McAfee Pretended to Be Crazy, Faked Illness

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The creator of the McAfee antivirus program came clean in an interview with ABC News Dec. 13 — he admitted to playing the “crazy card.”

“What’s a better story, millionaire mad man on the run,” John McAfee said. “You [the media] saved my ass. Because you paid attention to the story. As long as you are reporting, it is hard to whack somebody that the world is watching.”

McAfee, who is back in the U.S. after being deported from Guatemala Dec. 12, has maintained those in power in Belize want him dead.

McAfee was arrested in Guatemala Dec. 4 after entering the country illegally from Belize where he is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of his neighbor Gregory Faull, who was found shot to death Nov. 10.

While Guatemala officials debated whether to send him back to Belize or grant his request for asylum, McAfee supposedly had a minor heart attack in his jail cell. He was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

He told ABC News, however, his illness was merely a ploy to buy time until a judge could hear his case and stay his deportation.

“It was a deception but who did it hurt? I look pretty healthy, don’t I?” he told ABC.

When asked by ABC if he considers Belize officials incompetent, he was blunt: “I was on the run with a 20-year-old girl for three-and-a-half weeks inside their borders and everyone was looking for me, and they did not catch me.”

“I escaped, was captured and they tried to send me back,” he said. “Now I’m sitting in Miami. There had to be some ineptness.”

If the Belize Police decide to charge McAfee with an extraditable offense and request his extradition, however, he could be sent back to the country — the U.S. has an extradition treaty with Belize.

McAfee says his life would be in danger if he were to be returned to Belize because he is in possession of sensitive information about official corruption and refuses to give money to local politicians.

Belize police have refuted McAfee’s claims and Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow has publicly expressed doubts about McAfee’s mental state, calling him “bonkers.”

Although McAfee has denied having anything to do with the murder of his neighbor, he told ABC he is more interested in getting his girlfriends, 20-year-old Sam and 17-year-old Amy, out of Belize then in clearing his name.

During the time McAfee lived in Belize, he reportedly was involved in various quarrels with neighbors and the police regarding complaints his dogs were aggressive and he kept illegal weapons and drug paraphernalia in his home. McAfee admitted his dogs were troublesome and that Faull had complained about them, but has said he did not shoot Faull who lived a few houses down from him.

McAfee’s month on the run with his 20-year-old girlfriend Sam garnered global attention due to his contact with reporters and frequent blog posts detailing his escapades, which included donning disguises, hiding out in dingy motel rooms and even the jungle.

Now that he is in Miami, McAfee says he does not know where he will live.

He also ABC he is penniless — he left $20 million in investments behind in Belize where he also owns about 15 properties and the beach-front compound in which he lived.

“I have nothing now,” McAfee said. “I’ve got a pair of clothes and shoes, my friend dropped off some cash.”




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Facebook Debuts New Privacy Controls — Again

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The tinkering continues.

Facebook launched a number of new privacy controls Dec. 12 in a bid to make the process easier for its members to understand.

The update comes a day after Facebook put into action its new privacy policies.

The social network has included privacy shortcuts, an easier-to-use activity log and a new request and removal tool for managing multiple photos members are tagged in.

The option to block searches of one’s profile within the social network is being phased out and will soon be removed from everyone’s profiles.

“Everyone used to have a setting called ‘Who can look up my timeline by name,’ which controlled if someone could be found when other people typed their name into the Facebook search bar. The setting was very limited in scope, and didn’t prevent people from finding others in many other ways across the site,” said Facebook director of product Sam Lessin in a blog post.

“Because of the limited nature of the setting, we removed it for people who weren’t using it, and have built new, contextual tools, along with education about how to use them. In the coming weeks, we’ll be retiring this setting for the small percentage of people who still have it.”

The social media site is describing the privacy controls update as a way to give users better ownership of their privacy because the process is less onerous.

Everything users need to change privacy settings can be obtained with shortcuts or by going to the tool bar, which now allows users to set “Who can see my stuff?” “Who can contact me?” and “How do I stop someone from bothering me?”

Users can also access Help Center content from these shortcuts.

App permissions have also been changed.

“The first time you log into a new app, it asks for permission to use your info to personalize your experience. Some apps also ask to post to Facebook,” Lessin wrote.

“Before today, these two requests were part of the same screen and happened at the same time. Soon you’ll start to see these requests happen separately, so you have more control over what you share. For example, a person can grant a music app the ability to read their public profile and friends list to personalize their experience in the app, but decline to allow it to post what they listen to to Facebook on their behalf.”

Facebook has also created a series of messages for privacy actions. For instance, when a user hides a post, a message will pop up to explain that although the post is hidden on the Timeline, it will still be visible in other places, like friends’ news feeds and in searches.

The changes, which will be rolled out this month, are all part of Facebook’s efforts to achieve “three main goals: bringing controls in context where you share, helping you understand what appears where as you use Facebook, and providing tools to help you act on content you don’t like,” Lessin said.

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ICE Gives BlackBerry a Second Chance

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A U.S. federal agency is giving the Blackberry another chance, after announcing in October it would ditch the Research in Motion (RIM) product in favor of the iPhone.

Two months ago, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) indicated it was planning to end its contract with Research In Motion and shell out $2.1 million to buy iPhones for its more than 17,600 employees.

Now, however, the ICE will try out the new range of BlackBerry 10 handsets, after the devices go on sale Jan. 30, to see if the new OS can meet its needs for security and mobility, RIM announced in a press release.  The agency will also test the BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 (BES 10).

ICE press secretary Barbara Gonzales told CNET the agency, which has had a contract with RIM for eight years, plans to continue that relationship. ICE is planning to develop mobile applications for law enforcement and will review BlackBerry 10 to determine if it can provide a platform in the future.

“We’re not backing away from iOS, nor RIM,” Gonzales told CNet. “Given the nature of the rapidly evolving marketplace for computing and the rising expectations of our users for that technology, we see the need to maintain a set of services that support ICE’s mission. We feel the pilot is a prudent technology practice.”

The ICE said in October that the BlackBerry was no longer able meet the mobile technology needs of the agency. The agency had also said the iPhone would be used by a “variety of agency personnel, including, but not limited to, Homeland Security Investigations, Enforcement and Removal Operations and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor employees.”

If testing goes well, however, ICE is likely to continue its contract with RIM indefinitely.

“ICE has been a valued BlackBerry customer for years, and our commitment to government agencies has influenced the development of the BlackBerry 10 platform,” said Scott Totzke, senior vice-president, BlackBerry security.

“Along with providing workers with secure access to behind-the-firewall confidential information, BlackBerry 10 can help organizations fully leverage the potential of mobile technology to offer new services, improve service delivery and increase organizational productivity.”

RIM earlier this fall secured a key U.S. government security clearance, paving the way for the BlackBerry 10 to be the device of choice for the feds.

RIM said its BlackBerry 10 received it U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) certification. Translation: the devices can be used to send classified data between government employees.

This feature does give RIM a leg up over Apple — as long as its other features stand up to the ICE’s testing.

The ICE decision to give the BlackBerry another shot could influence other government agencies, such as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), to do likewise.

The NTSB had also decided to switch to the iPhone because the BlackBerries the agency had given to its staff were “failing both at inopportune times and at an unacceptable rate.”

The BlackBerry 10 may be the beleaguered Ontario company’s last chance at redemption. RIM’s devices dominated the market at one time, but have since fallen victim to Apple’s iPhone and devices powered by Google’s Android operating system. With a net loss of $235 million in the last quarter, RIM desperately needs its new Smartphones to be a success.




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Apple Infringed MobileMedia Patents: Jury

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Apple is guilty of breaching three patents held by a company in which chief competitors Sony and Nokia are minor stakeholders, a federal jury has decided.

The Delaware jury ruled Dec. 13 that the iPhone infringes on MobileMedia Ideas’ Smartphone call handling, call rejection and camera patents. Court filings indicated Sony and Nokia owned the patents initially.

The jury deliberated for four hours before reaching its verdict. The verdict form can be viewed here.

“We’re very pleased,” MobileMedia CEO Larry Horn told the Financial Post after the trial. “We think it’s justified.”

MobileMedia’s complaint claimed the company would be caused “irreparable injury” if Apple was permitted to use the patented inventions in its iPhone without paying royalties.

MobileMedia Ideas, a patent licensing company, sued Apple in 2010 for violating 14 patents, including some claims against iPod media players. The number of patents was cut back to three before the trial began.

U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson has yet to set a trial date to decide on damages, but Horn is predicting the damages awarded will be “substantial.”

Apple is no stranger to lawsuits. The company has been in and out of court with arch-rival Samsung as the two technology giants accuse one another of patent violations.


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Technology News Briefs — Dec. 14, 2012

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Samsung Top Executive Admits to Using Apple Devices

Samsung’s chief strategy officer admitted to MIT Technology Review he uses a Mac, iPhone and iPad for his personal use due to the devices’ “sticky” ecosystem.

Young Sohn described Apple as a “very innovative company that is both a customer and a fierce rival of Samsung.

“At work I’m using Samsung devices; Apple at home, mainly because all of my systems and files are done that way,” Sohn told MIT Technology Review. “That’s sticky, you know? However, I did figure out how to sync all of my contacts and all of my schedules between the two different systems. You can do it. It’s a bit of work, but it’s possible.”

Sohn said people are drawn to Apple’s ecosystem rather than to the products themselves. He described the Galaxy Nexus as a “better phone” than the iPhone, but added the “connected ecosystem is really critical.”

Tablets Killing E-readers Sales, Market to Plummet

The rising popularity of tablets could eventually kill the e-book reader market, according to a new study.

IHS iSuppli said that after “spectacular” growth during the past few years, the e-book reader market is now on an “alarmingly precipitous decline.”

The firm is forecasting shipments of e-book readers will drop 36 percent this year to 14.9 million units and then fall an additional “drastic” 27 percent next year to 10.9 million units. IHS iSuppli also expects the e-book reader market by 2016, to total just 7.1 million units — that equates to a loss of more than 66 percent from its zenith in 2011.

“The rapid growth — followed by the immediate collapse — of the ebook reader market is virtually unheard of, even in the volatile consumer electronics space, where products have notoriously short life cycles,” said Jordan Selburn, senior principal analyst for consumer platforms at IHS iSuppli. “The stunning rise and then blazing flameout of ebooks perfectly encapsulate what has become an axiomatic truth in the industry: Single-task devices like the ebook reader are being replaced without remorse in the lives of consumers by their multifunction equivalents, in this case by media tablets.”

Amazon Instant Video App Arrives for iPhone, iPod

Amazon’s Instant Video streaming app for the iPhone and iPod Touch have arrived — finally.

The e-retailer announced the launch of the app Dec. 13, adding that there are more than 30,000 titles in the Prime Instant Video library for users to stream.

The app also enables users to access to more than 140,000 movies and television shows that can be downloaded for purchase or rental.

The Prime Instant Video is only for customers who sign up for the Amazon’s $79-a-year Prime membership. Prime customers receive free two-day shipping and free access to the Instant Video.

The Instant Video app can be downloaded for free from Apple’s App Store.


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