The controversies associated with unlocking one's iPhone have dogged the smartphone since its origins, but now at last (with some qualifications), it looks like the practice will at last gain some legitimacy. The bill in question only covers the right to switch from one carrier to another, but it's a step forward, and the bill has only one more step to take before it becomes law.
President Obama may have had a lot to speak about during last night's State of the Union address, but he still found time to extend thanks to Apple and other tech companies for their efforts in education.
Remember when Barack Obama fought tooth and nail to keep his BlackBerry after being elected President of the United States? Judging from comments made this week, it sounds like he'd gladly trade it for an iPhone, if only he could.
In a move that may have made the folks over at Apple wince a little, today President Obama took the opportunity to deflect criticism of the allegedly slow and buggy HealthCare.gov site to compare the site's launch to Apple's recent launch of iOS 7. As we've covered on a least two occasions, iOS 7's public release hasn't been without its share of bugs, but the Cupertino giant was quick to remedy at least one with a patch that landed within the first week of launch.
We still don't know if Apple and other tech companies' denial of direct involvement in the PRISM scandal has any truth (although we can at least be happy that Apple was apparently the last to participate), but we can take some comfort in the fact that Apple CEO Tim Cook seems to want to do something about it. According to Politico, Cook and other tech representatives held a confidential meeting this week with other tech executives and President Obama to discuss government surveillance programs.
On Thursday morning, we reported that President Barack Obama was coming to San Francisco for a technology shindig with the CEOs of a number of companies, including Apple’s Steve Jobs -- and the CEO reportedly attended, despite currently being on medical leave from the company.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs got a little shout-out on Wednesday from none other than the President of the United States, who held the executive up as an incentive for the rest of us to become wealthy and successful.
Looks like the economy’s not the only thing
that’s in need of a facelift in the President’s new digs. Obama and his
cabinet moved into the Oval Office with outdated technology,
disconnected phone lines, old computer software, and security
regulations forbidding outside email accounts.