Posts tagged with: Blackphone
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    BlackPhone has a ton of good ideas up its sleeve. At a time when security has become important, it does make sense for an expert in the market to figure out a way to sell you a phone that can do it right. Sadly, even though our review of the first-generation BlackPhone showed us that you're getting a ton of added features for what you pay for, that's not necessarily the case once you have to actively use it. We've set a ton of expectations for the second-generation BlackPhone, which is now dubbed the BlackPhone BP2, and even the company's new tablet, the BlackPhone+. To our disappointment ...

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    Back in August we took Blackphone through its paces - two of them, actually. You see, a phone by itself isn't all that compelling. After all, you've got to have someone with another phone to talk to. Such is the case with Blackphone. As a quick refresher, Blackphone is more than just a phone, it's a secure platform (based on Android) that includes a suite of apps and subscriptions to various services that really make the phone an ultra-private communication tool. It was great in concept, but only garnered a 6.6 in our full review. As a concept, Blackphone is amazing; in practice, it left ...

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    If you're looking for a smartphone that takes its security seriously, there's not a handset that wears its commitment to user privacy and OS integrity on its sleeve more boldly than the Blackphone. But as we saw when reviewing the handset, this is a phone that sometimes sounds a bit better than its reality can follow-through with, and we took issue with software stability problems and what we viewed as first-gen missteps. But the great thing about software is how amenable it is to improvements, and today we learn about a big new update coming for the Blackphone with the release of PrivatOS ...

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    If you've been following Pocketnow so far this summer, no doubt you've come across one or more of our smartphone giveaways. We've been handing out phones, accessories, and invite codes since June, often announcing the new giveaway each Monday. Does that mean we've got a new one for you today? Well... no, but there's a good reason for that. See, last week, when we started our latest contest on Monday, we decided to keep entries open for a little longer than normal, extending them for over a full week. That means there's still time to win, which is exactly why we're putting up this reminder. ...

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    We've spent the last week or so talking about smartphone security and how the privacy-centric Blackphone can help keep your communications as well as your data private. We've looked at all the technical stuff that's going on to keep you secure, as well as given it our full hands-on review treatment. But what if you don't have a Blackphone? If you're running (virtually) any Android-powered smartphone or tablet, you're in luck! Here are three Android security tips that will improve your security and privacy right now! 1. Encrypt Not long ago we heard of people buying old smartphones and ...

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    We got a phenomenal response from this contest, but the time for entries has past. Thanks to everyone who took the time to participate, but only one of you can be our winner, and it's going to be Benjamin Levy who goes home with a Blackphone to call his own. Everyone else, keep following Pocketnow for our news of our next contest. Maybe you'll be the lucky winner next time around! ___ Last week came and went without a new opportunity to win anything as part of our ongoing Pocketnow summer of giveaways. After the weeks of handing out phones, invite codes, and accessories, we needed a brief ...

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    Updated with links to the high-quality version of the podcast below! Thanks for joining us for the live show, everyone, and enjoy the HQ downloads in the Links section. One of the nice things about a mobilized mob of fanatics is ... well, nothing. For the purposes of intelligent discourse and civility, there's nothing cool or helpful about a bunch of heated fanboys rabidly denigrating a new product because it happens to threaten their preferred smartphone. We've talked about this sort of thing before, and now we're talking about it again – this time in the context of Blackphone vs ...

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    As I write this review, my Facebook wall sits abuzz with consternation from friends and family alike, all of them complaining about the same offense in a rare show of unified ire. Facebook's recent mandate that mobile users install its Messenger app, with all its Orwellian security permissions, has reignited a discussion more and more common among the general public: in today's world, how much privacy are we really giving away ... and how do we get some of it back? To answer the latter question, cyber-security outfit Silent Circle came together with hardware firm Geeksphone to ...

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    This week as I've been going hands-on with the ultra-secure Blackphone, there's one thing that's really stuck out in my mind: passwords, and if there is such thing as a "perfect password". We use passwords for a lot more than most think. Every day I wake up and check my email. Doing so requires that I enter a password. I head over to Pocketnow and login with another password to publish my daily article. I then share that article with various social media networks, each with a different password. When I check my phone I have to input a PIN (which is another kind of password). When I head ...

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    Some have referred to Blackphone as a smartphone for people who are "paranoid", I don't see it that way. Blackphone offers something that, as a society, we give away too freely: our privacy. Many will say "if you don't have anything to hide, you don't have anything to worry about", yet these people still close the door on the stall when using the restroom, and have curtains over their windows to keep people from snooping. That's what Blackphone does, only for your personal communications. How it does that is a little complicated, so let's walk through what kinds of security Blackphone ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Updated with time codes, new streaming portals, and links to the high-quality version. Skip past the YouTube embed and download your very own copy of this week's podcast. Enjoy! Thanks to our new Blackphone review devices, we're already halfway off the grid ... or at least, halfway buried under Post-It notes littered with passwords, which is almost the same thing. Before we get too stealthy, though, we're hosting us a little show. Some of you might know it as the mobile technology podcast that's gone 108 episodes without missing a single week (accurate). Others might know it as the last ...

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    As studious subscribers of our YouTube Channel already know, we just unboxed a brand-new Blackphone courtesy of the good people at GSM Nation. After breaking cover at MWC in February, the security-centric smartphone is finally hitting US store shelves over the next few weeks, and we'll be giving it the full review treatment –as well as a slot in the Pocketnow Summer of Giveaways– in the next week or so. While Blackphone is already well-known in tech circles as the world's only consumer smartphone focused primarily on privacy, there are precious few photos out there to show ...

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    It captured our imagination at MWC 2014: a smartphone built specifically to provide secure communications in an era of ever-increasing surveillance. Blackphone may not be the most distinctive or highest-end handheld on the market, but it's certainly chosen the right time to break out onto the scene. We're taking a close look at the device, a joint initiative of Silent Circle and Geeksphone, in the week ahead – and we're also planning a special Blackphone chapter of Pocketnow's Summer of Giveaways in the not-too-distant future, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, we're kicking ...

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    Update: Edited podcast with download links has been added below the YouTube embed, courtesy of our excellent podcast editor, Jules Wang! Get to downloadin', folks! The big guys have enough time in the limelight. It seems every week we're spending 80% of the podcast talking about the huge players in the mobile space, along with their commensurately huge smartphone and tablet offerings. While we're not ignoring those established forces in this episode, we are devoting a bit more time to newcomers: from Amazon to OnePlus to a little firm called GoTenna, there's a lot going on in mobile's ...

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    One of our biggest surprises back at MWC 2014, was the Blackphone. It's not until you see a booth packed with people willing to learn more about this product that you get to understand just how important security is to the world today. The Blackphone is already in the market, and after some negative criticism that it received from BlackBerry a couple of days ago, Blackphone's CEO Toby Weir-Jones decided to fight back with a statement. In his statement, Weir-Jones discusses how BlackBerry talks about the company's peer-to-peer encrypted voice calling, and how BlackBerry's current ...

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    A couple weeks back we brought you the latest update on the Blackphone from GeeksPhone and Silent Circle, a smartphone running the PrivatOS Android fork with a focus form the ground up on keeping the data on your handset private and secure. Following a strong pre-order response, we've been keeping an eye on when the first Blackphone shipments might start arriving, and earlier this month we got an update that they were still about three weeks out, seemingly placing us in the early days of July. Well, it looks like that's not going to be the case after all, and today we hear that the initial ...

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    Who's reading your emails? Browsing your contacts? Watching over your shoulder as you interact with websites? As smartphones become the hub for the majority of our conversations, anyone interested in keeping his or her life private has to start thinking hard about just how much they trust their phones to keep their info secure. Back near the start of the year we first heard about the Blackphone, a handset being developed by GeeksPhone and Silent Circle with the express purpose of giving users the tools they need to keep their communications private. We've been following its progress ...

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    For those of you that weren't believers of the Blackphone when it was announced and launched a couple of months ago, think again. Back when we were at MWC 2014, the Blackphone booth was the most concurred of the show, and this clearly points to how much interest there is in companies to get a phone with added security features. If you're asking yourself just how much interest we're talking about, the number is in the millions. Silent Circle has just raised $30 million from different investors, and according to the statement, this is all to meet the staggering demand it has had for the ...

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    When talking about smartphones, Apple and Blackberry are somewhat alone in that they make their own  hardware. Phones powered by Microsoft's OS and Android are built by OEMs like HTC, Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and others. Back in the day, major companies like Dell, HP, Compaq and others would outsource the production of their devices to OEMs. Over time, these OEMs began to gain popularity and eventually brought hardware carrying their own brand to the market. Ironically, Compaq, Dell, HP, and others have all but gotten out of the smartphone/PDA game, having been replaced by the OEMs ...

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    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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    With March now upon us, the early year expo season has drawn to a close, as first CES and then MWC delivered their one-two punch of new hardware, services, accessories, and as much mobile news as we could handle. With Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the floor in Barcelona, we had dozens of great opportunities to check out all the new Mobile World Congress gear for ourselves, while our team back in the States brought you word of the latest product announcements as they broke, while also swinging by New York City to check out the US side of Samsung's Unpacked event. While the whole week is ...

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    Why would you want a "black phone", one that's not susceptible to the privacy holes found in all of today's smartphones? That's a question that Jaime Rivera touched on at this year's MWC. The answer is fairly simple, given today's circumstances and situations. But let's jump back a few years before we get to that. Looking back even three or four years, if someone had told you that various companies and law enforcement agencies could track where you were down to a few dozen feet, and were actually doing so (and without a warrant, no less), you'd probably have thought that person was a bit ...

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    What do you do when a company offers you a hands-on opportunity with a smartphone running software you're not allowed to access? Well, usually you move on to the next vendor. Things are a little different, though, when the concept behind the device is as intriguing as that underlying Blackphone. We've covered Blackphone a few times over the past several months. In the wake of the NSA domestic-spying scandal in the US, a smartphone that promises privacy through an encrypted OS has become more interesting - and perhaps more feasible as a mass-market idea. But is your privacy worth a $629 ...

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    Pocketnow Daily gets an average of 300 to 500 comments a day, and sometimes even a thousand. We’d like to thank you all for participating in our question of the day, and we love your feedback so much, that we decided that since we can’t respond to ever single one of your comments, we should at least feature a couple in a weekly video. This is the Pocketnow Daily Recap. Since we only have 3 minutes on every Daily video to go through the hottest news, the weekly recap will serve as a more extensive discussion where we also include your thoughts on the subject. Sadly, for the sake of ...

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