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FBI now sharing Apple hack with police departments and Apple isn’t very happy about it.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The FBI has agreed to help an Arkansas prosecutor unlock an iPhone and iPod belonging to two teenagers accused of killing a couple.

Faulkner County Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said Wednesday that the FBI agreed to the request from his office. The trial for 18-year-old Hunter Drexler was delayed Tuesday so prosecutors could ask for help.

Drexler is accused in the shooting deaths of Robert and Patricia Cogdell.

Fifteen-year-old Justin Staton also is charged in the shootings. The Conway couple had raised Staton as their grandson.

The FBI announced Monday that it had gained access to an iPhone linked to the gunman in a mass shooting in California, ending a court battle between Apple and the Obama administration. The FBI hasn’t revealed its method.

Now Apple wants the FBI to reveal how it hacked the iPhone.But the agency has shown no interest in telling Apple how it skirted the phone’s security features, leaving the tech giant guessing about a vulnerability that could compromise millions of devices. [source]

Depending on which side of the aisle you fall on whether you are pro Privacy rights or pro government, will effect just how you feel about this whole thing.

On one hand, if you are pro privacy rights, this is a pretty chilling possibility of big brother being able to break into your device at any moment to do whatever it is they want to do. Let’s be honest here, the watchers want todo the watching but they don’t want to be watched just like the rest of us. On the other hand if you feel that “safety” trumps everyone else’s civil liberties then something like this is just what you love.

I don’t blame Apple for being concerned.

For apple it’s clear. If the FBI has a way to crack into it’s hardware, Apple now has a great security concern as a company and as engineers.

For a company that prides itself on it’s security and user confidence, this is a pretty big deal.

 

 

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Tesla just changed the game with the $35,000 Tesla S

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The one thing about Tesla’s automobiles is that many people want them, yet the infrastructure to charge these vehicles aren’t readily available unless you live on one of the coasts or in select cities and the infrasctructure isn’t going to happen unless there are enough people purchasing Teslas.  That kind of adoption isn’t going to happen without a model of Tesla that is affordable for middle America.

Enter the Tesla Model S.

At a base price of $35k?This could truly be a game changer in the adoption of Electric automobiles.

Sign me the hell up!

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the car will deliver at least 215 miles of range beginning at just $35,000 — that’s a bold claim, and an important one for Tesla to meet. Musk is “fairly confident” that deliveries will begin by the end of 2017, and “you will not be able to buy a better car for $35,000, even with no options.” And it will be one of the safest cars in the world, according to Musk. Verge Mag

 

 

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Kitten rescue game = hell to the no.

As gamers, everything today is back to the same old same old experience. Sit down with a controller, press buttons. That’s pretty much it. Gone are the days of the gimmicky but fun attempts from the WII and Kinect at changing how we game and here we are back to the same shit. Right?

Nope.

VR gaming is really going to take off within the next few years as soon as the peripherals necessary come down in pricing.

But one of those games I will not be playing?Kitten Rescue.

First of all I hate cats. Sorry Internet but I’m a dog person through and through.

Second of all, I hate heights. I don’t even like being on ladders or looking out of the window of my office building.

So for you to ask me to play a game all about rescuing kittens from impossible heights? How about no.

LOOK at this shit lol. No way.

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Over a third of Yahoo’s employees have jumped ship and here is why…

I can remember back in the mid 90’s when dotcom companies started popping up here in the Bay and one of my friends said she was going to go work for a firm that was launching that had a hilarious name Yahoo!. Of course being the young assholes we were, We used to call the company everything BUT it’s actual name. But when the company grew to the tech giant we used to know and love and my friend’s stock options went through the roof, we weren’t laughing any more. We were cheering her.

She and a few of my other friends are still at yahoo and all of them sit about explaining to the rest of us just how bad it is and how much of the blame falls upon Yahoo’s wunderkind: Marisa Mayer. Seems that my friends aren’t the only ones to think so…

Now, morale has sunk so low that some employees refer to Ms. Mayer, Yahoo’s chief executive, as “Evita” — an allusion to Eva Peron, the former first lady of Argentina whose outsize ego and climb to power and wealth were chronicled in the musical of that name.

Ms. Mayer is about to make herself even less popular with Yahoo’s nearly 11,000 employees. Faced with the failure of her efforts to reignite growth at the 22-year-old Silicon Valley company, she is now turning to the opposite strategy: cutting. As some investors press Yahoo to fire her, Ms. Mayer is crafting a last-ditch plan to streamline the company — including significant layoffs — that is expected to be announced before month’s end.

Ouch. But that’s not all.

More than a third of the company’s work force has left in the last year, say people familiar with the data. Worried about the brain drain, Ms. Mayer has been approving hefty retention packages — in some cases, millions of dollars — to persuade people to reject job offers from other companies. But those bonuses have had the side effect of creating resentment among other Yahoo employees who have stayed loyal and not sought jobs elsewhere.

Only 34 percent of employees believe that Yahoo’s prospects are improving, according to surveys conducted by Glassdoor, a firm that collects data on jobs and employers. That compares with 61 percent who are optimistic at Twitter, another troubled tech company, and 77 percent who see a bright future at Google, Ms. Mayer’s former employer.

“Basically, it shows employees losing faith in Marissa Mayer and Yahoo,” said Scott Dobroski, a spokesman for Glassdoor who analyzed the data.

Yahoo declined to comment on employee morale but said that turnover is normal at Silicon Valley companies. While thousands of people have left, many others have been hired, offsetting some of the losses. “We’re still hiring, and our application numbers are strong,” Yahoo said in a statement.

One Yahoo employee who was interviewed said she was praying to be laid off so she could collect a severance payment and move on with her life. Others said they were actively looking for their next jobs — a task made more difficult because of the taint of failure that potential employers sometimes associate with anyone at the struggling company.

“Brands are important out here for employers,” said Nick Parham, a career coach in San Francisco who has had several Yahoo clients. “They are going to look harder at people from Facebook and Salesforce, companies that have winning strategies.” – NY Times

I would hate to see a company like Yahoo go under.

But that is the way of things.

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Cloud Magic is one of the best apps for Small Business

I admit that I try out, fall in love and then out of love with an app in record time. Yes I am quite that flighty lover of apps. But this is an application that I not only love but that I have been continuously enamored with for close to a year and it’s one of those pieces of software that I have NO qualms about recommending. It may not be the end all be all of Mail apps but it’s definitely one of the best.

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Check out some details here…

Works with Gmail, Exchange, Yahoo, Outlook, iCloud, Google Apps, Office 365 and any IMAP account.
Accolades
★ Winner of the Internet’s highest honor – The Webby Awards People’s Voice
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★ “The email application that lets you complete your work right from your Inbox” – TechCrunch
Feature List
● Works with all types of email
Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, iCloud, Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, AOL and other IMAP accounts.

● Instant push notifications for all types of email
Doesn’t matter which email service you use, CloudMagic uses the power of cloud to send you reliable push notifications.

● Connected with your favorite tools
Save emails to Wunderlist, Todoist, Evernote, OneNote, Trello, Zendesk, Salesforce.com, Asana, Instapaper, OmniFocus and many more apps.

● Complete support for Microsoft Exchange
Support for Exchange 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 (ActiveSync, EWS and IMAP)

● Custom Folder Sync settings
Sync folders that are important to you. Get notified for new emails and view unread email count for each of your folders.

More features here

 

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