 19 2016 | Alyssa Newcomb
    Some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users have reported their new smartphones have had quite the hissy fit making a noise that sounds like a snake hissing in the grass.
  • 'iPhone 7 better come with a Find My Headphones app': Apple backlash begins after [tr]

    09/08/2016 5:58:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 8, 2016 | Shivali Best
    After months of anticipation, Apple has finally revealed the iPhone 7 which has controversially dumped the headphone socket. Instead, users can plug into a Lighting port or can opt to use wireless 'AirPod' headphones that cost 159 in the UK and $159 in the US. Reaction to the change has been mixed, with many people taking to Twitter to mock the price of the AirPods and how easy they could be to lose.
  • Samsung's Galaxy Note7 is the best smartphone on the planet, period

    08/23/2016 1:18:39 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 54 replies
    Mashable ^ | August 16th, 2016 | Raymond Wong
    iPhone fans are not going to like hearing this, but Samsung's Galaxy Note7 (yes, there's no space) is the best smartphone money can buy right now. I don't make that statement lightly. I've been a devout iPhone user who has owned four iPhones as his main everyday-carry phone for the last six years. Against all odds, Samsung has made the most impressive smartphone ever created.
  • iPhone Does Not Capitalize "trump"- Try It!

    08/10/2016 7:46:47 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 68 replies
    08-10-2016 | self
    This morning I was texting a friend and I went to type "trump" and Siri did not offer to capitalize it for me. I find that interesting. It is funny to see what the liberals at apple find necessary to capitalize. I usually switch their suggestions off.
  • Abbotsford woman recovers smartphone after 2,500-foot drop

    08/08/2016 11:27:07 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    AbbyNews ^ | August 3, 2016 | by Kelvin Gawley - Abbotsford News
    Jeannine Buck took this selfie, using her iPhone moments before she accidentally dropped it out the window.— image credit: Submitted Almost everyone knows that sinking feeling when their beloved smartphone slips from their grasp and falls victim to the laws of gravity. The seconds between falling, hitting the ground and picking the phone up again to assess the damage can seem like an eternity.For one Abbotsford woman, that ordeal took over three hours after she dropped her phone 2,500 feet from the small Cessna 1-40 feet she was riding in on Monday night.One minute Jeannine Buck was taking pictures of...
  • Black Hat 2016: Apple iPhone Updates Drub Android Counterparts

    08/05/2016 12:10:06 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    investors' Business Daily ^ | August 3, 2016 | By ALLISON GATLIN
    The latest Black Hat security conference is underway in Las Vegas. (AP)" LAS VEGAS -- Apple (AAPL) iPhones are drubbing their Android counterparts on the mobile security front, say Atredis Partners founders Shawn Moyer and Josh Thomas. But Apple's dominance isn't necessarily tied to a more potent security posture."Not that many (Android users) are on the newest release of the OS (operating system)," Thomas said. "It's like Windows 95 out in the wild. ... People are saying Apple is winning security. This is one reason why."The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant is better at pushing updates, Thomas and Moyer told a...
  • Samsung beat Apple in smartphone shipments amid positive results

    07/28/2016 4:42:17 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 50 replies
    The Hindu ^ | July 28, 2016
    Riding on the strong sales of its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones, Samsung Electronics on Thursday declared 8.14 trillion won ($7billion) year on-year operating profit - 18 per cent- in the second quarter results. .... Samsungs second-quarter smartphone shipments are estimated at about 72 million units, almost doubling Apples iPhone shipments of 40.4 million units during the same period.
  • Apple celebrates sale of one billion iPhones

    07/27/2016 8:59:00 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | July 27, 2016
    At an employee meeting in Cupertino today, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company had recently sold the billionth iPhone. “iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day,” said Cook. “Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank...
  • Fun-Hating Socialist Magazine Jacobin Says PokemonGo Must Be Destroyed

    07/16/2016 9:55:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Reason ^ | July 14, 2016 | Robby Soave
    Marxists of the 21st century (not an oxymoron; they exist) have identified a new threat to the glorious proletariat revolution: PokemonGo. Of course, this is par for the course. The Soviet Union banned The Lord of the Rings. Leftist hero (and murderous thug) Che Guevara worked to suppress Jazz music in communist Cuba. The People's Republic of China censored Back to the Future because the regime thought that time travel undermined law and order. And on and on. Now Marxist sympathizers at the socialist magazine Jacobin think the new Pokemon-themed iPhone appwhich is currently being enjoyed by millions of people...
  • Biased news feeds on my iPhone search screen.

    07/15/2016 1:27:44 PM PDT · by VinceASA · 38 replies
    Myself | 07/15/2016 | Myself
    I've been frustrated by biased news feeds that show up unsolicited on my iPhone when I access my search bar or sometimes when I wake the device up. I just looked and saw this: Does anyone know how to shut this off? What really ticks me off is that Apple is pushing this stuff out.
  • Feinstein encryption bill, opposed by Silicon Valley, likely dead

    07/14/2016 7:18:20 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | July 13, 2016 | BY SEAN COCKERHAM
    Seven months after 14 people died in the San Bernardino terror attack, the push by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein to give law enforcement access to encrypted cellphone data has fizzled. A draft bill by Feinstein and Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, was panned by technology companies and never introduced, while a new report from the House Homeland Security Committee declares that the proposal and others floated in Congress provide little guarantee of successfully addressing the issue. Susan Hennessey, a former National Security Agency lawyer and now a cybersecurity expert at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, said Feinsteins proposal...
  • Which Apple Components Were Developed By The US Government (And why the NSA wants Apple to help)

    09/11/2013 8:39:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/11/2013 | Tyler Durden
    While the investing community this morning is focused squarely on the very disappointing iPhone 5 relaunch and the lack of a cemented China Mobile deal, which has resulted in a $20 billion loss in market cap in early trading for the second most widely held hedge fund stock, a thing that we find more curious in the aftermath of the latest revalations of an implicit, if not explicitly voluntary, joint venture between Apple and the US government and specifically its NSA uberspies, is just how much of Apple's product suite is derived thanks to developments by the US government....

    06/29/2016 10:29:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies ^ | June 29, 2016 | By Graham Cluley
    Apple started selling the Apple iPhone nine years ago today. Here is what Apple's press release had to say: iPhone introduces an entirely new user interface based on a revolutionary multi-touch display and pioneering new software that allows users to control iPhone with just a tap, flick or pinch of their fingers. iPhone combines three products into one small and lightweight handheld device - a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod, and the Internet in your pocket with best-ever applications on a mobile phone for email, web browsing and maps. iPhone ushers in an era of software power and sophistication...
  • Paul Ryan Just BETRAYED Trump After Teaming Up With THIS Liberal!

    06/21/2016 1:43:50 PM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 20 replies
    Headline Politics ^ | 6-21-16 | Wayne Dupree
    If youre wondering why Donald Trump is so popular Republicans are sick of electing good conservatives, only to watch them cave to the bullying tactics of those so very tolerant and nice liberals. One by one, elected Republicans compromise away their principles to sit at the cool kid table. Paul Ryan used to be pretty cool. Speaker Paul Ryan is joining Apples Tim Cook for a fundraiser next week in California. A couple of days ago Cook said Apple will not be sending any money to the GOP convention because they do not agree with Donald Trump. Im sure that...
  • Apple iOS 10 Has Three Nasty Surprises

    06/16/2016 6:25:33 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 48 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | Jun 15, 2016 | Gordon Kelly
    1. Missing Dark Mode As with Android, for years a dark mode has been high on the list of iOS requests and yet again Apple didnt deliver it. 2. Goodbye Easy Access Widgets One of the larger changes made in iOS 10 is Apples decision to add widget support to its lockscreen and even some app icons for 3D Touch enabled devices (read: iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus). But what Apple didnt touch on at the time was it has also removed them from the notification center. 3. Basic Keyboard Omissions Apple made some solid progress with the...
  • Pelosi tells Apple, you didnt build the iPhone. The government did

    06/10/2016 3:36:42 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/10/16 | Robert Laurie
    You didn't build that, someone else did. There arent too many devices that you can look at and instantly get that they led to near-instantaneous changes in the way the world functions and behaves. Radios and TVs certainly did, as did the affordable automobile. We can toss in the microwave oven, the X-ray camera, and the personal computer as well. Most recently, the honor would have to go to the cell phone and, in particular, the iPhone. Apples baby is widely regarded as the most ubiquitous, and most forward-thinking, of the now borderline-essential cellular handsets. For better or worse, its...
  • Pelosi Claims Government Created the iPhone, Not Steve Jobs or Apple

    06/09/2016 9:56:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 70 replies
    Pelosi Claims Government Created the iPhone, Not Steve Jobs or Apple Aaron Kliegman BY: June 9, 2016 10:45 am House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) claimed Thursday that the federal government created the iPhone rather than the technology company Apple or its former chief executive officer, Steve Jobs. Anybody here have a smartphone? Pelosi asked an audience at a Democratic National Convention Platform hearing in Washington, D.C. Pelosi then held up an iPhone for everyone to see, telling those in the room, In this smartphone, almost everything came from federal investments in research. She then listed elements of the...
  • Appeals Court Delivers Devastating Blow to Cellphone-Privacy Advocates

    05/31/2016 4:12:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    The Intercept ^ | May 31, 2016 | By Jenna McLaughlin
    COURTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY are grappling with a key question for the information age: When law enforcement asks a company for cellphone records to track location data in an investigation, is that a search under the Fourth Amendment? By a 12-3 vote, appellate court judges in Richmond, Virginia on Monday ruled that it is not — and therefore does not require a warrant.The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld what is known as the third-party doctrine: a legal theory suggesting that consumers who knowingly and willingly surrender information to third parties therefore have “no reasonable expectation of privacy” in that information...
  • In run-up to iPhone 7, Nikkei reports Apple moving to 3-year major iPhone refresh cycle

    05/31/2016 10:16:42 AM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 11 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | 2016-05-31 | Ben Lovejoy
    Apple will likely take three years between full-model changes of its iPhone devices, a year longer than the current cycle. In a typical two-year term, fall 2016 was supposed to see a major upgrade. But the changes on the model to be launched this autumn will be minor, such as improved camera quality... These include a KGI report last month stating that the design would be largely unchanged and that it would not have many attractive selling points.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook saw an iPhone in a nearly 350-year-old painting

    05/25/2016 10:22:43 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 35 replies
    CNBC Tech Transformers ^ | May 25, 2016 | By Arjun Kharpal
    Apple's Tim Cook saw an iPhone in 350-year-old paintingThe Apple chief executive joked saying he thought he knew when and where the iPhone was invented. Apparently the iPhone was invented nearly 350 years ago, according to Apple boss Tim Cook's interpretation of a painting. During a chat at the Start-up Fest event in Amsterdam on Tuesday, Cook spoke to former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes about topics ranging from health to the future of TV. But the pair shared an anecdote from the night before when Kroes took Cook to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. "Do you happen to know Tim, where and when...
  • IPhone, iPad Owners Must Enter Their Passwords More Often (FLASH video at source)

    05/20/2016 2:37:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 37 replies
    FORTUNE ^ | May 19, 2016 | by Don Reisinger
    Apple has quietly changed a policy that has resulted in iPhone and iPad owners having to more frequently enter passwords to unlock their devices.Users must now enter a passcode anytime the device’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor hasn’t been used in the past eight hours or when the device hasn’t been unlocked with a passcode in the last six days. In such cases, Touch ID is turned off until users enter passcodes.Apple-tracking site Macworld noted the little-noticed change and investigated the reason behind it. It found users who claimed that Apple’s passcode requests had become increasingly frequent.Apple has long required that...
  • Apple to be exempted from 30% sourcing norms by (India) Government Panel

    04/28/2016 12:38:09 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    India Times Economics Tech ^ | 28 April 2016, 9:18 AM IST
    The US-based company has sought approval from the government on setting up single-brand retail stores in the country. A government panel has recommended exempting Apple from mandatory local sourcing norms, a move which would pave the way for Apple to open single-brand retail stores in the country. The company had given a detailed presentation to the committee headed by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Secretary Ramesh Abhishek on April 19, on its products, technology, innovations and camera. "The committee has found that the company's products are cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art. It has recommended to exempt them from...
  • Stanford Law Fellow Vivek Wadhwa weighs in ... Trump ... on how Apple must make iPhones in the U.S.

    05/17/2016 9:55:44 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 17, 2016 | interview with Vivek Wadhwa
    Stanford Law Fellow Vivek Wadhwa weighs in on Donald Trump's rant on how Apple must make iPhones in the U.S. | Watch CNBC Live TV
  • Apple falls anew after iPhone 7 report; loses most valuable crown to Alphabet

    05/12/2016 2:22:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | May 12, 2016: 2:28PM
    “Apple stock tumbled to its lowest level in nearly two years on Thursday, following a report that Asian component suppliers are seeing weak orders related to the upcoming iPhone 7,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “Japanese business publication Nikkei Asian Review reported Thursday that Taiwan-based tech suppliers expect to get significantly fewer orders from Apple in the second half of this year compared with the year-earlier period,” Seitz reports. “They cited the ‘ongoing slump in demand for premium smartphones and a lack of groundbreaking features for the upcoming iPhone 7.'”“Apple shares were down more than 2.5%, near 90,...
  • Apple & SAP Partner to Revolutionize Work on iPhone & iPad

    05/06/2016 10:43:45 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 7 replies
    Apple ^ | 5/5/2016 | CUPERTINO, California and WALLDORF, Germany
    CUPERTINO, California and WALLDORF, Germany May 5, 2016 Apple and SAP today announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes, combining powerful native apps for iPhone and iPad with the cutting-edge capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can easily build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs. This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS...
  • Apple Will Analyze iPhone of Teen Missing at Sea (Video at source)

    05/01/2016 10:55:05 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 29, 2016, 5:18 PM ET | By EMILY SHAPIRO
    Apple will analyze the recovered iPhone that may hold the key to what happened last summer when two Florida teens disappeared on a boating trip, according to an agreement reached by the teens' parents in court today. The recovered iPhone belonged to 14-year-old Austin Stephanos, who went missing while on a boat trip with Perry Cohen, also 14, in July. The Coast Guard led an eight-day search in the Atlantic, covering 50,000 nautical miles. The boys' bodies were never found. But Austin's iPhone was on board when the boys' boat was recovered last month about 100 miles off the coast...
  • FBI paid less than $1M for iPhone hack -- and doesn't know how it works

    04/29/2016 10:57:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    CNet ^ | April 29, 20166:39 AM PDT | by Katie Collins
    Earlier reports suggested the iPhone-unlocking mechanism cost as much as $1.3 million. How much does it cost to hack into an iPhone? Not as much as we thought. The FBI paid less the $1 million to hack into the iPhone 5C of one of the San Bernardino shooters, Reuters reported Friday, a figure lower than some observers had previously estimated. FBI Director James Comey said last week the government had spent more money than he was set to make over the remainder of his tenure running the bureau. This was calculated to be $1.3 million. The software mechanism purchased...
  • Study Casts Doubts on Apples Ethical Standards: Research on 1,261 pay stubs shows that Apples prot

    04/25/2016 3:30:18 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    China Labor Watch ^ | February 24, 2016
    In 2013, China Labor Watch (CLW) began investigating the labor conditions of workers at Pegatron Corporation factories in China making products for Apple... This year, CLW collected 1,261 pay stubs from Pegatron Shanghai workers, 13 times as many as stubs as last year. The documents were gathered with the assistance of 18 Pegatron workers coming from 12 departments... 1) Workers are paid at a rate of 1.82 USD/hour. 2) On average, overtime pay as a percentage of workers gross wages is 42.4%. 3) Workers work more than 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. 83.8% workers monthly overtime hours...
  • Inside Apple's top secret iPhone factory: Tech giant provides a glimpse of huge Chinese plant [tr]

    04/25/2016 6:28:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 25, 2016 | Simon Tomlinson
    Lined up with military precision, hundreds of employees wait to make iPhones at one of the most secretive factories in the Apple production line. Dressed in pink jackets, blue hairnets and plastic slippers, the workers have their ID badges scanned on an iPad by a supervisor at morning roll call. From there, they make their way in single file to the assembly line but not before undergoing facial recognition checks at security turnstiles to clock in. Pegatron Corp employs up to 50,000 people to assemble iPhones at its plant in Shanghai which covers an area the size of 90 football...
  • FBI head suggests agency paid more than $1M to access iPhone (Video at site)

    04/21/2016 4:34:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Yahoo Finance News ^ | April 21, 2016 | Associated Press
    FBI Director James Comey has hinted that the FBI paid more than $1 million to break into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers. WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey hinted at an event in London on Thursday that the FBI paid more than $1 million to break into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers. Comey was asked during a question-and-answer session at an Aspen Security Forum event how much the FBI paid for the method from an unidentified third-party to access the phone. He did not give a precise...
  • Hackers use Congressmans iPhone to demo ability to listen into calls, monitor texts, track location

    04/18/2016 6:31:09 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | April 18, 2016 | By Ben Lovejoy
    CBS correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi, left, with hacker Karsten Nohl Update: Rep. Ted Lieu has now written to the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requesting a formal investigation into the vulnerability. In his letter, the Congressman says that the flaw threatens ‘personal privacy, economic competitiveness and U.S. national security.’ The full text of his letter can be found at the bottom of the piece.Apple may take iOS security so seriously that it’s willing to do battle with the FBI over it, but German hackers have demonstrated that all phones – even iPhones – are susceptible...
  • Gangs, drugs, and guns keep the pressure on Apple

    04/10/2016 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 9, 2016 | By Bruce Brown
    p>Apple’s issues with the Department of Justice and U.S. courts haven’t ended. The FBI was able to crack the San Bernadino, CA terrorist’s iPhone 5c with outside help and subsequently withdrew its legal action. U.S. District Courts in Boston and New York have ongoing investigations with gangs, guns, and drugs and the DoJ wants Apple’s help, as reported by  Yahoo! UK Finance. Court papers were released Friday from a February 1 filing in Boston, during which a judge ordered Apple to unlock a phone seized from an alleged gang member.  This order took place before February 16, when Apple was...
  • FBI wants Apple to unlock New York drug dealer's iPhone in new case

    04/10/2016 1:14:39 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    IBTimes UK ^ | April 9, 2016 12:03 BST 80 | By Joe Gamp
    FBI spills the beans on how it hacked the iPhone to US senators The US Justice Department is looking to file a court order to force Apple to help the FBI unlock an iPhone that was obtained as part of a New York drug dealing case, it has been reported on 9 April. The move follows a recent attempt in March to force the tech giant to crack an iPhone used by a terrorist in the December 2015 attacks in San Bernardino, California. The San Bernardino order was reportedly dropped the US government said the FBI had unlocked the phone...
  • Judge orders Apple to help FBI unlock iPhone in Massachusetts case

    04/10/2016 1:04:45 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Venture Beat Reuters ^ | APRIL 8, 2016 2:12 PM | Reuters
    (Reuters) A U.S. magistrate judge in Boston in February ordered Apple to assist law enforcement officers in examining the iPhone of an alleged gang member, according to a court filing unsealed on Friday. Reasonable technical assistance consists of, to the extent possible, extracting data from the device, copying the data from the device onto an external hard drive or other storage medium and returning the aforementioned storage medium to law enforcement, U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler wrote. Apple has been under pressure in recent months to assist law enforcement agencies in searching its iPhones after the U.S. Justice Department...

    04/09/2016 10:30:04 AM PDT · by GilGil · 136 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/5/2016 | Staff
    REGIONAL BREAKDOWNS: SoCal is head over heels for Trump (Trump 49 percent; Cruz 34, Kasich 13) , Central Valley leans Trump (Trump 39, Cruz 26, Kasich 18), and Inland Empire for Cruz (Cruz, 43, Trump 30, Kasich, 9). Silicon Valley and the Bay Area? Kasich trounces Trump 43-36, with Cruz at 14.
  • Feinsteins response to Apple-FBI dispute bad for privacy, security

    04/08/2016 3:11:33 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    SiliconBeat ^ | April 8, 2016 at 1:16 PM | By Troy Wolverton
    We knew that Sen. Dianne Feinstein was cooking up a bill with North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr in response to Apple’s dispute with the FBI over the San Bernarndino iPhone.We knew that the bill was going to target companies like Apple that refused to help the government unscramble encrypted data. And we suspected, given Feinstein’s past history of being unconcerned about anyone’s privacy other than her own, that the bill was going to be pretty bad for the privacy of everyday citizens and the security of tech products.How bad? Well we now know.The bill would require companies, in response...
  • U.S. to continue appeal of iPhone data case in New York

    04/08/2016 2:15:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Yahoo News - Reuters ^ | April 8, 2016 | By Nate Raymond, Julia Love and Joseph Menn
    The gold colored version of the new iPhone 5S is seen after Apple Inc's media event in Cupertino, California, September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it would keep fighting to force Apple Inc to open an iPhone in a New York drug case, continuing its controversial effort to require Apple and other tech companies to help law enforcement authorities circumvent encryption. Just two weeks ago, the government dropped its effort to require Apple to crack an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the December attacks in San Bernardino, California, saying...
  • FBI can't unlock anything newer than Apple's iPhone 5c, Comey reveals

    04/08/2016 12:47:53 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Thursday, April 07, 2016, 06:25 am PT (09:25 am ET | By AppleInsider Staff
    The unlocking procedure used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to break into an iPhone 5c at the center of the San Bernardino case cannot be used on new devices, the bureau's director said on Wednesday. The IP Box setup, via MDSec. Comey told a group of students and educators at Kenyon College in Ohio that his department had "purchased a tool" from a third party to unlock the iPhone in question, according to CNN Money. Though he stopped short of revealing the exact process, he did note that it would not work on more modern handsets. "This doesn't work...
  • Syed Farooks iPhone is a Bust for the FBI

    04/08/2016 12:35:34 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | April 7, 2016 | By Jeff Gamet
    p>The FBI has had access to the encrypted contents of Syed Farook's iPhone 5c for at least a week and when asked about the status, FBI general counsel James Baker said they're still analyzing the data and the agency won't talk about what may or may not be there. That's government talk for, "We didn't find anything useful on the iPhone." FBI: Nothing to see here, move along Mr. Baker responded to questions about the San Bernardino mass shooting investigation this week at an International Association of Privacy Professionals conference where he said, "We’re now doing an analysis of that...
  • The FBI is telling senators how it hacked the San Bernardino iPhone

    04/06/2016 9:40:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 6, 2016 | By Russell Brandom
    The FBI isn't keeping its new iPhone attack secret from everyone. According toa new report in National Journal, the FBI has already briefed Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) on the methods used to break into the iPhone at the center ofApple's recent legal fight. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) is also scheduled to be briefed on the topic in the days to come. Feinstein and Burr are both working on a new bill to limit the use of encryption in consumer technology, expected to be made public in the weeks to come.The disclosures come amid widespread calls for the attack to be...
  • U.S. Government's Multi-Million Dollar Mobile Forensics Shopping Spree Revealed

    04/06/2016 8:09:31 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 6, 2016 | By Steve Morgan
    The FBI, DOJ, and numerous other U.S. government agencies have acquired mobile forensics and smart phone hacking tools from Cellebrite an Israeli based cybersecurity firm for the past decade. Cellebrite manufactures the UFED Touch, a mobile forensic extraction device which the FBI used to hack into the San Bernardino shooters iPhone 5c. CNN Money reported last week the FBI alone signed 187 contracts with Cellebrite over the past seven years averaging $10,883 per contract according to U.S. government records. Thats more than $2 million the FBI dropped on mobile forensics products and services. The Federal Procurement...
  • Sen. Schumer calls for investigation ahead of release of gun that looks just like smartphone

    04/06/2016 5:20:09 AM PDT · by kevcol · 81 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 5, 2016 | Chris Sommerfeldt, Stephen Rex Brown
    Sen. Chuck Schumer issued an urgent plea Monday for iGunControl ahead of the release of a new firearm that looks like a smartphone. The .380-caliber double-barrel handgun, manufactured by Ideal Conceal, is expected to hit the shelves in mid-2016 and will only cost $395, Schumer said. . . . "It's clearly being marketed for nefarious purposes 4,000 people are ready to pull the trigger on this dangerous weapon," Schumer said. . . . "Why would we want to make it easier for criminals or terrorists like those who attacked Paris and Brussels to wreak havoc?" he said.
  • FBI v. Apple: Unduly Burdensome

    04/03/2016 6:53:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Tech Pinions ^ | April 3, 2016 | By JOHN KIRK
    You might well be asking yourself, if the FBI withdrew its challenge against Apple, then why are we still talking about FBI v. Apple? Well, the San Bernadino case is over, but there are many, many more cases still pending. The ACLU published an interactive map of locations where the FBI is currently using the All Writs Act to demand assistance from Tech companies. You can view it HERE. So yeah, this matter is far from over.Author’s Note: For an outline of how I think FBI v. Apple will play out, please see HERE.As I’ve written before, there are...
  • FBI not sure it can help Arkansas, after all

    03/31/2016 10:14:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Cnet ^ | March 31, 2016 | by Rochelle Garner
    FBI tells Arkansas prosecutor it doesn't know enough to say if it really can unlock that iPhone and iPod. James Martin/CNET The FBI is distancing itself from an Arkansas prosecutor's statement that said the agency will help unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of murder. The agency's office in Little Rock told the Associated Press Thursday that it doesn't have enough information about either Apple device to say if it can help the state's investigation. "On March 28, 2016, FBI Little Rock received a request for investigative assistance in unlocking Apple devices," the agency said in...
  • FBI agrees to unlock iPhone, iPod in Arkansas homicide case

    03/31/2016 10:20:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 168 replies
    fox news ^ | 03/31/2016
    The FBI agreed Wednesday to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of killing a couple, just days after the federal agency announced it had gained access to an iPhone linked to the gunman in a mass shooting in California. Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said the FBI agreed to the request from his office and the Conway Police Department Wednesday afternoon. A judge on Tuesday agreed to postpone the trial of 18-year-old Hunter Drexler so prosecutors could ask the FBI for help. Drexler's trial was moved from next week to June...
  • Why Apple Really Lost Its Privacy Fight with the FBI

    03/30/2016 4:20:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 110 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 30, 2016 | by Liz Peek
    The battle between the FBI and Apple ended on Monday with no clear winner, according to The New York Times. Not so. The clear winner is the American people, and the clear loser is Apple.The FBI had requested Apples help in unlocking a cell phone used by the San Bernardino killers--Apple refused. The Justice Department took the dispute to court, arguing that a search warrant required Apple to program a backdoor into Syed Farooks password- protected iPhone5. A judge initially decided in favor of the government, but Apple appealed the ruling; the case was expected to end up at the...
  • Gun that looks like iPhone invented by U.S. company

    03/30/2016 8:32:17 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | Carlie Kollath Wells
    Looks like a cellphone when folded up, but push the safety and you are ready to defend yourself" - that's how Ideal Conceal describes the gun concept, which is still pending a patent.