Apple Intros 4-inch iPhone SE

1:43 PM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · News

Apple's new 4-inch iPhone SE

Apple is keeping the 4-inch iPhone alive by introducing the iPhone SE on Monday. The new iPhone model sports modern features and components, and isn't just a renamed model with outdated parts.

Apple TV Beefs Up Siri Support

1:36 PM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · News

tvOS 2.2 improves Siri support

Apple showed off an update for tvOS for the fourth generation Apple TV during its "Let us loop you in" media event on Monday that ramps up Siri's capabilities. The update also adds folders for apps, dictation, and Live Photos support.

Apple Intros CareKit for HealthKit

1:25 PM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · News

Apple intros CareKit for HealthKit

Apple unveiled a new HealthKit app on Monday called CareKit designed to help doctors and patients with post-surgery and recovery processes. The tools to access and use CareKit will be open source and available in April.

Supreme Court to Hear Samsung’s Appeal in Apple Patent Fight

12:44 PM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · News

Supreme Court to hear Samsung's patent infringement appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Samsung's case in its ongoing fight with Apple over mobile device patent infringement claims. This will mark the final round in a fight that started in 2011 where Apple was handed a landslide victory and Samsung took it on the chin.

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Assuming the Supreme Court rules in Samsung's favor, years of Apple's time and millions of dollars will have been wasted—and it won't be able to effectively defend many of its mobile device-related patents. If the court rules in Apple's favor, however, there's still another trial coming to recalculate the damages Samsung owes.

iOS 9.3 to Fix Flaw Exposing Encrypted iMessage Photos and Video

10:49 AM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · News

Researchers find encryption flaw in Apple's iMessage system

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found a flaw in iMessage's encryption that lets hackers see photos and videos sent through Apple's instant messaging system. Details of the flaw will be coming, but not until after iOS 9.3 is released with a patch for the security weakness.

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There are enough security weaknesses in our personal devices without the government ordering companies to intentionally add more. Good on Johns Hopkins for withholding details of the iMessage encryption weakness from the public and for working with Apple to patch the flaw.

Apple Store Offline Ahead of ‘Loop you in’ Media Event

9:12 AM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · News

Apple's online store closed ahead of media event

Apple's Web-based store went offline Monday morning ahead of the company's "Let us loop you in" media event. Online shoppers are currently seeing a message saying "We can't wait to show you what we have in store," which backs up reports today's event will introduce new or updated products.

Apple Hires Amazon Exec as VP of Corporate Information Security, a New Position

9:52 PM, Mar. 18th, 2016 · · News

Apple Security

Apple has hired George Stathakopoulos to be the company's vice president of corporate information security, a new position at the company. Fortune reported that Apple hired Mr. Stathakopoulos, who was formerly vice president of information security at Amazon. He also spent time at Microsoft as general manager of product security.

Protonmail Opens Encrypted Email to Public, Including Free and Paid Service

7:59 PM, Mar. 18th, 2016 · · News

Protonmail, a browser-based encrypted email service, opened up to the public this week after a lengthy invitation-only beta period. The company and its servers are based in Switzerland, not far from CERN, where some of its researchers worked, and the service offers end-to-end encryption designed to work entirely in a browser.

The FBI Just Turned the iPhone Unlocking Hearing into an Evidentiary Hearing

4:01 PM, Mar. 18th, 2016 · · News

FBI gives Apple the switch-er-oo and changes next Tuesday's court date into an evidentiary hearing

Surprise! Apple and the FBI are scheduled to present their opposing arguments next Tuesday over the iPhone unlocking court order, but the Department of Justice just turned that into an evidentiary hearing. Requesting a change like this so close to a hearing date is unusual, and could be a sign the government fears it doesn't have a strong case.