FBI director Christopher Wray calls for weakened encryption, backdoor access to assist law enforcement efforts

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Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 03:11
Category: Legal, News, security, Software

Because apparently several experts telling you something is mathematically impossible doesn’t mean a whole lot.

Newly minted FBI director Christopher Wray has renewed calls to weaken or bypass encryption. Wray, citing more than 7,700 locked devices that have proven inaccessible to the FBI, has stated that encryption can be weakened without putting users at risks.

Among the sources telling him this would be unlikely, if not impossible, include mathematicians, encryption experts, and even the U.S.’s own intelligence services. The mathematicians and encryption experts have stated that backdoors, if available, would be exploited by all. Wray’s comments pick up where previous FBI director James Comey left off.

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Apple now involved in eight U.S.-based lawsuits, one Israel lawsuit following iPhone battery slowdown scandal

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Date: Thursday, December 28th, 2017, 03:59
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News

When it rains it pours.

Apple is presently facing no less than eight individual lawsuits over claims it artificially slowed down iPhones with aging batteries. The cases were filed in U.S. Federal Courts in California, Illinois, and New York.

Each of these cases is pushing for class action status.

The first cases were filed in California and Illinois just after Apple confirmed the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 all experience slower performance as their batteries age.

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Rumor: Apple could look to MediaTek for iPhone modem components as legal dispute with Qualcomm drags on

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Date: Wednesday, December 27th, 2017, 03:21
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Legal, Rumor

Amidst the ongoing legal kerfuffle between Apple and Qualcomm, Apple may be eyeing a partnership with Taiwan’s MediaTek, which could supply baseband modem chipsets for iPhones beginning in 2018.

The story was first broken by DigiTimes, which has a hit-or-miss track record on stories such as these, but has landed some good scoops where iPhone components are concerned.

An anonymous source stated that MediaTek “has a chance” to secure modem orders from Apple. As of now, Apple has already transferred half of its iPhone modem chipsets from Qualcomm to Intel, following Apple’s lawsuit filed earlier this year, accusing Qualcomm of withholding nearly $1 billion in rebates.

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Comcast could be readying paid priority lanes should net neutrality laws be eliminated

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Date: Friday, December 1st, 2017, 03:03
Category: Legal, News

After years of promising that it won’t violate the principles of net neutrality, Comcast appears to be gearing up for an instance in which net neutrality laws could be revoked. The company’s stance has changed and while Comcast has stated that it has dropped its promise about not instituting paid prioritization.

The new policy now states that Comcast won’t “discriminate against lawful content” or impose “anti-competitive paid prioritization.” The change in wording suggests that Comcast may offer paid fast lanes to websites or other online services, such as video streaming providers, after the Federal Communications Commission eliminates the net neutrality rules next month.

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Texas Rangers issue warrant to decrypt iPhone SE following Southerland Springs shooting

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Date: Monday, November 20th, 2017, 03:08
Category: iCloud, iPhone, Legal, News, security, Touch ID

Similar to the San Bernadino shooting of almost two years ago, Apple has officially been served with a search warrant for access to the iPhone SE used by the man responsible for the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting. The move comes after an earlier fumble that saw the Texas Rangers and FBI fail to act within 48 hours to unlock the device in question with Touch ID…

The Texas Rangers served Apple with a warrant to access both David Kelley’s iPhone SE and iCloud account. The Rangers have also expressed interest in a second phone used by Kelley made by LG. Apple stated earlier this month that it contacted law enforcement officials roughly 48 hours after the shooting to see if it could be of any help. During that first 48 hours, when Touch ID would have still been enabled, law enforcement made no efforts to ask Apple for help or to use Touch ID to unlock the phone. Instead, it shipped the device off to a crime lab in Quantico, Virginia.

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Following tax investigation, Apple shelters billions in profits via Irish channels

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, 03:32
Category: Finance, Legal, News

Apple has apparently found the mother of all tax shelter combinations.

Despite company CEO Tim Cook having stated that “We pay all the taxes we owe, every single dollar. We don’t depend on tax gimmicks, we don’t stash money on some Caribbean island” during a a United States Senate investigative subcommittee hearing in 2013, the company has apparently begun hoarding tax revenue through a connection in Ireland.

Within five months after Cook’s testimony, Irish officials began to crack down on the tax structure Apple was thought to be using. Apple had parked billions of dollars into multiple Irish jurisdictions before settling on the small island of Jersey, which typically does not tax corporate income.

In short, it seems that Apple has placed more than $128 billion in profits offshore, nearly all of these profits having been made since 2007 and the continued extraordinary success of the iPhone.

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Robbers snag 313 iPhone X units being delivered to San Francisco Apple Store location

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 04:39
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, retail

It’s not quite the equivalent of the bank robbery scene in “Heat”, but it’s getting there. On Wednesday, three “husky” men in hoodies driving a white Dodge van broke into a UPS truck Wednesday while it was parked outside a San Francisco Apple Store.

The UPS truck was delivering 313 iPhone X units to the Apple Store, wherein the robbery itself occurred between 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. PT.

The total value of the stolen merchandise was estimated to be more than $370,000. The iPhone X, which becomes available in stores Friday, starts at $999 apiece. The suspects have yet to be caught.

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Qualcomm files suit against Apple, cites breach of contract, unchecked access to development resources

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 03:47
Category: Hardware, Intel, iPad, iPhone, Legal, News, Processors

On Wednesday, chipmaker Qualcomm filed suit against Apple, claiming Apple has failed to abide by the terms of a software license and said it may have used its unprecedented access to that code to help Qualcomm-rival Intel Corp.

The two companies are now engaged in a lawsuit over technology licensing fees that Qualcomm charges for patents. Apple has stated that Qualcomm is charging too much and has leveraged its strong market position in chips illegally. Qualcomm has countered that Apple, one of its largest customers, has lied to regulators in an unfair attempt to bully it into charging less.

Apple currently uses Qualcomm’s chips as modems without its devices to communicate with cellular networks. Apple has widened its supplier base to include Intel for some of the chips, beginning with the iPhone 7. The company has yet to respond to requests seeking comment.

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Chinese telecom companies cut Apple Watch Series 3 access to LTE, cite government security concerns

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Date: Friday, October 20th, 2017, 05:56
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, Legal, News, security, Wearables

China has terminated LTE access for the Apple Watch Series 3 without explanation. Per the Wall Street Journal, all three major carriers in China have closed off LTE access, apparently over the government’s security concerns over the device.

The WSJ reports that LTE functionality was available on China Unicom at launch, but new subscriptions were terminated just a few days later. Existing users are so far unaffected, it says.

It’s thought that the government was concerned about the fact that it could not track the new Apple Watch Series 3’s user base given its use of an eSIM device.

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FCC pushes for Apple to activate FM transmitters in iPhones following recent string of natural disasters

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Date: Friday, September 29th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News

Following up on renewed pressure from the National Association of Broadcasters urging Apple to the FM radio capabilities built into the wireless modem of every iPhone, FCC chairman Ajit Pai has stated that he hopes Apple will “reconsider its position” following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, which have devastated parts of the United States, including Florida and Texas, and Caribbean islands like Barbuda, Dominica, and Puerto Rico.

Pai went on record to state that “it is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people first.”

The comment comes from Pai’s following full statement:

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