The Lost-In-Smartphones Edition Thursday, April 7, 2016

What If Apple Is Wrong?, by Brian Bergstein, MIT Technology Review

The argument for opening smartphones to law enforcement is not that we should make police work as easy as possible. In a free society, some criminals will always slip away because of restraints on investigation that are necessary for balancing liberty and security. Evidence is always lost to time, to decay, to confusion, to incompetence, and to murky memories. We will always keep secrets in safes, in encrypted files, and in our minds.

But we need to ask whether too much evidence will be lost in smartphones that now lock away all that they hold—not just message traffic but also calendar entries, pictures, and videos—even when police have a legal right to view those contents. Apple will eventually close the hole that the FBI found into the San Bernardino phone, and now it is exploring ways of cutting off its avenue for giving police data backed up in the cloud, too. What if these new layers of secrecy undermine the justice system without even increasing your privacy very much?

Cheaper Than Two AA Batteries?

How Much Does It Cost To Charge An iPhone For A Year?, by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

On average, during an overnight charge, the iPhone consumed an average of 19.2 Wh. A miniscule amount, but over a year that translates into 7 kWh, which will set you back $0.84.


Apple Announces Standalone Apple Watch Hermès Bands Coming April 19th With New Colors, From $340, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Apple has announced that it will soon start selling Apple Watch Hermès bands standalone and in several new colors.

How To Address ‘Battery Not Charging’ Errors For Your Mac, by Topher Kessler, MacIssues

With batteries and other power management issues, there really isn’t much you can do, but if this happens, there are a few general approaches you can try for fixing the issue.

Record Your Mind With Thoughtful, by Jake Underwood, MacStories

It's an app that, for the sake of self-improvement, you'll put personal thoughts into – and, through some helpful features, will attempt to promote better habits.

See The World With Streets 3, by John Voorhees, MacStories

I had a lot of fun checking out familiar as well as new places all over the world with Streets


How Software Gets Bloated: From Telephony To Bitcoin, by Emin Gün Sirer, Hacking, Distributed

In my experience, software bloat almost always comes from smart, often the smartest, devs who are technically the most competent. Couple their abilities with a few narrowly interpreted constraints, a well-intentioned effort to save the day (specifically, to save today at the expense of tomorrow), and voila, we have the following story.


Longtime RFK Human Rights Supporter Tim Cook Joins Group’s Board, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

Announcing the appointment, Kerry Kennedy, President and CEO of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, said, “Tim knows the importance of advocating for and representing people who have not been heard. He has integrity and does not shy away from challenging issues when he knows they are right and just. Tim is deeply committed to the social justice work that he is helping Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights accomplish.”

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is an international human rights organization founded by Robert Kennedy’s family and friends nearly 50 years ago. In December 2015, Tim Cook received the Ripple of Hope Award during the organization’s gala in New York City. The award was granted for Mr. Cook’s commitment to sustainable business practices and his lifelong commitment to human rights.

White House Declines To Support Encryption Legislation - Sources, by Mark Hosenball and Dustin Volz, Reuters

The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would empower judges to require technology companies such as Apple Inc to help law enforcement crack encrypted data, sources familiar with the discussions said.

The decision all but assures that the years-long political impasse over encryption will continue even in the wake of the high-profile effort by the Department of Justice to force Apple to break into an iPhone used by a gunman in last December's shootings in San Bernardino, California.

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