Archive for March, 2016

Apple Is Expanding Familiar Platforms

In the latest week that has elapsed the company by the name of Apple has introduced not only a new iPhone but also a new and improved iPad. Traditionally, this duel unveil would be seen as a kind of blockbuster news in the tech world and it would be assumed that there was some new bell or whistle that would be coupled that worked in conjunction with the both of them. This was not the case, nor did Apple even intend for this to happen, it just kind of happen some experts say. This is due to the fact that both announcements were tactical business moves, products which lack break through technology but aim to appeal but both the owner of old Apple products, which is their bread and butter, because when people buy 2 Apple products in their lives it appears they are hooked and are in the stable for life. But this was something Apple was trying to do in a new way, which is go after the new people. They lack of breakthrough in these products was actually maybe part of the thing. The point being that if the technology was lacking, perhaps leaving it as the reveal of the story would divert people from seeming the lack of appeal. This has big international implications. gghg

To kick things off, is the iPhone SE

This is the large screen smartphone have been wildly popular and this is Apple’s own very strong sales exploded over the last could of months when it began making the iPhone with a 4.7 inch and even 5.5 inch screen it was considered to be correspondingly large bodies-than it had before. But the company noticed primarily as some of the Apple loyal were just handing onto their own originally small iPhone 5 series models so they could have the opportunity to upgrade in the big way. The reason being the big display seems to be the trajectory of what people want from their devices. We see that people are starting to in a large way want to watch videos and unlock their potential in a lot of different ways, but they also do not want to be restricted to the largeness of a tablet. The lage 5-5.5 inch display phones seems to be what the future is, but we shall see.

bbnUp next on the order is a 9.7-inch iPad Pro this beauty came out last fall and has a huge, 12.9 inch iPad with the option of the snap-on key board which is going to make a lot of waves. Microsoft has been effectively leaving Apple in the dust in this regard because they started. All this said Apple really needs to step up its game and innovate again. Since the post Jobs era it seems like they are trying to as a manner of speaking hold onto a block of ice without it going away. The problem is, its inevitable, unless they do something other than just hold it that puppy is going to melt. But if we know whats good we know its Apple.


Facebook Exec Jailed in Brazil Over WhatsApp

Last week, Facebook Regional Vice President Diego Dzodan had to be bailed out of a Brazilian prison. Brazilian police officers made the arrest in response to Facebook’s failure to produce the WhatsApp messages that Brazilian law enforcement demanded due to the messages’ alleged connection with a drug trafficking investigation.

diego dzodanThis dispute is one of an increasingly large number of examples of issues between national law enforcement agencies and tech companies that sell encrypted services to private users. In general, politics and tech are becoming more intertwined than ever.

Digital data is a relatively new element in the global political scene, meaning that laws vary widely from one nation to the next. Many European nations have laws in place that protect citizens’ privacy and tend to value it over the potential for government law enforcement to be more effective in certain cases. Other nations, especially those being ruled under authoritarian regimes, limit their citizens’ ability to access web anonymity in every way they possibly can.

This wide variance in approach towards cyber security is responsible for the mishap in Brazil, and many believe it will cause future incidents.

“These conflicts will continue, because the way foreign governments can obtain data stored with a U.S. provider is to go through the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty Process,” stated Jadzia Butler. Butler is associated with the Center for Democracy and Technology, where she servers as a fellow on privacy, surveillance, and security. “Unfortunately, this process is extremely cumbersome. It can take up to 10 months for a foreign law enforcement agency to get the data it needs… so governments like Brazil and others have started to resort to extreme tactics in order to get data.” Such measures could include the issue of data localization mandates and the purposeful intimidation of relevant local officials.

facebookThis issue attracted the attention of the House Judiciary Committee last month during a hearing specifically on the subject of MLAT. MLAT stands for mutual legal assistance treaty and is an agreement between two or more countries for the purpose creating compromising communication that will allow relevant countries to enforce public or criminal laws in a way that is consistent and understandable. Nations have developed particular methods for requesting and obtaining evidence for criminal investigations and prosecutions held across borders.

The hearing that occurred last month attempted to establish which rules should apply in the event that two different countries claim jurisdiction over the same piece of data.

Gregory T. Nojeim, director of the CDT’s Project on Freedom, Security and Technology, had this to say:

brazil“Increasingly, one country’s law will require disclosure and another country’s law will prohibit it, or at least subject the disclosure to local rules that the requesting country may find difficult to meet. Because of the explosive growth of global communications and of the communications service providers, and because of the increasingly central role that communications content and metadata play in law enforcement investigations worldwide, this problem is growing…Moreover, because the largest communication service providers are located in the U.S., the volume of data demands coming into the U.S. from foreign governments far exceeds the volume of demands made by the U.S.”

This puts the U.S. at a particularly important position in terms of creating its own precedent for how to cope with government surveillance vs. privacy rights. Its jurisdiction will be the starting point with which foreign governments must compromise.