The future of windows based phones

According to the global surveys conducted on smartphone users, 80% users are android based users  17% are ios users and the remaining goes to windows, blackberry and other operating systems. We clearly love android phones more than anything else and its not just because of the cheap price, along with the pocket friendly price we also get features that Apple & windows do not offer. Android is being considered the most user-friendly operating system with ease of access for all sorts of age groups. While Apple is considered to be the foremost and dream choice for mobile phone users, but the less percentage is because of the high end price.

Windows based phones are slowly loosing their market and ios is taking most of their customers. Because of its lack of compatibility with other apps and being a different platform altogether, new app developers are not focusing much on windows and thus its adding to the descent of windows phone.

 

Currently running windows phones in the market

Microsoft and Nokia has many windows phone running in the market but they don’t seem to get much of a attention now. Although other companies like HTC are supporting the windows concept and have a few phone in the market along with 1-2 to be launched this year itself.

The currently running windows based smartphones are nothing as such out of the box, they offer they same features as android phones at the same price. That’s where windows is lacking, low number of apps but same price for smartphones. A main thing would be Microsoft offering help to other app development companies or somehow managing to provide the equal number of apps as that of android.

 

The future of Windows phone

Though you might bot agree to this thought but smartphones based on windows os have a good bright future according to us, as many future leaders say, always follow a three-four years rule. The windows 10 which was rolled out a year before is expected to work in favor of Microsoft and will manage to improve the market of windows phone as experts say. The concept works as device can be made a 2 in 1 platform. A mobile that can be used as a mini pc too, most of us would like that idea to be a pretty handy one. Go for Paytm mobile coupons and save good cash.

Microsoft has worked up a lot in launching the windows 10, the currently present phones in the market have also been upgraded to windows 10 from windows 8.1. Though these phones might not attract you right now but they are sure to make a bright future for windows lovers. If you want to buy a windows phone you can turn towards online shopping sites and avail some discounts there. Many coupon sites are present on the internet that will help you with promo codes for shopclues you can use these to cut down the cash.

What a personal thought is, windows phone are still not dead and we are sure they will make good comeback in the future.

Guide to HEVC/H.265 Encoding and Playback

For years, H.264 has been the go-to video compression standard. Whenever you download a film or TV show, watch a Blu-ray, view HDTV broadcasts, or stream something from various sites and services, there’s a very good chance the video stream you’re watching has been encoded with H.264.

H.264 is a great compression standard for a number of reasons. It provides very good quality at relatively low bitrates, and its widespread use means it’s supported by essentially every video playback device made in the past five to ten years. It’s also very versatile, not only allowing compression to small file sizes, but also to high quality, high bitrate files that are suitable for use on Blu-ray discs.

While H.264 is doing a pretty good job of delivering compressed videos to users, there’s a better standard out there that offers similar quality at even smaller file sizes. The standard is called HEVC, or High Efficiency Video Codec, and it first appeared in 2013 as a true successor to H.264. For this reason, HEVC is also known as H.265, or MPEG-H Part 2.

HEVC’s main advantage over H.264 is that it offers roughly double the compression ratio for the same quality. This means that a video file encoded with HEVC can occupy half the space of its H.264 equivalent with no noticeable change in quality, or the same amount of space with improved quality. Sounds pretty good, right?

HEVC is able to compress files to a greater extent than before by evolving upon the H.264 standard. In both of these standards, motion compensated prediction is used to find areas that are redundant within a single frame or in the frames that follow. When redundant blocks of pixels are identified, they are encoded by referencing another area in the same or following frames. In H.264, these blocks can be up to 16×16 pixels in size, but big gains in compression were made by increasing this to 64×64 in HEVC.

Other improvements also help HEVC achieve greater levels of compression, including better variable-block-size segmentation, improved deblocking and motion compensation filters, sample adaptive offset filtering, and better motion vector prediction and precision. This page here from the x265 group has a great explanation of these terms and how it can improve HEVC’s efficiency.

As HEVC is relatively new to the scene, it’s not nearly as compatible with existing playback devices as H.264. Many such devices have dedicated hardware for decoding H.264 streams, while equivalent hardware for decoding HEVC is significantly less common. That’s not to say it’s impossible to decode HEVC on today’s devices – software playback is still possible on a wide variety of hardware, and some hardware decoding solutions exist – but something that can play H.264 is not necessarily HEVC-compatible.

Here’s a quick rundown of well-known hardware that includes dedicated HEVC decoding blocks, which definitely support efficient HEVC playback:

  • Intel 6th-generation ‘Skylake’ Core processors or newer
  • AMD 6th-generation ‘Carizzo’ APUs or newer
  • AMD ‘Fiji’ GPUs (Radeon R9 Fury/Fury X/Nano) or newer
  • Nvidia GM206 GPUs (GeForce GTX 960/950) or newer
  • Other Nvidia GeForce GTX 900 series GPUs have partial HEVC hardware decoding support
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805/615/410/208 SoCs or newer. Support ranges from 720p decoding on low-end parts to 4K playback on high-end parts.
  • Nvidia Tegra X1 SoCs or newer
  • Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5430 SoCs or newer
  • Apple A8 SoCs or newer
  • Some MediaTek SoCs from mid-2014 onwards

As you can see, most desktop hardware released in 2015, and most mobile hardware from late 2014 onwards, supports dedicated HEVC playback. Hardware designers have been more focused on getting HEVC decoding blocks into mobile hardware first, as the CPUs in these products typically aren’t fast enough for software decoding. Support in desktop hardware has been marginally slower as most desktop-class parts are powerful enough to decode HEVC without dedicated decoding blocks.

If you have a computer or device that doesn’t include the aforementioned hardware, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to decode HEVC. PCs, even those with entry-level CPUs from several years ago, shouldn’t have much trouble software decoding HEVC videos. One of my HTPCs equipped with a $50 Intel Celeron ‘Ivy Bridge’ CPU from 2012 is more than capable of decoding HEVC, and I’ve even achieved smooth playback on Intel Bay Trail and Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 devices in some circumstances (albeit at high CPU utilization).

As a general rule of thumb, if you have an older PC you’d describe as “very slow” it probably won’t be capable of HEVC playback. Anything else will probably suffice.

Where you won’t find HEVC playback support is in many dedicated media players on the market today. These products either don’t support HEVC hardware decoding, have too low power SoCs to support smooth software playback, or only support a small handful of popular video formats without the ability to run wide format playback software like VLC.

Here’s a quick rundown of popular media playing devices that don’t support HEVC:

  • Google’s Chromecast (first and second generations)
  • Apple TV (although some reports suggest 1080p HEVC playback is possible by running VLC on a 4th-gen model)
  • Roku (third-gen models and earlier)
  • Amazon Fire TV (2014) and Fire TV Stick
  • Any Western Digital WD TV products
  • All PlayStation consoles
  • Xbox 360

And here are the media players that do support HEVC:

  • Roku 4
  • Amazon Fire TV (2015)
  • Xbox One

This isn’t an exhaustive list, but you can clearly see that there’s just a handful of very recent devices that support native HEVC playback. The Xbox One is the only console to support playback, although support for HEVC was added through a software update, presumably utilizing software decoding.

So while the benefits of HEVC encoding are clear, playback is essentially restricted to PCs, high-end smartphones and tablets, and a very small range of media players and consoles. At this point in time, compatibility is a disadvantage to encoding your media library in HEVC.

As for software that can playback HEVC-encoded files, there are many options out there. On Windows 10, you can natively play HEVC videos in the default Films & TV app or through Windows Media Player. Alternatively, you can use VLC or MPC-HC for playback, which support older operating systems, or popular media center apps like XBMC/Kodi (version 14 onwards) and Plex Media Player (not Home Theater).

If you’re running Mac OS X or iOS, VLC is your best bet. On Android devices, you’ll be able to play back HEVC files using MX Player through software decoding if your device is fast enough, or if it (and the version of Android) supports native HEVC playback. Note that some devices have HEVC decoding blocks in their SoCs but don’t support native playback at this time.

Caterpillar unveils the world’s first smartphone with an integrated thermal imaging camera

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Ruggedized smartphones are usually considered fairly niche products that are aimed at those in industries such as construction or law enforcement, or any profession where the device is likely to take a hammering on a daily basis. Because of this, they don’t have the performance of many flagship smartphones, but they often come with unique features of their own. One example is the new Caterpillar S60, which sports a built-inFlir thermal imaging camera.

Flir, which is one of the largest thermal imaging companies in the world, has integrated its Lepton sensor used in its thermal cameras into the body of the device, alongside a regular 13MP rear camera.

The sensor is able to produce live images, measure surface temperatures, and can record both stills and video, although its resolution is limited to VGA (640 X 480). Cat suggests it could be used during search and rescue missions where people may be obscured by smoke, or for law enforcement to check tire temperatures.

The S60 comes with Android Marshmallow and features a Snapdragon 617 processor. In addition to the 13MP rear camera, it also has a 5MP front-facing version, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 720p 4.7-inch display (with a peak brightness of over 500 nits) and a powerful 3800mAh battery.

Closing off the device’s microphone and earpiece openings make it waterproof down to just over 16 feet, where it can operate for up to an hour. This gives it the title of the world’s most waterproof smartphone. Moreover, it can be used with both wet and gloved hands, and comes with a strengthened die cast steel frame that is designed to exceed the military’s 810G drop test specifications.

Thanks to its reinforced body and 1mm thick Gorilla Glass 4 display, the S60 can be dropped onto concrete from over five-and-a-half feet and still be okay to use.

The Cat S60 will be priced around $600 when it launches at the end of May.

Activision confirms a “new, innovative” Call of Duty from Infinity Ward will arrive in 2016

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Activision Blizzard released its quarterly financial report last week, and it didn’t come as too much of a surprise to learn that Infinity Ward will launch a new Call of Duty game this holiday season. Activision did say, however, that this will be a new “ innovative” entry into the long-running franchise – not a word usually associated with Call of Duty.

There’s been a Call of Duty game released every year since Call of Duty 2 in 2005. The development of the titles was split between Infinity Ward and Treyarch on an alternating yearly basis but the franchise moved from a two-year to a three-year development cycle in 2014, with Sledgehammer Games joining the other two studios as a lead developer.

It will be Infinity Ward’s first Call of Duty game since 2013’s CoD: Ghosts, which was the first game in the series to appear on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The developer knows it has a lot to live up to – last year’s entry, Black Ops 3 from Treyarch, was thebest selling game of 2015.

We don’t know what the upcoming game will be about; it could be a new Ghosts or Modern Warfare, but Infinity Ward did post a tweet mentioning “reaching new heights” last month that included a picture of an astronaut. Could this hint that the game will be set in space (like the brief section that appeared in Ghosts)? It could explain why Activision is using the term “innovative.”

Activision reported that its quarterly and yearly sales were down last year. The company’s adjusted revenue for the quarter was $2.12 billion, down from $2.21 billion from the same period a year earlier and below its forecast of $2.15 billion. Total revenue for the year was $4.62 billion, compared to the $4.81 billion it made across all of 2014.

The company said that two of its expected big-earners, Skylanders Superchargers and Guitar Hero Live, performed weaker than it anticipated. Activision blamed this on greater competition in the toys-to-life genre and the “casual audience’s shift to mobile devices.”

LG G5 Design Tipped in Renders; Magic Slot and More Detailed in New Leaks

LG G5 Design Tipped in Renders; Magic Slot and More Detailed in New Leaks

LG’s upcoming G5 flagship will be unveiled on Sunday at an event in Barcelona and the company has already confirmed it will showcase a galore of devices at the launch. While confirming the launch event, LG Mobile on its Facebook page said, “Come meet the new friends on the playground. LG G5 Day.”

Now just a day before the launch, new details about the LG G5 smartphone’s various features including ‘Magic Slot’ apart from other devices such as a 360-degree camera have surfaced. The smartphone was also leaked in two press renders, where it is visible from both front and back.

Evan Blass of Venture Beat in a report has claimed that the LG G5 will not be the only “piece of hardware on stage” as the company will showcase plug-in modules and customised accessories for the handset. This also means that the LG G5 may be the South Korean company’s first attempt at modular handset.

According to Blass, the modules will be dubbed “G5 and Friends,” and will be available as hardware components as both attached and independent. The company is also expected to introduce a new app which will be able to control the modules known as the LG Friends Manager. It adds that LG plans to just showcase two modules which will compatible with the slot – a battery grip for photography and digital audio chip (DAC) for sound.

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Blass also posted a leaked press render image (seen above) of the LG G5 on Twitter showing the front of the handset with “Always On” display. The tipster had previously shared another leaked image (seen on top) on Twitter that he deleted shortly after some backlash on the social network, but not before it was picked up by other sites. Both images show the the front and back of the smartphone, including a rear camera setup, and the presence of a round fingerprint sensor that’s placed on the rear – very similar to the Google Nexus 5X, also made by LG.

While it is not immediately evident, the bottom of the G5 appears to be detachable, and replaceable with new modules. This fact is further emphasised with the bottom part of the handset seen attached to a removable battery in a new leaked image. The leaked image (shared both on Weibo and by French mobile site Nowhereelse) is presumably of the retail box (seen below) of the LG G5 handset, alongside a tagline that said, “Life’s good when you play more.” The image also re-confirms the presence of Magic Slot, which is widely expected to be the bottom part of the handset.

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Android Authority has posted separately posted a leaked image (seen below) claimed to show the LG Cam Plus which is said to serve multiple functions such as working like a shutter release, zoom and flash toggle through the hardware buttons. Additionally, the LG Cam Plus is said to pack an 1100mAh battery which will also complement the LG G5’s removable battery. The second module is said to be the DAC which has been developed in partnership with Bang & Olufsen Play (B&O Play). Notably, the company had recently confirmed that it teamed up with B&O Play to deliver “enhanced high-quality audio experience” in its upcoming LG G5 flagship smartphone. This also makes the South Korean tech giant first to offer Hi-Fi audio features co-designed by B&O Play. LG has also showcased the LG G5 Quick Cover ahead of the MWC 2016, while Qualcomm has confirmed the G5 will sport the top-end Snapdragon 820 SoC on board.

 

For several weeks, LG has been rumoured to be working on a ‘Magic Slot’ on its latest G5 flagship and Android Authority claims that the feature will actually allow accessories or modules to be inserted into the device via bottom part. In the leaked image, the bottom part of the alleged gold-coloured LG G5 is seen featuring a bump which is said to be an inserted module. The leaked image also purportedly shows a dual-camera setup on the handset alongside the fingerprint sensor.

The South Korean is also said to debut a 360-degree camera dubbed LG 360 Cam which will be a spherical camera and will be able to capture 360-degree shots as well as videos at 16-megapixel and QHD resolutions, respectively. Also expected to be showcased at the MWC event is the company’s LG 360 VR. Blass says that the VR headset from the company will feature nine-axis sensors and an 83-degree lens with its own LCD display. It adds that the LG 360 VR will be lighter than the competition including the Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, or the Oculus Rift. It suggests that LG’s VR headset should be compatible with YouTube’s 360-degree videos. Lastly, LG will also show a drone at the MWC 2016event. Called Rolling Bot, the drone is likely to be remotely controlled and is expected to be capable of turning on or off the smart appliances at home.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai to Meet EU Antitrust Chief Next Week

Google CEO Sundar Pichai to Meet EU Antitrust Chief Next Week: Report

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai will meet Europe’s antitrust chief next Thursday for the first time since his appointment last August, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who has accused the world’s most popular Internet search engine of favouring its shopping service over rivals’ when delivering search results, is considering whether to penalise Google.

Possible sanctions could include ordering Google to change its business practices, as well as a fine of up to 10 percent of its global turnover.

The case has dragged on for more than five years since the EU competition enforcer launched an investigation in November 2010, followed by three unsuccessful attempts by Google to settle the issue with concessions.

Vestager may also scrutinise Google’s back-tax deal with British tax authorities following a complaint from the Scottish National Party. Google agreed last month it would pay GBP 130 million ($187 million or roughly Rs. 1,284 crores) to settle tax claims covering a 10-year period, but opposition parties have called the amount derisory.

The sources described Pichai’s visit as an introductory meeting. He will also meet EU telecoms chief Gunther Oettinger,a vocal critic of US might in a sector where German media companies have, for example, been lobbying to protect content from online giants.

European Commission spokesman Ricardo Cardoso declined to comment.

Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt met Vestager in March last year but failed to appease her.

Nasa Sees Record Number of Astronaut Applications

Nasa Sees Record Number of Astronaut Applications

Nasa has received a record 18,300 resumes from people keen on becoming astronauts, the US space agency said Friday.

The number of applications for a spot in Nasa’s 2017 class is almost triple the amount that came in during the last recruitment call for the 2012 class.

And it shatters the previous record of 8,000 in 1978.

“It’s not at all surprising to me that so many Americans from diverse backgrounds want to personally contribute to blazing the trail on our journey to Mars,” Nasa Administrator Charlie Bolden, a former astronaut, said in a statement.

But only a chosen few will actually see their galactic career goals realized.

Over the course of the next year and a half, a selection board will whittle down the applications and invite only the most highly qualified candidates for interviews at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

In the end, a mere eight to 14 lucky individuals will be asked to report for training.

Nasa expects to announce its new class in mid-2017.

The timeframe for submitting applications opened on December 14 and closed Thursday, with the space agency taking to social media to get the word out.

Training for the chosen candidates includes a focus on spacewalking and teamwork, as well as some command of Russian language.

Those who make it through will be given technical duties at Johnson’s Astronaut Office.

They will then be assigned to the International Space Station, the Orion spacecraft for deep space exploration or one of two commercial crew spacecraft currently in development – SpaceX’s Dragon crew capsule and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner.

With the American spaceflight program grounded since 2011 when the space shuttle was retired, Nasa’s current active corps currently comprises 47 members, down from 149 in 2000 at the peak of the space shuttle era.

In its call for recruits, Nasa encouraged pilots, engineers and other scientists to apply.

Qualified candidates need to be US citizens and have at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, computer science or math, as well as three years of professional experience or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft.

They also have to be physically fit and pass a “Nasa long-duration astronaut physical.”

More than 300 people have been hired as Nasa astronauts since the US space agency’s first corps of seven was selected in 1959 as part of Project Mercury, which sent men into orbit around the Earth.

“A few exceptionally talented men and women will become the astronauts chosen in this group who will once again launch to space from US soil on American-made spacecraft,” Bolden said.

Apple Gains Silicon Valley’s Backing in Government Fight

Apple Gains Silicon Valley's Backing in Government Fight

Tim Cook has picked a fight with the US government and Silicon Valley is joining his side.

From Google to Facebook, the industry’s biggest names rallied around Apple’s chief executive officer after he vowed to resist a court order demanding it help unlock the iPhone of a shooter in a terrorist attack. Cook described the request as an “unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers” and called for a public debate.

The escalation with the FBI, which has been pushing for access to mobile devices since Apple tightened its encryption in late 2014, galvanized the company’s US peers and forced them to choose between helping the government fight crime and protecting their customers’ privacy. The decision in the Apple case could apply to the broader tech industry and it may spur requests from China and other nations that want similar abilities to access users’ encrypted content.

Reform Government Surveillance, a group representing companies including Google, Facebook,Microsoft and Twitter, issued a statement on Wednesday reiterating that, while it’s “extremely important” to deter crime and terrorism, no company should be required to build backdoors to their own technology.

“This particular case is a tricky one for anybody to oppose a government’s request on because it deals with not just a suspected terrorist, but somebody who is very clearly guilty of a heinous act,” said Jan Dawson, an independent technology industry analyst. “It’s a really tough case for anyone to jump in on Apple’s side.”

Cook took his stand after the Federal Bureau of Investigation won a court order to make Apple help investigators unlock an iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters in a deadly December 2 attack in San Bernardino, California.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai came to Cook’s defense, saying the government’s request could spur “a troubling precedent” in comments echoed by WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum. Billionaire Mark Cuban said Cook deserved a “standing ovation” for his stand.

Google provides law enforcement access to data “based on valid legal orders, but that’s wholly different than requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices and data,” Pichai wrote in a series of tweets. “Looking forward to a thoughtful and open discussion on this important issue.”

Ultimately, the matter needs to be decided by Congress, said Robert Cattanach, a lawyer at Dorsey & Whitney who practices in areas of regulatory litigation including cybersecurity.

“This is a classic legislative function, the courts aren’t really equipped to weigh the policies in the forum of a democratic society — what’s more important, protection against terrorists or protections against your privacy?” he said. “The tech industry sees this as the tip of the iceberg.”

Unlike the auto and financial industries, tech doesn’t have the same history of finding a common voice in Washington. Apple, for example, was well-known under co-founder Steve Jobs for choosing to stay on the sidelines on major issues in the nation’s capital.

That changed the past few years under Cook, who has boosted the company’s presence in Washington as its profile and expanding product lineup has attracted more government scrutiny. When President Barack Obama visited Silicon Valley last year for a summit on cyber-security, Cook advocated for protecting peoples’ privacy.

“While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products,” Cook wrote Tuesday in a letter posted on the company’s website. “Ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.”

Even before the Apple legal fight, tech groups in Washington had been advocating for greater privacy protections.

Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, said there was a risk this one order against Apple could lead to many more in the future.

“While the FBI is attempting to be very clear that this is a one off request, there is no chance that it is,” Cuban wrote on his blog. “There will be many government agencies that many times in the future, point to Apple’s compliance as a precedent. Once this happens, we all roll down that slippery slope of lost privacy together.”

Cook’s stance drew endorsements elsewhere in Silicon Valley on Wednesday.

“Silicon Valley stands with Apple,” Bret Taylor, co-founder of Quip and former chief technology officer of Facebook and co- creator of Google Maps, posted on Twitter. Steven Sinofsky, a former senior executive at Microsoft, on Twitter called for “broad support from full stack of technology companies.”

“Tim’s blog post today definitely has the tone of a Paul Revere rallying call,” said Garrett Johnson, co-founder of the Lincoln Initiative, a conservative-leaning group in Silicon Valley.

US DoJ Calls Apple Refusal to Unlock iPhone a ‘Marketing Strategy’

US DoJ Calls Apple Refusal to Unlock iPhone a 'Marketing Strategy'

The US Department of Justice filed a motion on Friday seeking to compel Apple Inc to comply with a judge’s order to unlock the encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters, portraying the tech giant’s refusal as a “marketing strategy.”

In response, a senior Apple executive, speaking with reporters on condition of anonymity, characterized the Justice Department’s filing as an effort to argue its case in the media before the company has a chance to respond.

The back and forth escalated a showdown between the Obama administration and Silicon Valley over security and privacy that ignited earlier this week.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the tech company’s help to access shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone by disabling some of its passcode protections. The company so far has pushed back and on Thursday won three extra days to respond to the order.

Another senior Apple executive said Congress is the right place for a debate over encryption, not a courtroom.

The executive said Apple was stunned that such a legal request had come from the US government rather than a country with weaker traditions of protecting privacy and civil liberties.

The motion to compel Apple to comply did not carry specific penalties for the company, and the Justice Department declined to comment on what recourse it was willing to seek.

In the order, prosecutors acknowledged that the latest filing was “not legally necessary” since Apple had not yet responded to the initial order.

The clash between Apple and the Justice Department has driven straight to the heart of a long-running debate over how much law enforcement and intelligence officials should be able to monitor digital communications.

A federal court hearing in California has been scheduled for March 22 in the case, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

The Justice Department said its Friday motion was a response to Apple CEO Tim Cook’s public statement Wednesday, which included a refusal to “hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers.”

“Rather than assist the effort to fully investigate a deadly terrorist attack … Apple has responded by publicly repudiating that order,” prosecutors wrote in the Friday filing.

“Apple’s current refusal to comply with the court’s order, despite the technical feasibility of doing so, instead appears to be based on its concern for its business model and public brand marketing strategy,” prosecutors said.

ID change poses hurdle
The two senior Apple executives said the company had worked hard to help investigators and tried multiple avenues including sending engineers with FBI agents to a WiFi network that would recognize the phone and begin an automatic backup if that had been enabled.

They criticized government officials who reset the Apple identification associated with the phone, which closed off the possibility of recovering information from it through that automatic cloud backup.

San Bernardino County reset the password on the iCloud account at the request of the FBI, said county spokesman David Wert.

The government first disclosed the identification change in a footnote to its filing Friday. The Apple executives said that the reset occurred before Apple was consulted. The Justice Department declined to comment on that contention.

The two sides have been on a collision course since Apple and Alphabet Inc’s Google began offering default end-to-end encryption on their devices in 2014, a move prompted in part by the surveillance revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

But the Justice Department struggled to find a compelling case where encryption proved to be an insurmountable hurdle for its investigators until the Dec. 2 shooting rampage by Farook and his wife in San Bernardino, California, which killed 14. Authorities believe the couple was inspired by the Islamic State.

Some technology experts and privacy advocates backing Apple suggest Farook’s work phone likely contains little data of value. They have accused the Justice Department of choreographing the case to achieve a broader goal of gaining support for legislation or a legal precedent that would force companies to crack their encryption for investigators.

The case has quickly become a topic in the US presidential race. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on Friday called for a “boycott” against Apple until the company complied with the court order.

The two Apple executives said they felt in good company, noting that Trump has faulted many other groups and individuals.

The debate will also play out on Capitol Hill. Bipartisan leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee late Friday invited Apple’s Cook and FBI Director James Comey to testify at an upcoming hearing on encryption, though a date was not set.

The House Judiciary Committee is also planning an encryption hearing for March and has invited Apple to attend, according to a congressional source.

Donald Trump Calls for Apple Boycott Until Firm Unlocks Shooter’s iPhone

Donald Trump Calls for Apple Boycott Until Firm Unlocks Shooter's iPhone

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called on Friday for a boycott of Apple Inc products until the tech company agreed to help the US government unlock the cellphone of one of the killers in last year’s San Bernardino, California, shooting.

“Boycott Apple until such time as they give that information,” Trump said at a campaign event in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. “It just occurred to me.”

Trump, front-runner for the Republican nomination ahead of the November 8 presidential election, made the off-the-cuff comment at a town hall-style event at a country club, a day before the state’s nominating contest.

Even as he was still speaking, Trump’s campaign posted on his Twitter handle (@real Donald Trump) from an iPhone, with the timestamp labeled “via Twitter for iPhone.”

Trump later posted on Twitter that he used both an iPhone and a Samsung device.

In response, senior Apple executives, on a call with reporters on Friday, said they felt they were in good company given the other groups and people Trump has criticized in the past. They defended encryption as a way to protect Apple customers’ rights.

It was not the first attack on the world’s best-known technology company by the real estate mogul and reality TV personality. Trump has previously been critical of Apple, which has its headquarters in Cupertino, California, for not producing enough of its products in the United States.

“We’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries,” Trump said in a January speech at Liberty University in Virginia.

Apple is resisting US government demands that it unlock an iPhone used by Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, shot and killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at a holiday party in San Bernardino last December.

Trump made his comments as the US Department of Justice filed a motion seeking to force Apple to comply with a judge’s order for the company to unlock the phone, portraying the tech company’s refusal as a “marketing strategy.”

The filing increased tension in a showdown between the Obama administration and Silicon Valley over security and privacy. The government has said the couple were sympathizers of Islamic State militants and wants to open the phone to find out more about possible connections and contacts.

“If Apple doesn’t give the information to the authorities on the radical Islamic terrorists, I’ll only be using a Samsung – until such time as they give the information,” Trump tweeted.

“Hopefully others will follow suit. Our country needs and should demand security. It is time to get tough and be smart!”

It was not the first time Trump has called for a boycott. In November, he lobbied for a Starbucks Corp boycott because the coffee chain’s red holiday cups lacked Christmas-related decorations.

He has repeatedly urged people not to shop at Macy’s after the department store dropped his signature business clothing line because of comments he made about Mexicans.