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What Happens If Key Apple Engineers Refuse to Write GovtOS?

10:00 PM, Mar. 17th, 2016 · · The Back Page

Coder Protest

Picture this hypothetical scenario: Apple ultimately loses its legal fight against the FBI's demand that it create a new operating system that bypasses iOS security—an OS Apple has dubbed GovtOS. Apple CEO Tim Cook already pointed out Apple will obey the law, but what would happen if key Apple engineers refused to do the work, perhaps going so far as quitting their jobs at Apple?

6 Powerful Quotes from Apple’s Newest Court Filing

6:44 PM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · · The Back Page

Powerful Words

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.

The FBI Going Dark Isn’t the Precedent, It’s the Surveillance State that’s New

7:25 PM, Mar. 8th, 2016 · · The Back Page

Surveillance during the Civil War

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 CEO Thinks Legacy Car Makers Should Build the Apple Car

7:11 PM, Mar. 3rd, 2016 · · The Back Page

Apple Car

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.

Apple Builds Secret Virtual Reality Team, But for What?

6:21 PM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · · The Back Page

Virtual Reality Googles with an Apple Logo

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.