Code-Breakers Look to Devices Other Than iPhone

Los Angeles — Computer hacker Will Strafach had no trouble seizing control of the original iPhone. Same went for later generations over the next five years. But by now, Apple Inc. has introduced so many layers of protection inside its flagship device that Strafach and others have moved on. As the frenzied hacking has subsided, publicly shared solutions to crack iPhone security are becoming harder to come by. The frustration he and...

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Consumer Confidential: Is the Apple iPhone Really Any Different From Other Consumer Products?

Apple lawyer Ted Olson said last week that the tech heavyweight has good reason not to help federal investigators hack an iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters. The company, he said, “has to draw the line at re-creating code” and “changing” its product. To which there’s a two-word response: seat belts. And here’s two more: air bags. In both those cases, the auto industry said federal officials had no right to make...

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Siri Integrates Smoothly, Safely in Vehicles

Siri will soon be pulling into a driveway near you, as the Apple iPhone’s digital assistant makes herself at home in dozens of new cars and trucks from General Motors’ Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC brands. Siri was born to run, based on my test of Apple’s CarPlay interface in a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. The system’s voice recognition was nearly flawless, the navigation app never set a foot wrong, music apps worked...

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