ICE buying 17,000 iPhones

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) replacing 17,000 employee BlackBerry devices for iPhones.

“Google […] provides their operating system as open source to support a wide variety of implementations across many hardware manufacturers. Google’s score is a direct reflection of ICE’s needs in sharp contrast to Google’s strategy. What is a strength for Google, is a risk for ICE.”

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=186e774db8ef58c216dcd06c5479d34f&tab=core&_cview=0

Download: iPhone_LSJ_Redacted.pdf

Comes down to making money

“Right now, Google will never admit to this reality. To be honest, I’m not sure most people on the Android team even realize this reality. But at the end of the day, this comes down to making money. Microsoft is currently making more money off of Android than Google is. iOS is providing more mobile revenue when it comes to Google searches. The model is already broken and it runs the risk of cracking wide open unless there’s a product that can keep it together.”

http://parislemon.com/post/32313479175/the-second-coming-of-the-google-phone

Mac OS X 10.8: Gatekeeper

Interesting post about Mac OS X 10.8 detailing “Gatekeeper.” This seems like a similar approach to what I’m doing with AppLocker in Windows 7.

“My favorite Mountain Lion feature, though, is one that hardly even has a visible interface. Apple is calling it “Gatekeeper”. It’s a system whereby developers can sign up for free-of-charge Apple developer IDs which they can then use to cryptographically sign their applications. If an app is found to be malware, Apple can revoke that developer’s certificate, rendering the app (along with any others from the same developer) inert on any Mac where it’s been installed. In effect, it offers all the security benefits of the App Store, except for the process of approving apps by Apple. Users have three choices which type of apps can run on Mountain Lion:

  • Only those from the App Store
  • Only those from the App Store or which are signed by a developer ID
  • Any app, whether signed or unsigned

The default for this setting is, I say, exactly right: the one in the middle, disallowing only unsigned apps. This default setting benefits users by increasing practical security, and also benefits developers, preserving the freedom to ship whatever software they want for the Mac, with no approval process.”

From http://daringfireball.net/2012/02/mountain_lion

iPhone 4 Quote

Knowing the interest in every new Apple iPhone, and knowing that there are millions of people eligible for this admittedly very attractive upgrade, how could this be? How could AT&T not expect this kind of massive load on their servers? Perhaps they used the same prediction software they use to plan their cellular network.

From somewhere on gizmodo.com