Profile of Michelle MaistoFreelance Writer
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Michelle Maisto is a writer, a reader, a plotter, a cook, and a thinker whose career has revolved around food and technology. She has been, among other things, the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise Magazine, a reporter on consumer mobile products and wireless networks for eWEEK.com, and the head writer at a big data startup focused on data networks and shared data. She has contributed to Gourmet, Saveur, and Yahoo Food. Her memoir, The Gastronomy of Marriage, was published on three continents. She's currently learning Mandarin at an excruciating pace.
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Microsoft is working with Twist Bioscience, a company that encodes data onto microscopic and long-lasting synthetic DNA.
Apple CareKit technology is now available to developers through GitHub, and to consumers through four updated applications -- Iodine, One Drop, Glow Nurture, and Glow Baby -- from startups Apple spent the last month working with.
The FBI paid approximately $1 million for a hack into an encrypted iPhone, and now plans to keep the details to itself, according to The Wall Street Journal. The government also dropped case against Apple in Brooklyn -- and that has law enforcement fuming.
At Dropbox Open London, the company showed off Project Infinite, which has been in limited tests. The feature gives users desktop access to terabytes of data, even from devices with a thumb drive's worth of storage.
The IoT security market will hit its stride in 2020, according to Gartner, driven by IoT growth in energy management, the automotive industry, consumer applications, and an increase in malware attacks.
James Comey suggested the FBI paid the iPhone hackers upward of $1.3 million -- more than Comey will earn for the remaining seven years of his term as FBI director.
A coalition of tech groups called proposed encryption legislation "well-intentioned but ultimately unworkable," while an op-ed deemed it grounds for the dismissal of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, the bill's sponsors.
The newest Ponemon State of the Endpoint Report found enterprises struggling to enforce endpoint security and to manage their biggest threat: Employees.
The US House Energy & Commerce Committee hosted two panel discussions April 19, in the hope of advancing an open debate about government access to encrypted technologies. Representatives heard from Apple's top lawyers, as well as law enforcement.
A day after a drone struck a British Airways flight, the Boston Marathon is using drone-detection technology to keep UAS away from its event.
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, stating that the same rules that apply to search and seizure in an office should apply to its cloud.
An update to the Email Privacy Act requiring a warrant for the search of data older than 180 days was unanimously supported by the House Judiciary Committee. It now heads for a vote by the full chamber.
Gray hat hackers, not Israel-based Cellebrite, ultimately provided a way into Syed Farook's encrypted iPhone, according to the Washington Post.
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a reputation for accurate Apple information, has issued a report claiming Apple Watch sales are slated to decline 25% this year. The report also indicates that Apple will offer some small Watch improvements this year, before a major redesign in 2017.
A new book by authors John Johnson and Mike Gluck, offers tools for better understanding the "little data" in our lives, and reasons for being leery of big data claims that others make. Johnson spoke with InformationWeek about how data is interrupted and misinterpreted all the time.
FBI Director James Comey gave a speech April 6 discussing the case against Apple and calling for not litigation but conversation that's fair, measured, and thoughtful -- and where participants are open to being wrong.
Gartner expects global IT spending to dip slightly in 2016, to $3.49 trillion. Faced with spending constraints, but the need to advance, many are optimizing by spending on services instead of assets.
Huawei's new flagship, the P9, is the first smartphone co-engineered by Leica Camera. The phone features RGB and monochrome cameras that work together. Although the company is working to emphasize its quality credentials, don't look for this one in the US yet.
HP introduced its newest premium laptop, the 13.3-inch Spectre, calling it the thinnest laptop in the world. It debuted alongside exclusive designs by Tord Boontje and Jess Hannah, as well as updated Envy models. Here's an up-close look at the new offerings.
The FCC has released Broadband Facts, which mimic the design of nutrition labels and serve much the same function: To help consumers know what they're buying and if it's good for them. The FCC receives 2,000 complaints a year from people unpleasantly surprised by their broadband bills.
HP Inc., building on insights from its Spectre 360, has introduced the 13.3-inch Spectre, which is a mere 10.4 mm thin. This newly revealed laptop also offers 9.75 hours of battery life in a stylish design.
The FBI, with its newfound hack, has agreed to unlock other iPhones. While the dispute with Apple is off the front burner for now, the company is still facing other legal challenges, including one case in Brooklyn. Serious legal and technical questions linger.
The old struggles over BYOD have been replaced with application struggles, as employees use favorite mobile messaging apps for enterprise purposes. As with BYOD, pushing back isn't the answer. Innovating forward is.
With Fiber Phone, Google can offer subscribers a classic package that many have moved away from -- Internet, TV, and phone service. But that's where the similarities end.
The FBI vacated its court order against Apple March 28, saying it had successfully accessed an encrypted iPhone without Apple's help.
Apple is reportedly working on an iPhone, which most are calling the iPhone 7, with a curved screen and, resources permitting, an AMOLED display, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Apple has introduced an emboldened version of its successful ResearchKit platform -- now a year old -- as well as CareKit, an open-source platform that's the natural extension of what ResearchKit is now making possible. Here's a look at the frameworks and 6 new health-related apps that were created using them.
The Apple iPhone SE is nice enough. But come the fall, Apple needs to really impress with the iPhone 7, some critics say. However, some other analysts aren't so sure.
As the FCC's auction of 600 MHz wireless spectrum -- four years in the making -- finally draws near, new testimony shows an agency struggling with infighting and partisanship.
The FBI may have just found a way to access an encrypted iPhone, it said in a March 21 legal filing to cancel its court date with Apple, stating that the agency will report back April 5.
The FBI's Feb. 16 court order citing the All Writs Act and demanding Apple's cooperation in unlocking an iPhone will go before a judge March 22, after more than a month of global attention and a day after a press event at Apple Headquarters.
Several Apple engineers have told the New York Times that they'd consider leaving one of the industry's most prized companies and positions rather than be made to create a so-called GovtOS to crack the iPhone's encryption technology.
How might Obama's Supreme Court candidate approach the case between Apple and the Justice Department? Merrick Garland has said the role of the court is not to legislate but to "apply the law to the facts of the case."
Apple filed another legal brief March 15 in its fight with the FBI and DOJ. The iPhone maker is fighting efforts to give up its source code, and several tech and security experts agree, calling the government's request "potentially cataclysmic."
IDC is advising insurers faced with a mature market to consider offering cyber insurance. Cybercrimes, it says, have cost the global economy $445 billion.
At the heart of the FBI's struggle with Apple is an us-versus-them sentiment that President Obama may be softening -- by reframing "government problems" as problems for the nation's greatest problem solvers.
The government's impatience is evident in its third filing asking for Apple's cooperation in unlocking the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. The document is a point-by-point rebuttal that reads like the government taking a final, very deep breath before it completely loses its temper.
US Senators Feinstein and Burr are preparing legislation that would punish tech companies that refuse to cooperate with investigators, Reuters reports. French lawmakers recently backed a similar mandate that goes one step further by threatening jail time for execs who don't cooperate with law enforcement.
With calls for greater transparency in the rules governing Section 702 of the NSA's Prism program, the FBI has made classified changes, The Guardian confirmed. The program has implications for businesses and individuals alike.
Reading sharpens our reasoning, reduces stress, advances our careers and, when done deeply and broadly, is a key habit of successful leaders.
Apple may have hoped to "hang its hat" on a recent iPhone encryption win in a Brooklyn court, but the Justice Department has requested revisiting the judge's ruling.
With the Feds pressing Apple to return to iOS 7-style security, Craig Federighi, Apple's head of software engineering, used an op-ed piece in The Washington Post to explain the need to always race forward.
Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and others filed a friend of the court brief in support of Apple. It argues against the government's use of the All Writs Act to force the writing of new code, and emphasizes the "singular importance" of the case to all of them.
Testimony from the FBI and National District Attorney's Association speak to the range of issues that have them fighting Apple's encryption practices. These seven snippets offer a summary of their positions.
Whether you're on the hunt for greener pastures, or looking for a complete career change, online resources are plentiful. Here are 9 iOS apps that could improve and shorten your search.
As Apple and the FBI struggle over matters of encryption, privacy and security, a House Judiciary Committee hearing helped to highlight several questions in need of answers.
As our Google home and work lives blur, Google is working to increase security on the business, as well as the personal side.
Learn more about how digital assistants including Amazon Alexa, Facebook M, Google Now, and Apple's Siri are rewriting the rules around data privacy and sharing.
Apple's event is now expected for March 21. Reports say the event, which was originally expected for March 15, includes updates to the Apple Watch, the iPhone, and the iPad.
At an anticipated March 15 event, Apple will grow its iPad Pro line to include a new 9.7-inch model, according to a report in 9to5Mac. With overall iPad sales slowing, more Pro options will help Apple with its still-growing enterprise business.
The struggle between Apple, the FBI and the US Justice Department speaks to a need for critical discussions about the ramifications and rules in a changing world. The New York Times reports Apple is looking to make it even harder to crack the iPhone's security, while CEO Tim Cook continues to defend his company.
Asus has settled charges leveled against it by the FTC. The agency accused the router maker of putting the home networks of "hundreds of thousands of consumers" at risk. The company has agreed to 20 years of supervision.
Drones connected to LTE will be able to fly farther and more securely, opening new business use-cases. Intel and AT&T are working together to make this happen.
Variety, low prices, and clean designs are clear themes for Lenovo, which introduced Android phones, Windows 10 convertible laptops, and tablets at Mobile World Congress 2016.
J.D. Power reports that costs for smartphone customers have increased, but that these consumers are happier than they've ever been -- especially with AT&T.
With a Tweet, the founder of WhiteHat Security may have nudged Google's CEO to take a side, and the rest of the world is beginning to do the same.
Apple Pay will be available Feb. 18 in China, where it will face entirely different challenges from those it has in the US.
Palantir buys Kimono Labs, giving its teams "unmatched support" and resources to tackle new projects. The acquisition will add to Palantir's ability to collect data for analysis and data sets that reside in silos.
AT&T executives have been getting uncharacteristically personal, in efforts to emphasize to employees the need to push themselves and keep learning as the company moves toward 5G and beyond.
From fighting terror with tech to backing net neutrality to worrying about AI, here's a look at what some of the 2016 US Presidential hopefuls have on their tech agendas.
Samsung's newest smartphone flagship, the Galaxy S7, will arrive Feb. 21, while the iPhone 7 rumor mill will continue to churn through September. What are the best rumors about each? Here's a brief list.
Yahoo has promised to cut 1,700 positions, and it appears to have dropped the axe first in Sunnyvale by laying off 107 employees from its headquarters.
While Adobe Flash is little loved, its retirement has been a slow one. Google has announced steps to speed the process, and it will switch over to an HTML5 format in June.
MIT researchers have developed a GPU called Eyeriss that could enable algorithms to run locally and instantly, instead of sending raw data into the cloud. This means that a future version of Siri could get you answers much faster.
Apple is working to open retail stores in India, now the world's second-largest smartphone market. Although Apple has eyed the country for a while now, the company's plans point to a quick and rapid expansion to help its iPhone sales.
US Department of Education CIO Danny Harris was grilled by lawmakers about possible ethics violations. Meanwhile the department, which has a lending budget the size of Citibank, was still said to be vulnerable to security threats.
IBM, the American Heart Association, and Welltok have teamed to deliver a workplace health solution. Without preventative strategies, by 2030 cardiovascular diseases may cost companies $106 billion in lost productivity alone.