Self-destruct phone developed by Boeing and BlackBerry

Self-destruct phone developed by Boeing and BlackBerry

Just like in a James Bond or Mission Impossible movie, Boeing and Blackberry are working together to develop a smartphone that self-destructs if tampered with. This new phone is based on Boeing’s Android-based high security smartphone and is geared towards the security and defense communities. The Blackphone will encrypt calls to other supporting phones utilizing the BES 12 platform (BlackBerry Enterprise Service). These secure calls will support other devices such as Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

Also supported in the phone are dual SIM cards to access multiple cell provider networks. They are also incorporating the ability for satellite communication and biometric sensors.

It should be noted that this isn’t going to explode or burn, but rather all data on the phone will be erased.

Viral Star Wars Christmas Light Show

Viral Star Wars Christmas Light Show

People driving down a particular neighborhood street in California are treated to a spectacular Christmas light show which includes a piano and giant guitar that are synced to the music from all six of the Star Wars episodes. A music teacher turned his house into a viral video and of course, the instruments are even playing the real notes. Some cool features include dueling light sabers on the roof top and a TIE fighter battle scene with smoke. The music teacher says his neighbors are very supportive however I wonder if they are really feeling like the Griswold’s neighbors. Amazing what you can do with technology and an unlimited power bill.

 

Coming Soon: Ad-Free Browsing by Google

Coming Soon: Ad-Free Browsing by Google

If you feel like there’s a trend towards subscriptions these days, you may be right. From Netflix to Spotify, online media providers rely on the subscription model to monetize digital content while providing a relatively ad-free environment. The popularity of these services proves that consumers are willing to pay for a seamless experience, but would this extend to the world of web ads? Google seems to think so.

Introducing the Facebook Groups App

Introducing the Facebook Groups App

Facebook Messenger isn’t the only feature that the social media giant feels is worthy of a standalone app anymore. Fans of the social network can now download Facebook Groups, an app that lets users stay connected with their Facebook groups and join new ones. If you’ve ever felt that the groups feature of the site was underused then this app is a great way to put it on center stage. As soon as you launch the app, you’re presented with a list of groups you currently belong to, with the ones you view more frequently appearing on top.

Seagate now shipping 8TB hard drives

Seagate now shipping 8TB hard drives

Years ago we could have never imagined this kind of storage space in a single drive, 8 Terabytes! Seagate is now shipping these drives in a 3.5″ form factor for only $260 USD. It is a bit slower than many SATA drives at 5900 rpm and 150 MB/sec. The average SATA is 7200 rpm and SSDs have average speeds over 500 MB/sec.