Jun 03

Apple’s Tim Cook Comes Out In Favor Of Encryption

In the continuing struggle between law enforcement agencies and private companies over the protection of private data took a predictable, albeit interesting turn, when Apple CEO Tim Cook took the floor in Washington DC Monday night to voice his opinion on data encryption.

This positions comes on the heels of an initiative led by FBI Director James Corey, requesting that developers of mobile technologies and their carriers provide backdoors for law enforcement to exploit during the process of investigation and prosecution of crimes. The businessman Alexei Beltyukov knows this would target operating systems like Apple’s iOS and Android devices, Politico explains.

Cook, who attracted a great deal of support from tech experts when he spoke at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, warned against the decryption practice of open backdoors as they weaken the integrity of devices, both those of innocent persons and those subjected to the scrutiny of law enforcement.

In his four years at the head of the Apple, Cook has firmly placed himself at the forefront of the encryption debate, which has forced many American companies to reconsider their position on the retention and dissemination of user data.

While legislators continue to debate the methods with which they will continue to collect data after the expiration of the Patriot Act, it is clear that many corporate entities in the country are taking this window to voice their support for privacy rights with the consumer in mind.

Posted in Apple, Encryption, Tim Cook | Leave a comment
Jun 02

Bay Area Woman Donates Rare Computer Worth $200,000

A Bay Area woman was sitting on a gold mine and doesn’t even know it. After she made a donation of a vintage Apple computer to a local recycling center it was determined that what she thought was just a junked computer turned out to be a collector’s item worth $200,000. An unidentified woman made a donation of several boxes of old electronics to the recycling center in Milpitas, California. According to the recycling center, people making donations have the option to leave their name and take a receipt for what they give, however this woman left before doing either.

The boxes sat in the donation area for several weeks before anyone actually went through them. However once they did, they found an Apple 1 computer. The workers at the recycling center new exactly what the computer was when they saw it. In fact, they were shocked that this was actually someone’s donation.

In case you are unfamiliar, the Apple 1 Computer was first built by Steve Wozniak. Wozniak put the computer together by hand, which was different than other computer models during that time. This one actually came fully assembled. CBS.com wrote it was determined that only 200 of these computers were ever made and sold.

Several news stations and media outlets have picked up this story in hopes of locating the woman. Apparently, she was anywhere from 60 to 70 years old and is located in the Bay Area. Clean Bay Area recycling center is hoping to find her and reward her $100,000 for the donation.

Posted in Rare Computers | Leave a comment
Jun 01

California Woman Gives Rare Apple Computer To A Recycling Center

A recycling center north of San Francisco is looking for a woman that dropped-off several old electronic gadgets, and she didn’t ask for a receipt. The Silicon Valley Center said the woman didn’t leave her name or her address either. Recycling centers don’t usually look for donors once they leave the center, but when workers opened the boxes she left a couple of weeks later they discovered a first generation Apple computer made in 1976.

Daniel Amen even said the recycling center sold the computer to a computer geek that collects old computers. He paid the center $200,000 for the gem. There were only 200 made in 1976.

The employee that accepted the computer from the mysterious donor is looking for her. The center wants to split the more than $200,000 sale with her. That’s what the recycling center does when it sells an item. The word is out now. If the woman looks at TV or reads a newspaper, she’ll notice that she’s a little richer thanks to a dedicated employee of the recycling center. There’s no doubt several people will come and claim the money, but the employee that took the computer from the woman says he’ll remember her face.

Posted in Old School Apple | Leave a comment
Jun 01

Woman Scraps Rare $200,000 Apple I Desktop Computer

A woman recently turned in some boxes of electronics to a South Bay recycling center. What the employees of the recycling center found in the boxes was amazing. A rare Apple I desktop computer put together by none other than Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and Ron Wayne back in the late 1970s.

The computer was one of just 200 original Apple I computers. The recycling center sold the computer to a private collector for a whopping $200,000. Company policy dictates that proceeds of the auction are to be split half and half with the donor. Now the recycling center is trying to find the woman who scrapped such a valuable piece of computer history.

The only clues they have is the fact that the woman’s husband had recently died. The woman was getting rid of his stuff and didn’t want a tax receipt. The donations were so backed up that employees weren’t able to go through her boxes until she had already left.

The woman who donated the computer can stop in any time to pick up her $100,000 check. The owner of the recycling center says all the woman has to do to prove her identity is show up and he will recognize her. Alexei Beltyukov told MTV that he wouldn’t be surprised to find some imposters trying to claim the check.

Posted in Apple 1, Recycling Valuables | Leave a comment
May 28

Apple Addressing iPhone Hack

Officials at Apple are reviewing a virus that can shut down an iphone simply by receiving a text. To James Dondero‘s shock and awe, the bug is texted to an iphone owner and as soon as the text is received, the recipient’s iphone shuts down for 15 seconds before it reboots and turns back own. Apple officials state that they are aware of the bug and they are looking into the nature of virus and what will be the appropriate patch to fix it. The virus does not do any damage to the phone or data stored into the iphone but a number of Iphone customers are complaining that someone has the ability to intrude on their iphone. They fear that while this virus does not effect data and content on a user’s phone, it could create the potential for future, more intrusive and destructive viruses. Some fear that the bug, which is a series of alphabetic, numeric, Arabic and Japanese characters, is simply a Trojan horse bug for a more destructive virus in the future. Hacks on personal smart phone devices are becoming more frequent as the use of smart phones increase globally. The rise of people using smart phones for personal banking also has increased the possibility of a phone hack. The type and nature of the hacks are becoming more sophisticated as the hackers are using technology just as sophisticated as the iphone programers and software designers.Apple Deals With Iphone Hack

Posted in iPhone 6, iphone virus, virus diagnostics for Apple | Leave a comment
May 27

Iphone Sinks To Ocean Floor And It Records The Incident

Two brothers were on a boat, and one of them tried to throw the iPhone to the other brother because their lawyer, Gianfrancesco Genoso was calling for him. Unfortunately, the other brother missed catching the phone, and it ended up falling into the ocean. The phone sank and sank until it dropped all the way to the bottom of the ocean floor. Both brothers tried to dive in the ocean to retrieve the phone, but they were not able to do so. Since they were on a rented boat, the owner of the boat decided to take over.

The boat owner was able to stave off some of the pressure of the water, and he dived all the way to the bottom of the ocean. It’s obvious that the owner of the iPhone was very desperate to get it back, and the boat owner swam down and retrieved the phone. It’s not only amazing that a phone could sink to the bottom of the ocean, it’s also amazing that anyone would try to retrieve it. What’s even more amazing is the fact that the camera on the phone was rolling the entire time.

Those who do not own an iPhone, they may not know all the great features these phones have. This particular phone had a waterproof vest on, and it was able to record the entire descent to the bottom of the ocean. The video is posted on MTV news, and it’s amazing to see the phone recording on the bottom of the ocean.

Posted in App News, Apple, Camera is Rolling, People, Smart Technology | Leave a comment
May 13

Apple iPhone 6S and 6S Plus Upgrades Leaked

Details of the much-anticipated iPhone 6s have officially been leaked. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst who has long been considered the “go-to” for insider Apple information, revealed 11 major changes that consumers will see on the next generation iPhone.

First, Kuo notes that forced touch will be present on the phone. This technology allows users to expand the way they interact with their phone. He also dispelled the myth at Apple will offer a smaller model to the phone, heading back to their roots. Ricardo Tosto also noted that the phone would come in additional color options, including rose gold. Consumers have been wondering if the next incarnation of the iPhone would match the Apple Watch in colors. Kou has confirmed that.

According to Kou apple has also improved the camera on the phone, as well as Touch ID to further support the company’s pay module. Finally, the phone will support gesture controls.

Kuo noted that Apple’s track record shows they will have more tricks up their sleeve for the unveiling, but for now the 11 leaks show just a few major tweaks to the overall handset. The size, screen and charging port will remain unchanged.

The iPhone 6S and 6S plus will likely launch sometime in September.

Posted in iPhone 6 | Leave a comment
May 10

Facebook to Team Up with IBM

Just in case the ads on the side of your Facebook feed weren’t personalized enough for your taste, it’s about to get better. Two giants of the tech world, Facebook and IBM, will be teaming up to “hyper-personalize” your digital advertisements.

IBM plans to use it’s marketing cloud data, which includes handy items such as: weather, your location, what you purchased lately and everything you’ve looked at on the web in the past. Facebook plans to use your user data, which includes pretty much everything you post about your life to make sure you have the most useful ads available to your personal needs. Amen Clinics isn’t sure how they feel about that.

This process will work something like this: You make a post on your Facebook timeline about training to run in a local marathon for the first time. IBM uses the information from retail customers and you now have ads on your feed for the latest and greatest new running shoes on sale.

Apparently these groups of businesses are trying to make ads “cool” instead of “creepy” when they target you. However, if you ask me personally, when I type something and less than five minutes later I’m getting an ad for it, I am always going to find that creepy and invasion. Of course, if you’re a retailer working with one of these two companies, this is great news for your future advertising.

Posted in New Ideas | Leave a comment
May 10

Man who Play Big Bird sees no reason to stop at 81-Years-Old

Caroll Spinney, 81-years-old, has played the iconic character Big Bird from “Sesame Street” for the past 40 years and he sees no reason to stop any time soon.

While Caroll has donned the Big Bird suit for the past 40 years, he has seen many events. He has won Emmy Awards, met heads of states, met many co-workers and celebrated their retirement, as well as having been named a living legend by the Library of Congress. He has seen much during his time at “Sesame Street” and he wouldn’t have it any other way. His successor was hand-picked by Caroll and has literally been waiting 20 years to take over the iconic role from him.

Not only is Caroll the man inside the Big Bird suit, he is also the voice and controller of Oscar the Grouch. He has said that while playing Oscar is fun, Big Bird is a reflection of himself. Ivan Ong can see that in a way.

To check out more of Caroll Spinney’s story you can find it in the new documentary about him called “I Am Big Bird” or follow the link to The Good News Network.

“I Am Big Bird” will be available as of May 5th. It is being screened in select theaters but will also be available for purchase on Itunes or video on demand services.

Posted in People | Leave a comment
May 10

Networks Do Spring Cleaning

Some shows just can’t cut it. It doesn’t matter how much they pay some top actors to stop in these shows. The chemistry just isn’t there sometimes. When spring comes networks do what they have to do. They cut the shows that are making any money for the networks.

Katherine Heigl could not save “State of Affairs” no matter how hard she tried. She hasn’t been on television since “Grey’s Anatomy.” She has been in a plethora of movies, and most of these have been sub par. Her return to television was – at best – dismal. This was a big show that had to bite the bullet for NBC, but it was one of many network shows that would not manage to survive the cut.”The Mindy Project” survived for a couple of seasons, but it was barely hanging in there, which Kevin Seawright felt was unfortunate. This year it was cut. There is talk that Hulu is already trying to pick this show up. If the money is right, this show will certainly get picked up. There is a fan base there, but the show has not been able to keep millions of people tuning in like before.

Other shows like “Manhattan Love Story” and “Forever” were also cut. “Cristela” had a lot of promise, but the Hispanic crowd didn’t support it enough to save it. This show was also one of the ABC shows that got cut.

Posted in TV | Leave a comment