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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.

Anthony Tortoriello on Photography

Episode 1270

Photographer Anthony Tortoriello chimes in with a few ideas about photo apps. Apps he uses include Camera+, which is great for Macro. It also has the ability to turn on the rule of thirds grid, which is great for keeping horizons level. Photo editing apps include Snapseed by Google. It's great for sharpening and pinpoint adding of contrast and lighting. You can also add captions and watermarks, and touch/retouch.

Can I get an iPhone with unlimited data?

Episode 1269

Ellie from Honolulu, HI
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Ellie has a friend who wants an iPhone with unlimited data. Leo says Sprint and T-Mobile are the two carriers that offer unlimited data. They're very affordable as well. In fact, T-Mobile has a pay as you go deal for $30 that includes unlimited data and texting, and 100 minutes of calling. That's a bargain. If she doesn't mind a Google Nexus phone, then Google Fi is a great pay as you go plan.

How can I monitor activity on someone's iPhone?

Episode 1267

Marley from Los Angeles, CA
Apple iPhone 6s

Marley wants to put tracking software on her soon to be ex's iPhone. What program would be least likely to be detected? Leo says that the easiest way is to turn on Apple's Find My iPhone feature. It will give her the location of the phone. Can she listen to the calls and see keystrokes? Leo says that Apple makes it very hard to do that. She can jailbreak it, but that comes with a whole host of issues, including ethical ones. If she's logged into the same Apple ID, she could see what his text messages are.

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.

Do I have to pay for iCloud?

Michelline from Studio City, CA

Episode 1263

Michelline doesn't want to have a paid iCloud account. Leo says that she doesn't have to buy anything, but she does need an Apple account. That's mostly so that she can have iCloud and a way to track her phone in the event that it's stolen. She doesn't want to pay for iCloud, though. Leo says she'll get 5GB for free and that's good enough for most people unless she's backing up photos and videos. $2 a month gets her 200GB and that's plenty for photo backup. Leo also recommends using Google Photos.

What should I buy as my first smartphone?

Episode 1263

Ginger from Santa Monica, CA
Google Nexus 6P

Ginger is ready to buy her first smartphone. She's with Sprint, but she's thinking of moving to Verizon. Leo says it depends on her location for what carrier is best. One service that Leo uses is Google Fi. It uses Sprint, T-Mobile or Wi-Fi.

Leo suggests going to fi.google.com to request an invitation. The service is limited to phones to Google's pure Nexus line. But for the first smartphone, Leo usually recommends an iPhone. Leo suggests choosing her carrier and then deciding which phone from there.