AWT News Update: February 22, 2016

Just a couple of stories for you today:

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for February 22, 2016.

The battle lines in the war of words between Apple and the US Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation are getting more defined, and now other parties are starting to ally with Apple. One big name in the world of social media today threw his support fully behind Apple - Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, sided with the company today while speaking at Mobile World Congress. Zuckerberg was quoted as saying “We’re sympathetic with Apple on this one. We believe in encryption. I expect it’s not the right thing to try to block that from the mainstream products people want to use. And I think it’s not going to be the right regulatory or economic policy to put into place.” Zuckerberg’s not the only big name who has come out supporting Apple. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and WhatsApp co-founder Jan Klum have both sided with Apple so far. We urge listeners of the AWT News Update to sign an online petition asking the Obama administration to halt efforts to compel Apple and other device makers to create a security backdoor. The petition can be found at and was started just last week by Matthew Kick. The petition currently has 17,382 signatures, and needs 100,000 by March 18 for the administration to take action.

If you’re a developer using Apple’s Swift programming language, you’ll be glad to hear that Apple’s best buddy IBM today announced a new Swift runtime and Swift Package Catalog. Big Blue wants to make it easier for developers to create enterprise applications, and by deploying Swift as part of its Bluemix cloud platform, code can run both on devices and on web servers. IBM also announced a new open source web server named Kitura it has developed that runs on both OS X and Linux. The company is a big supporter of Swift since Apple made it open source last year, and even has a Swift Sandbox tool online so that developers can write and run code on a remote server.

We’ll be back tomorrow with another edition of the AWT News Update.