Julian Assange Claims that Massive Holes in iTunes and Other Software Make Widespread Surveillance Easy

According to a report on the International Business Times by Alistair Charlton:

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claims that there is a “flaw” in Apples iTunes that is used by surveillance companies to take over users computers.

In a private interview with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism before giving a talk in London on Thursday, Assange claimed that governments are actively using surveillance techniques to spy on every single civilian in entire cities, storing everything about them.

via Julian Assange: Apple iTunes Lets Big Brother Take Control of Your Computer – International Business Times.

If this proves true, this could be far more damning than the recent Carrier IQ debacle. However, Assange has yet to support his assertions with evidence or techniques. Could this be the next big Wikileaks break?

What Magic Does Apple Hold for Next Week?

The new iPhone announcements expected next week are exciting, but I am mostly interested in updates for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. I have read many posts online from folks about their Lion experience, specifically about speed and multitasking, and it seems like certain hardware configurations fare better than others. My MacBook 5,1 seems to get the short end of the stick despite having 8GB of RAM. If the RAM gets about 3/4 used and even though there is still physical RAM left for apps to use, my MacBook becomes sluggish, sometimes to the point of needing a reboot to return to normal responsiveness. The issue has become such a pain that I am considering reinstalling Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. Before I do that, I am going to wait and see if the next update for Lion, v 10.7.2, is also released to coincide with the iTunes update for iCloud.

Recent Apple Software Updates

If you don’t religiously follow MacUpdate.com or refresh Apple’s Software Update once a day, you may have missed some of the recent software updates for Mac OS X and iPhone/iPad:

Remember to backup your files (manually or with a backup solution like Apple’s Time Machine), and then apply updates. It is also good practice to repair your disk permissions on Mac OS X after updates are completed with Disk Utility (located in /Applications/Utilities).

Happy Updating!

Priscilla at Apple Got Me Listening to Daft Punk Again

As I reported a few weeks ago here, my iPad deep sixed almost as soon as I had touched down in Taiwan. As a result, I lost a six page movie review that I had written in Apple’s Pages app, and I lost the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, which I had purchased on my iPad while in Brunswick, Georgia. Y and I had left our MacBooks back in Ohio so that we could travel lighter, but this meant that I never had a chance to backup my purchase made on the iPad. Besides having all of the fun things and work stuff that I had packed on my iPad before leaving Ohio disappear, I was more than miffed that I was out a whole album of tunes that I happened to like. According to Apple’s written policy, I didn’t think I would get the soundtrack back.

However, I was thinking last night that I should see what kind of contact form iTunes provided for customers. Going through the steps it provided, I was able to send an email message to iTunes customer service about the lost album.

Today, I received a friendly email from Priscilla at iTunes customer service. She understood my problem and setup my account to automatically download the album again in iTunes. This worked flawlessly.

Now, I am listening to Daft Punk and imagining that I am on The Grid.