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    We've heard quite a bit about the new "Blackphone" which promises to keep your contacts and conversations secure -- as long as you're talking to someone else who is using the same security setup.  It's a great concept, but it has yet to hit a point of critical mass where not only is the phone is generally accepted, but the services are actively sought after by a large segment of the general public. That point, I suspect, isn't too far into the future. Black phones will become more popular, and possibly even a "killer app" before to long. Killer Apps When talking about black phones which ...

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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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    "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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    Do you remember when, if someone said a government agency was "listening in" on phone calls made by its citizens they were labeled a "crackpot", a "whack job", a "nut case", or a "conspiracy theorist"? A government can't possibly do all that, and even if they could, they wouldn't because it's just crazy, right? Fast forward to today and we now know that the government agencies are doing exactly that. Verizon has admitted to an order to provide information on all telephone calls in its system to the NSA on an "ongoing, daily basis". What's more, all major carriers have either admitted to ...

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    We live in a wonderful time. Most of us carry around a relatively small electronic device with us all the time. With a few button presses we can talk to anyone anywhere in the world -- or we can send short messages if a conversation is just too much work. We can share a picture with thousands of people almost instantaneously. And we literally have all the information of the ages at our finger tips. All this power comes with a cost -- a couple costs, actually. The first is a physical cost. We must buy these electronic doodads with money, then we must pay a monthly subscription to connect ...

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