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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police, Even With Search Warrants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information.

  The move, announced with the publication of a new privacy policy tied to the release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, amounts to an engineering solution to a legal quandary: Rather than comply with binding court orders, Apple has reworked its latest encryption in a way that prevents the company — or anyone but the device’s owner — from gaining access to the vast troves of user data typically stored on smartphones or tablet computers.

  The key is the encryption that Apple mobile devices automatically put in place when a user selects a passcode, making it difficult for anyone who lacks that passcode to access the information within, including photos, e-mails and recordings. Apple once maintained the ability to unlock some content on devices for legally binding police requests but will no longer do so for iOS 8, it said in the new privacy policy.

“ Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” Apple said on its Web site. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.” “

 

Washington Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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iPhone 6 Review

 

 

 

 

” There is explosive demand for bigger smartphones. A 4-inch smartphone feels small now; somewhere around 5 inches is the new normal. Yet too many large-screen phones are cumbersome, awkward, and often just plain bad. And Apple has a long history of taking good ideas with obviously huge markets, and being the first manufacturer to really nail the execution.

  Add those three things together, and this phone on my desk isn’t at all surprising. It’s the iPhone 6, a bigger, brighter, badder iPhone designed to appeal to the customers for whom the iPhone 5S and its 4-inch screen now seem adorably antiquated. (Which is basically everybody.) It starts at $199 on a two-year contract, and comes in silver, gold, and space gray. It’s full of new technology and crafted from a new mold. Apple intends for it to be the new standard in a new type of smartphone, to be the big-screen phone that anyone can handle. Not the first big phone, but the best. The big phone for everyone.

  Of course, Samsung, HTC, and others have been making big phones too, and they have years of iteration and millions of sales to show for it. This is Cupertino’s steepest climb yet: can it leapfrog the entrenched competition and prove that Apple can do better?

The big iPhone has a big job to do. “

 

The Verge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Police Tool That Pervs Use To Steal Nude Pics From Apple’s iCloud

 

 

 

 

 

” As nude celebrity photos spilled onto the web over the weekend, blame for the scandal has rotated from the scumbag hackers who stole the images to a researcher who released a tool used to crack victims’ iCloud passwords to Apple, whose security flaws may have made that cracking exploit possible in the first place. But one step in the hackers’ sext-stealing playbook has been ignored—a piece of software designed to let cops and spies siphon data from iPhones, but is instead being used by pervy criminals themselves.

  On the web forum Anon-IB, one of the most popular anonymous image boards for posting stolen nude selfies, hackers openly discuss using a piece of software called EPPB or Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker to download their victims’ data from iCloud backups. That software is sold by Moscow-based forensics firm Elcomsoft and intended for government agency customers. In combination with iCloud credentials obtained with iBrute, the password-cracking software for iCloud released on Github over the weekend, EPPB lets anyone impersonate a victim’s iPhone and download its full backup rather than the more limited data accessible on iCloud.com. And as of Tuesday, it was still being used to steal revealing photos and post them on Anon-IB’s forum.”

 

Wired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galaxy S 5 — Screen Envy

 

Published on Jul 21, 2014

” The Galaxy S 5’s 5.1″ HD display is the screen your friends wish they had — and now they’re lining up to watch over your shoulder. Learn more about The Next Big Thing at http://www.facebook.com/SamsungMobileUSA. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Can Now Send The Middle Finger To All Your Friends

 

 

But we all know this is the only one we are really waiting for...

 

 

 

 

” The emojis are a part of the Unicode 7.0 software update from Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

  Not many photos have been released of the new icons, but they’ll be added to the Emojipedia “as soon as they are available.”

  Some of the new emojis are computer-themed, such as floppy disks, printers, and keyboards. We’ll also be able to go to war with our friends via text, as Emoji is releasing military airplanes, boats, and rockets.”

 

Go to Buzzfeed to see the entire collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Helps Cops Hide Police Brutality

 

 

 

Published on Aug 12, 2013

” The rapid emergence of smart phones with high definition cameras leads to consequences for law-breaking cops. Recently, law enforcement has throughout the country has been trying to pass laws that would make it illegal to film them while they’re on duty. But Apple is coming out with a new technology that would put all the power in a cop’s hands. Check out the video and the link below for more information: “

http://guardianlv.com/2013/08/apple-t…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fueled Presents: 40 Years Of Cellphone

 

 

” Starting with the DynaTAC in 1974 and ending with a side-by-side comparison between the iPhone 5s and the Galaxy Note, Fueled’s designers and animators crafted the 40-year history of the mobile cell phone. For some it will be a walk down memory lane, for others a history lesson.

  Fueled’s Design Team describes the short video as Art Deco, a style characterized by its bold geometric shapes and rich colours. It’s a very eclectic style, deriving taste from a broad range of sources — some representing the machine age. You’ll notice the snappy animation style reflects the lightning fast transformation and evolution of cellphones.

  While the film may have ended with the first model of an iPhone, Fueled decided to dig into the evolution of Apple’s iPhone and compare it to top Android phones. It’s remarkable how little the iPhone’s aesthetic has changed in contrast to Android models, which are becoming larger and changing constantly.

  What will the next 40 years look like? Fueled’s Founder Rameet Chawla says, “While I don’t know exactly when, it’s only a matter of time before the cellphone will be completely obsolete.”

  If you recognize the voice in the script, you’ll know it’s from an old advertisement from 1980s for DynaTAC. At the time, no one knew how big mobile would become and that this one man’s prophecy would come true.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Bowl Ads From 1979-2013: The Evolution Of Advertising Trends From Long Narratives To Viral Marketing

 

 

IBD Super Bowl Ads

 

 

” Aside from the big game itself, and (perhaps) the halftime show, the ads broadcast during the Super Bowl draw the most attention during America’s biggest TV event. With more than 100 million viewers in recent years, the game is well known as the premier showcase for advertisers launching their most important campaigns.

  The constant competition of advertisers to one-up one another has created its own cultural phenomenon. Among the memorable early Super Bowl ads was Coca Cola’s (NYSE:KO) “Hey Kid, Catch!” ad, which first aired in 1979 and again during Super Bowl XIV in 1980. Featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers’ “Mean” Joe Greene, the McCann Erickson ad portrayed an injured and upset Greene being buoyed by a child offering him a Coke. In return Greene turns around and tosses him a team jersey with the punch line, “Hey kid, catch!”

  Super Bowl ads that aired throughout the 1970s, ’80’s and early ’90’s tended to focus on longer-form narratives delivered in a micro-art film fashion. One example from that period was the legendary Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) “1984” ad, which unveiled the Macintosh PC. The ad, developed and produced by TBWA’s Chiat/Day, is now considered one of the best commercials ever made. Apple’s “1984” ad and the Macintosh PC celebrate their 30th anniversary this year.”

 

 

Read on at IBD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Apple Drops To 35th Spot In Annual Glassdoor Survey, Twitter Top Among Tech Companies

 

 

Top Twenty

 

 

” Glassdoor, a Sausalito, Calif.-based job-listing website, has announced its annual list of the “Best Places to Work 2014,” in which Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), one of the world’s most valuable companies, slid more than two dozen places to be ranked 35, based on reviews from the company’s employees.

  While Bain & Company once again took the number one spot on the overall list, Twitter made it to the top of the technology companies’ rankings. Apple, which secured the tenth spot on Glassdoor’s list in 2012, garnering a rating of 3.9 out of 5, fell to number 35 in a list of 50 U.S. companies, despite dropping only 0.1 points (3.8 out of 5) on a five-point rating scale.”

 

 

 

 

See all the selections at : Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eight Tech Giants Call For Reform To Surveillance Law

 

” Today, there are full-page advertisements running in the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Roll Call, and The Hill. They all have the same message: big tech companies are calling on Congress to rein in the mass surveillance. You can read the full message on the newly-launched Reform Government Surveillance site.

  This is a victory for users—with the companies taking a giant step forward in supporting their customers’ rights. The five basic principles they announced today include:

  1. Limiting Governments’ Authority to Collect Users’ Information
  2. Oversight and Accountability
  3. Transparency About Government Demands
  4. Respecting the Free Flow of Information
  5. Avoiding Conflicts Among Governments

  While these are all valuable, the first one particularly heartened us: “Governments should limit surveillance to specific, known users for lawful purposes, and should not undertake bulk data collection of Internet communications.” With these principles, the companies are joining digital citizens worldwide in demanding a stop to the unrestrained, mass surveillance of our digital lives.”

 

 

    It’s about time . Don’t forget that these companies were very quick to roll over and give the government everything that it demanded as far as access to our personal data and while we commend them for their newfound love of privacy one can only wonder if this letter would have ever come about without the revelations from Edward Snowden being made public . For now color us cautiously optimistic regarding these corporations recently acquired respect for the fourth amendment . 

   It is also worth noting that there are no cell phone carriers/providers among the companies clamoring for renewed privacy laws and therein lies a major drawback to the entire effort to re-establish our right to protection from illegal search and seizure .

 

” But notably absent from the coalition are telecom companies, like Verizon and AT&T. These companies have long been considered the weak link when it comes to government access request. AT&T just announced that it would not respond to shareholder requests to be transparent about its relationship with the NSA.”

 

Just sayin’ …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They Make HOW Much? Interactive Infographic Reveals Astonishing Amount Top Tech Companies Earn Per Second – And Samsung Tops The List With £4,051

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” In the five seconds it has taken you to read this sentence, Samsung has earned a staggering $32,430.

This converts to £20,200 and is what the average university graduate in the UK earns in a year.

To highlight the obscene amounts of money the world’s major tech companies earn, a money-saving website has created an interactive infographic that shows exactly how much each firm makes in real time. 

The site, designed by UK-based Happier, is also interesting because it highlights how successful the companies are in comparison to one another.

Phone makers Samsung, Apple, BlackBerry and Nokia all make the list, as do other hardware and software manufacturers Microsoft, Google, HP, Dell, Foxconn, IBM, Oracle and Cisco.  

Facebook is the only social network on the list, earning $230 (£143) a second, and Amazon is the only online retailer and earns $1,996 (£1,247).

Apple is in second place, earning $4,539 (£2,835) per second, with BlackBerry floundering at the bottom of the list earning a relatively small $205 (£128) every second.”

 

Wow !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General Electric, Google And Microsoft Are Three Of The Nine S&P 500 Companies That Currently Have More Cash-On-Hand Than The U.S. Government

 

Poorhouse: The U.S. government currently has less money than nine S&P 500 companies

 

 

 

” It was just a few short years ago when the United States government was forced to bailout the auto industry, and now the tables have turned – the United States government currently has less cash on hand than at least one automaker, as well as eight other Standard & Poor’s 500 companies.

As politicians in Washington D.C. continue their seemingly endless debate on whether to raise the country’s debt ceiling (the amount of debt lawmakers authorize the Treasury to enter into), the U.S. is running out of money to pay the bills it’s already incurred.

At the moment, the Treasury has only $32 billion in its operating accounts. In contrast, General Electric currently has nearly three times that amount of accessible cash – currently, GE has more than $88 billion in cash-on-hand.

According to a graph created by QZ.com, GE tops the list of companies with more moulah than the U.S. government. Also on that list is Microsoft with $77 billion, Google with nearly $55 billion and Cisco with $50 billion.

Ford also made the list with $36 billion (Ford is one of the few domestic automakers that did not accept bailout money).

General Motors – which received nearly $50 billion in bailout cash from the U.S. government starting in 2008 – now trails the federal government in cash-on-hand by a mere $3 billion (GM currently has $27 billion in its coffers).”

    There should be no surprise that GE is flush with cash given that they pay next to no taxes . The best news is that Ford , which took no bailout money from the taxpayers is doing so well . GM on the other hand , still owes the taxpayers a bundle and that doesn’t take into account the value of the lost investments of bond holders screwed by Obama to placate his union cronies during the bankruptcy . 

The Voice Of Siri Is Susan Bennett

 

 

 

 

” “I’m the original voice of Siri.” That’s the quote CNN attributes to Susan Bennett, a voice talent that says her voice was used for Apple’s virtual assistant. “I wasn’t sure that I wanted the notoriety,” Bennett tells CNN, explaining her delay in coming forward, “and I also wasn’t sure where I stood legally.” In fact, it was The Verge‘s article on synthesized speech that prompted her to come forward.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11 Tips To Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

 

 

 

” While your iPhone’s new operating system comes with plenty of advantages, iOS 7’s not without its drawbacks. Battery life just ain’t quite what you’d want it to be, but we’ve got some tips to squeeze the most out of that sucker and stay juiced all day long.

Many of iOS 7’s fancy new features are handy if you need/want them. If you don’t, they’re just eating away at that precious battery life behind the scenes, and give you exactly zero help for your trouble. So shut ‘em down.”

Apple Knocks Coca-Cola Off Its 13 Year Reign As World’s Most Valuable Brand

 

 

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” The New York Times reports that Apple has knocked off Coca-Cola (Sugar water!) to become the ‘World’s Most Valuable Brand’ according to the annual Interbrand Best Global Brands Report.

Apple’s arrival in the top spot was perhaps “a matter of time,” Jez Frampton, global chief executive at Interbrand, said in a recent interview. Apple was No. 2 last year, climbing from No. 8 in the 2011 report. “What is it they say, ‘Long live the king’?” Mr. Frampton asked. “This year, the king is Apple.”

The 2013 report begins: “Every so often, a company changes our lives, not just with its products, but with its ethos. This is why, following Coca-Cola’s 13-year run at the top of Best Global Brands, Interbrand has a new No. 1 — Apple.” The report estimates the value of the Apple brand at $98.3 billion, up 28 percent from the 2012 report.

Apple’s rivals Google and Samsung also moved up in the list with Mountain View also hopping over Coca-Cola to #2  at a $93.3B (up 34%) valuation while Samsung entered the top 10 with a new brand strategy called the Brand Ideal, which includes “a greater focus on social purpose”. Microsoft, who just lost a CEO, was flat.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Security Concerns Abound Over Unofficial Android iMessage App That Uses Chinese Servers To Process Data

 

 

” An unauthorised app that lets Android users chat on Apple’s closed iMessage network is causing a big stir. It’s had viral downloads in the tens of thousands amid claims that it could be spreading malware; but the Chinese developer who developed the app tells us everything is cool.

[TechCrunch has opted not to include a link to the app page because of the security concerns]

It’s the latest security scare for Google’s popular mobile operating system, whose Play store in 2012 accounted for 79% of all smartphone malware – meanwhile Apple’s highly protected iOS App Store consisted of just .7% malicious apps.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vatican City And Taipei Are The Two Other Cities Listed In The World Clock Without A Country In New Operating System

 

 

” Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system, like its predecessor, lists Jerusalem without a country.

Jerusalem is one of only three cities to be listed in the World Clock without a country, The Blaze reported this week. The others are Vatican City and Taipei.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Footage Surfaces Of People Using Toes, Cats’ Paws And Nipples To Unlock The iPhone 5s

 

 

 

” It was heralded as a major step forward in smartphone security, grabbing the headlines when Apple unveiled its newest iPhone earlier this month.

Yet the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s has become the subject of stifled giggles after videos emerged showing users unlocking the handset with big toes, cats’ paws and even their own nipples.

Already questions have been raised about the security implications of the new technology after a group of German hackers claimed to have bypassed Apple’s TouchID by taking prints from a glass surface.

Throughout the weekend technology bloggers found weird and wonderful ways to use the sensor. Here are five of the weirdest, accompanied with video footage.”

 

 

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The Latest iPhone Is An Ode To Biometrics, Spying, And The Big Brother Control Grid

 

 

 

” The latest series of Apple’s iPhone will not only continue to cultivate numerous apps that track your location through GPS and transmit data directly back to corporations and government, but contain a fingerprint sensor that stores your fingerprint in order to purchase apps and unlock the phone for use.

And that’s really just the beginning. As millions will most likely continue through the Apple food chain and purchase this phone, the NSA and bloated federal government at large will be beyond ecstatic. Because after all, it’s a real dream come true for the Big Daddy government spy state. No longer will you actually need to be arrested to gather your fingerprints — we’re talking about millions nationwide willingly submitting their biometrics to a database that most certainly is accessible by Apple and big government.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 25 U.S. Corporations That Pay The Highest Taxes

 

” Did you freak out over what you owed the taxman this year? Imagine being Apple. When the company tallied up its 2012 income tax bill the total came to $14.2 billion. After accounting for taxes paid overseas, Apple says it forked over $6 billion in cash to the United States Treasury. That constitutes $1 out of every $40 that Uncle Sam collected from corporations last year — or enough to buy about 10 million iPhones.

Thanks to all its iPhone and iPad sales, Apple jumped this year to third place on our ranking of the 25 Biggest Corporate Taxpayers. It was ninth last year.”

 

Full List

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Shooting At Protest? Police May Block Mobile Devices Via Apple

 

 

 

” Apple has patented a piece of technology which would allow government and police to block transmission of information, including video and photographs, from any public gathering or venue they deem “sensitive”, and “protected from externalities.”

In other words, these powers will have control over what can and cannot be documented on wireless devices during any public event.

And while the company says the affected sites are to be mostly cinemas, theaters, concert grounds and similar locations, Apple Inc. also says “covert police or government operations may require complete ‘blackout’ conditions.”

Apple patented the means to transmit an encoded signal to all wireless devices, commanding them to disable recording functions.

Those policies would be activated by GPS, and WiFi or mobile base-stations, which would ring-fence (“geofence”) around a building or a “sensitive area” to prevent phone cameras from taking pictures or recording video.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Investigates China iPhone Death Allegations

” Apple Inc. AAPL -0.27%said Monday that it is investigating a case in which the family of a 23-year-old woman alleges that she was electrocuted by her iPhone.

  Though details about the case remain sketchy, it has caught the imagination of social media users in China, who have been spreading word about the case and warning not to use devices while they are charging.ReutersA visitor tries an iPhone at an Apple store in Beijing March 28, 2013.

  According to a report in China’s official state-run Xinhua news agency, relatives of the woman in China’s western Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region are alleging the woman died after trying to answer a call while her iPhone was charging.

   An officer with the local Public Security Bureau said Monday that an “elementary inspection” showed the woman, named Ma Ailun, was electrocuted.

“Her neck had an obvious electronic injury,” he told China Real Time.”

U.S. Surveillance Scandal Overshadows Top Internet Freedom Talks

 

 

” A high-level Internet freedom conference, that concluded in the Tunisian capital on Tuesday, was overshadowed by the recent U.S. internet surveillance scandal.

The U.S. government, a founding member of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and U.S.-based tech giant Google came under attack by dozens of human rights activists, internet researchers and computer engineers who attended the two-day conference.

The attacks came in response to this month’s revelation that the American National Security Agency (NSA) has been running a large-scale international surveillance program gathering data on internet users around the world by accessing the serves of tech-giants such as Google and Apple. Some of the most targeted countries are located in the Middle East and include Iran, Egypt and Jordan.

The NSA access, according to The Guardian newspaper, is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism. The program allows U.S. officials to collect information on internet users, including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, according to an official document obtained by the newspaper.

In light of the extensive program of surveillance, many called into question the credibility of the U.S. government and Google’s longtime advocacy for an Internet environment free of censorship and surveillance.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google Asks Intelligence Court To Let It Release Data

 

 

” Google Inc. (GOOG) urged the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for permission to publish the aggregate numbers and scope of national security requests it receives from the U.S. government.

The filing with the secret court, which issues warrants for collecting foreign intelligence inside the U.S., is the latest effort by Google to ease restrictions on disclosing the information the government has asked for under the surveillance program code-named Prism.

“We have long pushed for transparency so users can better understand the extent to which governments request their data — and Google was the first company to release numbers for National Security Letters,” Niki Fenwick, a spokeswoman for Google in Washington, said in an e-mail. To promote greater transparency, the company is seeking “to publish aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures, separately,” she said.”

 

Google is late to the party .

 

” Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO), yesterday became the latest technology company to give details of government data collection, following disclosures by Apple Inc. (AAPL), Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp., all of whom have revealed thousands of warrants for data from government entities.

Yahoo!, the largest U.S. Web portal, said it got as many as 13,000 requests for information from U.S. law enforcement agencies in the six months ending in May, with the most common types related to fraud, homicides and criminal investigations, Yahoo said in a posting on Tumblr. The Sunnyvale, California-based company said it can’t lawfully break out FISA requests, and it urged the U.S. government to reconsider its stance on the issue.”

 

 

 

 

 

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