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Here's the tech U.S. President Barack Obama uses
U.S. President Barack Obama is full-swing into his second term. ZDNet takes an (updated) look back at all the technology that has kept and continues to keep the leader of the free world ticking over — from his first day in office in 2009 to the present day.
From smartphones to computers, tablets and automotive tech, we explore the varied technological tastes (and in some cases, "obligatory tech") from the most tech-savvy head of state to ever sit in the Oval Office.
And, just to make things interesting, we look around the White House to see what else springs up and helps the President carry out his daily duties.
Editor's note: This gallery was first published in December 2012. We've updated it and republished on November 1, 2013.
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Apple iPad 3 (with Retina display)
On the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, the President keeps his Apple iPad (third-generation) in close range. Obama has been known to dabble across various platforms. He uses Macs and PCs, BlackBerrys and iPads, making him platform "agnostic," like many by not endorsing or using a single platform.
iPads offer enterprise security and back-end policy management by network administrators, allowing (of all people) the President's tablet to keep data secure. Obama's iPad 3 includes a Retina display, but the particular model has since been discontinued. However, even though the iPad and the iPhone have almost identical user interfaces, he was reportedly "befuddled" by a voter's iPhone when he tried to make a phone call with one.
Credit: White House/Flickr.