AWT News Update: February 21, 2017

AWT News Update: February 21, 2017

We're back today with another edition of the Apple World Today News Update podcast. It's all Apple today, since there were no juicy tidbits to spill about Samsung:

  • Apple's expanding its data center footprint in Northern Nevada
  • Three news agencies testify in court to have the US Government force the FBI to admit who hacked the San Bernardino iPhone 5c and how much it cost taxpayers
  • iPhone 8 rumors now point to a device with a larger screen and smaller total footprint, along with lots of RAM and storage
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Official draft of encryption bill published as opposition mounts

Official draft of encryption bill published as opposition mounts

Legislators have published an official draft of a controversial new encryption bill, the the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, that would compel companies such as Apple to help in decrypting private communications in the wake of the San Bernardino case. 

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Survey: Most U.S. counties vulnerable to same issue plaguing San Bernardino in the FBI/Apple battle

Survey: Most U.S. counties vulnerable to same issue plaguing San Bernardino in the FBI/Apple battle

A survey of the IT departments of 50 top U.S. counties finds that, while most of the government entities provide mobile devices such as cell phones to employees, fewer than half confirmed that they use "mobile device management" (MDM) software, and only about a quarter of the total verified that they require the MDM software to be installed across all county departments.  

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