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  • Feds Bump BlackBerry and Eye Apple as US Government Officials Go High Tech


    The feds love their iDevices. That's according to an insightful new look into the role played by Apple devices at the highest levels of security inside the Federal Government. Playfully dubbed "the federal government 2.0," officials ranging from those in charge at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to the President himself, iDevices are taking over Washington. And that's bad news for BlackBerry.
    This is not a movie. This is not a Steve Jobs dream. This is the federal government 2.0, where technology upgrades no longer come at a “Little House on the Prairie” pace. Even President Obama, a BlackBerry devotee, has upgraded. He now owns an iPad, and it has been seen on his desk and under his arm.
    At ATF, more than 50 iPads or iPhones are now in use (the number is expected to double to 100 soon). The State Department is presently "testing" iPads. In recent months, Congress began allowing iPads and iPhones on the House floor. And we all know iPads populate the White House, including the Oval Office.

    Of course, not everyone in the Capitol is a loving fool for all things Apple. Rep. Darrell Issa (R- Calif.), for example, has concerns about the swelling pool of iPad users coming and going at the White House. At a recent hearing, Rep. Issa asked a White House staffer: “Are any of these [iPads] carried into the White House?” When the official confirmed that they are, Issa replied, “So people carry a product which circumvents your entire system by going to the AT&T network on a daily basis in the White House, isn’t that true?” Issa went on to voice concern about what potential harm iDevices could do to presidential recordkeeping.

    Not withstanding the concern of some, there's no changing the fact that DC has become a top destination for iDevices. “The demand we are seeing now in the last 90 days has been just extraordinary,” says Tim Hoechst, chief technology officer at Agilex Technologies. Hoechst's company helps federal agencies integrate Apple products into workforces. “It’s like everybody is saying, ‘This is really happening here now,’” Hoechst tells the Washington Post.

    Source: Washington Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Feds Bump BlackBerry and Eye Apple as US Government Officials Go High Tech started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. ripped53's Avatar
      ripped53 -
      Scary!!!
    1. Carter321's Avatar
      Carter321 -
      Edited for language... user banned.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      How do they deal with the security issues since BlackBerries/RIM tout themselves as being the most secure mobile platform and obviously we all know how easily iPhones/iPads are jailbroken thus rendering them vulernable.

      Plus can you even implenent IT Policy type stuff on iDevices like you can with BlackBerries?
    1. DNA64's Avatar
      DNA64 -
      Actually, President Obama owns at least 2 iPad's.

      One an alleged gift from Steve Jobs Himself during their dinner meeting in San Francisco, and the other a recent gift from Polish Premier Donald Tusk. Both are iPad 2's.

      The President has also admitted to tethering his iPad 2 to his Blackberry.
    1. Streetcat's Avatar
      Streetcat -
      Quote Originally Posted by DNA64 View Post
      Actually, President Obama owns at least 2 iPad's.

      One an alleged gift from Steve Jobs Himself during their dinner meeting in San Francisco, and the other a recent gift from Polish Premier Donald Tusk. Both are iPad 2's.

      The President has also admitted to tethering his iPad 2 to his Blackberry.
      They may very well own iPhones/iPads however, they do not use them for government use. Or at least shouldn't.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      I was in the Navy for 9 years. What a waste of tax dollars. If somebody had an iDevice issued from the Gov it would be used to play angry birds and fruit ninja all day long 365 days a year.
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      Old news...They're all over the DoD.
    1. Rcooley617's Avatar
      Rcooley617 -
      Umm I notice how all these comments don't mentioned the offensive picture of our President.....This picture is inappropriate and need to be removed immediately!!!!!
    1. Turb02's Avatar
      Turb02 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcooley617 View Post
      Umm I notice how all these comments don't mentioned the offensive picture of our President.....This picture is inappropriate and need to be removed immediately!!!!!
      Its not offensive its a caricature...