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Halliburton To Dump Blackberry For iOS 188

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from the death-spiral-in-motion dept.
grub writes "Halliburton has decided to drop Research In Motion's Blackberry platform in favor of Apple's iOS for its workforce. 'An internal newsletter outlined the plan for the nearly 70,000 employees who work for Halliburton in more than 70 countries. "Over the next year, we will begin expanding the use of our mobile technology by transitioning from the BlackBerry (RIM) platform that we currently use to smartphone technology via the iPhone."'"
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Halliburton To Dump Blackberry For iOS

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  • by MrCrassic (994046) <deprecated AT ema DOT il> on Tuesday February 07, 2012 @09:13AM (#38952395) Journal
    Now we know that RIM is dead. You heard it here first.
  • by d00f (242859) on Tuesday February 07, 2012 @09:26AM (#38952511) Homepage

    There is also no reason why the Android couldn't do the same. Lawyers don't care about whether it would have been possible for some company to modify their product to meet the requirements of a contract - they care what was done.

    RIM designed their infrastructure and device from the ground up to be secure and there is a reason why nearly all the law firms, government contractors and big business uses their devices. Apple designed their iPhone around the best user experience - 2 different objectives and this explains why they've had great success with the home type users.

  • by twofishy (1658233) on Tuesday February 07, 2012 @09:32AM (#38952575) Homepage
    Yup. Used BlackBerry for about 5 years before switching to iPhone when the 4 came out. It took a day or to to get used to it, but these days I'm just as fast typing on the screen as I ever was on the BlackBerry phone. And the phone a whole is a lot better than the last BlackBerry I owned.
  • by gruntled (107194) on Tuesday February 07, 2012 @09:32AM (#38952579)

    You're right, there's no reason Apple can't...except it hasn't bothered. Until last year, Apple didn't have a FIPS 140-2 certified encryption module for *anything*. And it's not like if Apple developed an iOS encryption module and submitted it for approval that suddenly it's done; FIPS 140-2 is a testing requirement; it can take a long time before your encryption module is certified after being submitted for testing.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 07, 2012 @09:39AM (#38952665)

    (Posting AC because I'm at work)

    It would appear you're not entirely correct: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/04/prweb3829534.htm

    "Mocana Corporation, a company that focuses on securing non-PC connected devices, today announced that it has earned the government's first FIPS 140-2 level one validation for an encryption product running on the Apple iPhone or iPad."

  • by gruntled (107194) on Tuesday February 07, 2012 @09:46AM (#38952749)

    You can think of FIPS 140-1 as what's commonly referred to as encryption strength (that is, the type of encryption, like AES 256). FIPS 140-2 is a certification that the encryption you're using under 140-1 has been implemented properly and it looks like this chart combines both one and two. To the best of my knowledge there's no 140-2 certification for iOS.

  • by swalve (1980968) on Tuesday February 07, 2012 @09:58AM (#38952899)
    I'm not even that large of a person, no sausage fingers for me, and I find that I am unable to use onscreen keyboards with any kind of accuracy either. Four years ago when I was buying my first smartphone, I honestly wanted an iPhone. But when I tried to type on it, nothing but gibberish. Picked up the Blackberry and it fit like a glove. And it still works. Maybe onscreen keyboard prediction technology has gotten better, but I doubt it based on what I see in various forums.

    Part of the problem, I think, is that the keyboards include predictive word choosing, and people don't really normally look at the spelling of a word when they are reading. They just see a word that starts and ends with the right letters and is roughly the same size.
  • Check yo facts, foo. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 07, 2012 @11:31AM (#38954301)

    Mac OS X is FIPS 140-2 certified: http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/1401val2011.htm#1514

    iOS is working on FIPS certification (Review Pending stage for iPad, iPhone on IUT) right now: http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/STM/cmvp/documents/140-1/140InProcess.pdf

  • by DrgnDancer (137700) on Tuesday February 07, 2012 @11:40AM (#38954467) Homepage

    That's easy to say, but when you're in any kind of regulated industry you often can't. Usually industries like energy, health care, finance, and government contracting have a limited number of devices that they're allowed to use. They could provide you a list and let you purchase one from the list, but they usually prefer just to purchase and issue phones they they know are allowed. Some also reduce the choices further to simply support. It's not always about you...

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