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  • 12.05.13

White House Security Nixes Presidential iPhone, Says Obama

iPad? Good. BlackBerry? Good. iPhone? Nope.

White House Security Nixes Presidential iPhone, Says Obama
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Barack Obama yesterday revealed one of the possible reasons he is still be wedded to his BlackBerry: His security team has told him that the iPhone is not allowed for “security reasons.” The iPad, however, was cleared to be part of the presidential tech armory.

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It’s long been known that the president is a BlackBerry user, but six months ago the Pentagon gave the green light to its 600,000 employees to use Apple and Samsung devices as well. The much-vaunted secure messaging service of the troubled Canadian handset maker, however, was cracked, along with all smartphone operating systems, by the NSA back in 2010.

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