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  • Facebook is spending millions to keep Mark Zuckerberg alive

    04/28/2016 10:28:34 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 19 replies
    Ny Post ^ | 4/28/16 | Post staff
    Facebook is spending millions to keep Mark Zuckerberg alive At Facebook, security is a top priority — that is, security for CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The social-networking giant spent more than $5 million last year on bodyguards and other measures to protect Zuckerberg and his growing family, according to a regulatory filing. The cost to protect Zuckerberg topped $6.2 million in 2014, up from $3.2 million the previous year, according to the filing. In all, the company has shelled out $14.5 million on security for the CEO over the past three years. Apparently, Zuckerberg presents a much bigger target than rival...
  • Icahn: We're out of Apple, and it's China's fault

    04/28/2016 11:54:25 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 4/28/2016 | Jacob Pramuk
    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn told CNBC on Thursday he has sold his Apple position as the tech giant's stock continues to shed value after disappointing earnings. "We no longer have a position in Apple," Icahn told CNBC's "Power Lunch," noting Apple is a "great company" and CEO Tim Cook is "doing a great job."
  • 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...
  • Four Reasons Apple's Earnings Miss Is Such a Big Deal

    04/28/2016 5:40:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 04/28/2016 | By Anthony Mirhaydari
    The rollout of disappointing first-quarter earnings has continued in recent days, with sectors such as airlines and tech getting hit and eclipsing memories of early beats by the big banks. But the biggie has to be the disappointing top- and bottom-line miss by Apple (AAPL) after the close on Tuesday, marking the company's first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years.Apple was down more than 8 percent in after-hours trading on those earnings that came in at $1.90 per share (vs. $1.97 expected), an 18.5 percent decline from last year. Revenues came in at $50.6 billion (vs. $52.2 billion expected),...
  • Male Employee Found Dead at Apple’s Cupertino Headquarters: Sheriff

    04/27/2016 6:50:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 4/27 | Riya Bhattacharjee, Lisa Fernandez and Michelle Roberts
    A sheriff's audio dispatch indicates a man was found in a conference room with a gun nearby, but officials could not confirm thatA man who worked for Apple was found dead at the tech giant's headquarters in Cupertino Wednesday morning, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff. No suspects are being sought in his death, and no one is in danger, sheriff's officials said, adding that the campus at 1 Infinite Loop is open. Investigators have not confirmed information in apparent police dispatch recordings in which authorities describe the scene. "Through further investigation, they determined there was no other individuals...
  • Study Casts Doubts on Apple’s Ethical Standards: Research on 1,261 pay stubs shows that Apple’s 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...
  • Windows Users: It’s Time to Dump Apple’s QuickTime [Vulnerable to Hackers, No Fix]

    04/20/2016 6:46:26 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/18/16 | NATHAN OLIVAREZ-GILES
    U.S. government recommends uninstalling software after security holes discovered If you’re still using Apple’s QuickTime on a Windows PC, it’s time to stop. Apple confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that it is no longer supporting or updating the 11-year-old QuickTime 7 for Windows, and has posted instructions for uninstalling the software. Keeping it installed on your computer may pose a risk. Last week, researchers discovered two new security holes that could allow bad guys to create malicious files to launch within Apple’s media player. Trend Micro, the security research firm that found the vulnerability, said that it hasn’t yet...
  • Apple Watch

    04/19/2016 1:51:16 PM PDT · by Hildy · 12 replies
    Hildy
    Thinking of getting one. Is it worth it? Experiences?
  • The Sickening Hypocrisy of Starbucks and Apple

    04/18/2016 6:10:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2016 | Michael Brown
    She was only 17 years-old when she died. Her father cut out her tongue and burned her alive. What was her crime, and why did this man kill his own daughter in the most horrific imaginable way? He was a Saudi Arabian official who worked with the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice – the religious police – and when his daughter became a Christian, he butchered and murdered her.What does this have to do with Starbucks and Apple?Both these companies blast Americans who stand for religious liberties and conservative moral values, even threatening states that will protect those...
  • Apple's website hints 'OS X' to be rebranded as 'MacOS'

    04/15/2016 12:48:26 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Thursday, April 14, 2016, 04:38 pm PT (07:38 pm ET) | By Roger Fingas
    Adding to the evidence that Apple is intending to change the name of OS X, the company on Thursday posted an updated webpage referring to the software as "MacOS" instead. The term can be found on an FAQ page within Apple's Environment subsite, specifically in a section about greenhouse gases and product lifecycles. The text is the only direct reference to either Macs or OS X in the FAQ — notably, the rest of Apple's website still appears to insist on using "OS X." In late March it was discovered that one framework in OS X 10.11.4 refers to "macOS."...
  • Alert: If You’re Not On iOS 9.3.1 – UPDATE NOW.

    04/14/2016 7:28:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Razorian Fly ^ | April 14, 2016
    The urgency? … a newly discovered variant of the 1970 glitch that could result in your device becoming inoperable if you happen to be running any version of iOS prior to iOS 9.3.1, and connect to a known Wi-Fi network.The issue revolves around a feature that has been present in Apple’s iOS operating system for sometime – that is, the ability for either an iPhone or iPad to connect to networks that you have personally connected to before, automatically.This is in actual fact super handy, and prevents the need to enter security information for said networks each time you which...
  • Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows; New Vulnerabilities Announced

    04/14/2016 7:09:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    US-CERT ^ | Apr 14, 2016 | US-CERT Team
    Alert (TA16-105A) -- Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows; New Vulnerabilities AnnouncedSystems Affected Microsoft Windows with Apple QuickTime installed Overview According to Trend Micro, Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows, leaving this software vulnerable to exploitation. [1] (link is external) Description All software products have a lifecycle. Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows. [1] (link is external) The Zero Day Initiative has issued advisories for two vulnerabilities found in QuickTime for Windows. [2] (link is external) [3] (link is external) Impact Computer systems running unsupported software are...
  • California phone decryption bill defeated

    04/14/2016 1:50:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    The Sacramento Bee (AP) ^ | April 13th, 2016 | BY JEREMY B. WHITE
    A Sacramento woman uses her phone on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Hector Amezcua hamezcua@sacbee.com A national debate over smartphone encryption arrived in Sacramento on Tuesday as legislators defeated a bill penalizing companies that don’t work with courts to break into phones, siding with technology industry representatives who called the bill a dangerous affront to privacy. The bill did not receive a vote, with members of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection worrying the measure would undermine data security and impose a logistically untenable requirement on California companies. Disagreement over the balance between privacy and public safety exploded into...
  • FBI paid professional hackers one-time fee to crack San Bernardino iPhone (video at link)

    04/13/2016 10:54:01 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 12th, 2016 | By Ellen Nakashima
    The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw, according to people familiar with the matter. The new information was then used to create a piece of hardware that helped the FBI to crack the iPhone’s four-digit personal identification number without triggering a security feature that would have erased all the data, the individuals said. The researchers, who typically keep a low profile, specialize in hunting for vulnerabilities in software and then in some cases selling them to the U.S. government....
  • Mac Users Attacked Again by Fake Adobe Flash Update

    04/12/2016 10:31:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Intego ^ | April 12th, 2016 | by Graham Cluley
    Mac users are once again being urged to exercise caution when installing updates to Adobe Flash Player, after a fake update was discovered infecting computers.Intego security experts have identified the rogue package installer as a variant of OSX/InstallCore, and have updated Intego VirusBarrier definitions to provide protection.The in-the-wild attack has been spread in the form of a Mac Package installer .pkg file, also known a flat package, and has been signed with a legitimate Developer ID certificate — effectively tricking OS X's built-in Gatekeeper security to believe that the files can be trusted and are not malicious.Curiously, if the Mac Package...
  • Apple Watch a year later: What owners really think

    04/11/2016 6:44:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    CNet ^ | April 11, 2016 10:23 AM PDT | By Lance Whitney
    Fitness tracking and notifications are the most used features on Apple's first wearable, says a poll from ad technology company Fluent. For many Apple Watch owners, the gadget wrapped around their wrist is much more than just a watch. Around 80 percent of Apple Watch owners said they use the device for fitness tracking and notifications, according to survey results released Friday by advertising technology company Fluent. Listening to music is popular among 77 percent. Exchanging emails and instant messages is on the list of 66 percent. Using the watch to purchase items via Apple Pay is also a favorite...
  • FBI Scores a Hollow Victory in Apple iPhone Unlocking Fight

    04/11/2016 4:27:57 PM PDT · by Coronal · 13 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | April 11, 2016 | Jeff Gamet
    The FBI won what amounts to a hollow victory in its fight to force Apple to break its own iPhone encryption. A Federal Judge in Boston an order compelling Apple to help recover data from an iPhone, but stopped short of forcing the company to break its own encryption or hack the lockscreen passcode, effectively telling the company to do exactly what it already does to help out law enforcement agencies. Federal Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler's order stated, "To the extent that data on the device is encrypted, Apple may provide a copy of the encrypted data to law enforcement...
  • 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...
  • 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 to a 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 of Apple'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...
  • Apple Shuttle Bus Fire Closes Down All Lanes on SB I-280 in Menlo Park

    04/06/2016 11:45:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    A shuttle bus carrying Apple employees from San Francisco to Cupertino caught fire this morning in unincorporated San Mateo County near Menlo Park, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. The fire was reported at 6:40 a.m. on southbound Interstate Highway 280 at Sand Hill Road, CHP Officer Art Montiel said. The rear left side of the bus caught fire. Montiel did not know what caused the fire. No one was injured. Two lanes of the highway were closed for more than an hour and reopened at about 8 a.m. No other vehicle was involved in the incident, Montiel said. The...
  • 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...
  • Apple At 40: 12 Products That Changed Computing Forever (Slide Show)

    04/03/2016 12:43:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    Information Week ^ | April 3, 2016 | by Curtis Franklin Jr.
    Apple reached its 40th anniversary this month, no mean feat in a tech industry littered with the names of long-gone giants. Here's a look at the 12 products that defined the company, and changed what we know as computing in the process.
  • Apple shipped 1,591,092,250 computers in its first 40 years, more than any computer company

    03/31/2016 11:24:38 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | April 1, 2016 | Horace Dediu
    “In Apple’s first 40 years it shipped 1,591,092,250 computers,” Horace Dediu writes for Asymco. “This shipment total is higher than any other computer company in its first 40 years. Actually there are no other PC makers that are 40 years old. One computer maker (IBM) is older but they only sold PCs for 24 years and what they still sell they don’t sell in high numbers.” Dediu writes, “Combining the history of customer creation and customer preservation with the value obtained from each customer implies that the next 40 years will be about creating another large tranche of customers whose...
  • Apple Update Software downloads Win32/herz trojan virus

    03/29/2016 2:42:37 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 33 replies
    Self | March 29, 2016 | Self
    Running Windows 7. Plugged in my iphone to download some work photos, and an update from Apple popped up to update itunes and video software. I started the download and my AVG business antivirus detected the win32/herz virus and deleted it. Checking on the name and it appears to be a particularly nasty virus. If any Apple fans on here know how to notify Apple, I'll be glad to send the URL link. It starts with swcdn.apple.com/... and seems to be a legitimate link.
  • Is Apple Discriminating Against Big Families?

    03/29/2016 3:02:09 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/29/2016 | John Merline
    Almost as soon as Apple added “emoji” to its iPhone, the feature became a political football. Various groups complained that their skin tone or their flag or their lifestyle wasn’t included in the set of mini graphics that can be sent in a text message. And so, Apple has been diligently adding options in the name of supporting diversity. After getting complaints that the human-looking emoji were all yellow, Apple last year made it possible to pick the skin tone of most faces. For example, there are now six shades of Santa Clause from which to choose. And, to add...
  • It's Over: The FBI says it has hacked into the San Bernardino shooter's phone without Apple's help

    03/28/2016 4:42:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/28/2016 | Kif Leswing
    Apple won a major victory in its showdown with the government when the US Justice Department (DOJ) abandoned its plans on Monday to force the company to write software to bypass iPhone security measures. The Justice Department told a federal court on Monday that it no longer needed Apple's help to access data on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, and requested that its original order for Apple's technical assistance be withdrawn. According to the DOJ, the reason it withdrew is because it was successfully able to access the data on the iPhone without Apple's help....
  • FBI breaks into San Bernardino gunman's iPhone without Apple's help, ending court case

    03/28/2016 3:36:30 PM PDT · by McGruff · 146 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 28, 2016
    The U.S. Justice Department announced Monday it has successfully accessed data stored on the iPhone that belonged to the San Bernardino gunman without Apple's help, ending the court case against the tech company. The surprise development effectively ends a pitched court battle between Apple and the Obama administration. The government told a federal court Monday, without any details, that it accessed data on gunman Syed Farook's iPhone and no longer requires Apple's assistance.
  • Apple Phone Broken

    03/28/2016 3:01:02 PM PDT · by DugwayDuke · 95 replies
    FoxNews | 3/28/2016 | FoxNews
    Foxnews announced FBI has broken into San Bernadino terrorist phone without aid from apple.
  • And now Apple is going to stop the FBI getting into iCloud data too

    03/28/2016 10:22:38 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    GrahamCluely ^ | March 25, 2016 | by David Bisson
    Apple announces plans to hand over iCloud encryption key management to users Apple has announced its plans to transfer iCloud encryption key management to account holders, a move which could stand in the way of or even prevent the FBI and other law enforcement agencies from requesting users' information.The tech giant currently manages the encryption key management for all iCloud account holders.eWeek reports that because of this level of control, Apple provided federal authorities with several iCloud backups of Syed Rizwan Farook, an individual who participated in a mass shooting and attempted bombing in San Bernardino, California back in December....
  • Apple's scariest bug this week: Your device pwned over Wi-Fi

    03/25/2016 8:52:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    ZDNet ^ | March 24, 2016 | By Larry Seltzer for Zero Day
    The iMessage vulnerability got a lot of attention, but another bug allows for remote execution over Wi-Fi, which is a much bigger threat. Apple released new versions of several operating system products earlier this week, fixing vulnerabilities in OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 among others. Because encryption and Apple are big news these days, the attention mostly went to an admittedly interesting flaw in Apple's encryption for iMessage, reported by a research team, led by well-known cryptographer Matthew Green. But the bug is not an easy one to exploit and doesn't even expose a lot. There are much...
  • MIT’s New 5-Atom Quantum Computer Could Make Today’s Encryption Obsolete

    03/24/2016 1:38:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Cryptogon ^ | March 6, 2016
    "all you have to do is go in the lab, apply more technology, and you should be able to make a bigger quantum computer" So the only thing preventing a more general purpose quantum computer is money and enough engineers... Hmm... (POLL-AT-LINK) Via: PC World: Much of the encryption world today depends on the challenge of factoring large numbers, but scientists now say they've created the first five-atom quantum computer with the potential to crack the security of traditional encryption schemes. In traditional computing, numbers are represented by either 0s or 1s, but quantum computing relies on atomic-scale units, or...
  • Thank You for Hacking iPhone, Now Tell Apple How You Did It (link only due to copyright issues)

    03/23/2016 6:55:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Bloomberg | March 22, 2016 | By Chris Strohm, Jordan Robertson, Michael Riley
    An Obama Administration regulation may require the FBI to hand over the hack developed by what ever company that may succeed in hacking into the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone 5c, so that Apple can plug that vulnerability. What irony. . . Link only due to copyright considerations: Thank You for Hacking iPhone, Now Tell Apple How You Did It (link only due to copyright issues)
  • FBI defends handling of Apple case after retreat

    03/24/2016 12:34:56 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    Yahoo! Tech ^ | March 24, 2016 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - The FBI Thursday defended the handling of its legal battle with Apple over encryption following an abrupt retreat from its bid to force the tech giant to help unlock an attacker's iPhone. FBI director James Comey said his agency only decided to back down from its efforts after it found an outside party that appeared to have the ability to extract data from the handset without Apple's help. Comey made the comments in a statement, which was also posted as a letter to the Wall Street Journal, responding to an editorial critical of the government's handling of...
  • Israeli firm, Cellebrite, helping FBI to open encrypted iPhone

    03/24/2016 1:37:14 PM PDT · by dennisw · 26 replies
    reuters ^ | Wed Mar 23, 2016
    Israel's Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software, is helping the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California shooters, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Wednesday. If Cellebrite succeeds, then the FBI will no longer need the help of Apple Inc (AAPL.O), the Israeli daily said, citing unnamed industry sources. Cellebrite officials declined to comment on the matter. Apple is engaged in a legal battle with the U.S. Justice Department over a judge's order that it write new software to disable passcode protection on the iPhone used by the...
  • Judge: Order to Compel Apple Has Been 'Unenforceable' All Along

    03/24/2016 11:20:34 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    MotherBoard ^ | March 23, 2016 | by SARAH JEONG
    On Monday, less than 24 hours before the hearing was scheduled to start, the US government asked to cancel its big court date in the Apple vs FBI fight. The judge convened a quick conference with the Department of Justice and Apple attorneys. A transcript shows the judge repeatedly emphasizing that the order to compel Apple to create a backdoor for the government is “unenforceable” and has been so since the court battle began weeks ago.The March 22 hearing was set to be an all-out battle. Both sides planned to call witnesses, with one to two hours of live...
  • Justices will hear Samsung-Apple patent dispute

    03/21/2016 2:49:16 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    The Sacramento Bee (AP) ^ | March 21, 2016
    The Associated Press — The Supreme Court has agreed to referee a pricy patent dispute between Samsung and Apple. The justices said Monday they will review a $399 million judgment against South Korea-based Samsung for illegally copying patented aspects of the look of Apple's iPhone. Apple, based in Cupertino, California, and Samsung are the top two manufacturers of increasingly ubiquitous smartphones. The two companies have been embroiled in patent fights for years. The justices will decide whether a court can order Samsung to pay Apple every penny it made from the phones at issue, even though the disputed features are...
  • This Israeli firm might be helping the FBI break into the San Bernardino iPhone without Apple's help

    03/23/2016 5:59:34 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-23-2016 | Reuters and Rob Price
    Here's Zdziarski's possible explanation ... [Most of the tech experts I’ve heard from believe the same as I do – that NAND mirroring is likely being used to some degree to brute force the pin on the device. This is where the NAND chip is typically desoldered, dumped into a file (likely by a chip reader/programmer, which is like a cd burner for chips), and then copied so that if the device begins to wipe or delay after five or ten tries, they can just re-write the original image back to the chip. This technique is kind of like cheating...
  • We asked every member of Congress with a computer science degree about Apple/FBI war

    03/23/2016 5:58:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    BGR ^ | March 23, 2016 | By Andy Meek
    Just because Apple and the FBI avoided an historic showdown in court this week over a previously issued court order for Apple to create a so-called “government OS” that bypasses normal iPhone security measures, that doesn’t mean the whole thing was tidily wrapped up.For one thing, no legislative precedent was set here – at the eleventh hour, the FBI said it thinks a mysterious outside party (which may have now been identified) will be able to help it get inside an iPhone used by one of the San Bernadino shooters – leaving the law enforcement agency free to pursue a...
  • An Israeli Firm Is Reportedly Helping the FBI Unlock the San Bernardino Killer’s Phone

    03/24/2016 12:27:40 AM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Time Mag. ^ | March 23, 2016 | Nash Jenkins
    The FBI being apparently assisted by an Israeli tech firm in its efforts to unlock the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook — a perpetrator of December’s attacks in San Bernardino, Calif. Apple has been steadfast in its refusal to aid the FBI in accessing the phone’s information, saying that doing so would breach privacy rights, but U.S. prosecutors said on Monday that a “nongovernmental third party” had provided them with a solution. On Wednesday, the English-language version of Israeli news website Ynet.co.il, in an article that featured reporting from Reuters, ventured that the “third party” in question is Cellebrite,...
  • Apple patches encryption flaw in iOS and OS X

    03/22/2016 12:32:08 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Mar 22 2016 6:45AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Apple has quickly released a patch for a flaw in its encryption capability for the iOS mobile and OS X desktop operating systems which could allow attackers to unscramble protected iMessage photos and videos. First reported by the Washington Post, a group of researchers led by cryptographer Matthew Green at John Hopkins University discovered they could intercept iMessage content stored in Apple's iCloud by brute-force guessing the encryption key. With the encryption key at hand, attackers could retrieve files from iCloud accounts without users knowing. Attackers would need to be able to bypass Apple’s TLS certificate pinning, which associates the...
  • U.S. Says It May Not Need Apple’s Help to Unlock iPhone

    03/21/2016 4:40:21 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    NYT ^ | 3-21-16 | Katie Benner
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Justice Department moved to cancel a Tuesday hearing over whether Apple should be forced to help investigators break into an iPhone used by a gunman in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting, saying it might no longer need Apple’s assistance to extract data from the device. In a new court filing on Monday, Justice Department lawyers wrote that as of Sunday, an outside party had demonstrated a way for the F.B.I. to possibly unlock the phone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino gunmen. “Testing is required to determine whether it is...
  • Encryption gets its Gang of Eight

    03/21/2016 3:35:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/21/16 | Joel Gehrke
    A pair of House committees is forming a bipartisan working group of eight lawmakers to prepare for possible legislation addressing how the widespread use of encryption affects law enforcement investigations. "The bipartisan encryption working group will examine the issues surrounding this ongoing national debate," House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton. R-Mich., said Monday. As chairman of the two committees that have jurisdiction over encryption issues, Goodlatte and Upton are ex officio chairs of the working group. They released that statement jointly along with Michigan Rep. John Conyers and New Jersey Rep. Steve...
  • Johns Hopkins researchers poke a hole in Apple’s encryption

    03/21/2016 2:37:59 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 21 at 12:01 AM | By Ellen Nakashima
    A group of Johns Hopkins University researchers found a bug in Apple’s encryptionthat would let a skilled attacker decrypt photos and videos that were sent as secure instant messages. (Matthias Schrader/AP) Apple’s growing arsenal of encryption techniques — shielding data on devices as well as real-time video calls and instant messages — has spurred the U.S. government to sound the alarm that such tools are putting the communications of terrorists and criminals out of the reach of law enforcement. But a group of Johns Hopkins University researchers has found a bug in the company’s vaunted encryption, one that would enable...
  • Clinton email reveals: Google sought overthrow of Syria's Assad

    03/20/2016 8:48:13 PM PDT · by boycott · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-19-16 | Rudy Takala
    Google in 2012 sought to help insurgents overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to State Department emails receiving fresh scrutiny this week. Messages between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's team and one of the company's executives detailed the plan for Google to get involved in the region.
  • Microsoft founder Gates backs FBI in encryption fight with Apple

    03/20/2016 8:06:50 AM PDT · by Scutter · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/24/2016 | Unknown
    Microsoft founder Bill Gates has broken with other Silicon Valley giants by backing the FBI in its battle with Apple over hacking into a locked iPhone as part of the investigation into last December's San Bernardino terror attack. In an interview with the Financial Times published Tuesday, Gates said a court order requiring Apple to help the FBI access a work phone belonging to gunman Syed Farook was " a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case."
  • Levin: Populism is Progressivism, Which is Statism (audio: 12:41)

    03/18/2016 3:17:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 178 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | March 17, 2016 | Mark Levin
    Levin: Populism is Progressivism, Which is Statism (audio: 12:41)
  • Google Puts Boston Dynamics Up for Sale in Robotics Retreat (LINK ONLY)

    03/18/2016 7:50:59 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 8 replies
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  • If Apple is Ordered to Unlock iPhone for FBI, Some Engineers Might Refuse to Help

    03/17/2016 6:58:26 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 57 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Mar 17, 2016 2:05 pm PDT | Juli Clover
    Should the FBI win its ongoing legal battle with Apple, resulting in the Cupertino company being ordered to unlock the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, some Apple engineers may decide not to cooperate with law enforcement.