New Area Code for Washington: 564

New 564 area code coming to western Washington; 10 digit dialing will be required

It’s official: Washington State will soon be getting a new area code (number 564). The Utilities and Transportation Commission has signed off on a plan to make the new area code available to the western half of the state, “including the 360, 206, 253, and 425 area codes as numbers in those areas become exhausted,” the agency said in a press release.

Apple versus the FBI

FBI backs down in fight with Apple, says it will test whether it can break in to shooter’s iPhone without company’s help

In a court filing, the Department of Justice asked a judge to hold off on its request to compel Apple to cooperate in breaking into an iPhone used by Syed Riziwan Farook, one of the perpetrators in the San Bernardino mass shootings. The DOJ said an “outside party” had shown the FBI a way off possibly breaking into Farook’s iPhone without needing any help from Apple.