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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth has a Mother's Day roundup of articles for you

Your iPhone Gathers A Lot More Of Your Location Data Than You Thought — Here's How To Disable It

It's a setting called "Frequent Locations"; as you go about your daily routine, your iPhone makes note of where you are and how long you're there. When it starts detecting patterns, it marks the spot as one such "frequent location."

The word from Apple is that "this data is kept solely on your device and won't be sent to Apple without your consent.!IDLch

A few weeks ago, I noticed that email attachments within the iOS 7 are not protected by Apple's data protection mechanisms. Clearly, this is contrary to Apple's claims.

People Are Tracking Thieves Using "Find My IPhone" And Then Hunting Them Down With Hammers

Think about that for a second. People are willing to go all Oldboy on strangers--who may or may not have actually taken the thing--for an Apple gadget.

The report speaks to anti-theft legislation calling for a "kill switch," which would effectively render the expensive gadgets useless bricks remotely by wiping them clean and making them unusable. While phone-makers like Samsung and police departments across the country have been calling for such a feature for years--arguing that a kill switch would effectively nullify the secondary economy thieves need to resell goods--carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and others have been vehement in their opposition.

Why? They claim they would lose money. Most recently, an anti-theft bill proposed in California was killed in the state senate.

Berkeley Apple Store glass entrance is latest to be smashed by car

Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch
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Why The Beats Deal Makes Perfect Sense For Apple

The Reason for Apple’s Massive $3 Billion Beats Deal? Spotify

With Beats, Apple Could Buy The Future Of Music Instead Of Inventing It Again

In digital music, Apple needs only to maintain its lead into the next paradigm shift, and it’s already been working on that.

Not even Dr. Dre can make Apple cool again: The iPhone maker needs to create its own buzzworthy products

Apple is showing another symptom of a mid-life crisis.

Apple's interest in headphone maker Beats Electronics suggests it feels the need to open its wallet in order to keep up with the cool kids.

Once Apple goes down the road of buying things it doesn’t think it can build, it’s hard to know where it will stop.

Here's a detractor on the Beats deal:

On the surface, the Beats doesn’t make any sense to me.

Nothing from Beats looks like Apple. Not the brand, not the hardware.

Apple ends opposition to smartphone 'kill switch'

Kill switches are aimed at curbing muggings as thieves go after victims' phones.

Family unity doesn't extend to Apple IDs

As parents come to realize the limitations of their Apple ID and Google Play strategies, they are frustrated. All the apps, songs and movies they've purchased are quarantined in their own accounts. When the kids branch out to their own devices, they pretty much just have to start over, with limited workarounds.

Apple Crushes Samsung In Korean Customer Satisfaction Survey

Apple's Mac Pro ship times drop to 2-3 weeks, shortest wait since launch

Apple has publicly released a set of guidelines for law enforcement agencies to request data relating to the company's users.

The guidelines, which were published on Apple's web site, say the company will notify customers when their information is being sought as part of a legal process, except in cases where providing notice would be illegal or put people in danger.

Rainey Reitman, activism director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, called Apple’s statement “a big step forward.”

In a new document for US law enforcement agencies, Apple has explained, in some detail, what can be recovered from locked iOS devices.

Steve Ballmer's math on Apple innovation doesn't add up

Some good history on Apple innovations.

Apple Dominates Worldwide Computer Market Despite iPad Drop

Apple Jumps to Second Place in Online Retail

Researchers Have Created An iPhone App That's Better At Detecting Skin Cancer Than Your Doctor

Early testing has found the device to be accurate 85% of the time, which is similar to the accuracy rate for dermatologists.

How Steve Wozniak Wrote BASIC for the Original Apple From Scratch

5 easy ways to make a hacker's life harder

1. When buying online, use a prepaid debit card.

4. When posting on social networks (or anywhere else, for that matter), consider this rule: If you wouldn't say it publicly, don't say it at all. This goes especially for Facebook, which never deletes data it has on its users . So don't tell everyone you're going on vacation - in doing so, you may be informing burglars that your home is vacant.

5. Break the habit of creating relevant passwords (that is, dates of important events in your life, your loved ones, etc.). Such data can easily be found online and used in hacker attacks. Use password generators.

A very good video on social media.

Smart phones and dumb people.

News websites unleash the comment police

FTC says Snapchat misled users on disappearing messages

the FTC said "attackers" were able to "compile a database of 4.6 million Snapchat user and phone numbers" because Snapchat did not secure its Find Friends feature.

5 Ways Snapchat Violated Your Privacy, Security

Snapchat Makes FTC Privacy Charges Disappear

Snapchat has agreed to a settlement with the United States Federal Trade Commission to resolve privacy issues resulting from a hacker's publication in January of data associated with 4.6 million of its users.

The SEC on Bitcoin: Here there be monsters: Regulators know they can barely protect Bitcoin buyers

The Peril of Knowledge Everywhere

Big Brother couldn’t have imagined we’d tell him where we were, who we talk to, how we feel – and we’d pay to do it.

People call for regulation, but regulation is slow-moving, and the analysis will just go somewhere else.

one bit here and another there, both innocuous, may reveal something personal that is hidden perhaps even from myself.

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