Archive for September, 2014

IOS8 Security – Apple take the high road?

September 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Jonathan Zdziarski posted an interesting blog last week detailing some of the changes in IOS designed to improve security, and reign in accessibility of data in the new IOS 8 release.

Historically, it’s been possible for legitimate law enforcement groups to pressure Apple into unlocking devices – Much like data requests sent to ISP’s about your browsing and network habits, Apple (and Google et all) were able to unlock “confiscated” devices so detectives could search them for incriminating evidence.

IOS8 makes that somewhat harder and puts Apple (and Google) squarely against what Law Enforcement and Governments want.   Read more…

Categories: Cryptography Tags: , , ,

Apple watch – fanboy’s delight?

September 11, 2014 Leave a comment


Apple watch – ah, I am so torn. For those who know me, I have a LOT of watches. In fact, not only do I wear a different one every day, most days I wear two or three..

I have a Pebble – I love it, but I just can’t wear it with a suit, or while diving, or while smashing down a wall, or while using an air chisel, and all the many other things I’m not meant to do.

I also have an iPod Shuffle in a Lunatik Lync strap – now that one I loved, really because of all the different faces – but, it’s not waterproof, and it’s not automatic, and it doesn’t match what I’m wearing, the face only shows when you press a button and, well just sometimes you have to wear an Omega, or a Seiko etc.. Read more…

Categories: Uncategorized

Microsoft vs NY State – Stalemate, or fiasco continues?

September 8, 2014 2 comments

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Following on from the July report of the Southern District Court of NY’s attempt to compel Microsoft US to hand over personal emails from a server controlled by Microsoft Ireland, physically in Ireland (really!), Today Microsoft voluntarily offered themselves to be in contempt of court.

Ie, they know they’ve not done what the court asked, and they don’t intend to.

Bloomburg gave a brief summary of the event –  which is a follow on from the July storyRead more…

Categories: Privacy Laws Tags: ,

Innovate, or die.

September 8, 2014 Leave a comment

This week Matthew Wall of BBC news posted an interesting article on Innovation. In it he lists some of the major reasons “big businesses are poor at Innovation”, things like

  • Overly focussed on short term goals – quarterly earnings reports etc
  • Worried about taking risks which damage their brand
  • Lack of a forceful, entrepreneurial CEO at the helm..

Many of us will have experienced some of these over our careers – some of us have changed company because of them – as a past mentor of mine one said “It’s not the biggest company, or the one with the best products that wins, it’s the one which can react fastest to changing markets…”

And for me, that’s the key, underlying foundation of Innovation – Agility. Read more…

Categories: Programming