On December 2, 2015, fourteen people were killed in a terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. It consisted of a mass shooting and an attempted bombing. The perpetrators were a Pakistani-American couple who many believe were inspired by the terrorist group ISIS. They fled in a SUV which cops later caught up to. The terrorist were taken down by the police while they tried to flee.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) found an iPhone 5C belonging to the gunman, Syed Rizwan Farook. They were unable to decrypt it. The phone had iCloud enabled, which would wipe the phone after 5 failed password attempts.
The Department of Justice demanded Apple to create a special version of iOS with removed security features that would permit the FBI to run passcode attempts on the iPhone found on the crime scene with the hopes of cracking the phone and seeing the data. The FBI claims the phone could have evidence of a possible 3rd shooter. Apple refuses to compromise their name and security by releasing Apple users’ privacy. They don’t want to create this special “back-door” into their phones that could allow future hacks.
"The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers -- including tens of millions of American citizens -- from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals," the letter to the court said.
Such a move would be an "unprecedented step," threatening the security of Apple's customers, it said.
"No reasonable person would find that acceptable."
The court hearing was set for March 22nd, however it was cancelled. The FBI and DOJ have come up with a way to unlock the iPhone without help from Apple.
In a new court filing, the government said an outside party had demonstrated a way for the Feds to unlock the phone.
So now, even though Apple refused to compromise its user’s privacy, the FBI still have unlocked the iPhone.
The FBI is now claiming they can unlock all phones, with help from that third party, if that phone was involved in a crime.
Many are asking what is to come. Will your phone be unlocked if you don’t pay a ticket? What if you’re speeding?
Unlocking the iPhone may have led to the FBI discovering vital information, but it also led to them being able to unlock all phones. Who do you support; the FBI, or Apple?
The iPhone SE looks like a iPhone 5 in size but it has an improved camera as well as accelerated hardware equivalent to an iPhone 6. It has a 4″Retina display, an A9 chip, and a 12MP iSight camera.
Watch the Keynote here: http://www.apple.com/apple-events/march-2016/
Apple recently came out with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Watch the Keynote here http://www.apple.com/apple-events/september-2015/
Microsoft Purchase Minecraft By: John Farias 727
On September 15th, Microsoft, a huge company that makes and sells computers and other devices, announced that they were going to purchase Mojang, the company that makes the game Minecraft. Minecraft is a wildly successful game with 100 million downloads that has exploded in popularity ever since it was released in 2011. Microsoft has revealed they paid a whopping $2.5 billion for the game, along with Mojang, a company that also makes other games. This has left some Minecraft players angry and scared, since Microsoft could change the game. A major shock came when the founders of Mojang left the company, leaving control to Microsoft. Will Microsoft improve Mojang and Minecraft or will they ruin the game and the company that the creators have worked hard on for years? Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox division said, "We are going to maintain 'Minecraft' and its community in all the ways people love today, with a commitment...to grow it long into the future." Time will tell if the merging of these two giants will be for the better or for the worse.
iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Break Out! By: Victoria Kuo
The new iPhone 6 Plus is here! Many people are thrilled and have been waiting on long lines outside stores to buy it. The phone is said to have a faster computer processor, an upgraded camera, and a bigger screen. But some buyers say the new iPhone looks like the Samsung Note 2. The phone is also very flexible because of the material. It's made of anodized aluminum, stainless steel, and glass. Some people have complained that the phones are so flexible they may bend when people keep it in their pockets. Of course, you may also have heard of the new Apple Watch. It costs more than the iPhone 5C. The Apple Watch works like a small computer on your wrist. Apple is creating more new and expensive technology and they have changed the way people live.
But are these devices worth it? "I don't think it's worth it because the battery wears out very quickly and it's very bendable so it can break" said Kayla Taganguin from 733. Rashida Guerrero, also of 733, disagrees. "I like it because it has more pixels and a better picture. It's more advanced." Time will tell if the phone becomes as popular as the other phones.
While many people are loyal Apple customers and the I-phone is by far the most popular smart phone, the new Amazon Fire phone is getting a lot of buzz.
The phone has a new feature called Dynamic Perspective which has 4 infrared cameras that track movement and creates a 3- D effect. It has great looking photos (13 MP) compared to the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5S. Another feature is Firefly. Firefly can be accessed by holding the camera button on the side of the phone. It can scan items, art and more. It can also identify the exact scene of a movie or TV show by scanning it. It can even listen for music. It can use this search feature to find anything as long as it is on Amazon. What do you think of this phone? Is this a new technology or is it just another gimmick?