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Nazi tracker app coming soon to a German iPhone near you

At a time when ultra-nationalist rallies are becoming a weekly occurrence in the German capital of Berlin, activists are turning to apps to help track the extremist movement and ensure it doesn't evolve into something more dangerous, RT reports. The app, which is named "Berlin Gegen Nazis" (Berlin...

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English politician caught playing Candy Crush for two hours during government meeting

Candy Crush Saga is addictive, so addictive in fact that it can keep lawmakers from doing the job taxpayers pay them to do. According to The Sun, MP Nigel Mills was rocking a long Candy Crush play session during a meeting regarding pensions and insurance -- in which he asked a few pre-written ques...

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Alabama's anti-discrimination bill will bear Tim Cook's name after all

Alabama state Representative Patricia Todd, the state's first openly gay lawmaker, is pushing for a new anti-discrimination bill and will be getting some help from Apple's own Tim Cook. Reuters reports that after some initial back-and-forth on whether it would be to the bill's (and Apple's) benefi...

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Russian lawmaker thinks the iPhone is stealing state secrets

A Russian lawmaker -- yes, the same Russia that was recently implicated in a malware scheme to infect the U.S. power grid -- is calling for a ban on iPhones and iPads amongst members of parliament. Dmitry Gorovtsov of the Fair Russia party recently told a Russian news outlet that he is proposing a...

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Apple accused of receiving illegal state aid in Ireland

Apple's alleged exploitation of a tax ruling in Ireland is getting some attention from the European Commission. In a preliminary finding that labels the treatment the company has been receiving "state aid," Apple and several other large companies, including Google and Microsoft, could see their ta...

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Apple, Google and host of other tech companies sign letter asking for greater transparency regarding government surveillance

Apple and a host of other tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Reddit, have all signed their name to a letter expressing support for proposed bills that would enable them to reveal more details about government requests for information. The bills in question include the Surve...

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Apple's VP of Worldwide Government Affairs nominated for State Department job

Apple's Vice President of Worldwide Government Affairs, Catherine Novelli has been nominated by the Obama Administration for the position of Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment. The news was announced by the White House last night. From the press release: Catherine An...

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U.S. government finds 0.7% of all mobile malware affects iOS, while Android accounts for 79%

A cautionary memo put out by the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of Justice shows that, according to the government's findings, only 0.7 percent of all mobile malware is designed to take advantage of iOS. This figure is in stark contrast to the Android OS, which the memo r...

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Apple's French offices raided by competition authorities

Apple's French headquarters was raided recently. Over a 24-hour period, French competition authorities entered Apple's offices and went through documents involving Apple and the distributors it works with, looking for some sign of impropriety. The raid was reportedly brought on by a French comp...

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FAA planning to let you use your gadgets in flight

I know those flight attendants are just doing their job, but I've always resented being made to "turn off" my iPhone and iPad during pre-flight announcements. Ever since Mythbusters disproved it, I've never believed that there was a problem between my iPad's wireless connection and the airplane'...

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iOS 6 devices get DoD approval for US government use

The US Department of Defense will soon approve the iPhone and iPad for use by military agencies for non-classified communications, reports The Wall Street Journal. The approval will only be for devices running iOS 6 or higher. According to the WSJ: Separately, DISA [The Defense Information Syste...

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US Immigration and Customs choose iPhone as on-the-job mobile device

The US Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently posted a justification report on the Federal Business Opportunities website describing a deal it has made to pick up iPhones and iOS devices for 17,676 of its users. The iOS services will be used for standard phone tasks like com...

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Apple makes a tax deal for Prineville, Oregon data center land

We've heard before that Apple plans to build a data center on land it previously purchased in Oregon, but now the Associated Press reports on part of the cost. The company has reportedly agreed to pay US$150,000 per year to local governments, and has signed off on at least 35 jobs. Those jobs w...

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Australian government approves iOS for managing classified data

Government officials Down Under can start doing their happy dance; the Australian Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) has given the thumbs-up for the use of iOS devices for handling data classified at the "Protected" level. The security evaluation by the DSD is apparently the first of its kind ...

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UAE Cabinet has adopted iPads

The UAE Cabinet is now using iPads to "achieve speed and flexibility in decision making" says HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the Ruler of Dubai and UAE Prime Minister and Vice President. The above picture, tweeted by Sheikh Mohammed, shows cabinet members already putting their iP...

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