Leo dropped his Samsung Galaxy S7 EDGE and broke the back side, while his host for All About Android dropped his S7 and broke the front screen. Leo says that S7 is very slippery and hard to keep hold of by casually holding the phone. it's a pity because it's a great phone, but if you're prone to drop your phone, you should think twice about an S7.
A private equity firm bought Quicken from Intuit and promises to update it. Quicken is 33 years old, and balancing checkbooks is one of the first things people did with their computers. Intuit had been trying to sell the Quicken division since August. Quickbooks and Turbotax are more profitable because they have cloud services as well. But the Quicken desktop app hasn't been doing as well for Intuit.
Apple has filed its response to the Department of Justice on the FBI's demand to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. Nilay Patel, a professional attorney and founder of The Verge, says Apple's response is more of a PR response than a legal one. Normally you'd give the strongest argument first and then give additional arguments, but Apple started with the easiest-to-understand argument first. Among the arguments Apple used is a free speech defense.
Apple continues to resist a court order to alter iOS 9 in order to crack open the phone of a terrorist in the San Bernardino shooting. Leo says it's very important for Apple to make this stand because it sets a very dangerous precedent that can be abused, not only by the federal government, but any government that Apple does business in.
The FBI, through a court order, has demanded that Apple unlock an iPhone which was used by one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino mass killings. Even though Apple has opened 70 iPhones for the FBI, they have never actually altered iOS to create what they believe would be a 'back door' to every single phone. A judge agreed with the FBI that Apple must comply, but Tim Cook has taken a public stance of resistance to the court order. Even more surprising, the FBI changed the password themselves already.
A bug in the latest update of Adobe Creative Cloud deletes the highest value folders on your hard drive. It was found out when a backup program called BackBlaze actually broke looking for missing files.
A British teenager has hacked both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Using the tried and true method of social engineering, the teen managed to hack into an email account of a DOJ employee and then used that information to call in and gain access. Then he published the names and addresses of FBI and Department of Homeland Security agents online. Though the teen has been arrested, he claims to have over 300GB of more data that he plans to publish online.
The New York Times has an interesting article about a company that has started, called BillFixers, which will act as your agent to cut your cable, internet, and other bills. They split the difference of the money they can save you, and that's how they get paid.
But Leo says there's plenty of ways to accomlish the same goals and keep all the savings for yourself.
The FCC is considering a proposal that would make cable box rental fees a thing of the past. The plan would give third party manufacturers the right to build competing set-top boxes that users could simply purchase, rather than rent. This could cost the cable industry up to $20 billion a year in lost rental fees. The plan is similar to a plan that was placed on the telephone industry back in the 80s.
The talk around tech town is that come March Apple will announce a smaller iPhone, about the size of the iPhone 5s. They will also announce an update to the Apple Watch, but Leo says it will likely come out in September.