Apple today flung open the doors on iWork for iCloud's beta, thus allowing even the unlucky few who don't have Apple devices to participate. In other news, Apple is hiring high-profile auto experts to help with a secretive vehicle project, and the U.S. Government just became the latest supporter of Apple Pay.
The comparative safety of data on Apple's devices has long been one of their chief selling points, and FBI Director James Comey just can't stand it when Apple plays up those features. And now that Google, too, has taken to tightening up its mobile operating system, he announced to reporters today that he'd been in talks with the companies. "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law," he said, as reported by the Huffington Post.
Locking cell phones is so unpopular a concept that it accomplished the seemingly impossible—it managed to get the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reach a unanimous agreement when they decided to overturn it. We told you about that last week, but today President Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law. So go on. Provided your initial contract has expired, unlock that iPhone.
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.
Developers received a pleasant surprise last Friday as Apple launched a blog dedicated to its new Swift programming language for iOS and OS X. Offering a "behind-the-scenes look" into Swift "by the engineers who created it," the open blog appears to be yet another indication of a more friendly, more open Cupertino. And there's plenty more Apple news in our weekend recap, so keep reading, won't you...?
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.
Samsung suffered a massive blow in its long war against frenemy Apple this weekend when President Obama vetoed the ITC's decision to ban imports of the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3G, and the iPad 2 into the USA. As reported by the Wall Street Journal (via 9to5Mac), the veto sliced a full 1 billion dollars off of Samsung's market value, representing a 0.9 percent loss.
If the last of the 2012 Presidential debates haven't completely fatigued you, head over to the App Store and grab an iPhone app that will add a bit of levity to the heated political season -- no matter who you're voting for.
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.