Personal Security vs. National Security

iPhone Debate

The iPhone Debate : Special Feature

by Bill Nolan

It’s impossible to miss what’s brewing between the US Government and Apple these days. Although we don’t know the exact details of what the FBI is asking for, the consensus is that they want Apple to develop ‘backdoor’ software that allows the Government to circumvent cryptographic security features on the iPhone. In turn, possibly giving them access to stored details on Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone, one of the San Bernardino shooters. While everyone and their mother has an opinion on the matter, I prefer to understand the all ramifications of this decision. Not only is this about national security, it is about personal security and our privacy. Sometimes you need to take a look at the bigger picture, and ask yourself if this is a quick fix that will come back to bite us in the long run, or is this a fix to prevent disastrous consequences in the future? It’s probably both. Read more >

Did this Apple Fall Too Far From the Tree?

Apple Debate 2

The Apple Debate : Part 2

by Bill Nolan

Steve Jobs
There’s no arguing that the world of technology wouldn’t be the same without him. Even the ones that dislike his “personality” in the legacy of Apple have to give him a good bit of credit. This wiz basically developed the first personal computer, that’s extremely intuitive and all bundled into a beautiful piece of art. Now, it’s not a surprise what followed. The iMac, which is often imitated but never duplicated, has become an unstoppable beast in the world of computing, and the iPhone really made the term ‘smartphone’ universal. iPod and iTunes, which revolutionized the digital music world, are not going anywhere… we think. And then there’s the iPad, easily transportable, which includes many abbreviated applications to keep you moving forward when away from your computer. But wait, there’s more. We can’t forget iCloud.  It’s the magic that helps connect all of your Apple products, keeping them in sync and updated. Read more >