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Apple Goes to Court In FBI Encryption Case

Episode 1272

Apple is putting up a spirited defense of encryption and privacy, going to court against the FBI, who wants them to build a way to crack open an iPhone 5c used by a terrorist in San Bernadino. The irony is, that the government owns the phone but they changed the password. Now it can get wiped out after 10 tries. Leo has always said it's all a side show. We live in a surveillance economy. Apple surveils us by our data, and the FBI surveils us by the same thing. Why are they going to court over this one phone? It's the keys to the kingdom.

Why is my Mac running so slow online?

Richard from West LA, CA

Episode 1271

Richard has a friend who's Mac is running slower. Is that because her machine is getting older? Leo says maybe, but it may also be that her hard drive is getting less reliable. As the hard drive gets older, it starts to have to work harder to process data. It begins to cache data more. So replacing the hard drive, especially with an Solid State Drive, can make a world of difference in speed. Updating your OS can also help, though if it's too old, you may not upgrade to the latest (El Capitan). Leo says there's a few easy things to do like resetting your browser and clearing the cache.

Can I upgrade to OS X El Capitan on my Mac?

Episode 1270

Ronnie from West Hollywood, CA
Mac OS X El Capitan

Ronnie has an iMac that runs OS X Lion and he's stuck with it, according to a salesman at Apple. They said it won't run El Capitan. Leo says that the retail guy is wrong! Apple offers a free upgrade for Lion. What he may be talking about is that if he erases the hard drive, he can install the OS over the air by downloading and installing. In that case, it will download the OS that came with the Mac. But then he could upgrade for free. A ten year old Mac can upgrade to El Capitan.

Could Apple's Fight with FBI be Mostly PR?

Episode 1266

Apple has filed its response to the Department of Justice on the FBI's demand to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. Nilay Patel, a professional attorney and founder of The Verge, says Apple's response is more of a PR response than a legal one. Normally you'd give the strongest argument first and then give additional arguments, but Apple started with the easiest-to-understand argument first. Among the arguments Apple used is a free speech defense.

Is Apple ideal for blind people?

Episode 1265

Michael from Oxnard, CA
Apple MacBook

Michael is blind and is looking to get an Apple computer because he hears the accessibility is good. Leo says that Apple is one of the better ones, but he's by no means an expert. The MacBook is a great option, as its thinner and lighter. The Type C connector is fine and he can always get a dock for it to fit in other connectors. The only downside is that it isn't as fast as the MacBook Pro. As for smartphones, the iPhone is king for accessibility.

Could Apple be benefitting from fighting the FBI?

Episode 1264

Michael from Canyon City, CO

Michael says that the longer Apple can appeal and resist the court order, the better it looks for Apple. Leo says yes and no, because we now know that Apple's encryption isn't one way and that they can open any phone if they choose to give in to the FBI's demands. Leo suspects that Apple will eventually give in and when they do, there are encryption programs in 70 different nations that are uncrackable.

Why are Apple Fusion Drives so expensive?

Chris from Miami, FL

Episode 1264

Chris was thinking about putting a Fusion Drive into his computer, but they cost $1000 or more! Leo says that's because Apple's Fusion Drive is proprietary, so he'd have to pay the Apple Premium. A Fusion Drive is a merging of a spinning drive and an SSD, but it's not as fast as an SSD. Leo prefers to roll his own. He uses an SSD on his computer to run his apps, and has a spinning drive for file storage.