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Justice Department looking to have Apple help extract data from 12 additional iPhones

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Date: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 07:12
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The plot thickens.

In the midst of the controversy between Apple and the Department of Justice regarding the unlocking of the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone, the U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing additional court orders that would force Apple to help federal investigators extract data from twelve other encrypted iPhones that may contain crime-related evidence.

The revelation comes nearly one week after a U.S. federal judge ordered Apple to assist the FBI with unlocking an iPhone belonging to suspected San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. Apple strongly opposed the court order last week in an open letter to customers.

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Apple TV gains access to Disney Channel, Disney XD and Watch ABC

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Date: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, 07:15
Category: Apple TV, News, Siri

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Not that additional Apple TV channels are a bad thing.

Apple quietly added several new channels and cable internet services onto the new Apple TV universal search and Siri search on Monday, following the addition of Fox and National Geographic earlier in the month. The new options bring Watch ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Jr and Disney X.D into the mix

Unfortunately, international Apple TV users continue to be left in the dark regarding ‘universal’ search. Outside of the US, a handful of countries get iTunes + Netflix integration in search results … the remainder only get iTunes.

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Apple working with FBI on San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone, still refusing to create backdoor to allow entry

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Date: Monday, February 22nd, 2016, 07:20
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security, Software

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Following up on last week’s coverage of Apple, the FBI, the Department of Justice, Donald Trump screaming about things and the San Bernadino shooter’s locked iPhone, it turns out that Apple has apparently offered the FBI four different options for recovering data on the iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook. None of those methods involved Apple creating a backdoor into iOS as ordered by a federal court this week, and at least one of those methods might have been thwarted because a San Bernardino Health Department employee changed the password on the iTunes account tied to the iPhone.

According to unnamed company executives, Apple has been working with the FBI since “early January” to access data on the device. One of the methods proposed involved allowing the device to auto-connect to a trusted Wi-Fi network, where Apple hoped the device would auto-backup to iCloud. Apple would then be able to copy the data on iCloud for controlled retrieval.

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Apple grants press access to processor development plants

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Date: Monday, February 22nd, 2016, 07:04
Category: Hardware, News, Processors

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For all its secrecy, Apple can’t help showing off a little bit.

This was seen recently when Bloomberg Businessweek got rare access inside the undisclosed locations where Apple develops its processor chips. Brad Stone, Adam Satariano and Gwen Ackerman interviewed Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president for hardware technologies, over three days, and got guided tours of unmarked Apple chip facilities in Cupertino, Calif., and Herzliya, Israel.

The piece covers Apple’s processor development, which began during Steve Jobs’ time as CEO, and dives in to the sites and everything that goes into processor research and development.

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Apple iOS encryption battle could escalate to the Supreme Court

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Date: Friday, February 19th, 2016, 07:48
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, security

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Apple’s cryptography fight could go all the way to the tippy top.

Following tim Cook’s reply to the court order instructing the company to assist the FBI in breaking into an iPhone left any room for doubt about Apple’s determination to fight the matter all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, that doubt appears to be removed by further background emerging today.

It’s been reported that Apple plans to press ahead with plans to increase its use of strong encryption.

Cook has since told colleagues that he plans to stand by Apple’s current encryption policies.

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Apple releases updated iOS 9.2.1 variant to make amends for handsets affected by Error 53

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Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2016, 13:00
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News, security

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A bit of an apology from Apple following the “Error 53” controversy.

Apple on Thursday released an updated version of iOS 9.2.1, bypassing what the company has admitted to be a factory test of the Home button during start up.

Apple released an updated version of iOS 9.2.1 to restore newer iPhones that were disabled by Error 53. This iOS update will prevent future iPhones from experiencing Error 53 if they have their Home buttons repaired by a third-party repair shop. This update can only be installed by connecting the iPhone to iTunes on a Mac or PC, not over the air.

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Apple Pay launches in China with UnionPay support

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Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2016, 08:48
Category: News

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The rumors were true.

Apple Pay launched in China on February 18th.

Apple Pay has gone live in China, making it the fifth country where Apple Pay is officially available. Implemented through a partnership with UnionPay, China’s state-run interbank network, Apple Pay in China can be used by iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch owners with an eligible China UnionPay debit or credit card.

With the launch, Apple has inked deals with 19 of the biggest lenders in China, which will see 80 percent of credit and debit cards in China eligible for use with Apple Pay.

In retail locations in China, Apple Pay is available on the iPhone 6 and later and the Apple Watch at any location that has a UnionPay-compatible point-of-sale system. Within apps, Apple Pay purchases can be made using an iPhone or iPad that supports NFC, which includes the iPhone 6 and later and the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro.

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Apple ships out replacement USB-C charging cables for select registered 12-inch Retina MacBook

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Date: Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, 08:52
Category: Hardware, MacBook, News, USB-C

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With any luck, your replacement USB-C charging cable is en route.

Less than a week after starting a program to replace faulty USB-C charging cables, users are reporting receiving their replacement until in the mail.

As promised, Apple is proactively sending out free replacement USB-C cables to 12-inch Retina MacBook owners who submitted a mailing address when they purchased or registered their notebook.

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Federal judge orders Apple to help FBI unlock San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c

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Date: Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, 08:19
Category: iOS, Legal, News, security, Software

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A few months after the San Bernadino shootings, Apple was ordered by a U.S. federal judge on Tuesday to help the FBI unlock the iPhone 5c used by shooter Syed Farook. According to court papers, Apple “declined to provide [assistance] voluntarily.”

The judge ruled Tuesday that Apple had to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to the government in recovering data from the iPhone 5c, including bypassing the auto-erase function and allowing investigators to submit an unlimited number of passwords in their attempts to unlock the phone. Apple has five days to respond to the court if it believes that compliance would be “unreasonably burdensome.”

Prosecutors have argued that the “government was unable to complete the search because it cannot access the iPhone’s encrypted content.” The FBI argued that Apple has the “technical means” to assist the government and, in a statement, U.S. attorney Eileen M. Decker said that the order was a “potentially important step” in finding out “everything we possibly can” about the San Bernardino attack.

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ICBC confirms February 18th launch for Apple Pay in China

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Date: Tuesday, February 16th, 2016, 08:27
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News

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You can’t land a much bigger whale than the Chinese financial marketplace.

And it looks like Apple is headed there with Apple Pay.

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China has confirmed earlier reports that Apple Pay would launch in China this week, its social media posts stating that its service will go live on Thursday, February 18th. A further 18 lenders are signed up to the service, China Guangfa Bank Co and China Construction Bank Corp, will launch on the same day as ICBC.

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