Report: US Federal Government Goes iPhone and iPad

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A story by the Washington Post discusses how the Federal Government is gradually making the switch from BlackBerry to Apple. Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) watch surveillance videos on iPads. They note that even Obama, a known BlackBerry user, has an iPad as government starts making a move towards Apple devices.

Currently, many federal employees carry two devices: the issued BlackBerry for work, and an iPhone as their personal device, reports the Washington Post. Though, there are also some who want to be single-device users, and one official is even considering the idea of letting employees use the device they want, and even have the government build apps they want and distribute them on private app stores.

They also mention the increase in Apple devices, such as the ATF having about 50 iPads and iPhones in use, but expecting that number to double "soon." They also say that the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory used to have 1,000 BlackBerrys last year and now there are only 700 being used.

Believe it or not, this does bum some of us out. We can't speak for all of iSmashPhone, but as a former BlackBerry user, I have to say that I do have a bit of a soft spot for RIM's smartphones.

The full story is very interesting and is worth a read: here.

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