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FBI Not Happy With Apple & Google’s Encryption Policy

 

 

 

 

” Users might have praised the technology companies for efforts to encrypt their latest devices that would prevent law enforcement agencies’ hands on users’ private data, but the FBI is not at all happy with Apple and Google right now.
 
  The Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, said Thursday he was “very concerned” over Apple and Google using stronger or full encryption in their Smartphones and Tablets that makes it impossible for law enforcement to collar criminals.
  According to Comey, the Silicon Valley tech giants are “marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law.”

There will come a day – well it comes every day in this business – when it will matter a great, great deal to the lives of people of all kinds that we be able to with judicial authorization gain access to a kidnapper’s or a terrorist or a criminal’s device,” Comey told reporters.

I just want to make sure we have a good conversation in this country before that day comes. I’d hate to have people look at me and say, ‘Well how come you can’t save this kid,’ ‘How come you can’t do this thing.’” “

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The Newest Privacy Technology In A Cell Phone

 

 

 

 

Encrypted Android Phone Is Only The Beginning For Blackphone And Silent Circle

 

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” Blackphone, the Swiss start-up that’s launching a smartphone with encrypted communications, is planning a series of devices around the same idea, one of the company’s co-founders said on Monday.

“ It’s not the only device we will ever do,” said Jon Callas during an interview at the Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona. “There’ll be other security and privacy-enhanced mobile devices.”

  The Blackphone handset, which is being unveiled at the event, goes on sale in June for $629. It looks like a typical Android smartphone and is based on a security-hardened version of the OS called “PrivatOS.” Standard applications include secure calling and text messaging, encrypted file transfer and video chat.”

 

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Motorola Launches The Moto G Smartphone

 

 

” Earlier today, Motorola launched the followup to its slow-selling Moto X: a cheaper sibling, the Moto G. Almost three months after launch of the Moto X, Motorola hopes to reach the untapped lower and midrange markets where its first Google-powered handset couldn’t reach. 

Although this is officially the “cheap” version of the Moto X, the Moto G isn’t a device to be taken lightly. The smartphone comes stock with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Motorola promising an Android 4.4 upgrade by January. The smartphone also has a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. There’s a 5-MP camera with a 1.3-MP front-facing camera, which is a noticeable dip from the Moto X but still capable of good picture quality. During the launch event, Motorola said the device will give “all-day battery life,” but didn’t get into specifics. The G is rumored to have a 1950-mAh battery. “

 

    It’s about time someone released a good , relatively inexpensive , no-strings attached smartphone . Does anyone believe that these $800 iPhones and Galaxy’s are really worth that kind of expenditure ? The smartphone market is one area of the tech industry where we have yet to enjoy the continually declining costs inherent in the mass circulation of goods that has governed the electronics market . It’s about time . Let’s hope that the phone is a good one and that it’s presence on the market drives the competitors to reduce their price tags as well .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Published on Sep 10, 2013

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WARNING!!!! If You Take Photos With Your Smart Phone You Need To See This

 

Next Nokia To Have A 41 Megapixel Camera

 

 

 

 

” As part of the never-ending smartphone battle, Nokia has unveiled a new handset that features a 41 megapixel sensor camera.

 
The camera is sufficiently powerful that Nokia states that users will be able to zoom in and reframe their photos without worrying about the image quality suffering. The phone will be called the Lumia 1020. Nokia, according to Tech Radar, note that phone will allow owners to adjust focus, shutter speed and white balance via a new user interface

 

Discussing the new design, Francisco Jeronimo, a mobile phone analyst at the firm, told the BBC that:”

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10 Things BlackBerry Z10 Does That iPhone Can’t

 

 

” One solid sign that the Z10 is getting some attention in the United States is the number of inquiries I’m currently receiving from readers, colleagues, coworkers, friends and family about the Z10. The inquiries usually go something like this: “You have the new BlackBerry, right? [Insert name of somebody they know here; Joe Schmo, for example] has one too, and he really likes it. But I don’t know if I can switch from my iPhone. I’m due for an upgrade, but the new iPhone is coming out soon, and I might just play it safe. What can the new BlackBerry do that my iPhone can’t?”

Before I get started, I’ll state that this post is in no way saying the BlackBerry Z10 is “better” than the iPhone. You should do a lot more research before buying a new phone than just reading one article.

With that said, here’s a list of 10 BlackBerry Z10 features that you will not find in any iPhone.

(For more on the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, read my Z10 guide, which includes a review, tips, tricks, best apps and more.)”

 

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Does Decreasing A Smartphone’s Brightness Increase Battery Life?

 

” A physicist has conducted a number of experiments on his mobile phone to see how the battery life can be extended. He came up with some interesting results.

 
Rhett Allain is a physicist and, like most people, a smartphone user. Frustrated by the common situation of getting towards the end of the day and his smartphone battery moving rapidly from green, to amber, and then to red, he looked at how the battery life could be extended.

 

The outcomes of his study are shown on his Wired Science page, accompanied by various equations and neat looking charts. He carried out his experiments using an iPhone 4. In terms of the outcomes of his study, the most important finding was that if the brightness level is adjusted downwards the battery on the phone lasts for longer.”

 

 

 

 

 

Google Glasses: Wave Goodbye To Your Privacy

 

 

 

 

” Last week, Seattle’s 5 Point Café, a funky bar in the city’s Belttown neighborhood, posted notice of its ban on Google Glass, adding: “ass kickings will be encouraged for violators.” The owner’s reason? “People want to go [to my bar] and be not known … and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet.”

If you haven’t already heard, Google Glass is the next big thing in tech, poised to transform our lifestyles. Think smartphones had an impact? They’ve got nothing on this new product, set for release next year. Essentially, Google Glass is a computer-device in the form of (you guessed it) glasses. While wearing the glasses, calendar reminders, directions, emails, iChat conversations — and basically anything you can currently do via your smartphone — display on your lens. Commands are easily executed via a quick verbal instruction. It’s all hands-free; you don’t even have to look down at a phone’s screen.

Provided you don’t mind wearing the Tron-looking headgear (it’s a toss-up whether it’s a dorky look or a cutting-edge, hipster status symbol) or the hefty $1,500 initial price tag, this all sounds pretty cool, right?”

 

 

Meet The Groundbreaking New Encryption App Set To Revolutionize Privacy And Freak Out The Feds.

” For the past few months, some of the world’s leading cryptographers have been keeping a closely guarded secret about a pioneering new invention. Today, they’ve decided it’s time to tell all.

Back in October, the startup tech firm Silent Circle ruffled governments’ feathers with a “surveillance-proof” smartphone app to allow people to make secure phone calls and send texts easily. Now, the company is pushing things even further—with a groundbreaking encrypted data transfer app that will enable people to send files securely from a smartphone or tablet at the touch of a button. (For now, it’s just being released for iPhones and iPads, though Android versions should come soon.) That means photographs, videos, spreadsheets, you name it—sent scrambled from one person to another in a matter of seconds.

“This has never been done before,” boasts Mike Janke, Silent Circle’s CEO. “It’s going to revolutionize the ease of privacy and security.”

Just in time for the revolution … truly secure comms

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Want To Know Who Stole Your Phone?

 

 

 

” Want to know who’s been snooping in or has stolen your phone? A new feature has been integrated into an app for Android that snaps the prying individual’s photo and sends it to you via email.
A new feature in an app will alert the owner of a smartphone as to who stole, or is trying to snoop, in their device. According to Digital Trends, Lookout Security & Antivirus has made a recent update to its app.

Called the Lock Cam, it works in conjunction with Android devices and uses a device’s front-facing camera to snap a picture of anyone trying to break into a smartphone or tablet.

If the thief, or nosy person, tries to crack the device’s password, three strikes and they are out. After three unsuccessful tries to unlock the gadget, a photo is snapped and the image immediately emailed to the gadget’s owner. Other information sent in the message includes the GPS location of where the smartphone is currently located. “