Things that caught our eye

U.S. Court distinguishes between fingerprint and pass code protected cellphones

31 Oct, 2014   | by:

Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled this week that it does not violate the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to compel a criminal defendant to unlock a cellphone with a fingerprint. Whereas unlocking with a pass code requires the defendant to provide personal knowledge, a fingerprint is not considered testimonial because it is biometric information similar to a DNA sample.

The move towards fingerprint secured cellphones was with the goal of providing more security to the owner. This ruling however indicates that while the advanced technology provides more security, it may not provide more privacy.

Read more at: Police can require cellphone fingerprint, not pass code.

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Things that caught our eye

Apple forces the U2 album on everyone with an iPhone or iPad

11 Sep, 2014   | by:

For those with an i-device, they should be able to see that new U2 album that was released on the same day as the iPhone event by Apple (9 September 2014). Without your explicit permission, the album features in your Music app.

We have seen questions on Google having to delete things off of your phone remotely, (see for a recent example the Brazilian Court who ordered the remote removal of the app ‘Secret’ from the Google Play Store and phones), but this is a first, to my knowledge, of having a company add something like this remotely to ‘your music library’.

Apple Just Uploaded A U2 Album To Your iPhone And iPad — And Seriously, WTF | TechCrunch.

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