The trend is, more and more, towards secure communications (eg last big change was google search, all https).
After banning some apps, then mobile phones, then tablets, then... from what point people of SA will start to complain?
Apple products last pretty long. The main problem is that Apple tried to sell the overpriced extra 1-year warranty extension. Having a two years warranty, people are less likely to purchase that extra.
Thanks to progress in technologies, in telescopes (quality and price, China stuff...) we have more and more asteroid news. Of course NASA needs to justify a budget, and any scary news is welcome. People are always glad to broadcast any news in regard to their new glass equipment. Thus, even an asteroid half the size of the one that illuminated the Russia sky a few weeks ago makes the headlines.