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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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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple and how it's forced to reimburse $32.5 Million to parents affected by in-app purchases. Google Chrome is next as the browser will now compress data in servers to give you a more efficient and faster browsing. HP is next as the company has silently announced the VoiceTab 6 and VoiceTab 7 phablets and tablets respectively. Motorola follows the news as we talk about its plans to build a tablet under the Moto Maker service that we currently know for the Moto X. We end today's show talking about the Blackphone, and what this means to your ...

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    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated ..." That's what the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America says. Put another way: Privacy is a Civil Right. Other countries have similar laws, some with greater power to protect the people, some with less. That's all been thrown in the rubbish bin -- and your privacy with it -- thanks to the broad and arguably over-reaching eye of the National Security Agency: the NSA. Google is creepy Yesterday I wrote about ...

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    If you're concerned about privacy, with all the intrusions and violations we've been hearing about lately, then Blackphone might capture your attention. It is a phone that focuses on privacy, and, as the official press release puts it, it is "the world’s first smartphone placing privacy and control directly in the hands of its users". The Blackphone is powered by "a security-oriented Android build named PrivatOS". It will come free of ties to any vendor or carrier, and will allow for secure communications, whether that's secure phone calls, texts, file transfers, video chat, and other ...

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