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  • Crime blotter: Minneapolis' 'iPhone Man' pleads guilty over theft ring

    I'm struggling to imagine a way in which an iPhone could be "taped to the lid of a toilet" and not be glaringly obvious to even the most casual observer.
    To make matters even more obvious, the iPhone's bright light (flashlight mode?) was on, shining right at the occupant. 
  • iOS 17 is probably hitting your battery hard today -- but that's expected

    As soon as I got iOS17 installed I tried to set up a personal voice. It took 20 minutes to read aloud the required speech items, and now I've been waiting about 8 hours for the software to process my voice. However your results may be less because it seems to require a connected charger and also seems to require the screen be locked before it will process anything. So it seems most people will let their phones charge overnight to get this task completed.
  • Apple releases report on geofence warrants and data requests

    Mobile networks know the location of all active phones all the time. Just ask them who was within an area, easy. No need to involve Apple.
    Did you even watch the Murdaugh trial a few weeks ago? Neither the phone company nor the government had access to the location of Murdaugh's cell phone because cell phone location data is not recorded at the cell company, but they did get the location data from off of Murdaugh's phone. If the phone company or the government had the GPS location, they certainly would have used it, because this was a murder trial. but they didn't have it. This type of data is not recorded. It can be recorded if they know in advance that they need to record your location. 

    So if you think someone is secretly recording all this data, but they're not willing to reveal that data even for your murder trial, then you really don't have anything to worry about, do you?

    I'm somewhat familiar with how the SS7 network works. The data that you're talking about is not recorded because there's too much of it. Have you ever tried to calculate how much storage it would take to record the GPS location data of every user for every minute of every day of every year?

    By the way, the cell company has a much harder time of tracking you if your phone doesn't have GPS, or if you turn off the GPS on your smart phone. If you are a criminal, you should probably turn off your GPS, or maybe use a phone without GPS.
  • Apple's security message: Keep data safe by keeping it out of the cloud

    xyzzy-xxx said:
    I would never store my passwords (or passkeys) in iCloud keychain – I am using Safe+ that allows password syncing using WiFi between my devices.
    The Keychain is encrypted 
    Not only that, the passwords in your keychain are double encrypted (with a decryption key stored only in your personal devices' Secure Enclave) so that Apple can't view them even after the session encryption between you an Apple is finished. I have no idea if the people who make Safe+ do the same thing. For all I know, Safe+ has unencrypted access to your passwords on their servers, much like VPN companies have unencrypted access to all your data once your traffic reaches their servers. And it seems to me that Safe+ is a German company. That's definitely not as bad as a Chinese company, but I don't want to start studying German or EU privacy laws. If you are American, you probably want your passwords protected by an American company.
  • Apple sneaks in very old devices into iPhone 15 event video -- and omits one, too

    Those white shoes he's wearing could be original Apple Sneakers from the 1990s.