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News Article | December 5, 2016
Site: www.cnet.com

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. CEO Tim Cook has described it as "an issue of morality." This rather infuriates police forces who'd prefer to be able to trawl through everyone's cell phones in order to obtain evidence. In the US, the matter came to a head last year when Apple refused to hack an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists. In the UK, where surveillance is rather extensive, the police have come up with a novel way to get into a suspect's iPhone. Mug them. Some would, at least, use that description for a tactic reported by the BBC. The case involved Gabriel Yew, who was suspected of being involved in the creation of fake credit cards that were used to buy expensive items in stores. He was also suspected of conducting all his business by iPhone. So police decided that they would wait for him to use the phone and then "mug" him for it. If the phone is open and awake, all you have to do is keep it from going to sleep and you can extract whatever data you'd like. Legal experts will decide just how far above the law this might be. In this case, the police decided that forcing Yew to use fingerprint authentication wasn't legal, but stealing it was. A Metropolitan Police spokesman told me that as far as the police are concerned, there was nothing extraordinary about this event. "It was just a way of timing the arrest, so that the phone would already be open," he said. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act of, well, 1984 allows the police to seize evidence on arrest. Therefore, the police don't regard this as a mugging, but merely clever planning. The police didn't need a warrant, the spokesman told me, to search the phone. This contrasts with the US, where the Supreme Court has ruled that police do need a warrant before going through your cell phone. The police say that they gained valuable information from Yew's iPhone and he was jailed last week for a five-and-a-half year term. Might this tactic, then, become popular for police forces in other countries? Should you be an iPhone user and involved in nefarious practices, it's best to keep looking over your shoulder if you're using your phone. That nice policeman might want to steal your phone.


El-Hiti G.A.,University of Cardiff | El-Hiti G.A.,Tanta University | Hussain A.,University of Karachi | Hegazy A.S.,University of Cardiff | Alotaibi M.H.,Criminal Evidence
Journal of Sulfur Chemistry | Year: 2011

The chemistry of thioxoquinazolines has considerable values and has gained increased interest in both synthetic and biological fields. Therefore, the methods of syntheses and modification of such ring systems remains the focus of various researchers. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.


El-Hiti G.A.,University of Cardiff | Hegazy A.S.,University of Cardiff | Alotaibi M.H.,Criminal Evidence | Ajarim M.D.,Criminal Evidence
Arkivoc | Year: 2012

This review deals with directed and regioselective lithiation of various quinazoline derivatives by the use of alkyllithiums in anhydrous THF at low temperature. Reactions of the lithium reagents obtained from the lithiation reactions with a range of electrophiles give the corresponding substituted derivatives in high yields. The procedures are simple, efficient and general to provide derivatives which might be difficult to produce by other means. In some cases nucleophilic addition of alkyllithiums takes place to produce the corresponding addition products via 1,2- and 3,4-additions. In other cases nucleophilic substitution or halogen-lithium exchange reactions occur. © ARKAT-USA, Inc.


El-Hiti G.A.,King Saud University | Smith K.,University of Cardiff | Hegazy A.S.,University of Cardiff | Baashen M.,Criminal Evidence | Kariuki B.M.,University of Cardiff
Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online | Year: 2014

In the title compound, C17H27N3OS2, the amide group is approximately coplanar with the pyridine ring [dihedral angle = 1.6(1)°], whereas the dithiocarbamate group is nearly perpendicular to the pyridine ring [dihedral angle = 76.7(1)°]. In the crystal, pairs of weak C-H⋯O hydrogen bonds link the molecules into inversion dimers.


El-Hiti G.A.,King Saud University | Smith K.,University of Cardiff | Hegazy A.S.,University of Cardiff | Ajarim M.D.,Criminal Evidence | Kariuki B.M.,University of Cardiff
Acta Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online | Year: 2014

In the molecule of the title compound, C17H16N2OS, the almost planar methylsulfanylquinazoline group [the methyl C atom deviates by 0.032(2)Å from the plane through the ring system] forms an interplanar angle of 76.26(4)° with the plane of the phenyl group. An intramolecular O-H⋯N hydrogen bond is present between the quinazoline and hydroxy groups. In the crystal, molecules are stacked along the b-axis direction.


El-Hiti G.A.,King Saud University | Smith K.,University of Cardiff | Hegazy A.S.,University of Cardiff | Ajarim M.D.,Criminal Evidence | Kariuki B.M.,University of Cardiff
Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications | Year: 2015

In the title compound, C12H14N2S, the cyclohexane ring adopts a chair conformation with the exocyclic C - C bond in an equatorial orientation. The mean plane through the cyclohexane ring (all atoms) is twisted from the thiazolopyridine ring system (r.m.s. deviation = 0.013 Å) by 39.57 (6)°. In the crystal, molecules form (100) sheets, although there are no specific directional interactions between them. The crystal stucture was refined as a two-component perfect twin.


PubMed | Criminal Evidence, King Saud University and University of Cardiff
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Acta crystallographica. Section E, Structure reports online | Year: 2014

In the title compound, C17H27N3OS2, the amide group is approximately coplanar with the pyridine ring [dihedral angle = 1.6(1)], whereas the di-thio-carbamate group is nearly perpendicular to the pyridine ring [dihedral angle = 76.7(1)]. In the crystal, pairs of weak C-HO hydrogen bonds link the mol-ecules into inversion dimers.


PubMed | Criminal Evidence, King Saud University and University of Cardiff
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Acta crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic communications | Year: 2015

In the title compound, C12H14N2S, the cyclo-hexane ring adopts a chair conformation with the exocyclic C-C bond in an equatorial orientation. The mean plane through the cyclo-hexane ring (all atoms) is twisted from the thia-zolo-pyridine ring system (r.m.s. deviation = 0.013) by 39.57(6). In the crystal, mol-ecules form (100) sheets, although there are no specific directional inter-actions between them. The crystal stucture was refined as a two-component perfect twin.


PubMed | Criminal Evidence, King Saud University and University of Cardiff
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Acta crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic communications | Year: 2015

In the title compound, C12H7N3O2S, the dihedral angle between the planes of the thia-zolo-pyridine ring system (r.m.s. deviation = 0.005) and the benzene ring is 3.94(6). The nitro group is rotated by 7.6(2) from its attached ring. In the crystal, extensive aromatic - stacking [shortest centroid-centroid separation = 3.5295(9)] links the mol-ecules into (001) sheets.


Kumosani T.A.,King Abdulaziz University | Moselhy S.S.,King Abdulaziz University | Asseri A.M.,Criminal Evidence | Asseri A.H.,King Abdulaziz University
Toxicology and Industrial Health | Year: 2013

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PCAHs), particularly those with a high molecular weight, have been classified as probable carcinogens to humans. The aim of the present study is to determine the levels of PCAHs in samples of meat, fish, chicken, fried potato, and toasted bread, which will be thermally processed using conventional and microwave ovens. Different samples will be collected and analyzed for five PCAHs including pyrene, benzo(a)anthracene, benzo(e)pyrene, benzoflouroanthene, and benzo(a)pyrene. The analytical method involves saponification with methanolic potassium hydroxide, extraction with cyclohexane, and determination by high-performance liquid chromatography. The obtained results showed that there is a variation in the detected PCAHs in different foodstuffs. Fried potato processed by conventional oven or microwave oven showed none of the selected studied PCAHs. It was found that, chicken showed higher content levels of total PCAHs than the meat and fish. Data are the highest mean concentrations of fluoranthene and benzo(a)pyrene but within low limit. The obtained results were compared with international permissible levels to avoid pollution, which may cause hazardous effects on individual and society. © The Author(s) 2012.

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