The Apple Corporation has begun battling against law enforcement and government officials. It was confirmed today that the Attorney General William Bar, determined that Apple hasn’t provided the required assistance to law enforcement. This regards a case following a shooting suspect from Pensacola Navy Base, where this shooter killed multiple individuals in Florida. Government law enforcement demanded backdoor access inside his device, which Apple refused for the second time since 2016. The Attorney General noted that every request from the FBI or CIA had been met with time delays and ongoing proceedings with Apple.
Tim Cook and the executives at Apple haven’t taken lightly to these accusations. Apple confirmed that they’d provided a substantial level of information regarding this investigation, noting that upwards of 100 gigabytes of data was handed over. This included transaction data, iCloud backups and account information. Does this prompt the question as to why government law enforcement would need backdoor access? Apple believes it’s because American agencies want access to detailed information regarding millions of citizens. Considering this is a breach of privacy to consumers, Apple will continually refuse.
Government Versus Apple
This isn’t the first time that the Apple Corporation has undergone these legal proceedings. Throughout 2016, Apple fought with the government in a public court case. It revolved around the San Bernardino Shooter, where it would eventually be revealed that the FBI has capabilities to crack into any cellular device worldwide. After the Federal Bureau of Investigations unveiled this data, it prompted a significant debate regarding public safety and civil liberties.
That debate is still a meaningful political conversation today. When it applies to the 2020 accusations, Apple noted that they’ve continually expressed that government officials could exploit these backdoors and create a dystopian American, where everyone’s liberties are forfeited for national security. Apple also noted that government law enforcement has access to unthinkable technologies and don’t need their assistance.
December 2019 marked another instance where Apple refused to be threatened by the American government. Congressional hearings were held regarding the state of tech conglomerates and their international powers. Senators from America stated that legislation would be created to force Apple, Google, Samsung and multiple other companies to handover backdoor access. Collectively, these companies came together and informed the American government that they’d cease operations immediately upon this legislation. Since millions of jobs would’ve been lost, the government had no choice but to fold their cards.
The Shenzhen Company produces one of the highest-sold handset series in North American and Europe, the OnePlus. January 8th marked the announcement that their manufacturing a third iteration of the Limited Edition McLaren OnePlus. The 3rd model will be showcased at the 2020 Consumers Electronics Show. Shenzhen provided photographic evidence on the limited edition model, where direct resemblance towards the McLaren 720S was displayed. It’s known that physically this handset will support a unique design, with bright orange leather appearing on the backside. The phone’s chassis includes Gold Plating, which as been Vaporized to provide an anodized grip. An additional component that’s being widely covered in the electrochromic glass, which is maintained on the rear camera.
The McLaren F1 Team have assisted OnePlus with the development of the limited edition, where Lando Norris provided insight on what features this phone should offer for customer acquisition. The McLaren Corporation helped as well, supplying Shenzhen with large quantities of orange leather. It shouldn’t be surprising that the OnePlus is creating a specialized finish for this limited edition, Previous finished include Kevlar, Bamboo, Alcantara, Wood, Ceramic and Frosted Glass. This also isn’t the first time that Shenzhen has used premium leather with a OnePlus product.
One feature that’s receiving attention is the electrochromic glass for the rear camera. This technology took a considerable level of in-house development, with Shenzhen trying to mimic the McLaren sunroof. Subsequently, owners of the future handset can hide the three-piece camera modular with this technology-assisted glass. It will make the camera units transparent and opaque, making it nearly impossible to view in any light source. However, it should be noted that this technology hasn’t ever been used with a smartphone and could backfire after prolonged usage.
The frame-chassis of a mobile phone is a significant component, as it holds everything in place. The OnePlus McLaren – 3rd edition is implementing an aluminium alloy frame, which has been vaporized for a gradient texture and then plated with a gold finish. This creates a luxurious feeling, with this product being available to select consumers worldwide. Anybody wanting to purchase this handset will be looking at costs upwards of $2,000.00. We recommend that potential buyers compile extensive research before making a finalized decision on the OnePlus McLaren – 3rd Edition. Consumers will receive Android Ten, with full access to Google’s applications and services. The official announcement will come following the 2020 Consumers Electronics Show.
Smartphone technology is continually advancing, which prompts numerous software companies to release unknown experimental features. That’s precisely what the Google Corporation did with their most recent update for the Pixel Lineup. Those possessing a developer edition of the Pixel lineup can engage with Google’s mobile desktop mode, a feature that allows for your smartphone to be turned into a computer via specialized accessories. Named the Android Q Desktop Mode, it’s now available on all devices supporting Android Ten. Using the right fitting, individuals can plug their smartphone into computer monitors and launch the Flow Desktop Launcher.
For those thinking this idea is revolutionary for smartphones, you’d be wrong. This technology has been released for years by both Huawei and the Samsung Corporation. Huawei’s desktop mode is considered to be unsatisfactory in comparison to DEX from Samsung. Hundreds of thousands worldwide use the DEX Launcher for their computing needs and prompted Google to copy the service and implement it into Android 10. Subsequently, those owning a Samsung smartphone have two desktop launchers available to them. As mentioned above, Google’s new feature is provided to those using the developer mode of Android 10. Standard users can’t engage with the Flow Launcher until switching over to the developer edition.
Technology analysts have begun deciphering through the Android 10 Desktop Mode, with most claiming that the features are minimal and that there’s plenty of room for improvement. Developers with Android 10 have begun assisting in the growth of this desktop mode, creating proper applications and services for the Flow Launcher. Subsequently, these secret developers are creating a service more similar to Samsung’s Dex.
Need to Know
There is a good reason why the Flow Launcher for Android 10 isn’t working correctly. This technology remains in its preview phase, where numerous bugs are scattered throughout the software. Developers must decipher through these various bugs, locate the solutions, and implement their respective patches. However, this process isn’t straightforward and requires the assistance of Windows 10 desktops.
Developers worldwide claim that the OnePlus 7T and 6T handsets are the best options to locate these bugs and implement patches. Samsung phones with DEX pre-installed will find it challenging to create patches without affecting core software systems. The Google Corporation hasn’t confirmed if the Android Desktop Mode will be released permanently across all devices. Those developers wanting to assist in these updates should know their efforts could be for nothing.
The Microsoft Corporation announced new features for the Android Companion Application on Windows 10. This announcement confirmed that calling would be enabled going forward, a feature that allows consumers to engage with their contacts voice-to-voice. Before this update, consumers could only text their contacts via the Android Companion App. Considering that the Samsung Corporation actively promotes this application, millions of consumers worldwide have requested this feature for months.
This additional feature complements another service in the update that will allow consumers to also receive notifications from their Samsung or Android handset that inform them of any critical priorities that need to be attended to. This information was first unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked event, which was later confirmed via Microsoft’s Twitter account. However, it should be noted that the Android 7 Software or higher is required for mobile phones to be paired with Windows 10 PCs.
One Benefit for Multiple Negatives
This is one of the first announcements that the Microsoft Corporation has made in 2019 with positive reviews. This tech conglomerate faced significant backlash year-round, with each update released to Windows 10 becoming increasingly horrendous. After issues surrounding Bluetooth Connectivity, Internet Usage, and Battery Performance, the last update released in December ensured that all problems were solved. Shortly afterwards, Microsoft confirmed that a new build would be released to testers. Subsequently, another update will be released in the coming months. Considering that these testers are unpaid, the number of bugs will be lengthy.
The new build for Windows 10 is being called 19042. Dedicated testers have received early versions of the build, which have begun creating significant issues for their personal computers. Inside sources claim that these testers have experienced the destruction of their PC’s, with laptop batteries catching into flames and software being corrupted to the point of no return. Those testers experiencing standard issues couldn’t switch back to the previous 19041 builds, forcing them to continue deciphering through the bugs.
Windows Insiders have begun expressing their considerable disapproval towards Microsoft’s development studio, who have become lacklustre in recent years. Their persistence towards releasing unfinished update started with the implementation of Windows 10 and has seen more than 1 million PC users switch to the macOS. When Microsoft releases Windows 11, these issues cannot persist, or the software corporation could face annihilation.
Software analysts anticipate that if Windows 11 becomes a considerable failure, Microsoft will be forced to re-brand itself as a corporation. Linux would become the primary software for personal computers, with Microsoft becoming primarily a video game manufacturer. This is purely speculation.
The official statement noted that Google representatives had informed their respective business partners on the issues at hand. Their wide-scale email confirmed that the Google Corporation wouldn’t work with this Turkish retail moving forward. However, that email confirmed that customers could purchase previous Android models and receive Google’s applications. This means Turkish Citizens buying Android Phones are limited to 2019’s models for supported apps like Google Maps or the Google Play Store.
The Problems Explained
These problems began when the Turkish Government accused the Google Corporation of violating antitrust laws. However, there wasn’t any proof towards these allegations and prompting the country penalizing Google with a $17.4 million fine. It was claimed that Google wasn’t allowing for fair competition in the market, which was more than unfounded. Subsequently, Google changed its policies to allow for a more open-sourced platform. This tech conglomerate responded against these false allegations by banning all practical applications in Turkey. This has prompted an onslaught of negative resentment towards the Turkish Government from their citizens, who were blatantly abusing their power to force the hands of Google Executives.
Analysts deciphered the penalization Google received from the Turkish Government, where it was revealed that the corporation would have to pay out 0.05% of their daily revenue to account for the fine. Subsequently, the Turkish Government wasn’t allowing for a lumpsum payment. Considering the previous bribery and laundered money from the Turkish Government, Google doesn’t trust that Turkish Government Officials will hold this money for proper usage.
Google’s decision has prompted immediate negotiations between executives at Google and officials with the Turkish Government. Unless these officials can meet the requirements set by Google, they’ll find themselves without critical applications that assist with daily life.
5G Telecommunications is quickly growing worldwide, increasing the capabilities of mobile technologies. The latest nation to receive its first iteration of 5G is New Zealand. Their most significant telecommunications provider, Vodafone, confirmed that they’ve begun providing 5G services in all major cities across the nation. This includes Wellington, Auckland, Queenstown, and Christchurch. Existing customers under the LTE Contract will receive the service at no additional cost.
The Chief Executive Officer for Vodafone New Zealand spoke to reporters on the new telecommunication service. He mentioned how this marks the beginning of a new era for mobile technology in New Zealand. Four out of five customers have had improved connectivity across Auckland and our major cities. Vodafone’s next goal it to roll this service out nationwide, allowing for connectivity in the country and small villages.
Vodafone is currently maintaining one hundred connectivity sites in Wellington, Queenstown, Auckland and Christchurch. However, those locations are planned to jump by 1400. However, the telecommunications subsidiary mentioned how this will take upwards of two years for nationwide coverage. Vodafone Consumers in New Zealand can upgrade their contracts to the 5G Plan without any cost until June 30th, 2020. Afterwards, it will cost $6.53 per month to maintain an agreement with Vodafone New Zealand.
How it Works
The Technology Director at Vodafone New Zealand, Tony Baird, was asked to explain how this technology is being rolled out nationwide. He noted how the telecommunications provider is operating 5G services through the 3.5Ghz Spectrum. Subsequently, this will bring speeds 10x faster than that of LTE. Tony than confirmed that one gigabyte of 5G data would require 100Mhz through the 3.5Ghz Spectrum. This is requiring extensive reworking of the telecommunication grid; which Vodafone and the Government have completed in a short period.
Some citizens in New Zealand are concerned with the prospect of nationwide 5G technology. It’s been reported numerous times that this technology on a massive scale could increase health problems on an extreme level. Exposure to the 3.5Ghz wavelength could cause increased cancer to New Zealand Citizens. However, this wavelength has been used throughout history for more than a hundred years. It’s the same wavelength used with Drones, Radios, Original Television Sets, and multiple other products. These concerns are unfounded and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
The rapid development of technology is enabling for government and law enforcement authorities to better accurately account for drivers who are using their cellphones while at the wheel. Artificial Intelligence is allowing for camera modules on street lights and posts to zoom through the windows of drivers digitally. The first country that is using this technology is Australia in New South Wales. The NSF Transport Department released this information, noting that the cameras work during any hour at any condition of weather. It’s anticipated that in the next three years, more than 135 million checks will be completed in the New South Wales jurisdiction.
The Australian Government in New South Wales and Law Enforcement are allowing for an adjustment period for local drivers. Those caught using their cellular devices in the first three months of 2020 will receive a warning letter. Afterwards, drivers found using their mobile phones will receive a five-point deduction on their license and a $344.00 Fine. Considering that Australian Licenses have a 13-Point maximum, getting caught three times would result in licensed being terminated. The New South Wales Government also confirmed that at times of terrible weather conditions, that penalty would be increased to ten points.
It should be noted that this technology has been available for numerous years. Last year it was tested across Australia at various locations in New South Wales and Sydney. It was noted that artificial intelligence didn’t fail, having a 100% success rate. It spotted more than 110,000 drivers illegally using their phones while operating their vehicles. The Executive Director behind the New South Wales Transport Center for Road Safety noted that throughout this testing period, it’s estimated that 100 lives were saved. This number could increase if implemented nationwide.
There hasn’t been any word of other countries implementing this technology. It appears that Australia is acting as the testing grounds for all other first-world nations. However, it’s anticipated that by 2030, this technology will be used globally. Some say it’s pointless with the advancement of electric vehicles and self-driving cars. Regardless, there has been strong community support for the implementation of this technology across New South Wales. The transport authority released that 80% of those surveyed for this concept agreed to it immediately. We will keep our readers updated on any new statistics or data released regarding this new artificial intelligence technology.
The Italian Government has proposed new legislation that would force citizens to showcase an identification card whenever opening a social media account. There has been a significant backlash, with Italian Citizens claiming that this is the farthest thing from free speech. However, government officials claim that this will assist with issues like fake news and hate crimes. ID Verification has been proposed by a Centrist MP, who are known for their far-right conservative views. This MP noted that finding the individuals that committed these acts would become more comfortable and that there would be accountability for illegal actions.
This Italian MP is Luigi Marattin, who worked with the former prime minister on numerous issues. He iterated that many subject matters, including political debates, are being manipulated through social media accounts. These laws would allow himself and other government officials to prevent social media from becoming a sewer of fake news. Speaking with reporters, he noted that the time to act hasn’t ever been more apparent. Luigi mentioned that every citizen has the right to anonymity until they have committed an illegal act against the interest of the public. However, many are claiming that this isn’t real democracy and that Luigi Marattin is working to remove freedom of speech via the internet.
Responding to the legislation proposed by Luigi Marattin, Italian Citizens everywhere have begun to crawl through his social media accounts. He was found of committing the very acts he claims are illegal, such as posting vulgar language on Twitter and sharing screenshots that slandered the name of opposing political parties. There are even instances where he is found calling his fellow politician’s miserable dickheads.
Critics against his proposal also noted that hiding IP Addresses and Online Activity isn’t challenging for any individual in Italy. It wouldn’t take long for citizens in the country to implement these tactics to avoid any potential backlash, which causes this proposed legislation to be invalid immediately. It should be noted that the ID Card System is used throughout the European Union, but it isn’t a requirement to display this identification whenever social media accounts are registered. This is a blatant attempt to go against privacy laws.
Luckily there are Independent MP’s like Ian Austin who has begun informing the people that the Italian Government plans to force their citizens to lose anonymity on the internet. Without his efforts, the backlash against Italian Government Officials wouldn’t have even begun.
Jack Dorsey, the Chief Executive Officer for Twitter, announced last month that his social media company would be banning all political advertising through the service. When this announcement was made, he noted that politicians should have to earn their vote and not pay for them through advertisements. This came after Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook for not fact-checking political ads, which can lead to severe problems in a democracy. Jack Dorsey doesn’t believe Mark Zuckerberg is correct when he says political advertisements are a form of free expression. Since Twitter banned political advertisements, Politicians like Elizabeth Warren have questioned if the platform made the right decision.
The week of November 18th marked the implementation of these new guidelines, which have been revamped since the original comments made by Jack Dorsey. It still limits how political campaign advertisements can be maintained. The new directive mentions that content revolving around a political party, candidate or government is prohibited. This extends to any advertisements revolving around an election, ballot measure, referendum, legislation, directive, regulation or judicial outcome. Twitter’s new political ad guidelines also note that any advertisements found with this level of content or solicit votes through financial support are prohibited. All advertisements not following instructions will be immediately terminated from Twitter.
Non-Affiliated Political Groups
None of the guidelines mentioned with political advertisements revolved around groups that aren’t affiliated with political parties. Subsequently, Twitter has implemented a new category for advertisement guidelines called “Cause-Based”. Under this new category, individuals wanting to advertise with Twitter cannot educate or raise awareness revolving around economic growth and civic engagement. This extends to social equity cases and environmental stewardship. In a subclause, the guideline states that Cause-Based advertisements can drive the outcomes of judicial or legislative policies.
Twitter is also limiting the targeting capacity for political advertisements. Targeting now has limited restriction on geographic location, keyword interests and demographic audiences. Geographic targeting is available for state, region or province-level only depending on your Postal or Zip Code. All keywords revolving around political terms are limited going forward. Such as Liberal or Conservative.
The only exception to these political advertisements is news media publishers that have met the exemption criteria on Twitter. These sources can run ads referencing political issues, content or campaigns. However, these advertisements must be unbiased and can’t promote topics in favour of one political party. Subsequently, opinion pieces for news sources are officially banned from Twitter.
The never-ending assault of Facebook and their desire to learn more about everyone’s daily lives has been brought up in headlines again. The social media giant has had research released that implicates their using Machine Learning Models through mobile phones. For most, this technology isn’t imposing. However, it tracks and anonymizes faces while collecting hand movement data of consumers. Anyone with a Facebook account now assists Facebook with augmented reality research.
Their actions aren’t illegal and shouldn’t be considered harmful by consumers. Facebook, who presented their new research at the ICCV Conference were prompted to announce its significant investment into Artificial Intelligence after leaks were released several days earlier. Facebook has noted that they plan to use this technology for humanitarian purposes, which many don’t believe after recent issues with Facebook’s Project Libra.
Facebook Becoming More Suspicious
The machine learning models implemented by Facebook cultivate new understandings for facial features, expressions and movements. The social media giant can use this technology for one of two ways, to assist with humanitarian efforts locating individuals who commit wrongful acts against humanity. Facebook could also use this technology to make anyone in the world have different faces. Many analysts suspect that the later is the real purpose for Facebook’s AI Technology and that the tech will benefit criminals with committing even more dangerous offences.
An individual could decide to rob a bank, but on video would appear to be an entirely different person. Law-abiding citizens could change their identity without needing to wear a mask or fabricate an extensive plan. It should be noted that money laundering and criminal activity has skyrocketed in recent years, with Facebook’s data mining and illegal actions being the leading cause of growth. Mark Zuckerberg and Executives with Facebook have denied these claims extensively with law enforcement in America.
Regardless, the system they’ve designed works efficiently and doesn’t require significant optimization. Facebook could deploy the technology as a product today without any concerns. However, government authorities and political oppression has forced Facebook to rethink their strategy. It’s also suspicious that Facebook would want to release this technology in the same period as the Libra Coin. The following result would be a virtual space where those permitting wouldn’t be recognizable. Facebook plans to increase the artificial tracking development cycle, bring new features like cataloguing and reproducing.