Justice Department mentions that it could compel Apple for iOS source code to create back door to unlock San Bernadino iPhone 5c

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Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 08:00
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The Justice Department is now stating that it could potentially demand Apple hand over iOS source code and a signing key in the San Bernadino iPhone case.

A recent court filing states that the Justice Department made the proposal as a footnote in a recent rebuttal of Apple’s arguments in the case. In the brief, government laywers said they have so far pursued their current strategy — asking Apple to build a passcode limit break for the FBI — because they thought handing over code would be “less palatable” to the company.

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Intel’s 3D Xpoint architecture could find its way into Mac notebooks fairly quickly, be significantly faster than NAND Flash storage

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Date: Monday, March 14th, 2016, 08:37
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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This could lead to something really nifty for your Mac notebook.

Last summer, Intel announced 3D Xpoint, a new class of memory labeled as a “major breakthrough in memory process technology.” 3D Xpoint is 1,000 times faster and more durable than NAND Flash storage, as well as 10 times denser than the DRAM chips used in computers.

The transistor-free cross point architecture essentially creates a three-dimensional checkerboard withers memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to faster and more efficient read/write processes.

Intel had stated that the first 3D Xpoint product would be solid in early 2016 and marketed under the product name of its “Octane solid state drives”. Interestingly enough, 3D Xpoint is compatible with NVM Express (NVMe), an SSD protocol that offers improved latency and performance over the older AHCI protocol.

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Apple announces media event for Monday, March 21st at 10 AM

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2016, 08:00
Category: Apple TV, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

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Give it enough time and eventually Apple catches up to the rumors.

Apple has announced a special event for members of the press at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21st, at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino.

The event will be streamed via apple.com and can be accessed from any Mac running OS X 10.8.5 or later with Safari 6.0.5 or later, any PC running Windows 10 with Microsoft’s Edge browser, any iOS device running iOS 7 or later or any Apple TV from the second-gen on.

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Proposed California State Assembly Bill could work against smartphone encryption

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2016, 07:22
Category: Android, Google, iPhone, News, security, Software

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For California smartphone users, this hits pretty close to home.

Assembly Bill 1681, a California State Assembly bill, would ban default encryption on all smartphones. The bill, introduced in January by Assemblymember Jim Cooper, would require any smartphone sold in California “to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” This could be even more drastic than what’s going on with Apple’s legal showdown in the San Bernadino iPhone unlocking case.

Both Apple and Google currently encrypt smartphones running their iOS and Android operating systems by default. A.B. 1681 would undo this default, penalizing manufacturers and providers of operating systems $2,500 per device that cannot be decrypted at the time of sale.

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Hardware hack for San Bernadino iPhone 5c possible but risky

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 07:49
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, security

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The data onboard the iPhone 5c at the heart of the decryption/unlocking scandal could be accessible via a hardware technique.

This hardware technique, apparently, isn’t for the faint of heart.

In recent days, the American Civil Liberties Union’s technology fellow and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have suggested a method that would let investigators repeatedly guess the iPhone’s password.

Federal investigators fear San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook may have configured his work phone to use an Apple security feature that erases a key for decrypting data after 10 incorrect guesses of the phone’s password.

The forensic technique to get at the data, known as “chip off,” involves removing a NAND flash memory chip and copying its data. If successful, this would yield a decryption key that can be restored if it is erased after incorrect guesses.

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Apple patent points out potential to turn Apple Watch into urgent care device

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Date: Thursday, March 10th, 2016, 07:20
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Software, Wearables

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This is definitely nifty.

A recently published patent application suggests that Apple is working to turn Apple Watch into a full-fledged medical device, one that can monitor a user’s vital signs and automatically send out an alert should they need urgent care.

The application, entitled “Care event detection and alerts” provides for a hardware system capable of monitoring its surrounding environment for so-called “care events,” described as any event that necessitates assistance from medical personnel, police, fire rescue or other emergency technicians. For example, the device could be programmed to monitor a user’s heart for an arrhythmia and, upon detection, send out an alert to family or emergency responders.

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Google Photos updated, now features Live Photos, improved backup support

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 15:53
Category: Google, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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This is sort of nifty.

The Google Photos app for iOS has been updated and now allows users to back up and view Live Photos taken with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The latest version of the iOS app has finally received support for the format, nearly six months after Apple introduced Live Photos in the latest iPhone.

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Apple adds mid-2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, others to vintage and obsolete products list

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 08:56
Category: Hardware, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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As much as you may love the mid-2010 17-inch MacBook Pro, Apple just added it to its vintage and obsolete products list.

The notebook joins the mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pro and the early 2009 Xserve and are now generally no longer eligible for hardware service. Apple defines vintage products as those that have not been manufactured for more than five but less than seven years ago, while obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than seven years ago.

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Department of Justice uses New York case to cite All Writs Act towards iPhone unlocking case

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, 07:35
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The legal soap opera continues.

As Apple remains embroiled in the San Bernadino iPhone unlocking controversy, a New York judge ruled last week that the government couldn’t force Apple to unlock a device. Now, apparently, the Department of Justice is fighting the ruling and is again citing the All Writs Act as reasoning.

The Justice Department has today resubmitted its case to a higher judge in the Eastern District of New York. In the filing, the government argues that the case regarding the San Bernardino gunman is evidence that the All Writs Act can be used to force a company to unlock a device.

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KeRanger ransomware arrives on the Mac, Transmission 2.90 application infected

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2016, 08:46
Category: News, security, Software

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Ransomware has come to the Mac.

Over the weekend, researcher at Palo Alto Networks stated that ransomeware, which encrypts data on infected machines, then typically asks users to pay ransoms in hard-to-trace digital currencies to get an electronic key so they can retrieve their data, has been found to be targeting the Mac OS X platform in the form of the “KeRanger” malware. The malware first appeared on Friday and seems to be attacking Apple’s Mac computers.

Security experts estimate that ransoms total hundreds of millions of dollars a year from such cyber criminals, who typically target users of Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) Windows operating system.

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