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What’s New in the Tech World

Marshall Edwards, Staff Writer

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  1. Android users are still being tracked even when location services is turned off.

Google confirmed that they still track an Android phone even when the location services are off, no apps are being used, and there is no sim card in the phone. This means Google has been tracking every Android device even when their users don’t want to be tracked. Android phones have been sending encrypted data to Google through nearby cellular towers, even when location service is turned off, since the beginning of the year. The information the Android phone sent to Google includes the addresses of cellular towers in the vicinity and there is no way to stop your Android phone from sending this data. A Google spokesperson said that the information sent from the Android “were never used or stored and the company is now taking steps to end the practice.” When asked why Google been using cellular towers to sent information, the spokesperson stated that “In January of this year, we began looking into using Cell ID codes as an additional signal to further improve the speed and performance of message delivery.” He continued that ““ However, we never incorporated Cell ID into our network sync system, so that data was immediately discarded, and we updated it to no longer request Cell ID.”

      2. Texas shooter’s iPhone must be unlocked by Apple after being served warrant

Apple has been served a warrant by Texas Rangers to unlock the iPhone of the Devin Kelley, the 26-year-old man who opened fire on a church in Southern Texas. When it comes to unlocking iPhone, Apple has been very unwilling to do so. Back in December of 2015, Apple was asked to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI was able to eventually unlock their iPhone but not with any help from Apple but instead, they hired a “professional hackers” who exploit a vulnerability in the software of the iPhone that allowed them to bypass the ten-try limitation. Forty-eight hours after the shooting happened, Apple did state that they did offer help with the Apple. What got some people scratching their heads is why didn’t law enforcement use Touch ID. Reports showed that law enforcement immediately bagged the phone a ship it off to Quantico, Virginia. The thing is that they could have easily use the finger of the shooter to unlock the iPhone while the body was still warm. The main question is will Apple ignore the warrant? When it came to San Bernardino, law enforcement dropped the warrant after they were successfully able to unlock the phone but will they pressure Apple to unlock the iPhone. It seems that law enforcement is pressuring Apple even more than last time, court documents showed that law enforcement is now asking, not just to unlock the iPhone, but the iCloud data of the shooter as well. This information including the shooter’s photos, documents, bookmarks, reading lists, internet history, texts, emails, saved passwords, and a lot more personal data. Well, I guess we’ll see what Apple respond will be in the next couple of days since they haven’t responded to this request as of right now.

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