The Drug Enforcement Administration has tried but is unable to intercept communications sent over Apple's iMessage service, according to an internal DEA document obtained by CNET .
A third of Americans who have visited a federal website have done so on a mobile device, according to figures released by the analytics company ForeSee and based on the American Customer Satisfaction Index. They largely did so on Apple products, ForeSee found.
While New York City's homicide rate is the lowest since 1963, Mayor Michael Bloomberg blames a rise in thefts of Apple iPhones and iPads for a slight increase in major crimes committed in the city in 2012, a New York Times blog post says.
The Homeland Security Department is seeking input on smartphone peripheral devices that officers can use to read travel documents, driver's licenses, cargo labels and biometric data, according to a DHS request for information. The RFI wants to know of connectivity for iPhones, Android devices and BlackBerry phones.
The National Transportation Safety Board says it will replace the BlackBerrys currently in use at the agency in favor of Apple iPhones. In a Nov. 13 notice posted to FedBizOpps, NTSB cited poor performance as the reason for the switch.
The Navy Department has closed between five and seven data centers so far as part of its effort to reduce its total down to 25 or below by 2017, departmental Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told reporters Nov. 26. That the department has closed so far only 5 percent or less of the data centers it needs to doesn't mean that progress hasn't been made, Halvorsen said.
The UK government now considers iOS 6 devices such as iPhones secure enough to handle sensitive communications. Until now, the Communications-Electronics Security Group, part of the British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters, has only allowed BlackBerrys to handle secure information, according to a report in The Register .
After 8 years relying on BlackBerrys, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has posted a solicitation to FedBizOpps for iPhones for 17,676 employees. The BlackBerry no longer meets ICE's needs, the agency says in the Oct. 17 solicitation . The agency says that BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion has failed to innovate, and only the BlackBerry's status as a legacy product kept it in consideration for this acquisition.
The Defense Information Systems Agency expects to fully support the iPhone 5, according to Rear Adm. David Simpson, vice director of DISA. "My primary NIPRNet device now is an iPhone 4. So, I'm very anxious to see the 5 come out," said Simpson during a Sept. 13 AFCEA DC event in Arlington, Va. "We do expect that when the iPhone 5 comes out that we will be integrating that into our capabilities out of the box and then building security around it."
Americans are concerned about the privacy implications of their smart devices, find poll results released Sept. 5 by the Pew Research Center. Fifty-seven percent of smartphone owners with downloaded apps have either uninstalled or declined to install an app due to concerns about having to share personal information, the center says (.pdf). Owners of Android and iPhone devices alike are equally likely to delete or avoid phone apps due to privacy concerns.