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Tired of reading about the FBI and Apple trading blows over an encrypted iPhone yet?  Well relief may be in sight.  This evening, the FBI filed a request to delay Tuesday's court hearing on the matter, and now that request has been accepted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym. Why has the FBI suddenly changed course?  According to the brief, the FBI has not stopped working on trying to access the data on Syed Farook's government issued iPhone 5C.  They state that an "outside party" demonstrated a possible method for unlocking the phone on Sunday, March 20th, sparking this about... Read more...
Alanis Morissette famously sang about there being rain on your wedding day and ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife. She also belted out many other examples of irony, though if she's in need of a new verse, she may want to consider the FBI's public service announcement about the need to beef up security in today's Internet connected cars while simultaneously taking Apple to court in an attempt to weaken iPhone security. Okay, maybe that's not being entirely fair, but it's hard not to see the irony here. On one hand, the FBI wants the courts to force Apple to assist with bypassing the... Read more...
It's been an incredible month for Apple, the FBI, and all of us. We've been sitting back, watching the battle of these two giants, as a conclusion about whether or not the FBI should have a right to access encrypted data on someone's smartphone is reached. It seems like not a day can go by without an update to this interesting saga, and we've been keeping you informed throughout it all. Late last week, we saw an interesting twist: the FBI came out and said that if Apple doesn't want to help it out, or invest its own time to help the FBI accomplish its goal, then the company could simply hand over... Read more...
The immediate comparisons are inevitable. Apple and Samsung are the two most dominant smartphone manufacturers in the world right now, commanding an overwhelming combined market share that dwarfs their competitors. So, when one of these mobile juggernauts releases a new flagship device, analysts, press, and consumers alike want to know how that new competitive product performs versus the other brand's current offering. The interest and buzz is logical. New doesn't always mean significantly more powerful or more innovative. Some product launches are mild refreshes, while others are major overhauls.... Read more...
Rather than work things out in private, the FBI has chosen to drag Apple through court and force its hand in providing technical assistance in cracking the security of an iPhone 5c model that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. There's been a lot of posturing on both sides, and with regards to the FBI, former NSA contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden says the agency is fully capable of unlocking the phone without Apple's help. Snowden is the latest high profile individual to offer up commentary in the feud between the FBI and Apple. He's also uniquely qualified to discuss what... Read more...
Everyone seems to have an opinion on the battle between Apple and the FBI over iPhone security, and specifically the iPhone 5c model that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Apple's position on the matter is clear—building a backdoor for the FBI to exploit would leave hundreds of millions of iPhones vulnerable. In an op-ed piece for The Washington Times, Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi said it's "disappointing" that the FBI wants Apple to essentially "turn back the clock" on security.Federighi's position is that smartphones like the iPhone are more... Read more...
We have been hearing so much about the FBI's pressure on Apple in its encryption fight in recent weeks that it might be easy to forget that it's only just begun in recent weeks. But what a few weeks it's been! In the middle of February, a federal judge ordered Apple to break encryption on an iPhone that belonged to a terrorist part of the San Bernardino attack in December, and Apple wasted no time in defending its stance on things. In gist, CEO Tim Cook and the rest of Apple want to continue giving their customers a phone they can trust, and the government is working hard to cripple that.... Read more...
One of the most important legal matters of our time is playing out right before our very eyes. It involves Apple and its unwillingness to comply with a court order to assist the FBI with cracking the security on an iPhone 5c model that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, and while we've heard intelligent arguments from both sides, things just took a turn towards Crazy Town. San Bernardino's District Attorney Michael Ramos is responsible for navigating the case in that direction by warning of a "cyber pathogen" that might be "lying dormant" on the iPhone 5c model that's causing such... Read more...
It's beginning to look like 2016 could be one of the biggest years we've seen for the iPhone in quite some time, as it's possible that three new variants are going to show up. Those include the iPhone 7, the iPhone Pro, and iPhone SE. There's not a lot known (or speculated on) about the iPhone 7 at this point in time, although it's being said that it's supposed to be a bit slimmer than the current-gen models. Despite the slimming-down being just 1mm, it does raise concern about whether or not battery-life is going to be affected. Let's just hope that Apple isn't sacrificing battery-life so that... Read more...
Apple has found itself in a bind dealing with the U.S. Government over its reluctance to unlock an iPhone involved in an FBI investigation. Luckily, it appears that Apple has made more friends than enemies over the years, as a group of high-profile tech companies have filed an amicus brief [PDF] in support of Apple. Some of Apple’s most fierce competitors have thrown in their support, with Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Facebook leading the list of top tech companies who are listed in the brief. Other companies include Box, Cisco, Evernote, Mozilla, Nest Labs, Pinterest, Slack, Snapchat, WhatsApp... Read more...
The high profile dispute between the FBI and Apple is one that didn't have to play out in the public eye. Had the FBI gone to Apple right away with the iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters, Apple could instructed the agency on the proper steps to obtaining the data kept inside, but the FBI made a mistake. FBI director James Comey admitted as much during a House Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday."There was a mistake made in the first 24 hours, where the county, at the FBI's request, made it hard to make the phone back up by [changing he password of] the iCloud account,"... Read more...
Apple has the U.S. Government breathing down its neck with regards to unlocking an iPhone 5S tied to a San Bernardino terrorist. In that particular case, the FBI is playing off themes of national security and threats of terrorism to win the support of the American public in its fight against Apple. However, Apple today scored an early victory against the FBI in a lower-profile New York case that similarly revolves around forcing the company to crack into an iPhone that is passcode-locked. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein ruled that the FBI’s use of the 1789 All Writs Act (AWA) was a vast overreach... Read more...
A number of companies quickly came to Apple’s defense when the FBI sent its attack dogs to force the company to provide access to a passcode-locked iPhone 5c. Those tech giants included Google, Facebook and Twitter, but conspicuously missing was Microsoft. Sure, we heard from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, but his commentary was far from a ringing endorsement for Apple’s actions. Today, however, we’re getting a more full-throated response from Microsoft, and the Redmond, Washington-based company is “wholeheartedly” throwing its full support behind Apple. “We at Microsoft support Apple and will... Read more...
Apple is under immense pressure to cave in and give into the requests of the FBI when it comes to unlocking one iPhone 5c that is tied to a ruthless terrorist. The FBI’s initial demands of Apple fell on deaf ears, so a court order was issued for Apple to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to aid in unlocking the device. Apple countered that doing so would only put more of its customers at risk and set a dangerous precedent for future cases. So what is a company like Apple to do when it’s tasked with going toe-to-toe with all the legal might of the U.S. Government in a case that shows Apple... Read more...
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