Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category

Apple might make some iPhones in the U.S.

November 23, 2016

“Trump Effect” or security concerns?

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Let’s connect a couple of dots today …

Last week, the NY Times ran a story exposing a secret feature on some cellphones: a backdoor that sends all text messages to China.

 

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According to the Times:

Cyber-security firms recently discovered pre-installed software on some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages.

The software transmits the full contents of text messages, contact lists, call logs, location information and other data to a Chinese server every 72 hours.

The code comes preinstalled on phones and the surveillance is not disclosed to users,

International customers and users of disposable or prepaid phones are the people most affected by the software.

This technological “vulnerability” shows how companies throughout the technology supply chain can compromise privacy, with or without the knowledge of manufacturers or customers.

It is not clear whether this represents secretive data mining for advertising purposes or a Chinese government effort to collect intelligence.

But, it reveals one way that Chinese companies — and by extension the government — can monitor cellphone behavior

My initial reaction: not a shocker … wonder if any Apple (or somebody else) will bring some manufacturing back to the U.S. to avoid security-threatening practices like this cellphone breach.

The next day, a seemingly unrelated story hit the wires …

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So, did Apple win or lose?

March 30, 2016

In case you haven’t been paying attention …

The FBI snagged the government-owned cell phone that was being used by one of the San Bernardino killer-terrorists … but, couldn’t get at the data because of Apple’s security and encryption technology … which vaporizes the data if you enter a wrong password 10 times.

So, the FBI asked Apple to to provide a custom-cobbled hack to get at the data.

Apple said “no”, ostensibly to protect the privacy and security of its users.

So, the FBI sued Apple, and the case was working its way through the courts.

That is, until yesterday when the FBI withdrew its law suit.

Victory to Apple, right?

 

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Not so fast.

Here’s why the FBI withdrew its law suit ….

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Apple’s taxes: Why the Fed’s argument is simply silly …

May 23, 2013

This week, Apple CEO Tim Cook was hauled in to DC to testify about Apple’s low corporate tax rate …

Cook explained that Apple makes a lot of money outside the U.S. … selling products that are made outside the U.S. under licenses held by foreign subsidiaries and sold in non-U.S. countries.

Said simply, no part of that income is earned in the U.S. either thru the development, manufacture, sales, or distribution of the products.

None.

But, our wise Senators think that Apple should pay U.S. corporate income taxes on that money any way.

Why?

Because Apple was legally formed in the U.S. and has it’s Corporate headquarters in the U.S.

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Here’s the code-breaking question to ask …

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