Product Note: iPhone X | Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division

By Nicole Black:

When Apple announced the release of the iPhone X,* a revamped iPhone with, among other things, an improved camera and larger display, I was intrigued. But I had an iPhone 7 that worked fine, and I was initially able to convince myself that there was no need to upgrade.

My resolve lasted all of a few weeks before, in typical geek fashion, I caved. The new iPhone X was too appealing to pass up. So, I headed over to the Apple Store and upgraded my phone. I was already enrolled in the Apple Upgrade Program, so I traded in my iPhone 7 and received a credit toward the purchase price of the iPhone X.

Read Nicole’s complete review here…

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Traveling lawyers get new protections in device searches at border

BY LEE RAWLES

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Hundreds of American lawyers will be traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the ABA Midyear Meeting next week. As they pass through U.S. and Canadian customs, they and their electronic devices can be searched.

But through the efforts of the ABA, the Department of Homeland Security has recently clarified its policies on how it intends to protect privileged information during its searches.

The ABA contacted Homeland Security in May with its concerns about the potential for violations of attorney-client privilege at the nation’s borders in a letter written by then-ABA President Linda Klein.

Klein said the ABA was concerned about the breadth of the authority given to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to search lawyers’ electronic devices “without any showing of reasonable suspicion.” She asked that DHS clarify the directive on electronic device search and seizure, originally written in 2009, to protect attorneys and their clients.

“We recognize that security at the nation’s borders is of fundamental importance, and we acknowledge that lawyers traveling across the border with laptops and other electronic devices containing confidential client documents and other information could become subject to routine searches by CBP and [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] agents,” Klein wrote. “But just as border security is fundamental to national security, so too is the principle of client confidentiality fundamental to the American legal system.”

According to ABA President Hilarie Bass, senior DHS officials met with the ABA after the letter was received, and CBP released a revised directive.

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Hey Siri, read me the news – iPhone J.D.

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To start, just say “Hey Siri, read me the news” or “play the news” or “give me the news” or something like that.  Siri will start playing the latest episode of the NPR News Now podcast, which is updated every hour (so it is always fresh news) and only lasts 3-5 minutes (so you quickly get the highlights).  I tried it out a few different times yesterday.  It worked great, and the news updates were interesting and timely.

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Ed. Note:  You also have the option of changing the news source.

Your iPhone tracks every place you visit. Here’s how to see the map. | Cult of Mac

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Your iPhone knows where you are, and it remembers where you have been. It keeps a record of your frequent hangouts — aka “significant locations” — and uses this data to make location-based suggestions using Siri and to power other features. Don’t panic, though: This data is kept on your phone, not collected by Apple.

Maybe you want to switch it off anyway, though. Perhaps you’re having an affair and don’t want your suspicious spouse to find out where you and your lover hook up. Or you’re an undercover cop and don’t want your visits to the police station to show up on your phone. Today we’ll see how to access your recent locations data, remove it, and switch it off altogether.

 
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The iPhone Upgrade Program: A Year in Review – TidBITS

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Now, to take some of the mystique out of all of this: the iPhone Upgrade Program is actually an interest-free loan administered by Citizens One. Every year, when you order a new iPhone through the program, Citizens One checks your credit (a “hard pull,” which can negatively affect your credit score) and issues you a new loan if you’re approved.

Despite being administered by a third party, the iPhone Upgrade Program has some uniquely Apple pros and cons.

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A New Phone Comes Out. Yours Slows Down. A Conspiracy? No. – The New York Times

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The phenomenon of perceived slowdowns is so widespread that many believe tech companies intentionally cripple smartphones and computers to ensure that people buy new ones every few years. Conspiracy theorists call it planned obsolescence.

That’s a myth. While slowdowns happen, they take place for a far less nefarious reason. That reason is a software upgrade.

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iPhone X and iPhone 8: Specs, Price, Availability | WIRED

THE NEW IPHONE X packs more new stuff into any device since the original iPhone. It’s the most complete redesign of the product ever and even offers a glimpse at what the iPhone might become when the world no longer wants smartphones. Of course, you probably won’t buy one. Even if you can afford the super high price, getting your hands on an iPhone X in the next few months will be like hunting for the holy grail. Except in this case, the fancy one is the right answer.
 

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