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Apple releases iOS 9.3 update

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Date: Monday, March 21st, 2016, 13:25
Category: Apple Watch, Archive, iOS, security, Software, Wearables

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Amidst the kerfuffle of the March 21st media event, Apple also dropped the long-awaited iOS 9.3 update.

The update, which weighs in around 310 megabytes, adds the following fixes and changes:

– A fix for the iMessage encryption bug discovered by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The exploit can lead to photos and videos sent via iMessage to be decrypted.

– Night Shift: Some apps like Tweetbot, Kindle, Waze, and Instapaper have a “night mode” so you don’t hurt your eyes trying to read a stark-white screen in a dark room. Apple’s all-new Night Shift feature works differently but has the benefit of being system-wide.

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Justice Department cites Apple as “having raised technological barriers” in San Bernadino iPhone unlocking case

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 22:52
Category: Archive, iPhone, security, Software

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This is probably the next step in the escalating war between Apple and the Justice Department.

The Justice Department on Thursday issued a statement claiming Apple’s rhetoric of privacy protection in the San Bernadino iPhone 5c unlocking case to be “false”.

Last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a court order requiring Apple to write new software and take other measures to disable passcode protection and allow access to shooter Rizwan Farook’s iPhone.

Apple has yet to comply, stating that the government’s request would create a back door to devices that could not be removed from existence and could be used by criminals and governments. Apple added that Congress has not given the Justice Department the legal authority to make such a demand.

Apple has also attacked the FBI investigation as “shoddy” and portrayed itself as “the primary guardian of Americans’ privacy,” federal prosecutors said in a court filing on Thursday.

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Just the thing if you’re feeling nostalgic about the PowerBook

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Date: Friday, February 21st, 2014, 20:47
Category: Apple, Archive, Fun, History, PowerBook

apple-powerbook-g3-wallstreetThis website was pretty much founded on writing about Apple’s PowerBook line, so I thought this would be a nifty tidbit to pass along. For those of you whose history with the Mac only dates back to around five years, the PowerBook line was the first series of Mac laptops. When Apple made the jump to Intel chips inside their portable lineup, they switched the name to “MacBook” and “MacBook Pro” and have carried on that convention ever since.

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PowerPage Server Move: Historical Stories Imported

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 10:29
Category: Archive

We finished the import of all the historical stories from the previous PowerPage back end database. There are now over 8,000 stories in the database dating back to 1999 for your searching pleasure. The GUI for the search pages is still incomplete, so pardon the dust there for a while longer.
Thank you to Habi Jilani who wrote the converter from our Web Objects format to Movable Type.
We are in the process of searching for and importing the stories from the PowerPage lost years (1995-1999) and hope to have them imported an online to celebrate our tenth year anniversary of publishing in December.

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More Laptops With EVDO Built-in

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 09:40
Category: Archive

IBM Lenovo Z60tFirst it was the Panasonic Toughbook, then HP and Dell jumped on the bandwagon, now IBM/Lenovo have launched the new Z60t widescreen Z-Series ThinkPad – with a built-in EVDO modem (Verizon 1xEV-DO WWAN).
According to EVDO Wikipedia EVDO is:

“a wireless radio broadband data protocol being adopted by many CDMA mobile phone providers in Brazil, Japan, Korea, Israel, the United States, Australia and Canada as part of the cdma2000 standard. 1xEVDO is pronounced “One Ex-E:- Vee-Dee-Oh.” It is commonly referred in the industry as DO (Dee-Oh).
Compared to 1xRTT networks currently being used by operators, or the GPRS and EDGE networks employed by their GSM competitors, 1xEV-DO is significantly faster, providing access terminals with download speeds of up to 2.4 Mbit/s. Only terminals with 1xEV-DO chipsets can take advantage of the higher speeds.

Apple should be paying attention to this trend and needs to make sure that a broadband chipset (EVDO, GPRS or EDGE) is embedded on the new PowerBook motherboard. Don’t be the last vendor to include this functionality!

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Well-Round Mobile Devices for Emergency Situations-UPDATED

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2005, 12:50
Category: Archive

With impending disasters raging alone the coastal regions and the always possibility of power outages. One sometimes re-thinks what one has in case of a situation like such. I quickly did a search and found some nice items. Please Note: This list is no way exhaustive (I’m sure with more time, one could find even better stuff).
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Kyocera KR1 EVDO Router – First Look

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Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2005, 12:22
Category: Archive

The Kyocera KR1 Router is almost available. This US$200 EVDO router will allow iBooks, PowerBook 12 and any desktop computer to hook up to wireless broadband using Verizon or Sprint. Click on the headline to read more…

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Dell, HP To Sell Laptops With Verizon Wireless Data Services

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2005, 15:32
Category: Archive

Computerworld is reporting that Dell and HP will offer laptops early next year that will include embedded radios for accessing Verizon’s EVDO wireless data network. Readers of this site know that Apple has been experimenting with a tri-radio (WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM/GPRS) PowerBook for some time now and may finally release it in 2006.

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The Television as a Hub?

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2005, 07:50
Category: Archive

In the past, we had television. Then there were computers. Then there was cable TV. Then there was a cable modem for the computer. Does anyone see a basic connection here and then a disconnect? For at least two years now I’ve been trying to get Apple (or anybody I can get to listen), to finally tie the two technologies together. The silence has been deafening. Read More…

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Some SMS Voyeurism for the Weekend?

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Date: Friday, September 16th, 2005, 10:50
Category: Archive

“Slogging,” the practice of sending your SMS to a public SMS log, and of reading people?s personal, private, and distinctly odd messages, is becoming rather popular. Read more…

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