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Report: India won’t let Apple sell refurbished iPhones in the country

May 3rd, 2016

Enlarge / The iPhone SE is Apple's best cheap iPhone ever, but in India even it may be too expensive. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

The Indian government won't allow Apple to sell refurbished iPhones in the country, according to a report from Bloomberg. Apple is currently working to open retail stores in India to expand its market presence, and selling low-cost refurbished iPhones is another part of that strategy. Apple's opponents claim that allowing the company to sell used phones in the country could undermine the successful government-sponsored Make in India program, which encourages companies to manufacture their products in the country.

As Apple's iPhone growth slows, the company will be looking to new markets to fuel future growth—the strategy certainly worked in China, where Apple's sales grew by leaps and bounds in 2014 and 2015 before leveling off and declining in the first two quarters of 2016.

"India will be the most populous country in the world in 2022," Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC's Jim Cramer in an interview yesterday. "And this year, the first year, LTE begins to roll out. And so many of your viewers here in the United States, they're used to using LTE and streaming video. And hopefully they're getting a good experience there. In India you can't do that long—there is no LTE. And so that's changing. Huge market potential."

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Woman ordered to provide her fingerprint to unlock seized iPhone

May 2nd, 2016

A Southern California woman was recently ordered to provide her fingerprint to unlock a seized iPhone, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

The case highlights the ongoing balancing act between security and convenience and how the law treats something you know (a passcode) as being quite different than something you are (a biometric). Under the Constitution, criminal defendants have the right not to testify against themselves—and providing a passcode could be considered testimonial. However, being compelled to give up something physiological or biometric (such as blood, DNA sample, fingerprint or otherwise), is not.

As the Times reports, Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan was ordered by a federal judge to provide her fingerprint on February 25, and the warrant was executed and unsealed on March 15.

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LA judge forces woman to unlock iPhone with fingerprint

May 2nd, 2016
A case of an alleged Armenian gang member points to the view of biometrics as being like physical keys, not self-incriminating testimony.

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Cop Exploited iPhone App to Secretly Watch Mom Breastfeeding

April 29th, 2016

By Uzair Amir

If you are using baby monitor this alert is for

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FBI paid at least $1.3M for zero-day to get into San Bernardino iPhone

April 21st, 2016

James Comey is the director of the FBI. (credit: Brookings Institute)

FBI Director James Comey suggested to a conference in London that his agency paid more than $1.3 million to gray-hat hackers who were able to unlock the iPhone 5C that was used by Syed Farook Rizwan, the dead terrorist who masterminded the attack in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015.

According to Reuters, Comey was asked Thursday how much the FBI paid for the technique that eventually allowed investigators to access the locked phone.

"A lot. More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four months for sure," Comey said. "But it was, in my view, worth it."

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The rise of the $400 smartphone—you want how much for a flagship?

April 20th, 2016

For a long time, the cost of a fast, high-end smartphone with the latest technology seemed definite. You were paying $600 or $700 no matter whether you did it up front or spread out over the course of a two-year carrier contract. This doesn't have to be the case today, however. There's an exciting new category of phone on the block—the "cheap flagship," a phone that has flagship or very-close-to-flagship specs but only costs around $400.

We're talking about devices like the $305 Xiaomi Mi 5, the $380 LG Nexus 5X, the $400 Nextbit Robin, the $400 Moto X, and the $329 OnePlus 2. These phones all shipped with the best (or close to the best) SoC at the time, beautiful screens, and the usual set of features. If you didn't have a sheet of spec tables in front of you, you'd likely have a hard time pointing out the differences between these devices and a $700 flagship. Cheap flagships might not be at the absolute bleeding edge of capabilities, but they all aim for "good enough."

Typical specs (beyond price)

Consider the current state of the big $700 flagships from companies like Samsung and LG. These super flagships are bloated with tons of occasionally nice to have but mostly unnecessary extras. They are the very best they can be, because in the fight to entice customers to upgrade every year, these companies throw in every bell and whistle under the sun. Samsung is the king of this—the Galaxy S7 Edge has a curved AMOLED display, a heart rate sensor, waterproofing, a magnetic field generator (for Samsung Pay), and an outrageously high 500+ PPI display. It even doubles as the heart of a virtual reality gaming system. The LG G5 has a laundry list of extras, too. There are two rear-facing cameras, a color spectrum sensor, another overkill 1440P display, and a modular accessory system.

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Viber to Put Full End-to-End Encryption on Their Messaging App

April 20th, 2016

By Waqas

Viber to put encryption to their messaging app People are

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U.S government requested information on 5,200 accounts from Apple

April 20th, 2016

By Ali Raza

Being a tech giant is not easy — The government

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BlackBerry CEO Defends Lawful Access Principles, Supports Phone Hack

April 19th, 2016
BlackBerry’s CEO defended the actions it took to provide Canadian law enforcement with what it needed to decrypt communications between devices.

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Apple and FBI Faceoff at House Encryption Hearing

April 19th, 2016
Apple and the FBI vow to work together to find compromise solution in encryption debate.

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