Judge: FBI Can Keep San Bernardino iPhone Hack Details Secret

The FBI does not have to reveal the identity of a vendor that helped it unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters in the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack, or the price it paid for the vendor’s services, a federal judge ruled.

In summary judgment issued Saturday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in the District of Columbia wrote that the FBI had shown that releasing the vendor’s name “could be reasonably expected to cause harm to national security interests by limiting the FBI’s present and future ability to gain access to suspected terrorists’ phones.”

She also wrote that disclosure of the vendor’s identity would “risk disclosure of a law enforcement technique and create a reasonably expected risk of circumvention of the law.”

The judge also ruled that releasing the amount paid could also cause a “reasonably expected risk of harm to national security,” as the price could “logically reveal how much the FBI values gaining access to suspects’ phones, and the breadth of the tool’s capabilities.”

The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed last year by three news organizations under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Associated Press, Gannett Satellite Information Network and Vice Media had initially filed separate FOIA requests to the FBI last year seeking records about the agency’s “financial agreements” with the vendor who eventually helped the FBI unlock an iPhone 5C used by Syed Rizwan Farook. Farook, along with his wife, carried out the Dec. 2, 2015, attack that left 14 dead and many others wounded. Justice officials say the assault was an act of terrorism.

The news organizations had argued that then-FBI Director James B. Comey had already publicly disclosed that the purchase price was “very high,” which would negate further possible harm to national security if the dollar value were revealed.

The FBI had initially tried to compel…
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Verizon Wireless Tweaks Prepaid Family Plan

Verizon Wireless today rolled out changes to its Verizon Prepaid Family Account, which lets subscribers take more control over the data available to each individual line. Data is available in 3 GB, 7 GB, 10 GB, and unlimited buckets. The first line costs $40, $50, $60, and $80, respectively, for each of these offerings. Lines two through five can be added to the first line at a small discount. For example, those who subscribe to the 3 GB plan will receive a $10 discount per line on lines two through five. Under this option, three lines would cost $100 per month: $40 for the first line, plus $30 each for the second and third lines. Customers who opt for the 7 GB plan will receive a $15 discount per additional line, while those who opt for the 10 GB or unlimited plans will receive a $20 discount per additional line. Each line enjoys its own data bucket, as data is not shared across the account. Verizon’s prepaid service does not include taxes and fees in the pricing structure.

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InfluxData's Time Series Platform Now Available on IBM Cloud

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 3, 2017 — InfluxData, the modern Open Source Platform built from the ground up for metrics and events, today announced that InfluxCloud, its Time Series Platform, is now available on the IBM Cloud, enabling companies to easily integrate high-performance cloud infrastructure and cutting-edge development services, such as monitoring and real-time alerting, into their IT environments.

?EU?Modern IT architecture has to evolve to deal with the proliferation of metrics and events and other time series data generated by sensors, microservices, and containers,?EU? said Brian Mullen, VP of Business Development, InfluxData. ?EU?IBM Cloud customers can now leverage the InfluxData platform in their solutions, providing real value in real-time.?EU?

Now IBM Cloud platform customers can use InfluxData to build:


— Monitoring, alerting and notification applications supporting their DevOps initiatives
— IoT applications supporting millions of events per second, providing new business value around predictive maintenance and real-time alerting and control
— Real-time analytics applications that are focused on streaming data and anomaly detection

Getting Started with InfluxCloud

Developers can get started with InfluxCloud directly from the IBM Cloud console, easing implementation of monitoring on any application or services created within the console.

About InfluxData


InfluxData, the creators of InfluxDB, delivers a modern Open Source Platform built from the ground up for metrics and events (time series data). Whether the data comes from humans, sensors, or machines, InfluxData empowers developers to build next-generation monitoring, analytics, and IoT applications faster, easier, and to scale, delivering real business value quickly. Based in San Francisco, InfluxData customers include Autodesk, Cisco, eBay, and Coupa.
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Groove is to depart (ne-na-na-na now)

Groove is to depart (ne na na na now)
Back when everything was black and white, we had something called MSN Music. That launched in 2004 and had 1.5 million tracks available. It was designed to compete with the iTunes Music Store, but the catalogue quickly dwindled. No matter though, because Microsoft had an idea!

Let’s kill it and replace it with Zune!

So, with MSN Music not compatible with the hot new Microsoft Zune music player, MSN Music was killed off in November 2006 and Zune came out instead. That was then killed off in November 2015, but in the interim Xbox Music was launched (in October 2012).

Keeping up with this?

Xbox Music didn’t really have the right “name” for the new Windows 10 customers, so they relabeled it “Groove” in July 2015. Not too long ago at all.

Then Microsoft had a new idea!

Let’s kill that and send customers off to the competition because, well, this really isn’t working out, is it?

Groove is to depart (ne na na na now)

And so, Microsoft is discontinuing the streaming service – Groove Music Pass. This will happen on December 31st, but those using this service will see a helpful option to let you migrate your playlists to Spotify.

Although Microsoft tell us that the Groove app (in Windows 10) will hang around, and you’ll be able to play tunes you’ve purchased, you won’t be able to use the streaming service after this year.

So now Microsoft is without a mobile operating system and, after 13 years, they have no music service either. With consumers increasingly using mobile handsets instead of PCs, it’s a sign that the Microsoft share of regular customers in the street is diminishing.

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  • Three – Free in-store sign language for customers.

    Three   Free in store sign language for customers.

    UK mobile provider Three have launched an innovative service to for deaf customers thanks to a partnership with Sign Solutions. The company will now be able to provide sign language to deaf and hard of hearing customers to who seek in-store support. This is something that is initially being piloted in four stores across the UK.

    This isn’t a totally new concept for Three, as they’ve had a service on the Three website which has enabled support via a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter for over three years. This is done through thewebcam, tablet or mobile device.

    Customers can connect with in-store staff via a video connection which connects them to an interpreter.  The interpreter then relays customers’ questions to members of staff, who can support their purchases and customer services inquiries. This is done in real time, there and then, giving a personal touch.

    Three   Free in store sign language for customers.

    Those four stores piloting the scheme are..

    • London White City – Unit 1152 White City, Westfield London Shopping Centre.
    • Burnley – 35 The Mall.
    • Cardiff – 9A Capitol Shopping Centre.
    • Liverpool – 60 Church Street.

    Steven Cocker, Head of Executive Office Operations at Three UK, tells us..

    This pilot extends on our commitment to give all of our customers the best possible experience with Three. This means providing the support needed to make our products and services accessible for everyone. We introduced Video Relay for customers online three years ago and are excited to be able to build on this service in-store.

    This just shows how technology in the right way can benefit people in their everyday lives. Top work Three! Let’s just hope it rolls out to more stores soon.

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  • Google Brushes Up Contacts App for Android

    Google has updated its Google Contacts application for Android to version 2.2 with changes to how it looks and functions. For example, the main contact view card brings back large photos, action buttons, and profile details. The action buttons, in particular, can be useful for quickly initiating new messages, emails, or video chats. Google says its suggested contacts tool should behave more uniformly across Google products, especially concerning those contacted frequently. The merge tool gains the ability to merge all duplicates at once directly from smartphones. Last, users can customize the contacts list view to show only certain labels if so desired. Google Contacts 2.2 for Android is free to download from the Play Store.

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    Facebook's Messenger Lite App Reaches the U.S.

    Facebook recently made its data-saving, lightweight Messenger Lite application available to Android users in the U.S. The app has primarily been available in emerging markets where metered data connections are the norm. Messenger Lite is less than 10 MB to install on most handsets so its loads fast, runs efficiently, and uses less mobile data. The app was built to function under adverse network conditions, and allows people to send one-on-one or group messages, make voice calls, as well as send photos, videos, and links. Facebook Messenger Lite does not include advanced features, such as Facebook Stories, and it strips out features such as events and birthdays. It is free to download from the Google Play Store.

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    Senate Gives Ajit Pai 5 More Years at FCC's Helm

    Ajit Pai will serve as the FCC’s Chairman for another five-year term after the U.S. Senate voted to extend his leadership with the agency. Some senators sought to unseat Pai, calling his tenure a threat to the open internet. Since Pai took the reigns at the FCC in January, he’s focused on undoing much of what previous Chairman, Tom Wheeler, put into place, including net neutrality regulations. Despite the opposition to Pai, the Republican-majority Senate voted him in. “I am deeply grateful to the U.S. Senate for confirming my nomination to serve a second term at the FCC. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to advance these critical priorities in the time to come.”

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    Work Anywhere with Strotter's Hands-Free iPad Cases and Bags

    Introducing ACROSS and PLATFORMA by Strotter — two products that allow you to work or play on your iPad while standing up — hands-free. These are not your run-of-the-mill cases competing among the dozens in the twenty dollar market, but rather a premium, high-end brand.

    The product is made in Italy with only the best materials, such as full-grain leather and high-density smooth nylon, and extreme attention to details. The company uses CAD and computer controlled machines — in combination with centuries-old techniques.

    The hallmark of the products is that users can use their iPad while standing up with both hands-free to type. These premium leather iPad cases and messenger bags let you use your iPad anywhere. The design is simple and elegant; the bag transforms into a mobile desk. They also convert into sling-type backpacks. The bags and cases are very easy to use with all transformations from working mode to carrying taking only seconds.

    The bag and cases are for people on the go, and those who may need to work while standing up. The industries and use case scenarios are endless as the product helps individuals and businesses to maximize the use of their iPads.

    Customers are frequent travelers, commuters of all kinds, students, retailers, photographers, journalists, motorcyclists, sales representatives, real estate agents, home inspectors, property appraisers, etc. The product is for anyone who needs a convenient carrying option, instant access, an ability to use their iPad without a desk, and the “preventive protection” of a suspended case.

    Videos and a full gallery of pictures are located on the Strotter site. iPad cases start at $79 and the messenger bags at $140.
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    Review: Otterbox Cases for Samsung Galaxy Note8

    Otterbox makes hardcore smartphone cases that deliver the ultimate in protection. The Commuter and Defender series cases from Otterbox for the Galaxy Note8 help ensure your expensive smartphone is safe from most pitfalls. Here is Phone Scoop’s review.

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