Apple filed a major response in its ongoing legal fight with the FBI Tuesday. Overall the filing offers powerful arguments for why Apple can not be forced to weaken iOS encryption to allow the FBI to brute force attack the iPhone of a dead terrorist, but there were six passages that I found particularly powerful.
President Barack Obama was asked about the encryption fight, as personified by the legal fight between the FBI and Apple, and his response is an excellent example of what happens when political will clashes with technology reality.
FBI Director James Comey has warned that encryption threatens to take us to a place where his organization and U.S. surveillance organizations are "going dark." Bryan Chaffin was recently reminded that in the context of history, the ability to surveil everything is a new development, and that we should keep claims from the FBI and others in context.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne thinks that Apple should leave car building to the car industry. They're complex devices, after all. Plus, he has just the company for the job. Because he's an "Apple Freak" who owns one of everything Apple makes, Mr. Marchionne thinks Fiat Chrysler would be a great manufacturing partner for Apple.
The directors of the CIA and NSA blamed the press for educating terrorists on the important of encryption. Bryan Chaffin thinks this is both dangerous and foolish commentary, and it shows our top intelligence people are learning the wrong lessons from reality.
FBI Director James Comey penned his own open letter to counter public comments from Apple and CEO Tim Cook arguing against those efforts. So far the mainstream media hads dealt with the letter in a very uncritical fasion. Bryan Chaffin thought that should change.
Apple has built what was a secret team to develop virtual reality technology, according to unnamed sources cited by The Financial Times of London. The team is comprised of hundreds of employees from a series of acquisitions in the virtual reality (VR) and augmented-reality (AR) space, as well as hires from outside of Apple. Bryan Chaffin wants to know what they're working on.
Trip Chowdry is out in force with a bold new pronouncement. Investors are fed up Tim Cook and the "culture of bozos" he has created at Apple. Bryan Chaffin takes a look at this nonsense.
In 2011, IDC and Gartner both predicted that by the end of 2015, Microsoft's Windows Phone would overtake Apple's iOS to become the world's second largest smartphone platform. Bryan Chaffin takes stock of how those predictions worked out.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen has some thoughts on encryption and privacy, or at least it sounds like he does. Regardless, he takes a swipe at Apple and left Bryan Chaffin wondering exactly what Mr. Chen's point really was.
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