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iPhone Controlled Air Conditioner Looks, and is, Cool

10 hours, 38 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

As long as your window air conditioner does its job and keeps your place cool, that's pretty much all that matters—until you see the Noria. The diminutive air conditioner is 18.25-inches wide and just under 6-inches tall, but cools a room as effectively as many larger units, and it looks so much better. It's programmable, includes an iPhone app for remote control, works with single- and double-hung window frames, and is surprisingly easy to install. It's a Kickstarter that's already met its minimum pledge goal with a month left to go, which means you won't have one in time for this summer's heat. But by next summer you'll good to go—and pretty chill.

FBI Shows Fingerprints and Touch ID Aren’t Warrant-proof

10:53 AM, May. 2nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Warrant let FBI use suspect's finger to unlock iPhone

Touch ID is more of a convenience than a security feature, and the FBI made that perfectly clear by obtaining a court order forcing a suspect to put their finger on the touch sensor and unlock their iPhone. The order shows courts still view our finger prints as physical evidence even when they serve as biometric keys to unlock devices and decrypt data.

FBI Director in the Dark on iPhone Hack Details

4:40 PM, Apr. 29th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

FBI Director Comey doesn't know much about San Bernardino iPhone hack

FBI Director James Comey may have overstated how much the agency paid for the hack to get into San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone 5c. Instead of the US$1.3 million he implied, the figure is reportedly actually less than a million dollars. Director Comey may not even know who the FBI paid, but that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't know what's going on under his command.

House Passes Email Search Warrant Bill

5:54 PM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

House of Representatives bill reaffirms the Constitution is still here

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill requiring a search warrant when law enforcement wants to access email and documents stored in cloud services such as Dropbox and iCloud. The Senate still needs to pass the bill before it becomes law, which seems a little weird considering we have this thing called the 4th Amendment in the Constitution. I'll just share a link to the Bill of Rights in case any of our Senators need a refresher.

Bad Move: FBI won’t Share San Bernardino iPhone Hack with Apple

2:32 PM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

FBI to Apple: No iPhone hack for you

The FBI isn't going to share the hack it bought to get into Syed Farook's iPhone with Apple, which means the law enforcement agency is intentionally withholding a 0-day exploit that could potentially be discovered by other parties and used before a patch is released. The reasoning behind the decision is that the FBI doesn't know how the hack works, and therefore complying with the White House Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) wouldn't reveal any useful information.

CareKit’s Strong Suit may be Peer Support Apps

10:50 AM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

CareKit apps hit the App Store

Apple introduced its CareKit platform in March, and now apps that take advantage of its features are rolling out on the App Store. The first four apps tasking advantage of CareKit are Glow Nurture, Glow Baby, One Drop, and Start. That's great for doctors, but could be even bigger for health and fitness apps and peer support.