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Mon, Dec 21, 2015The Back-Door's-For-Everybody Edition

What's Next For Apple?, by CBS

The technology giant's CEO, Tim Cook, addresses issues concerning his company -- including encryption technology, corporate taxes, and manufacturing products in China.

Tim Cook: Americans Shouldn't Have To Choose Between Privacy And Security, by Hope King, CNN

"If the government lays a proper warrant on us today then we will give the specific information that is requested. Because we have to by law," said Cook. "In the case of encrypted communication, we don't have it to give. And so if like your iMessages are encrypted, we don't have access to those." "There have been people that suggest that we should have a back door," he added. "But the reality is if you put a back door in, that back door's for everybody, for good guys and bad guys."

Cook also stated that making the encryption debate about a tug of war between privacy and national security is an "overly simplistic view." "We're America," he said. "We should have both."

The iPhone's Camera Is So Good Because 800 People Are Working On It, by Chris Welch, The Verge

"There's over 200 separate individual parts" in the iPhone's camera module, Townsend said. Then he demonstrated how Apple simulates various conditions to test out the camera's performance, from sunsets to lousy indoor lighting. "We can simulate all those here," Townsend said. Apple's competitors certainly conduct many of those same tests, but the sheer size of Apple's camera team shows you how high up on the priority list it's risen. Apple has built entire ad campaigns around the iPhone's camera, and always makes it a point to highlight improvements with each new iPhone revision.


No Recovery Drive? Three Alternatives Are Available To You., by Topher Kessler, MacIssues

When some problems such as hard drive corruption occur on your Mac, or if you need to perform account maintenance such as resetting passwords or fixing account permissions, then you will need to use the tools that Apple includes on the hidden Recovery drive that is part of OS X. However, in some cases such as for RAID arrays, you may not have a recovery partition, in which case there are several alternatives you can use, even if you are limited by your internet connection.


Many Taylor Swift Fans Have Issues Streaming 1989 World Tour On Apple Music, by John Callaham, iMore

The official Apple Music Help Twitter account has been flooded with complaints similar to this one: "I have been trying for 3 hours to play #1989WorldTourLIVE and have only got 20mins in because of constant freezing! help!"

The Year We Started Buying Phones Like We Buy Cars, by Brian Barrett, Wired

The key difference between how people bought phones then and now is consumers know what a phone really costs. That knowledge could have transformative effects on your relationship with the device you rely on most.

Ericsson And Apple Sign Patent Deal, Settle Litigation, by Olof Swahnberg, Reuters

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