I have only seen a few tidbits worth sharing over the past few days/hours and thus that’s what you’ll get today. Not as lengthy as my regular posts but something is better than nothing. Anything else you want save it for Sunday’s AMA. And I’m eager to see what questions some of you come up with in regards to that.

Moto X Pure Edition release date has been announced

I’m reporting this based off the notification I received via Droid Life’s Pushbullet channel.

Oddly enough Droid Life is reporting that for some unknown reason Motorola has deleted the tweet and I can confirm as much myself. Clicking the link takes you nowhere on Twitter. So that’s rather unusual.

It’s possible it was prematurely shared.

Of course at this point who knows why it was deleted but at least a screenshot was saved and thus possible to share with you all.

Advertisement

Pushbullet adds End-to-End encryption

Adding to yet another of the many reasons why this is an awesome app through and through.

Advertisement

You can read more via their blog but basically they’ve added end-to-end encryption per quite a few people’s very vocal requests on reddit (and elsewhere) and they’ve made it so you have to enable it. They’re not forcing it on anyone, which is the way something like this should be. Let those who want it turn it on themselves and those who are happy with things as is can keep on keeping on.

In other news, The New York Times is of course attacking encryption

Op-Ed or not the fact that the following article was posted and attempts to gloss over privacy by instead focusing solely on the “blocking justice” aspect of the encryption debate is a bunch of bullshit.

Advertisement

More so when they open with that fucking picture. Everyone who contributed to the op-ed can go right to hell as far as I’m concerned, but especially whoever created that picture.

Yeah, I could have worded that differently but I’m sorry in this one regard my emotions (and knowledge on the subject) is enough to override any sense of trying to speak civilly to people who flat out don’t give a fuck.

Advertisement

And this comes fairly shortly after something else occurred a few weeks ago which left me livid and which I wrote a lengthy Google Doc in regards to.

Here’s the intro to the piece that has me especially pissed off.

In June, a father of six was shot dead on a Monday afternoon in Evanston, Ill., a suburb 10 miles north of Chicago. The Evanston police believe that the victim, Ray C. Owens, had also been robbed. There were no witnesses to his killing, and no surveillance footage either.

With a killer on the loose and few leads at their disposal, investigators in Cook County, which includes Evanston, were encouraged when they found two smartphones alongside the body of the deceased: an iPhone 6 running on Apple’s iOS 8 operating system, and a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge running on Google’s Android operating system. Both devices were passcode protected.

An Illinois state judge issued a warrant ordering Apple and Google to unlock the phones and share with authorities any data therein that could potentially solve the murder. Apple and Google replied, in essence, that they could not — because they did not know the user’s passcode.

The homicide remains unsolved. The killer remains at large.

Everything about this is aimed specifically at ignoring the other possible ways for them to determine pretty much everything about the phones in question and focus entirely on the piece’s attack on encryption.

Advertisement

For those who are unaware, all cell phones have a specific International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEI). That is a number, which is unique to the individual device, that identifies it to any given network and therefore carrier. This number is often found somewhere in or on the phone (as well as the box they come in). With this number you can essentially determine what carrier a phone is being used on and from there the account it is tied to and more specifically who the account holder is. This is all fact.

Seen above, the exact type of iPhone mentioned in the piece and the exact location where the IMEI number can be found physically on the device.

Advertisement

So the fact that a case is being made against encryption on the device as somehow impeding justice for the deceased pisses me off to no end. That’s fucking bullshit. You can find out a great deal about that phone that encryption does nothing to prevent law enforcement authorities from determining.

But, again, this is purely a hit piece against encryption. People who claim nonsense like this aren’t as misinformed as they come off as. They know what they’re doing and they know they’re full of shit, experts have flat out told them so and been ignored. Or at least that’s when they aren’t being spoken to in a condescending manner as not being ‘fair minded’.

And the following is testament to just how unfairly they want to argue against encryption.

Criminal defendants have caught on. Recently, a suspect in a Manhattan felony, speaking on a recorded jailhouse call, noted that “Apple and Google came out with these softwares” that the police cannot easily unlock.

Apple, Google and other proponents of full-disk encryption have offered several rationales for this new encryption technology. They have portrayed the new policy as a response to the concerns raised by Edward J. Snowden about data collection by the National Security Agency. They say full-disk encryption makes devices generally more secure from cybercrime. And they assert that, if the companies had master encryption keys, then repressive governments could exploit the keys.

These reasons should not be accepted at face value. The new Apple encryption would not have prevented the N.S.A.’s mass collection of phone-call data or the interception of telecommunications, as revealed by Mr. Snowden. There is no evidence that it would address institutional data breaches or the use of malware. And we are not talking about violating civil liberties — we are talking about the ability to unlock phones pursuant to lawful, transparent judicial orders.

Advertisement

Look at the first bit. They had to include that, you just know they did. “Oh, criminals love this! So let’s say we heard some saying as much and why!” I swear they’re making me feel like Lucille Bluth here.

That second bit, it’s trying to put a spin on facts. Portrayed? No, that’s exactly why they did it! And they did so because the public became informed of what was taking place and made aware of what it would take to stop or at least to gain some semblance of a right to privacy.

Advertisement

That last bit though, that’s their “fuck you”. Not accepted at face value? Oh, and your reasons for why encryption is bad should be? If I was any good with that doge meme this is where I’d be like “such cognitive bias” “much hypocrisy” “wow” or something like that. There is plenty of evidence disproving the very things they say there is no evidence of! Sticking your fingers in your ears while shouting “la la la I can’t hear you la la la” doesn’t make it go away, no matter how loudly you scream that.

And note that last line. “We’re not talking about this, we’re talking about this.” That’s just trying to spin the argument about the same thing to benefit themselves. They want to ignore the former which is the reason encryption is now an important thing to focus on the latter and how it negatively affects it. And I highly doubt it’s as bad as it’s made out to be. Especially given my ability to explain in a very simple and straight forward manner how at least one cell phone from their own fucking example can be traced to a goddamn owner through the legal process they claim to be fighting for!

This is how I felt last night when I read this drivel.

Advertisement

No. No, bangishotyou. /u/PleaseRespectTables would not approve of such things.

Okay, I’m calm now. But seriously, encryption is very much a good thing and anyone who says otherwise is either uninformed, misinformed, or has an agenda.

Advertisement

Moving on, here’s Look of Disapproval!

Look of Disapproval (free) is one of my favorite apps ever and has a presence on all my devices, for good reason. It’s easy to use and has a Unicode character for most every day situations and needs.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Let the record show that the notification shade persistent notifications has text on the right which changes regularly. Right now I’m seeing “ayy lmao” with a weird alien head next to it. Earlier I saw “u mad bro?”

I’m sure you kids will find tons of use for an app like this.

That’s all I got today.

I’m basically in pre-vacation mode and just killing time til I can run out of here.

Advertisement

Oh, I made the mistake of finally convincing my best friend to start customizing his phone. He was showing off the LG Home themes on his G4 yesterday and I responded with “check out my icon packs” and he saw one he liked that as soon as he got home he asked for a link, which then led to “I need a launcher” and thus I told him about Nova and within no time flat I was getting screenshot after screenshot of his various new setups. As well as inundated with questions about my various setups and what else the launcher could do. By the time I knew it it was close to midnight and I can’t tell you how many screenshots or questions he asked but goddamn was it a lot.

So for the hell of it, here’s the latest one.

Advertisement

Again, everyone, this is what’s possible when you install a custom launcher and decide to go nuts with icon packs. Now to just show my buddy how to use Popup Widget so he can have thar weather one accessible onscreen but not taking up so much space, which I know he wants to do because he saw a similar setup on mine using that app and said as much.

Questions, comments, half-hearted bitching? You know what to do with all of it. Leave it below and I’ll get to it in due course. Keeping in mind, after 5 PM today I’m officially on vacation! Woohoo!

Oh and only set plan/goal I have for my time off is to finish learning “Nations of the World” as originally performed by Yakko Warner.

Advertisement

I can get up to Spain like nothing!

*Totally insaneyyyyyy*