The Make-In-India Edition Monday, April 4, 2016

Apple's Push To Flood India With Used iPhones Ignites Backlash, by Saritha Rai, Bloomberg

The iPhone maker is seeking permission to become the first company allowed to import and sell used phones into the country, its second attempt in as many years. This time, the stakes are higher and a growing number of industry executives are fighting the move, warning government officials in private that it’ll open the floodgates to electronic waste, jeopardize local players, and make a farce of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make in India program to encourage local manufacturing.

Apple's India Solution, by Tim Culpan, Bloomberg

If Apple, with Liam's help, can disassemble old iPhones into their constituent pieces and have them rebuilt in India to Apple's strict standards, then the company can appease Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India policy. Such a move would also help it avoid tariffs on imported phones, which were recently doubled, and save on the cost of manufacturing components.

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FBI Trick For Breaking Into iPhone Likely To Leak, Limiting Its Use, by Joseph Menn, Reuters

Even if the FBI hoards the information - despite a White House policy that tilts toward disclosure to manufacturers - if it is not revealed to Apple, there are other ways the method could come to light or be rendered ineffective over time, according to Zdziarski and senior Apple engineers who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Why The FBI Breach Of The iPhone Is A Win For Users, by Christopher Mims, Wall Street Journal

The possibility that Apple could create a device that it would be unable to breach even if ordered by a court must keep those in law enforcement awake at night. And yet we seem headed to a world in which even the most draconian edict couldn’t force Apple to unravel the laws of mathematics at the heart of its own encryption.

In a world of ever-multiplying threats—including multimillion-dollar bank heists carried out from a keyboard—increased security is an unqualified win for all Apple users.


2016 To-Do App Showdown: Wunderlist Vs., by Alan Henry, Lifehacker

If we had to judge purely on who’s been busiest adding new features and benefits, and who offers the most bang for no buck at all, we would have to go with Wunderlist. We can’t really see the need for someone to open their wallet for Wunderlist Pro, unless they’re using Wunderlist on a small team.

However, for interesting and innovative features, premium or no, and for the most extra useful features for the money should you opt to pay for a premium account, we’d have to turn our eyes to Moment is like a mini “weekly review” you can do every day, which is hugely useful, and they have more flexible recurring tasks — once you pay for them, that is. may be cheaper, but they definitely offer more features an individual may find useful to manage their own to-dos should you pay for an account upgrade.

KeyCue 8.0, by Agen G. N. Schmitz, TidBITS

Ergonis has released KeyCue 8.0, a major new version of the keyboard shortcut utility that now takes the app beyond a menu shortcut viewer. Version 8.0 brings a flexible new way to define a wide variety of triggers to perform different actions, such as displaying the newly added collection of frequently used URLs, opening the KeyCue settings window, and more.


Meet GigSky, The Company Behind The iPad’s Global-Roaming Abilities, by Ina Fried, Re/code

It gets just the briefest of mentions on Apple’s website, but a small Palo Alto startup represents the secret sauce that allows the most recent iPad models to roam seamlessly in more than 90 countries.

GigSky, which also offers its services to iOS and Android devices via an app, has roaming deals that allow customers to use their iPads all over the world without needing to rely on Wi-Fi or to purchase service in each country they visit.

Technology Upgrades Get White House Out Of The 20th Century, by Michael D. Shear, New York Times

Can you run the country with spotty Wi-Fi, computers that power on and off randomly and desktop speakerphones from Radio Shack, circa 1985?

It turns out you can. But it is not ideal, as President Obama’s staff has discovered during the past seven years. Now, as Mr. Obama prepares to leave the White House early next year, one of his legacies will be the office information technology upgrade that his staff has finally begun.

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