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Unlocking iPhone Would Expose 'Hundreds Of Millions' To Cyber Attacks, Apple Says

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.29.2016 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters would leave hundreds of millions of Apple Inc device owners vuln...

Wildfire App Alerts Users of Emergency Situations

Rawan AbuShaban | Posted 02.29.2016 | Technology
Rawan AbuShaban

It's difficult to feel safe while venturing outside at night or in suspicious areas. While it's a troubling reality in many urban areas, college campuses are also vastly susceptible to public threats, where evening classes and late-night study sessions are unavoidable, and crime rates seem disproportionately high.

Monday Market Movement - G20 Drops the Ball Once Again

Phil Davis | Posted 02.29.2016 | Business
Phil Davis

Well, it's not like we didn't expect it. Sadly, after a 3-day meeting of the World's top Financial Ministers in Shanghai, markets are opening weak...

Apple Versus FBI: What's the Right Side of the Slippery Slope?

Ira Kalb | Posted 02.28.2016 | Business
Ira Kalb

While people have strong opinions about what Apple should or shouldn't do, there are so many questions without a lot of clear-cut answers. What is America about? What are we protecting? Many would say freedom or free will. Does supporting Apple's position or the FBI's bring us greater freedom? The answer is not clear.

Apple's Crocodile Tears

Omri Ben-Shahar | Posted 02.26.2016 | Technology
Omri Ben-Shahar

The entire tech industry seems to be on a mission, fighting tooth and nail to protect consumers' privacy. This is awfully rich. The industry that makes a highly profitable living off of people's data, now parading as the crusader of privacy.

Trump Can't Even Figure Out Which Smartphone To Use

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 02.26.2016 | Technology

Donald Trump flip-flops even when it comes to his choice of smartphone. The Republican presidential candidate called for a boycott on Apple products l...

China's Mobile Payment Revolution Is Going to Africa

Claire van den Heever | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
Claire van den Heever

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Gaining market share in Africa is a very different kettle of fish. Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu's red envelope rivalry may remain limited to China for now, but a battle for access to Africa's burgeoning mobile Internet market could be on the horizon, too.

Apple Might Lock Down iCloud Data To Avoid Another Fight With The Feds

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 02.26.2016 | Technology

Despite Apple's commitment to privacy, data backed up on Apple's iCloud isn't as private as data stored on its physical devices. Although iCloud data...

Rival Phone Makers Reluctant To Support Apple In FBI Battle

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.26.2016 | Technology

MUMBAI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - As Apple Inc resists the U.S. government in a high profile stand-off over privacy, rival device makers are, for now, keep...

Nest's Tony Fadell: The New Steve Jobs?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 02.26.2016 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

This week, I met the "legendary" Tony Fadell at SVForum's Visionary Salon in Palo Alto. Fadell has been called "the father of the iPod."

Passwords, Privacy and Protection: Can Apple Meet FBI's Demand Without Creating a 'Backdoor'?

The Conversation US | Posted 02.25.2016 | Technology
The Conversation US

The San Bernardino terrorist suspect Syed Rizwan Farook used an iPhone 5c, which is now in the possession of the FBI. The iPhone is locked. The FBI wants Apple to help unlock it, presumably so they can glean additional evidence. Apple has declined.

Smartphones in Class Should Be Suspended

Lisa Rinkus | Posted 02.26.2016 | Parents
Lisa Rinkus

Right now, policies vary about smartphone usage state by state, school by school, teacher by teacher. Consistent, digital communications policies in classrooms are needed that benefit the children.

Apple Says FBI Request Violates Company's First Amendment Rights

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 02.25.2016 | Technology

(Reuters) - Apple Inc on Thursday struck back in court against a U.S. government request to unlock an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Be...

From blue sky science to blue ribbon policy: a call to action

Terry Babcock-Lumish | Posted 02.25.2016 | Technology
Terry Babcock-Lumish

Exhortations to learn from history are nothing new. But how to make sense of that which is wholly novel, for which history books fail to offer a tidy ...

Faithful Thursday - G20 Will Fix Everything, Right?

Phil Davis | Posted 02.25.2016 | Business
Phil Davis

Wheeeeee, what fun! After being soundly rejected at the strong bounce line (1,950) and falling back to the weak bounce line (1,900) which it bri...

Tim Cook Is Securing Steve Jobs' Legacy With Encryption

Adam Levin | Posted 02.25.2016 | Technology
Adam Levin

There has to be a point in the evolution of consumer privacy (or its disintegration) where we can no longer lower our standards as fast as our situation is deteriorating. When it comes to our privacy we really have to stand firm -- and Tim Cook is doing that.

Apple CEO Says Hacking iPhone Would Be 'Bad For America'

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.24.2016 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple chief Tim Cook on Wednesday said that complying with a court order to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to one ...

Justice Department Just Met With Facebook, Others To Discuss Online Extremism

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.24.2016 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department convened a meeting with social media companies and other groups on Wednesday to discuss ways to cou...

The U.S. Has Lost Its Damn Mind

James Allworth | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
James Allworth

In any properly functioning society, Apple would get adulation for standing up to a government trying to do this. But do you know what Apple got for taking this principled stance? They got sh*t piled on them. Sh*t piled on them by people like this clown.

Apple, the FBI, and Our Pathetic "Debate" About Privacy

Jess Coleman | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Jess Coleman

Why is the American public so impervious to a vigorous discussion about privacy? Perhaps it's because we don't understand it all that well.

The Day Tim Cook Forgot His Password

Greg Schwem | Posted 02.24.2016 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

It was kept hush-hush but several months ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook lay on an emergency room gurney, holding a compress to his head. The lump on his temp...

Democrats More Likely To Support Apple In Fight For iPhone Privacy

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.24.2016 | Technology

BOSTON (Reuters) - Nearly half of Americans support Apple Inc's decision to oppose a federal court order demanding that it unlock a smartphone used b...

Apple vs Google: The Fight for the Most Intelligent Smartphone

Bernard Marr | Posted 02.24.2016 | Technology
Bernard Marr

How smart is your smartphone? Until recently, not that smart, actually. Sure Siri can beatbox and Google can tell you what the fox says, but the phones themselves are not actually that smart. They're responding based on info they grab from the cloud.

If The FBI Wins, The U.S. Will Lose A Major Strategic Advantage

Stratechery | Whitney Snyder | Posted 02.23.2016 | Technology

To lower the bar when it comes to defense is to give up one of the United States’ biggest strategic advantages....

Fear Is the Greatest Motivator in the Case of Apple vs. the FBI

Nida Khan | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
Nida Khan

Fear is why we saw the rise of mass surveillance, metadata collection and an invasion of our privacy. Fear is why people are okay with looking the other way when innocent civilians are killed from our wars. Are we now going to allow fear to drive us to give up even more of our liberties? Or will freedom truly win over fear?