iPhone number 1 again, Trump’s Reich likes secure message app


Apple’s iPhone reclaims top position in global smartphone sales — Global sales of smartphones totaled 432 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 7% increase over the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. The fourth quarter of 2016 saw Apple leapfrog past Samsung to secure the number one global smartphone vendor position, notes the research group.
In 2016 overall, smartphone sales to end users totaled nearly 1.5 billion units, an increase of 5% from 2015. It’s taken eight quarters for Apple to regain the No. 1 global smartphone vendor ranking, but the positions of it and Samsung have never been so close, with only 256,000 units difference.

Secure messaging app Confide for iOS finds popularity with White House staff, reporters — A messaging app available for both iPhone and Mac called Confide is finding unusual success at the Trump administration White House – both among government staff and journalists. Staff are using the Confide app to avoid being blamed for leaks to the media, currently the subject of an popular with reporters who work on the White House beat.
Confide is available for iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android, with iMessage and Apple Watch versions as well.
President Trump is said to be upset about repeated leaks of normally confidential confirmation, such as the details of calls to foreign leaders. This is ironic since Apple has come under fire from politicians including Trump for its own privacy practices, including end-to-end encryption on iMessage and FaceTime, and full disk encryption for iOS.