No, Apple isn’t Killing Off iTunes Music Sales

9:55 AM, May. 12th, 2016 · · News

The iTunes music store isn't shutting down

Apple is planning to stop selling music downloads in the next couple years to focus instead on its Apple Music streaming services, according to insiders claiming to know the company's plans. That sounds like a horrible plan, so it's a good thing it isn't true, and it may be time for a couple insider sources to start job hunting.

Hey FBI, India can Hack iPhones but Doesn’t Want Backdoors

9:56 AM, May. 10th, 2016 · · News

India's government has its own iPhone hack

Maybe the FBI should team up with India because that country's government says it can hack into Apple's iPhones. Both think access to encrypted data in investigations is important, although India's government doesn't seem to be going to the same extremes to get it.

Internet of Things is a Security Disaster

9:26 PM, May. 9th, 2016 · · News

Internet of Things devices offer almost no security protections

The Internet of Things promises a world where all our devices can talk to each other and make our lives easier. What it doesn't promise, at least not yet, is any form of security—and that's leaving smart homes, smart medical devices, and more, open to hackers and government surveillance.

LAPD iPhone Hack isn’t as Big a Deal as You Think

10:42 AM, May. 5th, 2016 · · News

LAPD hacked older, hackable, iOS version

While the FBI was trying to force Apple to bypass security features on an iPhone 5c recovered in the San Bernardino mass shooting, Los Angeles police were successfully hacking into and recovering data from an iPhone 5s in a separate homicide case. If LAPD was able to hack into the iPhone 5s on its own, then why did the FBI insist it needed Apple's help with the iPhone 5c? The answer is simple: different operating systems, different security features.

FBI Director in the Dark on iPhone Hack Details

4:40 PM, Apr. 29th, 2016 · · 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 · · 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.

CareKit’s Strong Suit may be Peer Support Apps

10:50 AM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · · 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.