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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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According to the iPhone-maker, there are several things that may cause an iPhone to catch fire, including using unauthorised charging cables and chargers. Pixabay

An Apple iPhone 6 owned by an 11-year-old girl from California caught fire and burned holes in her blanket once she threw the device on it, the media has reported.

“I was sitting down, and I had my phone in my hand and then I saw sparks flying everywhere and I just threw it on a blanket. I was right here on the bed and the phone managed to burn through this blanket and make these holes,” the teenager was quoted as saying by 9to5Mac on Saturday.

Maria Adata, the teenager’s mom, dialled Apple support and was instructed to send pictures and ship the phone to the retailer. “This could have been my child. My child could have been caught on fire and she could have been hurt more and I am glad she’s ok,” turnto23.com has reported.

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Meanwhile, this is not the first time that an iPhone has caught fire. Pixabay

According to the iPhone-maker, there are several things that may cause an iPhone to catch fire, including using unauthorised charging cables and chargers. Meanwhile, this is not the first time that an iPhone has caught fire.

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Two years ago, a viral video on Twitter claimed to show an iPhone 7 Plus catching fire. In December, an Ohio man said that his iPhone XS Max caught fire and exploded in his pocket. (IANS)