The hot (and not so hot) news stories from Pocketnow in 2016

Microsoft and Google? Not so hot. Virtual reality and you? Very hot. The stories and narrative arcs of mobile technology in 2016.

Associated Press, Gannett, Vice sue FBI for San Bernardino iPhone hack details

Who created it? What intentions do they have in mind? Was it a proper use of government funds? It’s one of the iPhone 5c encryption issues that won’t die.

Can India crack an iPhone? It thinks so

The government believes it has a mobile forensics tool that can “handle” iPhones. This development still fresh in the wake of the San Bernardino issue.

FBI paid less than previously reported for iPhone hack (but still probably way, waaaay too much)

Despite last week’s description of the FBI iPhone 5c hack having cost north of $1M, the agency is now backtracking from that figure.

Cracking an iPhone ain’t cheap: FBI reveals the big bucks it paid for iPhone 5c access

The government paid over $1 million for the FBI iPhone hack used to access the infamous San Bernardino iPhone 5c.

FBI reportedly finds nothing of ‘real significance’ on decrypted iPhone 5c

Law enforcement hits another roadblock in an attempt to connect San Bernardino terrorists with other attacks, as hacked iPhone 5c contains no relevant data.

New report claims gray hat hackers, not Cellebrite, helped crack San Bernardino iPhone

It’s likely the FBI got “gray hat” hackers to decrypt the security on the San Bernardino iPhone 5c instead of the previously rumored mobile forensic firm.

FBI’s “outside party” suspected to be cracking iPhone 6

The suspected “outside party” that helped crack the San Bernardino iPhone for the FBI is now working on a deceased child’s iPhone 6 for a grieving father.

Recently unsealed court docs reveal more Apple resistance to unlock orders

Details from a new Apple iPhone unlock court case are just now coming to light, as the company resisted a court order back in February.

Apple can rest easy: FBI hack won’t work on modern iPhones

New details on the FBI iPhone hack vulnerability arrive: attack won’t work on Apple’s more recent smartphones.

FBI iPhone hack update: not saying if it found anything, while senators learn attack details

Get caught up with the latest FBI iPhone hack update news, including what our chances look like of ever learning if there was valuable intel to be found.

Apple to publicize fix to FBI decryption method that is likely to leak

“Flaws of this nature have a pretty short life cycle. Most of these things do come to light,” said one Apple engineer.

ACLU: at least 76 All Writs Act Orders taken on iPhones, Android phones since 2008

Multiple agencies operating under the Justice Department have asked both Apple and Google to crack into dozens of phones over the past 8 years.

Apple still doesn’t know how the FBI cracked its iPhone 5c, and it may never find out

The tables have turned in the Apple vs FBI encryption conflict, as law enforcement ponders whether to disclose its iPhone 5c hack method.

Justice Department lets Apple off the hook: feds unlock iPhone without Apple’s help

The multi-week saga of the FBI iPhone-unlock case has drawn to a close, with the government confirming that it’s successfully accessed the device – without Apple.

Apple: FBI crack method in San Bernardino iPhone may help in Brooklyn

If the FBI can crack an alleged mass shooter’s iPhone without Apple’s help, the company says it won’t help with an iPhone locked in Brooklyn.

Who’s helping the FBI access that locked iPhone – without Apple’s assistance?

The identity of the forensic software firm helping with the FBI iPhone hack has reportedly been uncovered.

Justice Department may go its own in decrypting San Bernardino iPhone

If the FBI is successful in its attempts with a decryption technique that will open up a suspected mass shooter’s iPhone, there might not even be a case.

Tim Cook leads Apple event with impassioned commitment to user privacy issues

Today’s big Apple event gets underway with some Tim Cook user privacy comments, reinforcing Apple’s commitment.

Feds getting nervous? Request evidentiary hearing to cross-examine Apple employees

The feds have requested Apple cross-examinations for next week’s hearing on the company’s motion to dismiss the order to break iOS.

Apple encryption engineers have options if FBI order passes muster

If they’re forced to assist the FBI in decrypting an iPhone, they may either exploit work absences or quit their jobs.

DOJ strikes back at Apple’s “false,” “corrosive” rhetoric in new filing

In a new court filing, the DOJ attacks Apple for its fight in resisting the order to help crack the iPhone – and things are getting heated.

More people side with Apple in San Bernardino iPhone case

A Pew poll from February showed that people were way more worried about the government not doing enough in going after suspect communications.

Snowden joins group calling FBI’s bluff: Apple assistance unnecessary to crack iPhone

FBI iPhone cracking is technically possible even without Apple’s help, warn industry experts.

San Bernardino Police Chief now calls for iPhone unlocking to eliminate third shooter theory

An ongoing investigation of the San Bernardino terror attack hasn’t been able to rule out a third shooter, but an encrypted iPhone could help clear that up.