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This week on AI: March special event, Supreme Court rejects e-books appeal, ransomware strikes Mac, encryption debate & more

03/12/2016, 05:03 am

This week got off to an inauspicious start with the discovery of a Mac ransomware threat, followed by a Supreme Court snubbing of Apple's appeal of its $450 million e-books antitrust case. But the biggest news was Apple's confirmation of a special event on March 21, expected to feature a next-gen 4-inch iPhone model, revamped 9.7-inch iPad and more.

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President Obama urges prudence from both sides of encryption debate, warns against 'absolutist' position

03/11/2016, 06:03 pm

Speaking on the encryption debate at SXSW Interactive in Austin on Friday, President Barack Obama carefully navigated the waters between government overreach and civil liberties, saying that while both sides need to make concessions, encryption advocates should avoid taking an absolutist stance on the issue.

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AppleInsider podcast talks Apple v. the FBI, steps to encrypt your iPhone & files

03/11/2016, 08:03 am

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Shane and Victor look at the latest new developments in the FBI's conflict with Apple, and its impact within US politics. They also touch on the history of encryption and steps you can take to encrypt your own iPhone and files.

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US Attorney General Loretta Lynch talks iPhone encryption case with Stephen Colbert

03/11/2016, 05:03 am

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch toed the line in an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, and reiterated that the government is merely requesting Apple for help in unlocking a single iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, not a backdoor into iOS.

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Apple counsel Bruce Sewell calls DOJ filing 'cheap shot' that seeks to 'vilify'

03/10/2016, 07:03 pm

Apple's lead attorney Bruce Sewell on Thursday delivered some harsh words regarding a DOJ court filing in response to the company's refusal to cooperate in an FBI investigation, saying the government letter "reads like an indictment."

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Government says Apple arguments in encryption case a 'diversion,' presents point-by-point rebuttal

03/10/2016, 05:03 pm

As the Apple vs. FBI encryption debate heats up in California, the U.S. government on Thursday fired back at Apple's oppositions to a court order compelling its assistance in an FBI investigation, and in a new motion discounted a number of arguments related to supposed backdoors, "master keys," the All Writs Act and more.

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'Let us loop you in' live: Apple's March 21 event will be streamed online

03/10/2016, 02:03 pm

Apple's March 21 keynote will be streamed live on Apple TV, Mac, iPhone, iPad and more, giving consumers around the world the opportunity to be among the first to see its latest products.

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Apple plans to 'loop you in' at March 21 event with expected new 4" iPhone, 9.7" iPad

03/10/2016, 12:03 pm

Apple on Thursday officially sent out invitations for a March 21 media event, telling members of the press to "let us loop you in." The company is widely expected to announce a new 4-inch "iPhone SE" and a 9.7-inch "iPad Pro."

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Apple invention turns Apple Watch into urgent care alert system

03/10/2016, 05:03 am

A patent application published Thursday suggests Apple is working to turn Apple Watch into a full-fledged medical device, one that can monitor a user's vital signs and automatically send out an alert should they need urgent care.

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Eddy Cue says FBI could force Apple to secretly activate iPhone camera, microphone if precedent is set

03/09/2016, 08:03 pm

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said the government, if successful in compelling Apple's assistance with an FBI investigation involving a passcode-locked iPhone, could one day force the company to participate in clandestine and ethically ambiguous operations, like the remote activation of an iPhone's camera and microphone without user knowledge.

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Proposed Senate bill penalizing resistance to decryption requests nears completion, could be introduced next week

03/09/2016, 05:03 pm

U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee leaders are nearing completion of a draft bill that applies civil penalties to tech companies resisting court-ordered requests for assistance in unlocking encrypted hardware, according to a Wednesday report.

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Black Lives Matter activists say FBI fight to break iPhone encryption threatens civil liberties

03/08/2016, 10:03 pm

In a recently submitted friend of the court filing, activists supporting the Black Lives Matter and other civil rights movement causes argue Apple's ongoing encryption duel with the FBI has serious free speech implications.

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Musical chronicling Steve Jobs-Bill Gates rivalry cancels Broadway production

03/08/2016, 07:03 pm

Originally set to debut in April, "Nerds," a musical adaptation of the epic rivalry between tech titans Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, has canceled its scheduled Broadway run.

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ExxonMobil launches Apple Pay at the pump at 6,000 stations, only through in-app purchase

03/08/2016, 08:03 am

Apple Pay users can now pay at the pump at 6,000 ExxonMobil gas stations, though it's through the official Speedpass+ app, instead of a tap-to-pay transaction.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook attends secret meeting with tech and government elite to plot end to Trump presidential run

03/07/2016, 08:03 pm

Technology industry leaders including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page and Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk met with top GOP representatives at the secretive American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum this past weekend to discuss how to halt Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, a report said Monday.

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Government resubmits failed motion to compel Apple's assistance in NY iPhone case

03/07/2016, 07:03 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice is objecting a New York magistrate judge's decision to deny its motion to compel Apple's assistance in unlocking an iPhone linked to a years-old New York drug case, with the case now landing at the Eastern District of New York.

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Former iOS chief Scott Forstall produces second Broadway show

03/07/2016, 05:03 pm

Former Apple executive Scott Forstall, who was forced out of Cupertino in 2012 after a botched Apple Maps launch, is co-producing his second Broadway production in "Eclipsed," a tale of a Liberian warlord's captive sex slaves starring Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o.

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Apple shows off Campus 2's 'theatre' in new photo set

03/07/2016, 01:03 pm

Apple on Monday gave the world a closer look at one under-the-radar aspect of its massive new corporate campus -- the 1,000 seat event space that the company is calling its "theatre."

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Apple releases sixth betas of iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2, OS X El Capitan 10.11.4

03/07/2016, 01:03 pm

Developers and public beta testers can now get their hands on the sixth pre-release betas of iOS 9.3, and OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, while a new build of watchOS 2.2 is also available exclusively for developers.

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This week on AI: Apple & FBI testify to Congress, future iPhone tech, Apple's auto project & more

03/05/2016, 06:03 am

The battle over whether Apple should help the FBI unlock Syed Farook's iPhone once again intensified, but in the meantime, more news emerged about future iPhones and Project Titan, Apple's secretive automotive work.

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