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Feds can't force you to unlock your iPhone with finger or face, judge rules • Forbes
Thomas Brewster
<p>Previously, US judges had ruled that police were allowed to force unlock devices like Apple’s iPhone with biometrics, such as fingerprints, faces or irises. That was despite the fact feds weren’t permitted to force a suspect to divulge a passcode. But according to <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5684083-Judge-Says-Facial-Recognition-Unlocks-Not.html">a ruling uncovered by Forbes</a>, all logins are equal.

The order came from the US District Court for the Northern District of California in the denial of a search warrant for an unspecified property in Oakland. The warrant was filed as part of an investigation into a Facebook extortion crime, in which a victim was asked to pay up or have an “embarassing” video of them publicly released. The cops had some suspects in mind and wanted to raid their property. In doing so, the feds also wanted to open up any phone on the premises via facial recognition, a fingerprint or an iris.

While the judge agreed that investigators had shown probable cause to search the property, they didn’t have the right to open all devices inside by forcing unlocks with biometric features.</p>


This is going to lead to all sorts of negative publicity around cases very much like this one. Imagine if there's a terror incident.
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14 hours ago by charlesarthur
Letter from Tim Cook to Apple investors - Apple
there are 5.5bn adults on earth, 5bn have a mobile phone and between 3.5 and 4bn people have a smartphone. Apple has 8-900m of those. The mobile market is reaching saturation, and so is the smartphone market, and Apple has won the high end of the smartphone market. This is not ‘the fall of Apple’ -it’s just the shift of smartphones to boring maturity, as we look for what’s next_
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yesterday by camillaxgrey
Opioids app aims to lower response times for overdose victims l Axios
The University of Washington research team developed the app, called Second Chance, and tested it in two locations: a supervised-injection facility in Vancouver and an operating room where they simulated overdose events.
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yesterday by UWMedicine
Samsung's Galaxy S10 unveiling is February 20 and all it has to do is save the smartphone industry | ZDNet
I'm willing to bet that Samsung's Note 9 and Apple's iPhone XS, XR lineup hit the ceiling on smartphone prices.
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2 days ago by yorksranter
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RT : For the first time, world's sale was expected to slow down by 1-3% in 2018, several consulting firms' e…
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2 days ago by edelagrave
Poland calls for 'joint' EU-Nato stance on Huawei after spying arrest • The Guardian
<p>Poland’s internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudziński, called for the European Union and Nato to work on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets.

Brudziński said Poland wanted to continue cooperating with China but that a discussion was needed on whether to exclude Huawei from some markets.

“There are concerns about Huawei within Nato as well. It would make most sense to have a joint stance, among EU member states and Nato members,” he told broadcaster RMF FM.

“We want relations with China that are good, intensive and attractive for both sides,” he added.

Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, is facing intense scrutiny in the west over its relationship with China’s government.

In August, the US president, Donald Trump, signed a bill that barred the US government from using Huawei equipment and is considering an executive order that would also ban US companies from doing so.

In December, Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada at the request of the US, which wants her extradited to face charges that she misled banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran.

Seeking to distance itself from the Polish incident, Huawei on Saturday said in a statement it had sacked Wang, whose “alleged actions have no relation to the company”.</p>

How this (and ZTE's position) plays out over the rest of this year could be crucial to China's position in 5G, and the progress of 5G. If this is also applied to Huawei handsets (a faint but real possibility) it would really put a crimp on things. Expect recriminations if that happens.
Huawei  smartphone  china 
2 days ago by charlesarthur
App might spot drug overdoses in time to help l AP in The New York Times
In a novel test, the "Second Chance" app detected early signs of overdose in the critical minutes after people injected heroin or other illegal drugs, researchers reported Wednesday.
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4 days ago by UWMedicine

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