Monthly Archives: March 2016
Apple has refused to help investigators, citing privacy concerns
The FBI being apparently assisted by an Israeli tech firm in its efforts to unlock the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook — a perpetrator of December’s attacks in San Bernardino, Calif.
Apple has been steadfast in its refusal to aid the FBI in accessing the phone’s information, saying that doing so would breach privacy rights, but U.S. prosecutors said on Monday that a “nongovernmental third party” had provided them with a solution. On Wednesday, the English-language version of Israeli news website Ynet.co.il, in an article that featured reporting from Reuters, ventured that the “third party” in question is Cellebrite, an Israeli “mobile forensics” firm that has been under contract with the FBI since 2013.
The firm, which has worked with law-enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world, prides itself on its ability to unlock locked Apple devices. A page on its website dedicated to subject claims that “Cellebrite’s Advanced Investigative Services (CAIS) offers global law enforcement agencies a breakthrough service to unlock Apple devices running iOS 8.x.”
It adds: “This unique capability is the first of its kind — unlock of Apple devices running iOS 8.x in a forensically sound manner and without any hardware intervention or risk of device wipe.” Read More
Donald Trump’s rally in the Phoenix suburbs on Saturday was briefly delayed as dozens of protesters carrying signs that denounced racism blocked an Arizona highway leading to the rally site.
The route was first blocked by a pair of pickup trucks decorated with banners reading “Comb Over Racism: Dump Trump” and “Shut Down Trump.” Dozens of protesters then filled in the roadway, carrying signs reading “Love Trumps Hate” and “Stand Against Racism.” One homemade sign said, “Combat White Supremacy.”
As the trucks were towed away, protesters formed a human wall. Traffic finally resumed after officers began arresting
Later Saturday afternoon, scores of protesters temporarily blocked the entrance to the Tucson Convention Center, chanting “Shut it down!” and preventing supporters from entering a Trump rally there.
And in New York City, protesters from a wide range of left-leaning organizations organized a roaming protest Saturday targeting two of Trump’s most prominent properties in midtown Manhattan. There were reports that the police used tear gas to prevent a group of protesters from moving past barriers near Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. Read More
Playstation VR just established itself as the mass market VR headset to beat. The headset will hit the market in in October 2016 for $399, $200 lower than competitor Oculus Rift and less than half of the $800 HTC HTCCY +% Vive. That means anyone looking to get into VR can do so for just $800, a far cry from the $1500+ required for Oculus Rift. You’ve got to add $50 for the Playstation Camera, and the price does not include the Playstation move controllers used for some games. Sony , as it’s proven, has a knack for unbundling to achieve the impact of a low price point. Still, there are already 36 million VR-ready PS4s in living rooms across the world, and that’s a powerful potential install base.
We’ve been here before: at E3 2013, Sony dropped a bomb on the Xbox One with that very same $400 price point, cementing a position at the head of the console war that it still holds today. The implication of this price is huge: it means that Sony is fully poised to bring VR to millions of consumers in October. WE can expect an actual release date at E3, along with the final suite of launch titles. judging by the montage the company showed before the announcement, there’s going to be plenty to play.
The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive may have better specs than Playstation Vr, but it would be unwise to overlook the advantage developers on PS4 gain by working with a fixed system. I’ve seen a while lot of demos on both Oculus and PSVR, and both have felt fairly comparable in terms of the VR experience. As with a lot of these things, it all comes down to the software, and Sony stands to do pretty well in that department as well. Read More