iPhone

Apple’s iMessage encryption trips up feds’ surveillance | Politics and Law – CNET News

The DEA has figured out that getting a wiretap order for an iPhone, executed at the phone company, doesn’t get them iMessage content. It’s pretty obvious the various TLAs engaged in law enforcement will use this as a concrete example to push the “Going Dark” initiative to get CALEA reinterpreted (or legislated) to cover various internet based communication services. And designing a service to use end-to-end protection will be right out. iMessage is a special case here, since it inserts itself into the normal text message user interface. It’s the phone’s preferred way to send messages, and from the user’s
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Categories: Crypto, IM, iPhone, Politics and Local Topics, and Rants and Rambling.

Kicking Myself…

… for forgetting that my new iPhone will do video until the moment was past. I pulled into our alley tonight at 9:38 CDT, to the sight of a family of raccoons running directly towards my car, until they had an attack of good sense and turned and ran the other direction. By other direction, I mean straight back down the alley so that I could follow slowly and keep them in my headlights for a good 90 seconds. By family, I mean 1 adult (I assume mom) and 5, count them, 5, juveniles. Mind you, I was in the
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Categories: iPhone and neither-camelids-nor-goats.

iPhone Keyboard

In the process of setting up the new iPhone 3.0 note sync feature, I ran across this relic from my first day with the original iPhone: This is a test to see how fast I van go with one fibgerJpq alpirr rjiimba so they qpekj sow doingmirao fast Fibger I’m somewhat better at it now.
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Categories: iPhone and Silly Stuff.

New User Interface Metaphor: The Wiggle

I just updated my iPhone to 1.1.3. On restart, it popped a window telling me how to use the new feature allowing me to rearrange icons on the home screen. You simply touch and hold an icon until it, get this, starts to “wiggle”. Yes, it actually used the word “wiggle.” Sounds disturbing? You have no idea. (Unless of course you have one.) All the icons start wiggling. But it’s a subtle wiggle. Just enough to wonder if you’ve had a bit too much rum or something. Not that I ever have that problem. Anyhow, finally getting the “find yourself”
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Categories: Dear God, Make It Stop! and iPhone.

iPhone: Who needs security?

There are an increasing number of jailbroken applications that can be loaded onto the iPhone — so many, in fact, that someone has thrown together a nifty package manager for installing and managing all of them. One of the more interesting things to do, of course, is run an SSH client so you can perform remote administration of other machines. Apparently, the installation of SSH from the package manager is a full-fledged OpenSSL install — including the server side of things. And yes, it does start up the SSH service. Combine this with the well-known passwords for both “root” and
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Categories: Dear God, Make It Stop!, iPhone, Tech, and Toys.