Monday, December 10, 2018

Apple's $29 Battery Replacement offer ends on December 31, 2018.

Apple's $29 Battery Replacement offer ends on December 31, 2018.

After acknowledging that it had been throttling  or reducing the capabilities of iPhone 6, 6s, 7, and SE models of which the battery has gotten old, or low on capacity to hold power. The good Apple was doing it in concern of the customers. Anyway after the cat jumped the bag, Apple reduced the price of out-of-warranty iPhone 6 and later battery replacements by $50 — from $79 to $29.

This offer covers iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X devices which are out of warranty. If you were puttong off the battery replacement, due to time or not wanting to give up the phone for a while, please hurry up, the offer ends on December 31, 2018.
After December 31, the price for a $29 battery replacement will cost $79.

Apple's fine print;
"Through December 31, 2018, the out-of-warranty battery service fee is $29 for all eligible iPhone 6 or later models. Battery service at $29 may be limited to one repair per iPhone. After December 31, 2018, the fee will change to $49 for all these products except iPhone X, which will change to $69."
Issues caused by accidental damage aren’t covered under the Apple Limited Warranty. These prices apply only to battery repairs made by Apple. Other service providers may set their own prices. We’ll add a $6.95 shipping fee if your repair requires shipping and isn’t covered under warranty or AppleCare+. All fees are in USD and exclude local tax.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Anti-Encryption Bill, "Telecommunications Assistance and Access Bill 2018," Passed By Australia's House of Representatives

Australia's House of Representatives passed the bill famously known as Anti-Encryption Bill, the "Telecommunications Assistance and Access Bill 2018."  This law will allow the law enforcement agencies in Australia to  to bend any service providers security measures to get access to encrypted communications. This requires companies in some cases to build new capabilities to decrypt protected communications, if they don’t already have the functionality to do so. The authors  of the  Anti-Encryption Bill have attempted to mitigate concerns of this overreach by saying that this subversion of encryption would have to affect only targeted devices and not represent a systemic weakness impacting the larger population.
Critics are on the other hand accusing that the law was rushed through the legislative process without proper due diligence.
Core of the bill is requesting from companies like Google, Facebook, SnapChat or who ever else who are within Australia's jurisdiction to provide encrypted communications.

  • Technical Assistance Request (TAR): A notice to request tech companies for providing "voluntary assistance" to law enforcement, which includes "removing electronic protection, providing technical information, installing software, putting information in a particular format and facilitating access to devices or services."
  • Technical Assistance Notice (TAN): This notice requires, rather than request, tech companies to give assistance they are already capable of providing that is reasonable, proportionate, practical and technically feasible, giving Australian agencies the flexibility to seek decryption of encrypted communications in circumstances where companies have existing means to do it (like at points where messages are not end-to-end encrypted).
  • Technical Capability Notice (TCN): This notice is issued by the Attorney-General requiring companies to "build a new capability" to decrypt communications for Australian law enforcement.

Arrest of The Huawei Technologies Co.’s CFOr, Wanzhou Meng Send Shock Waves.

As China began to celebrate the Huawei's ascendance over taking Apple in the smartphone shipments, the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co.’s chief financial officer, Wanzhou Meng, over potential violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran, provoking outrage from China and complicating thorny trade negotiations just as they enter a critical juncture.
Chinese government through it's embassy in Canada requested that  the USA. and Canada, “rectify wrongdoings” and free Wanzhou Meng, who is also deputy chairwoman and the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. As a result of the arrest, U.S. equity futures and Asian stocks slid as the incident reignited concerns about U.S.-Chinese tensions.
Information regarding the arrest is sparse. Canada’s Justice Department has declined to provide details of the case and Meng has secured a publication ban, which curbs the media’s ability to report on the evidence or documents presented in court.

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