Tag : Apple

U.S. unlocks iPhone in San Bernardino Case, without Apple’s Help

applefbiAccording to the New York Times, law enforcement has figured out a way to sidestep the encryption on the iPhone in the San Bernardino case, and they did it without the help of Apple. The U.S. Department of Justice has since dropped legal action against Apple as they no longer need their assistance. The government pushed relentlessly for Apple to help unlock the phone. They even went as far as to say that an Apple created encryption key was the only method for gathering the stored data on the smartphone. We now know this to not be the case.

Apple’s main concern with complying to the government’s cry for help came from an understandable viewpoint. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said creating a backdoor for this specific case would lead to a slippery slope for future cases with encryption components.

As it turns out Apple is off the hook for the time being, thanks to Cellebrite, an Israeli security firm. This firm provides mobile forensic services and assisted the FBI in unlocking the smartphone.

Withdrawing from prosecution leaves many questions open ended for future encryption cases. Something tells me this won’t be the last time Apple and other private companies will be faced with a difficult decision to make. Should such companies be forced to aid in encryption breaking for law enforcement purposes, or only special cases? What guidelines should be made?

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Microsoft OneDrive raises the bar for cloud storage

Microsoft OneDrive Cloud Storage The Microsoft OneDrive, otherwise known as “device cloud”, is available free of charge for anyone who has created a Microsoft account. Included are 5 GB of free storage, easy access to media files, folder syncing, documents, as well as playing and viewing capabilities in addition to simple storage.

Similar to the iCloud for iPhones and iPads, OneDrive allows iPhone, Android, and Windows phone users to automatically upload photos to the OneDrive camera roll. Combining online storage and syncing into one device, One Drive offers a new convenience for Microsoft users who had to previously deal with separate storage and syncing services. Windows 10 has allowed OneDrive to grow as a built-in capacity. If you utilize other technology platforms OneDrive is compatible with Windows 7 and 8, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android.

 

PROS-

Excellent photo viewing and slideshow capabilities.

Clear interface.

Works with Windows phone, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Easily retrieves any file from a PC.

 

CONS-

Storage offerings shrinking according to a recent release from Microsoft.

Not a share target for Windows 10 apps.

 

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Google now hits iOS devices

Google now has been on android devices for over a year now and just today it was announced that it is now available on iOS devices. Google now basically helps you manage your day to day tasks. From boarding passes, to appointments, weather, reservations, and more.  It essentially syncs with your desktop as well and you can see it on your phone for hours to come.

Check out the short video.

http://youtu.be/pPqliPzHYyc

Siri Data Storage

Just like other companies that hold on to your data from devices for a certain length of time, Apple is no different. Tracy Muller, an Apple spokesperson has clarified how Siri stores its data. It caught our attention here at bva since our company phones are iPhones.

One thing that Muller described that I liked is that Apple doesn’t save your Apple ID or e-mail address along with the data, instead the company generates a random number for the user and that is what is associated with the voice files. She continued to explain that after these voice files are separated from voice clips after six months. Then they can sit for another 18 months. Muller went on to explain that the data can be deleted if the voice-assistant is turned off at any time.

 

iOS or Android?

The Android vs iOS battle is like this generations Coke vs Pepsi. With so many options along with people’s brand loyalty it is a battle that may never have a winner, even here with our employees at BVA. I started off with Android a few years back and loved it. Then I went ahead and got a iPhone because my husband had a MacBook and I was getting one in the near future as well. I hated it so much I tried to return it but now I don’t see going back.

There is an article that caught my eye though about Androids best selling points and it got me thinking about how they have really stepped up their game. Not only does it give customers more features and options it is also on the more affordable side of things. To read more about what Android has brought to the table click here.

First Twitter, now Facebook & Apple

It was just a couple of weeks ago that BVA wrote about Twitter being the latest victim of a sophisticated hacking scheme. This last week proved to be testing for some of the biggest names out there, Facebook and Apple.

Facebook had issues on Friday after some employees went to a mobile developer’s website which ended up being compromised. They said they found an employee’s laptop that contained a malicious file after they traced a suspicious domain.

Just today Apple reported that a handfull of employee owned Mac’s were breached as well. They also stated they were working with law-enforcement agencies regarding the issues.

Unlike this seasons fashion, there are some trends I do not like seeing, and this is one of them. Facebook and Twitter are the biggest names in social media and Apple, well, it’s Apple. Do you think the hackers are part of the same group or do you believe this to be a trend of who can hack who out there?

Price Decrease on MacBook Pro

Today Apple announced that the price of the 13″ MacBook Pro Retina display would drop by $200. The 128Gb laptop is now $1,499 but don’t fret if you wanted to spend $1,699 on, Apple solved that problem by introducing an upgraded model with 2.6GHz processor and 256GB of storage.

Apple dropped the price of the MacBook Air $100 as well leading some people to wonder why the sudden price drop. “When prices of components come down, they are willing to lower prices when they can. We don’t expect Apple to make the cheapest products on the markey, but they are committed to being affordable in the market.” says Ben Bajarin, a principal analyst at Creative Strategies.

With the rise of tablets in the workforce it no surpise that the MacBook line is decreasing in sales. Last quarter it dropped 1.1 million when comparing it to the same quarter the year before. Regardless all of us at BVA like to see the prices drop instead of increase.

 

Jolla Sailfish, will it grab smartphone user’s attention?

Bva likes to keep our pulse on what is new and coming out and recently we got visibility into Jolla. Every company begins with a vision and Jolla is no different. This China company is taking their turn at giving customers another option with its own operating software, Sailfish. With Google and Apple as Jolla’s main competitors could it stand a chance at persuading those loyal customers to give them a shot? Microsoft has tried for a couple of years now but still does not compete with the two smartphone giants. Could Jolla’s Sailfish be different enough to grab the attention of phone enthusiasts or will it sink into the shadows like the other companies who have tried to compete? http://mashable.com/2012/12/02/here-comes-the-first-real-alternative-to-iphone-and-android/

Use Apple Configurator to deploy iPhones and iPads

Apple’s Configurator tool allows you to configure and deploy up to 30 iOS devices at a time.  The free app allows you to configure settings like Wi-fi and Exchange ActiveSync, and well as restrict access to features like the webcam and even internet browsing.

 

Apple support: http://help.apple.com/configurator/mac/1.0/#cadf1802aed

Download here:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/apple-configurator/id434433123?mt=12

Apple TV: Oh the Possibilities…

I have used the Apple TV appliance for a little over a year now and just recently found some cool features to use it with my iPhone and two very neat applications. First of all for those of you who don’t know what the Apple TV is, its a small box that you can connect to your TV and by either wifi or ethernet cable access movies, netflix, music, and whats really cool your iTunes library when you turn on Home Sharing. You connect the device to your TV via HDMI cable, the streaming video quality is amazing.

The AppleTV retails for $99. If you have a Netflix subscription you can access it via this device as well. It comes with a remote that is simple to use, please that if you have a MacBook, the remote works on that as well, I found this out when I trying to browse through netflix and it kept playing music on my itunes that was my MacBook Pro.

Now onto the apps…
On my iphone I have an app called AirVideo, up until recently I had only used it to convert my .avi videos so that I can play them on my iPad. One of the coolest features of AirVideo is the ability to stream your video from your computer on your iPhone or iPad, and now I can play it on my Apple TV as well. My videos are stored on my pc in my home office computer and with just a couple of taps on the iPhone its streaming on my TV!

Another cool app is called Remote, this app allows you to control your AppleTV on your iPhone or iPad and thus allows you to stream content ie: pictures, videos or simply control your AppleTV when your playing movies from Netflix.

Put all three together and you’ve got an amazing way to stream videos! I have two AppleTV devices, one in my main media room and one in my bedroom.