iOS 11 feature could allow iPhone Touch ID feature to be disabled, thereby adding additional layer of privacy via “cop button”

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Date: Monday, August 21st, 2017, 05:30
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, Software, Touch ID

Over the years, Apple’s Touch ID technology has proven to be a legal gray area whenever law enforcement or border patrol asked you to hand over your iPhone.

A new feature may have surfaced in a beta of iOS 11 that essentially functions as a “cop button”, wherein the iPhone owner can set up a provision in the update allowing you to choose whether to keep TouchID on or not. Instead of relying on Touch ID, users could incorporate a long, complex password, thus locking out cops and anyone who doesn’t know the passphrase.

Currently, police can force you to use your fingerprint to unlock the phone, but they can’t force you to use your password — something that has been proven by law to be protected.

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Apple disables Apple Pay functionality for white supremacist websites, online storefronts

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Date: Friday, August 18th, 2017, 05:03
Category: Apple Pay, Legal, News

This is pretty significant.

On Wednesday, Apple confirmed that the company had disabled Apple Pay functionality for websites that sell apparel and paraphernalia from white nationalists and hate groups.

The discontinuation of service applies to garments with Nazi logos, t-shirts sporting the phrase “White Pride,” and a bumper sticker showing a car plowing into stick figure demonstrators. The move follows Saturday’s Charlottesville demonstrations, where one woman was killed by a car driven by a white nationalist. As a result, the company blocked three white nationalist sites from using Apple Pay.

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New TSA policy requires U.S. passengers to remove iPads, MacBooks from carry-on bags for scanning

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Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, iPad, Legal, MacBook, News

Per a new policy issued by the Transportation Safety Administration on Wednesday, over the coming weeks and months, passengers will no longer be able to keep their iPads or smaller MacBook notebooks in their bags when passing through security screenings. Instead, the devices will have to be placed in a separate bin to be x-rayed.

The new policy states that “all electronics larger than a cell phone” will be subject to this scrutiny.

Previously, Apple’s ultra-thin iPad, as well as the MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook, were given approval to stay in a bag when being scanned.

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FDA initiates program towards streamlining approvals for digital devices

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Date: Monday, June 19th, 2017, 05:12
Category: Health, iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, Software, watchOS

This may help Apple’s plans to help make HealthKit ubiquitous and to get digital patient records out in a timely manner.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week released a statement on how the government agency is aiming to streamline innovation of digital health and medical technology through a new approach to regulating devices:

FDA will soon be putting forward a broad initiative that is focused on fostering new innovation across our medical product centers. I will have more to say on many elements of this initiative soon. However, today I want to focus on one critical aspect of this innovation initiative: A new Digital Health Innovation Plan that is focused on fostering innovation at the intersection of medicine and digital health technology. This plan will include a novel, post-market approach to how we intend to regulate these digital medical devices.

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European Commission abolishes roaming charges, changes en route

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Date: Friday, June 16th, 2017, 05:25
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, retail, wireless

This’ll come in handy if you’re hitting the road soon.

A new European Union law came into effect on Thursday that abolishes roaming charges for people using mobile phones abroad. The new rules mean that European citizens traveling within the EU that call, text, and browse the internet on their mobile devices will be charged the same price they pay in their home country.

Prior to this, roaming charges were added to the cost of calls, SMS text messages, and web browsing when outside users traveled in the EU and had to connect to another cellular network. This, in turn, led to what amounted to notorious/exorbitant fees for relatively moderate data usage.

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In-cabin notebook ban may soon apply to flights from Europe to U.S.

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Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2017, 05:25
Category: Hardware, Legal, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

The Department of Homeland Security may be expanding its notebook ban, forbidding notebooks in the cabins of all flights from Europe to the United States. News of the expanded ban, which could be announced as soon as Thursday, came from European security officials.

Passengers flying from Europe to the United States may need to store their computers in their checked luggage. The Department of Homeland Security has yet to announce a final decision on this matter, with Security Secretary John Kelly planning to discuss the matter with senators in a classified briefing on Thursday.

The DHS offered the following comment:

“No final decisions have been made on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins; however, it is under consideration. DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe.”

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Feinstein: FBI spent roughly $900,000 to decrypt San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c data

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Date: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, 05:06
Category: iOS, iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, security, Software, Uncategorized

The data recovery effort to copy the iPhone 5c data of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook erred on the pricey side.

Namely, in the neighborhood of $900,000 according to California senator Dianne Feinstein, who mentioned the amount spent recently when questioning FBI director James Comey at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing.

“I was so struck when San Bernardino happened and you made overtures to allow that device to be opened, and then the FBI had to spend $900,000 to hack it open,” Feinstein commented. “And as I subsequently learned of some of the reason for it, there were good reasons to get into that device.”

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Notebooks and tablets may be banned from cabin baggage on certain inbound flights to the U.S. from U.K., Europe

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Date: Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, 05:25
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, Legal, MacBook Pro, News

The U.S. ban on notebooks and tablets in the cabin of certain inbound international flights may be extended to European countries, including the UK. Any electronic device larger than a phone would have to be placed in hold baggage.

The ban, which currently extends to flights from 10 airports, mostly from the Middle East and North Africa, was introduced last month with the Department of Homeland Security stating that it was in response to intelligence suggesting that terrorists planned to smuggle explosives inside certain consumer electronics.

A new report from The Guardian has stated that the Trump administration is “considering” extending the ban to inbound flights from Europe.

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Recently located documents show Apple places pressure on recyclers to shred MacBooks, iPhones

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Date: Monday, April 24th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Hardware, Hardware, iPhone, Legal, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News

A recent discovery from Apple’s Environmental Responsibility Report revealed that Apple, which recently stated that one of its goals was to make its iPhones and computers out of recycled materials, has ordered recyclers to shred iPhones and MacBooks upon receiving them.

This stands in contrast to an environmentally friendly action that could be undertaken, which would be to salvage everything possible from the devices.

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Tim Cook once threatened to remove Uber from the App Store regarding company practices

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Date: Monday, April 24th, 2017, 05:36
Category: App Store, iOS, Legal, News, Software

It’s not always the best idea to get on Apple’s bad side.

In 2015, Apple CEO apparently scolded Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick during a face-to-face meeting for tweaking coding to track iPhones even after users deleted the Uber app. “So, I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules,” Cook said, according to the New York Times, as he told Kalanick to knock it off or Uber would be banned from the App Store — a prospect that would have been disastrous for Uber.

Per the report, Kalanick “was shaken” by Cook’s scolding and agreed to stop tracking the phones.

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