Spring is here and that means it’s time for college basketball! Check out our Cheat Sheet to the NCAA Tournament Bracket with our handy infographic below:
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If there’s one thing Wilson Electronics knows, it’s antennas. For decades, the company has made a name for itself as a maker of antennas for amateur radios and other electronics. At CES 2014 in Las Vegas, we stopped by the Wilson booth to see what was new and exciting.
We caught up with Broc Jenkins from Wilson Electronics at their booth at CES. He took a few moments to show us around their latest product, the Sleek 4G signal booster cradle.
Now that the curtain has been pulled back on the NSA’s data collection, many questions loom about the usage of consumer’s cell data. One revolutionary new product is taking these questions head-on, and it’s called Blackphone. Madrid based Geeksphone has teamed up with Washington, DC based Silent Circle, and made it perfectly clear that Blackphone’s number one priority is the budding new commodity, user privacy. Co-Founder Phil Zimmermann also gives us extremely strong vibes that he’s not interested in profiting from user data. Which is quick a way to get customers on board. However, while the co-founder seems ambitious to make our data safer, it’s a tall order to deliver on. But we can’t give enough credit for trying.
The relevant information we have on the Blackphone thus far is that it’s a smartphone being designed by a small group of global cryptographers putting user privacy ahead of everything. Co-Founder & Silent Circle CTO Jon Callas summed it up best by saying “It’s configured, setup, and modified so that the privacy aspects of it are all melded together. From the security parts of the CPU, to the hardware of the phone, to the operating system and apps so that just about everything you do, is private.” On paper this sounds like a genius idea.
It appears that the phone uses GSM technology which stores user info on a SIM card. It is worth noting that in the USA, AT&T and T-Mobile are both GSM carriers, however Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular use CDMA technology. CDMA technology stores user info on a network, not a SIM. On a basic level you can see why they chose GSM. Because this phone will be vendor-independent you will be able to pick your GSM carrier. We also know that the OS will be PrivatOS which is Andriod based. The unveiling of the actual phone will be done in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress in late February.
The three conclusions we can draw about the Blackphone at this point is that their number one goal is to protect user data. The technology has a ridiculous upside, if it can deliver. And finally, promising data security is something companies love to do, unfortunately not delivering is too. We can’t help rooting for Blackphone’s success. User privacy mixed with potential open source sounds like a positive step in resurrecting consumer confidence in cellular data. At the very least, it might alarm the competition. Let’s hope Blackphone can make phone technology like they can over the top promo videos.
We saw a lot of cool gadgets at the 2014 International CES Show in Las Vegas, but one of the most interesting was a thermal imaging camera for the Apple iPhone 5 and 5s. Made by FLIR Systems, the FLIR One is the company’s brand new infrared camera for smartphone users.
We caught up with Jeff Frank from FLIR Systems and he showed us some of the features and capabilities of the FLIR One. Check out our video for a complete overview and demo:
Different people have different ways of listening to music. Some like to crank it up to deafening volume levels, while others prefer subdued volumes that make carrying a conversation at normal speaking volume possible. For those who want a surround sound experience on the cheap, noise cancellation headphones are a definite go-to.
But what about consumers who still want to listen to music but also want to hear their surroundings? There are open-air designs in the market, but the problem is that your ears are still covered. To remedy this, companies are developing a revolutionary technique called Bone Conduction headphones! Sounds like science fiction? It’s science FACT!