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.
The Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona (Komen CAN AZ) is known for its commitment against breast cancer. It renders service to all of northern and central Arizona, including Apache, La Paz, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Maricopa, Pinal, Navajo, and Yavapai counties. Komen CAN AZ has nine local staff and over 1,500 community members as volunteers.
To fulfill its goal of saving lives and putting an end to breast cancer through empowering people, providing quality care, and supporting breast cancer research, Komen CAN AZ conducts several fund-raising events. Seventy-five percent of its net income goes to the community to be used for essential breast cancer services, while the remaining 25% is given to the Komen Award and Research Grants Program that funds breast cancer research.
There is an inspiring story behind the establishment of Susan G. Komen®. It was established by Nancy G. Brinker in 1982, after she made a promise to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do all that she can to put an end to breast cancer. Today, Komen has become one of the boldest communities for global breast cancer movement.
One of the popular events of the foundation is the Komen Race for the Cure. Through the said race and other fund-raising events, the foundation was able to raise $2 billion which it has invested in various activities which aim to fight breast cancer. Komen actively supports breast cancer research, community health outreach, advocacy and other programs which aim to fight breast cancer in the United States as well as in over 50 countries.
The story of how the Komen Foundation was established never fails to inspire. In 1982, Nancy G. Brinker promised Susan G. Komen, her dying sister, that she would do everything to put an end to breast cancer. And that is how the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation came to be. Today, Komen Foundation continues its fight against breast cancer. By supporting breast cancer research and its involvement in community health outreach and campaign for the early detection and effective treatment for breast cancer, it is able to provide help to nearly 3 million breast cancer patients-turned-survivors in the United States. To fund the foundation, a number of fund-raising campaigns have been launched. One of which is the sale of mobile accessories that will benefit the foundation. This year, US Digital Media, parent company of MobileMars.com, will donate 10% from the sales of each Susan G. Komen® mobile accessory to the organization, with a minimum guarantee donation of $25,000. What could be a better way to show support for breast cancer awareness than with fashionable mobile accessories whose proceeds benefit a foundation fighting for the cause? Continue reading →
One of the consequences of an increasingly mobile world is an increasingly fast-paced lifestyle and, naturally, an increasing need to use mobile technology more frequently. It is for this reason that the experience of running out of battery power at severely inconvenient moments is an experience not unfamiliar to most of us. Fortunately, a device that’s swiftly gaining popularity may be able to rid us of this experience forever.
Mobile Mars, one of the leading distributors of various mobile accessories, provides a product line of mobile chargers branded QuikVolt. Also referred to as ‘power banks’, mobile chargers are accessories that let you store power that you can use to charge devices like phones, tablets, or any other device that can be charged via USB. Charge the power bank at home or during your idle time, and once its capacity is full, you can bring it with you to charge your devices in locations where a power outlet may not be available.