FBI paid more than $1.3 million for San Bernardino iPhone hack

By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2016

FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday that the agency paid more to break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone than he’ll make in the remaining 7+ years of his tenure. Reuters crunched the numbers, and that suggests that the FBI paid more than $1.3 million for the hack.

That seems like a lot of money for a tool that doesn’t work on the iPhone 5s or newer, but  speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in London today, the Director said that he believes it was worth it. And of course the FBI will be able to use the tool in other case involving older iPhones. Read More

 

FBI confirms a tool it bought to unlock terrorist’s iPhone 5c does not work on iPhone 5s and newer

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 7, 2016

James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of iPhones—that is, Investigation—confirmed in an interview with CNN yesterday that a tool that the agency had purchased from a third-party to unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone 5c cannot be used to bypass security protections on newer models, from the iPhone 5s onward.

This implies the tool relies on the fact that the iPhone 5c and earlier models lack hardware features like the Secure Enclave embedded in Apple’s mobile processors (from the iPhone 5s’s A7 chip and onward) which keeps encrypted sensitive information and stuff like the number of passcode attempts isolated from the rest of the system. Read More

 

T-Mobile promo takes half off any iPhone when you buy a second iPhone and add a line

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2016

In time for the new iPhone SE, which lands on store shelves tomorrow, wireless carrier T-Mobile announced a new BOGO (Buy One Get One) promotion that gives qualifying Simple Choice postpaid customers half off any iPhone when they buy a second iPhone and add a line.

Devices eligible for this promotion include all iPhones that the company currently stocks, including the new four-inch iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Certified pre-owned iPhones are not eligible for this time-limited offer, which goes live on Thursday, March 31. Read More

 

Eddy Cue: what if FBI forces Apple to spy on users via iPhone’s camera or microphone?

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2016

Not a day goes by without one of Apple’s executives reaffirming the company’s position on encryption. In a new Spanish-language interview with Univision, Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, made the case against the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) gaining additional surveillance powers.

Were the government to force Apple to create a version of iOS with decreased security, nothing would prevent it from seeking other concessions, Cue said.

“For example, one day the FBI may want us to open your phone’s camera, microphone,” he cautioned. “Those are things we can’t do now. But if they can force us to do that, I think that’s very bad.” Read More

 

Video: Steve Wozniak sides with Apple in FBI fight

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 8, 2016

As a strong proponent of privacy and human rights, it is now wonder that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak would stand firmly with Apple in its fight against the FBI and the United States government regarding creating a backdoor into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.

Appearing on the Conan show last night, the Woz said the FBI “picked the lamest case you ever could”. It’s “worthless” to expect something’s on the shooter’s iPhone 5c that the FBI wants to break into because Verizon had already turned over all the phone records and SMS messages and law enforcement got iCloud backups form Apple. Read More

 

Apple’s Craig Federighi: creating iPhone backdoor would be ‘a serious mistake’

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 7, 2016

Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering who oversees the development of iOS, OS X and Apple’s common operating system engineering team, has written an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in which he reiterates Apple’s position that the FBI’s demand that Apple create a version of iOS with decreased security would be “a serious mistake,” saying the FBI wants to “turn back the clock to a less-secure time”. Read More

 

Can’t the Feds exploit San Bernardino shooter iPhone’s chips to break into encrypted data?

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2016

The world’s most powerful government has locked horns with the world’s most powerful corporation in a battle that Apple implies has the potential to affect civil rights for a generation. As you know, the Justice Department gave Apple until February 26 to respond to its court order.

In it, the government is asking Apple’s engineers to create a special version of iOS that would allow brute-force passcode attacks on the shooter’s phone electronically.

Now, some people have suggested that the government’s experts could make an exact copy of the phone’s flash memory to brute-force its way into encrypted data on a powerful computer without needing to guess the passcode on the phone or demand that Apple create a version of iOS that’d remove passcode entry restrictions.

While this is technically feasible, the so-called de-capping method would be painstakingly slow and extremely risky, here’s why. Read More

 

San Bernardino victims side with FBI in iPhone decryption fight

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2016

Lawyers representing families of the victims of the San Bernardino shooting massacre plan to file a legal brief in support of the United States Department of Justice’s demand that Apple help unlock the shooter’s iPhone 5c by creating a one-off version of iOS to permit brute-force attacks electronically, without the phone slowing down the process or erasing its contents after 10 failed attempts.

According to Reuters, Stephen Larson, a former federal judge who is now in private practice and represents families of the victims, was contacted a week ago by the Justice Department and local prosecutors about representing the victims, prior to the dispute becoming public. Read More

 

Apple posts public Q&A on FBI request

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2016

In addition to an all-hands memo issued to troops Monday about the government’s demand that it create what would basically be an ‘FBiOS,’ a software backdoor to help unlock San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, Apple has also posted a public Q&A on its website this morning, showing a company unwavering in its position that fulfilling the request would constitute a dangerous precedent.

Titled “Answers to your questions about Apple and security,” the webpage details the case and provides some more technical information about the government’s request, while also answering some of the burning questions such as whether Apple has unlocked iPhones for law enforcement in the past. Read More

 

Tim Cook writes memo to employees reiterating Apple’s stance on FBI request

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2016

After issuing an open letter to Apple users regarding the FBI’s request to create an iPhone backdoor to help hack into the San Bernardino shooter’s locked iPhone 5c, CEO Tim Cook on Monday reinforced his company’s position in an internal memo to troops.

According to the all-hands memo, a copy of which was obtained by John Paczkowski of Buzz Feed, Apple wants the Justice Department to withdraw a court order that would force it to create a special version of iOS with decreased security measures. Read More

 

Apple removes iPhone 4s and iPhone 5c from sale in India as iPhone 5se launch looms

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2016

In India, Apple has stopped selling the iPhone 4s, which debuted in the fall of 2011, as well as the unapologetically plastic iPhone 5c, The Economic Times reported Tuesday. In withdrawing its most affordable handsets from the 1.25 billion people country—the world’s third market for smartphones and the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world—Apple is looking to boost its average selling price and profitability “which have been under strain in the country lately,” stated the report. Read More

 

Rumor: 4″ iPhone 6c with colorful metal body designs launching in February 2016

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2015

Another sketchy rumor was published today, claiming that Apple will be launching a rumored successor to its now discontinued, unapologetically plastic iPhone 5c in February of next year.

Citing supply chain sources familiar with the matter, Chinese publication TechWeb said that the device will feature a metallic enclosure treated with a wide range of colors. Read More

 

Phones4U liquidating its entire iPhone, iPad stock in the UK

By Jake Smith on Jan 1, 2015

If you live in the UK and have been wanting to get your hands on some killer Apple deals, now may be your chance. UK retailer Phones4U is entering administration – aka bankruptcy – and as a result is liquidating its entire stock of products, including iPhones, iPads, and Beats headphones. Read More

 

Apple says after June app updates will need to include 64-bit support

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Apple sent out an email to registered iOS developers on Wednesday, reminding them that beginning February 1, 2015, new apps submitted to the App Store will have to feature 64-bit support and be built on the iOS 8 software development kit.  Read More

 

Kantar: iPhone 6 helps Apple gain share over Android, iPhone 5c outselling iPhone 6 Plus in US

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 3, 2014

In the last three months up to October 31, Apple’s misunderstood iPhone 5c outsold the iPhone 6 Plus in the United States.

Moreover, overall sales of both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets has bumped up Apple’s market share against Android around the world, according to the latest smartphone survey by Kantar Worldpanel, the WPP-owned market researcher.

The research firm reported Wednesday that Apple is poised for a record quarter amid “a huge jump in sales share across almost all major markets” thanks to the new iPhones. Read More

 

T-Mobile’s Cyber Monday: $100 off 64GB iPhone 6, more iPhone discounts

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2014

T-Mobile, the nation’s fourth-largest carrier, is taking a cool hundred bucks off the iPhone 6 model with sixty-four gigabytes of storage. That’s basically giving you the 64GB iPhone 6 for the price of the 16GB version, a savings of $100 dollars.

The Deutsche Telekom-owned company normally sells the 64GB iPhone 6 model for the full price of $749 (or $99 down plus monthly installments).

And as part of its Cyber Monday deal, T-Mobile is also discounting other iPhone models, including the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Read More

 

Apple said to discontinue iPhone 5c in 2015

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 26, 2014

According to the latest supply chain chatter, Apple may discontinue its unapologetically plastic handset, the iPhone 5c, by the summer of next year.

Citing people familiar with the matter, Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times said Wednesday that the Cupertino firm will be phasing out the iPhone 5c around mid-2015, ostensibly because the company is pleased with high demand for the latest 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 smartphones.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently made a similar suggestion, estimating Apple would wind down production of both the iPhone 5c and 4s in 2015 after promotional plans. Read More

 

iPhone 5c was the best selling phone in Britain in August

By Sébastien Page on Oct 1, 2014

The iPhone 5c was such a failure that it was the best selling phone in Britain (don’t call it UK) during the month of August, not only outselling the Galaxy S5 by a large margin, but also the iPhone 5s.

Research firm Kantar has the exact numbers:

The iPhone 5c was the best selling phone in Britain in August with 8.9% share, outselling the flagship iPhone 5s with 7.6% and the Samsung Galaxy S5 with 6.0%.

iPhone 5c remains a misunderstood and underestimated device.

 

Where to get the most money for your old iPhone

By Lory Gil on Sep 7, 2014

As we prepare for Apple’s big media event on Sept. 9, many of us are wondering what to do with our old iPhone devices. You could give it to a family member, keep it as an emergency backup, or try to make a little money back off of your investment by selling it.

There are a number of ways you can sell your iPhone, whether it is on Ebay, Craiglist, or any number of gadget reseller websites. We’ve got a list of where you can get the most money for your much loved, but now outdated iPhone. Read More

 

Walmart discounts 16GB iPhone 5c to $0.97, 5s to $79 for limited time

By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2014

Folks looking to score a new iPhone, who aren’t interested in waiting for the new one to be unveiled next month, may want to head to their local Walmart. It seems the retailer is offering some staggering discounts on current models of the handset.

According to a new report from Engadget, Walmart is hosting a fire sale over the next three months on select iPhone 5c and 5s models. With the promotion, you’ll be able to pick up a 16GB iPhone 5c for as little as $0.97 (with a two-year agreement)… Read More

 
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