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.
Bad news from the realm of crypto currency. According to BitCoin developers, the notion of Bitcoin is dead, as it is controlled by "Bitcoin" miners and many exchanges have gone under.
For the first time ever, online sales during this past holiday season were greater than sales from brick and mortar establishments. Leo says that while it's not surprising that more people are shopping online, it is surprising that it took this long for more people to embrace it than shopping in a physical store.
Just in time for Christmas, if you're planning on getting a drone for the holidays, chances are you're going to have to register it with the FAA. The new rule, which will require most drones to be registered, whether new or old, comes with a potential fine of $250,000 and 3 years in jail for those who fail to comply.