Weekend news wrap

Macworld Australia Staff
1 June, 2015
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Apple PR, news, macworld australiaIn a move that will bring a tear to the eyes of most long-time Mac owners, a lady clearing out her deceased husband’s electronics tossed an original Apple 1 to an electronics recycler. The recycler, located in the San Francisco Bay area, is looking for the lady to split the $200,000 he made selling it to a collector.

The Government’s hold over what we can use the internet for is set to tighten with reports Attorney-General George Brandis wants legislation through Parliament before the  end of June that will force ISPs to block sites linked to online piracy.

Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the US bolstered its domestic surveillance laws in order to stem the threat of local terrorism. Those laws, called the US PATRIOT Act (it’s capitalised because it’s an acronym for ‘Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism’) are set to expire. That’s an interesting contrast to local surveillance laws, which are being bolstered.

Ross Ulbricht, the man behind the Silk Road online black market, has been sentenced to life in prison for his role as the kingpin of a massive, global drug ring. This was the most severe possible sentence he could receive.

Tablet sales are down and continuing to fall according to IDC. Worldwide shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices are forecast to reach 221.8 million units in 2015, a decline of 3.8 percent from 2014, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.

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