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Donald Trump steps into a high-security ring, ditches Android for smartphone for a “potentially modified iPhone”

After taking oath as the 45th President of the US, Donald trump ditches his android smartphone for a "potentially modified iphone" due to security reasons

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New York, Jan 21, 2017: As Donald Trump stepped into a high-security ring after he took the oath to become the 45th US President, one of the things he was forced to do was to ditch his Android smartphone for a “potentially modified iPhone”.

According to a report in the New York Times, Trump traded in his Android phone for a secure, encrypted device approved by the US Secret Service with a new number that few people possess.

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The new device is reportedly to safeguard the US President from potential threats posed by hackers gaining access.

According to a report in Appleinsider, Trump may follow in the steps of his predecessor Barack Obama who was the first US president to carry a cellphone — initially starting with a modified BlackBerry and later migrating to an iPhone.

Last year, Obama said the device given by Secret Service to the President came stripped of all features and heavily modified to ensure his safety.

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“It does not take pictures, you cannot text, the phone does not work … you cannot play your music on it,” Obama had said of his own government-approved smartphone last year.

Similarly, Trump’s new device is likely to be similar to that of Obama’s.

It is possible to lock down an Android phone by enabling full-disk encryption or writing a customised version of Android.

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But an iPhone is a simpler option. Full-disk encryption is on by default in iOS 8 and later and any device with a Touch ID sensor also has a Secure Enclave that makes even physical hacking difficult without a warrant.

This week Trump was forced to abandon his cherished “Trump” 757 aircraft for an Air Force jet, the New York Times said. (IANS)

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Facebook Bug Shows iPhone Camera Open in Background: Report

Rosen said Facebook was submitting a fix for this to the Apple App Store

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An iPhone displays the app for Facebook in New Orleans, Aug. 11, 2019. VOA

In yet another Facebook bug, several iPhone users were left shocked as the moment they opened the social networking app, the phone’s camera got automatically turned on in the background.

Multiple users on Tuesday posted that while going through their Facebook feed, they observed the camera running in the background.

Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen first tweeted that it “sounds like a bug” and the social networking platform was investigating.

“Thanks for flagging this. This sounds like a bug, we are looking into it,” tweeted Rosen in reply to a user.

Later, Rosen admitted there was indeed a bug. The bug appears to only affect iPhone users running the latest iOS 13 software.

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“We recently discovered our iOS app incorrectly launched in landscape. In fixing that last week in v246 (version246), we inadvertently introduced a bug where the app partially navigates to the camera screen when a photo is tapped. We have no evidence of photos/videos uploaded due to this,” he tweeted.

A Twitter user Joshua Maddux had flagged the issue: “Found a @facebook #security & #privacy issue. When the app is open it actively uses the camera. I found a bug in the app that lets you see the camera open behind your feed. Note that I had the camera pointed at the carpet”.

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Another posted: “Facebook app on iOS 13.2.2 opens my phone’s rear camera when I open a profile photo swipe down to return (look at the little slit on the left of the video). Is this an app bug or an iOS bug?”

Rosen said Facebook was submitting a fix for this to the Apple App Store. (IANS)