Apple’s Tim Cook to host Paul Ryan fundraiser amid Trump woes – POLITICO

I shop at Costco and knocked Sam’s Club because I like Costco’s politics. That’s just one example of the many choices I make and how I spend my money. Luckily I’m not an iPhone addict. I have had Samsung Galaxies since their first smartphone was put out and I love them. But if I found out that Samsung was hoarding Paul Ryan I go to HTC or whomever is not. I realize that corporations play both sides of the aisle. But the fact that Apple is Apple makes no sense to me that they would be in cahoots with Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan is all that is bad about the Republican party and one glossy package.
I guess Apple is happy to have Paul Ryan help them sequester funds from the US government so they don’t have to pay taxes on them. They sell their products to American but they don’t want to pay taxes in the country that started their corporation. Shame on Apple.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/tim-cook-apple-paul-ryan-fundraiser-224554

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Bill Gates sides with FBI over iPhone access issue 

I have said in the past on this blog that I’m going to let minds greater than mine decide how this should go. But thinking about it I’m starting to believe that Apple is using this as a marketing tool. It is completely unreasonable to think that one cannot write a one time only application to open that specific phone and not target all the other phones. If Apple is to be believed each phone has its own encryption. So deciphering the encryption for that one phone would not unlock all the other phones in the Apple world. I’m going with Bill Gates on this one and ask Apple unlock that phone and give the San Bernardino victims closer than they say basically need.
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http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/23/bill-gates-sides-with-fbi/

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FBI rebuts reports that county reset San Bernardino shooter’s iCloud password without consent – LA Times

This issue has become more and more difficult to unravel. This tug of war between Apple and the federal government will go to the Supreme Court. I understand both sides and I believe a company like Apple could make a one time access available using software that would only work on the MAC address of that, and only that, particular phone. But I’m not a computer technologist and I don’t have Apple stock to worry about.
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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-fbi–terror-suspect-s-iphone-20160220-story.html

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Tim Cook speaks out against anti-LGBT laws

I don’t believe that the good people of Indiana want to be looked upon by the rest of the nation as a place that promote hate and humiliation. Apple’s Tim Cook put it exactly right
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By Aileen Graef  Follow @AileenGraef
March 30, 2015 at 8:45 AM EDT

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has campaigned for LGBT equality since coming out last year. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI

CUPERTINO, Calif., March 30 (UPI) — Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote an op-ed Sunday speaking out against the religious freedom laws passed in several states that are considered discriminatory against the LGBT community.
Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, came out in an op-ed last year supporting equality. Now he is asking others to join him in publicly condemning the laws in several states — most recently Indiana — that would allow businesses to deny services to LGBT if they consider it against their religious beliefs.

“These bills rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear. They go against the very principles our nation was founded on, and they have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality,” he wrote in the Washington Post.

He said growing up in the South in the 1960s and 70s, he understood the difficulty of opposing discrimination when it is so prevalent. His home state of Alabama, in fact, had its first bill presented to the state legislature protecting LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace and named it the “Tim Cook Bill.”

Cook stressed this issue was not about politics or religion but about human understanding.

“This isn’t a political issue. It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings. Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it’s time for all of us to be courageous.”