NSA Software Program Bugs iPhone

By: Wednesday January 1, 2014 7:29 am

Spy different. During the 30th Chaos Communication Congress Jacob Applebaum revealed the existence of an NSA software program known as DROPOUTJEEP which turns a user’s iPhone into a surveillance device for the government. The revelation suggests Apple may have created a backdoor for the NSA.


Think Dirty app for cleaner shopping (#SXSWEco)

By: Sunday October 13, 2013 6:45 am

If you buy bath or body products, whether shampoo, lotion, or makeup, you know the stores are full of “natural” products which are anything but natural by sany sane person’s definition. Taking a chemical produced solely in a laboratory, based on petrochemicals, or even known to have toxic elements and then mixing it with botanical essences and herbal fragrances is not what most people consider natural.

Her mother’s second bout with breast cancer inspired Lily Tse to research the dangerous chemicals in many everyday body products.

Tech Bytes

By: Tuesday January 22, 2013 4:15 pm

If you want to know where your member of Congress or House staffer is today, there’s a good chance they’re at the State of the Net conference at the DC Hilton, rubbing elbows with the tech lobbyists who love them.

Jury Says Samsung Ripped Off Apple’s iPhone Technology

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 4:00 pm

Apple spanked Samsung so hard their whole family could feel it on Friday when a 9 member jury found that Samsung had violated numerous Apple patents that pertain to both the iPhone and iPad.

The jury deliberated for only 23 hours, and indication that they found Apple’s chronological, side-by-side presentation of Apple and Samsung product development extremely convincing.

The decision is being hailed as a “blow to consumers,” but if you look at Apple’s April 15, 2011 complaint (PDF), you’ll see what the jury saw.

America’s Failed Mole-by-Mole Trade Policy

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 7:08 pm

Last week several groups, including the United Steelworkers, petitioned the federal government to whack the latest trade mole – illegally traded auto parts from China.

With President Obama announcing creation of a new trade enforcement unit in his State of the Union Address, the feds probably will investigate. But even if they whack down the auto parts mole, experience has shown a new mole will pop up.

After Tragedy, Apple Tries to Polish Image on Workers’ Rights

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 7:25 pm

Apple’s trademark is the intuitive elegance of its designs. Yet when it comes corporate and labor practices, Apple’s track record looks like a morass of obfuscation and murky public-relations smokscreens. So activists seeking a more user-friendly Apple on the human rights front should welcome the company’s new “Supplier Responsibility” report.

Is Your iPhone’s Siri Anti-Choice?

By: Tuesday November 29, 2011 5:16 pm

It appears that the helpful assistant, Siri, who lives in your shiny new iPhone 4S might be anti-choice.

Apple Hoards Cash Offshore; Makes Products Abroad in Abusive Conditions

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 11:30 am

Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), a Hong Kong-based group, reports that Apple’s major manufacturing contractors in Asia routinely subject employees to forced overtime, wage theft and no breaks — and even unprotected exposure to toxins.

John McCain’s “US Made” iPhone Makes for Many Sick Chinese Workers

By: Monday March 7, 2011 11:15 am

I’ve seen no mention of the fact that the workers at one Chinese iPhone plant were all getting sick because an iPhone manufacturer, Wintek, switched to n-hexane rather than alcohol to make the manufacturing process seconds faster.

Pirate Party Nominates 9 Candidates in UK, and What Does This Have To Do With Jason Chen?

By: Wednesday April 28, 2010 9:30 am

Think about what would be happening if a sweater, or even a diamond ring, had been left in a bar by someone who had too much to drink. If “Person X” found it and tried to return it to the original owner, who said it wasn’t theirs, and then sold it to a pawn shop, what would have happened? Would a SWAT team be sweeping down on the pawn shop and seizing all of its computers, even AFTER the item had already been returned to its original owner? I seriously doubt it.

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