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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth's Weekly Web Wrap-up for Saturday, April 9, 2016

What the Apple Watch Does, One Year Later

What the iPhone has done to cameras is completely insane

When was the last time you used an MP3 player or held a calculator? What about a physical map? Or a BlackBerry? Do BlackBerrys even exist anymore?

There might, however, be no better example than the camera, which has suffered mightily since the iPhone was introduced almost 10 years ago.

The biggest hit has been to [lower priced] point-and-shoot cameras. Sales of the lower-quality, fixed-lens, hand-held devices way too many people used to tie to their wrists have fallen off a cliff since the iPhone's introduction. And few no one expects them to climb back up.

How to create slo-mo videos for Instagram on your iPhone

How to Switch to iPhone from Android: Patience and Persistence

Long ago, I wrote a blog post with the headline: “Why my phone won’t be an iPhone.”

But now I have finally caved in: My phone is now an iPhone.

Switching phone operating systems should in theory be simple. First you transfer your data from the old phone to the new one. Then you reinstall your favorite apps. Finally you customize the settings for features like ring tones and notifications and learn the quirks of your new device.

But as I learned, many things can go wrong, and my experience is not unusual.

Given the headaches of switching, most people avoid it.

Over all, I am getting more comfortable with my iPhone. I like Apple’s fingerprint reader and have finally figured out how to align my fingertips precisely enough to unlock the phone (at least most of the time).

Will the iPhone ever feel like home? Check back in two years, when I am due for my next upgrade

Cookie Monster's Apple ad 'outtakes' are pure joy

Treat yourself to this video. Then treat yourself to a cookie.

A really bizarre way to test an iPhone

iPhone SE Sold Out, Reddit's Controversial App, iPhone 5S Is Not Dead

This article also describes a newly discovered security bug in iOS. However, Apple was able to address through its own servers, so you don’t need to update your iPhone to fix it.

FBI’s New Hacking Tool Is Limited

As part of Autism Acceptance Month, Apple released a video about Dillan, a teenager who uses his iPad and a number of augmented and alternative communication apps to allow him to communicate with the world even though he is non-verbal.

My life as an Apple guy

A very interesting view of Apple and Mac history.

51 Facts About Apple’s Future Headquarters

And several videos too that show progress at different times over the past year.

How Apple is grooming the iPad to take over the Mac

Where the original iPad was criticized for being a giant iPhone, the Pro is much more than a refresh of the classic tablet; it’s Apple’s first touchscreen device truly imagined for professionals.

Apple's aging Mac Pro is falling far behind Windows rivals

the Mac Pro is again falling behind the competition, with powerful new workstations from Lenovo, Dell and HP carrying superior technology. The PC companies are waging an active campaign to tempt Mac Pro users, many of them creative professionals, to move over to Windows PCs with better CPUs, GPUs, and memory.

As wearable devices in workplace spread, so do legal concerns

Devices can monitor employees’ health, track their locations. How are companies allowed to use that data?

Facebook is hiding messages from you in a secret inbox — here's how to find it

5 insider tips for getting noticed on LinkedIn

Benefit statement
Actively post content (or curate content)
View other people’s profiles
Give recommendations (don’t ask for them)

Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications

52. Dia:Replaces Visio Professional ($589.99)

53. Gimp:Replaces Photoshop ($239.88 per user per year)

61. Libre Office:Replaces Microsoft Office ($99 per user per year and up)

63. Neo Office:Replaces Microsoft Office ($99 per user per year and up)

97. Bluefish:Replaces Adobe Dreamweaver ($239.88 per user per year)

This person figured out the Windows 10 upgrade from a photograph.

Another replied:
Best of all, Windows is associated here with "ow my balls."

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the meaning of life

He says “The meaning of life is what you create” and “ways you can enrich the meaning for others”.

The police could be controlling your self-driving car

There have to be authentication standards and encryption standards to limit commands to those who are authorized to use them. There should be techniques that direct commands to one autonomous vehicle (AV) rather than all in the neighborhood.

Last, but by no means least, is whether such override systems could possibly be made hack-proof. A system to allow authorized people to control someone else’s car is also a system with a built-in mechanism by which unauthorized people — aka hackers — can do the same.

Hackers-for-Hire Business Is Booming

It's surprisingly easy for hackers to get your health insurance information in these 3 states


Victims paid more than $24 million to ransomware criminals in 2015 — and that's just the beginning

Ransomware is a type of computer virus that scrambles its victim's files and demands a ransom in exchange for the code to restore them.

Perhaps most disturbing is how often infected organizations end up paying ransoms to regain access to their computer systems.

Police departments (PDs) are particularly vulnerable to ransomware.  Police departments have been forced to hand over taxpayer dollars to criminals in Tennessee, Illinois, and three times in Massachusetts.

The next Cold War has already begun — in cyberspace

When we think of cyber attacks, we often think of terrorists or criminals hacking their way into our bank accounts or damaging government websites. But they have now been joined by agents of different governments that are launching cyber attacks against one another.

They aren’t officially at war, but the tension between the US and Russia – and to a lesser degree China – remains high over a number of disputed decisions. 

Advanced encryption technologies make it almost impossible to prove exactly who is responsible for a specific cyber attack. As a result, states can now act unilaterally with little fear of open retaliation.

WhatsApp Introduces End-to-End Encryption

WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Facebook and used by more than one billion people, on Tuesday introduced full encryption for its service, a way to ensure that only the sender and recipient can read messages sent using the app.

Known as “end-to-end encryption,” it will be applied to photos, videos and group text messages.

The government has faced similar issues with companies like Telegram, Signal and Wickr Me, messaging services that also offer encrypted communications.

And at a time when the FBI and other governments are seeking to install backdoors in major products, most notably Apple’s iPhone, the Panama Papers show just how vital encryption is to revealing stories of corruption that are undoubtedly in the public interest.

JOHN McAFEE: A time bomb is hidden beneath the Panama Papers

I am just one of more than 200,000 people to have downloaded the Panama Papers, a record for hacked documents. It was a gold mine.

In September I keynoted the Lawtech conference in Australia's Gold Coast and gave a live demonstration of how easy hacking can be. The room, packed to the brim with lawyers, was stunned into silence. After the demonstration and talk I was mobbed by frightened lawyers. The common comment was, "I had no idea."

FBI says method used to unlock iPhone doesn’t work with iPhone 5s or newer

Why the FBI-Apple Battle Over the iPhone Is a Win for Users

Apple-Justice Department Standoff Over iPhone Access Goes On, In New York

The Justice Department told a judge that Apple's help is still needed to unlock an iPhone seized from a methamphetamine dealer. The DOJ is appealing a ruling from a magistrate judge, who sided with Apple in February.

The FBI still wants to get into your iPhone

take a look at the draft text of a bill to be introduced in the Senate that would require tech companies to provide either the data itself or technical assistance needed to access data when presented with a valid court order:

And at a time when the FBI and other governments are seeking to install backdoors in major products, most notably Apple’s iPhone, the Panama Papers show just how vital encryption is to revealing stories of corruption that are undoubtedly in the public interest.

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