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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up

Just a few days before the release of the Hollywood romantic comedy film Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, Apple has provided a behind-the-scenes look at how Final Cut Pro X was used to produce the movie. The feature page provides an in-depth profile of how Final Cut Pro X was used for editing, screen-ready effects and post-production.

How to export Apple Health data as a document to share

Apple's Tim Cook takes hardline stance against consumer data sharing, government snooping and terrorism

Apple CEO Tim Cook reaffirmed his commitment to customer data privacy, saying most consumers likely do not know how dire the situation is, but will be "very offended" when they find out.

Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft
I’m putting more trust in communities than corporations

We are losing control over the tools that once promised equal opportunity in speech and innovation—and this has to stop.

Control is moving back to the center, where powerful companies and governments are creating choke points. They are using those choke points to destroy our privacy, limit our freedom of expression, and lock down culture and commerce. Too often, we give them our permission—trading liberty for convenience—but a lot of this is being done without our knowledge, much less permission.

Part of my conversion stems from an abiding distaste for corporate and government control-freakery.

Apple became the kind of company I prefer not to support: control-freakish to a fault with customers,software developers and the press; and, I came to believe, even dangerous to the future of open networks and user-controlled technology.

Just about every kind of software I need is available for Linux, even if it often isn’t as slick as the Windows or Mac products it replaces.

But I’ve given up the idea that free software and open hardware will become the norm for consumers anytime soon, if ever—even though free and open-source software is at the heart of the Internet’s back end.

Here's why iPhone owners only sometimes see accept/decline buttons when receiving calls

It depends on whether your iPhone is currently locked or unlocked.

Apple's iOS is eating Android's lunch in this crucial measure:  Profit

Big, beautiful photos of all 22 models of the Apple Watch

How the Apple Watch changes everything

Apple has got a huge completely untapped watch market to tap into. Today's smart watches aren't really that smart, and they're not all that good at being watches either.

While there have been plenty of Android and other "smart watches" on the market, I can tell you from experience that trying to use Android smartphone apps on your smart watch makes for a brutal user experience.

I sure wouldn't put a stop loss on Apple stock, as I've seen it pull back 20%-30% or more at various times in the 12 years that I've owned it, which would mean I'd have been stopped out of it many times along the way, instead of just riding it to glory. If you want to own Apple, I think you should just resign yourself to the fact that you will have some "drawdowns"/pullbacks in the stock and prepare to nibble/scale into more Apple when that happens.

Websites are dead. Nobody consumes content from the laptop anymore. The only people who spend time on their desktops, or even their laptops, are those use them to work, practice hobbies or do research.

Since the advent of the smartphone, I've begged people to get in front of the App Revolution.

And since the advent of the smartphone and tablet, most people know that the PC market had faded, but have still failed to see all the ramifications of these changes. In the last five years alone, smartphones went from being geeky/rich-people's devices to the primary device that the entire developed world uses.

Best ways to invest in the continuing App Revolution? Apple and Google as I've said from day one.

But the single best way to invest in the App Revolution?  Do like I did with Scutify's four apps for iOS and Android and invest in starting your own app company that revolutionizes the world.

Former Apple CEO John Sculley on What Makes a True Mentor

Apple ordered to pay $533 million in iTunes patent lawsuit

An Apple spokeswoman said the company would appeal and slammed Smartflash for what it sees as patent abuse.

"Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence, and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented," Apple said in a statement.

More than five billion downloaded Android apps are vulnerable to hacks, and the number of apps designed to steal financial information from users has skyrocketed.

Ninety-six percent of mobile malware targets Android.

Criminals are also increasingly targeting Apple devices by bypassing the company's typical review process for apps by using a program Apple designed for companies to be able to build in-house iOS apps for employees. Those apps aren't subject to Apple's appraisal. The security company called the tactic "an intriguing avenue for attackers in the future," according to the report.

Apple's operating systems and Linux racked up more vulnerability reports than Windows during 2014, according to research from security outfit GFI.

Apple, Linux, not Windows, most vulnerable operating systems in 2014

Or so this article claims:

OS X, iOS, and Linux were the top three most vulnerable operating systems in 2014, but Internet Explorer was the most vulnerable app.

The top spot for vulnerabilities in operating systems no longer goes to Microsoft Windows; in fact, Windows isn't even listed in the top three. Instead, the most vulnerable OS was Apple Mac OS X, followed by Apple iOS and Linux kernel.

Beware the bio-marketing revolution

male or female, our personal biological data are going to be incredibly valuable to marketers. Consumer companies want that data, and will pay for it.

Women in a monogamous relationship were more likely to seek out a broad variety in their choices during their most fertile phase.
married women were even more prone to extra varieties if they had first removed their wedding rings

Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

Eric Schmidt does want your data to be secure. He wants Google to be the safest place for your data - as long as you don't mind the fact that Google has access to your data. Facebook wants the same thing: to protect your data from everyone except Facebook. Hardware companies are no different. Last week, we learned that Lenovo computers shipped with a piece of adware called Superfish that broke users' security to spy on them for advertising purposes.

Governments are no different. The FBI wants people to have strong encryption, but it wants backdoor access so it can get at your data. UK Prime Minister David Cameron wants you to have good security, just as long as it's not so strong as to keep the UK government out. And, of course, the NSA spends a lot of money ensuring that there's no security it can't break.

Corporations want access to your data for profit; governments want it security purposes, be they benevolent or malevolent. But Diffie makes an even stronger point: we give lots of companies access to our data because it makes our lives easier.

We want strong security, but we also want companies to have access to our computers, smart devices, and data. We want someone else to manage our computers and smart phones, organize our e-mail and photos, and help us move data between our various devices.

We'll never solve these security problems as long as we're our own worst enemy.

What If Tax Refund Theft Isn't Really About Refund Theft?

when he signed in to his TurboTax account last week, he was more than a little bit surprised to find that Intuit's system said that he had already filed a tax return [even though he hadn't.
TurboTax didn't seem to have any answers for him but they did have an important question: did you have insurance through Anthem?  He did.

The FBI is currently investigating the TurboTax hack but isn't saying much.

Interview with Edward Snowden

Whistleblower protection laws, a strong defense of the right for someone charged with political crimes to make any defense they want (currently in the US, someone charged with revealing classified information is entirely prohibited from arguing before the jury that the programs were unlawful, immoral, or otherwise wrongful), and support for the development of technically and legally protected means of communications between sources and journalists. The sad truth is that societies that demand whistleblowers be martyrs often find themselves without either, and always when it matters the most.

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