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Silent Circle intros secure Blackphone 2, Blackphone Plus tablet

03/02, 10:08am

Second-gen phone improves enterprise integration

Privacy company Silent Circle has revealed the second-generation Blackphone and announced plans for a security-focused Blackphone Plus tablet. The Blackphone 2 features a range of hardware upgrades, but many business buyers will also welcome expanded support for enterprise mobile-device management systems, such as Citrix.

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BlackPhone manufacturer plugs text messaging bug in secure smartphone

01/28, 3:58pm

Vulnerability found in Silent Text app included with BlackPhone

A flaw in a security-focused Android smartphone's software caused it to be susceptible to attack, according to a security researcher. A now-patched vulnerability in an app included on the BlackPhone allowed attackers to read encrypted messages, contacts stored on the smartphone, and to also remotely control device functions.

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Blackphone gaining app store, data segregation update early next year

12/09, 10:10am

Blackphone PrivatOS Spaces update will help separate work, personal data

The security-minded smartphone from Geeksphone and Silent Circle will soon have its own privacy-focused app store. A future update for Blackphone has also been announced, with a change to the Android fork PrivatOS providing a way to separate the different types of data stored on the device, keeping them segregated for increased app security.

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Silent Circle expands encrypted calling to 79 countries

07/10, 8:24am

New offering allows for more secure international communications

Security-focused communications firm Silent Circle today announced the expansion of Out-Circle Calling (OCC). The expansion allows for encrypted hybrid calling, which enables Silent Circle members to make and receive encrypted, private voice calls through the company's Silent Phone service to non-Silent Circle subscribers in 79 total countries.

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Geeksphone, Silent Circle starts shipping pre-orders of Blackphone

06/30, 7:52am

Blackphone with privacy features will recommence sales next month

The Blackphone, the privacy-based smartphone joint venture between Geeksphone and cryptographic service provider Silent Circle, has started shipping. Launched at Mobile World Congress in February, the Android smartphone aims to provide secure phone calls, texts, file transfers, and other communication options without compromising on the user's privacy.

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Geeksphone, Silent Circle add Nvidia Tegra 4i to Blackphone

04/28, 12:57pm

Blackphone specifications released before shipments start in June

The privacy-focused Blackphone from Geeksphone and Silent Circle will be shipping with an Nvidia Tegra 4i as its processor, it has been revealed. At the same time as announcing the use of Nvidia's System-on-Chip, a finalized list of specifications for the device have been released by the manufacturer, confirming it will have a 4.7-inch 720p IPS display.

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Lavabit, Geeksphone plan Blackphone secure smartphone launch for MWC

01/15, 7:31am

Android-based Blackphone promises secure calls, messaging

The creator of a secure e-mail service is teaming up with a Firefox OS smartphone producer in order to create a privacy-oriented mobile phone. The Blackphone from Silent Circle and Geeksphone will be an Android-based device that is said to offer users secure phone calls, text messages, file transfers and storage, and video chat, all without compromising on user privacy.

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Groklaw closes doors in wake of NSA surveillance revelations

08/20, 1:58pm

Legal blog shuts down due to lack of privacy in e-mail

Legal blog Groklaw has shut down, citing the potential monitoring of e-mail by the NSA and other government organizations. The closure by founder Pamela Jones makes Groklaw the latest site to close its doors in the wake of the ongoing domestic surveillance scandal, following behind encrypted e-mail service provider Silent Circle and Lavabit.

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Silent Circle shutters secure email following closure of Lavabit

08/08, 11:27pm

Company 'sees writing on the wall,' ceases email before legal problems

Following in the footsteps of Lavabit, another encrypted email provider has closed its doors. Silent Circle has announced that it is closing its Silent Mail service, effective immediately, fearing US government legal reprisal. The company says that it can "see the writing on the wall" and has decided that it is in the best interest of the company and its customers to cease the service's operation.

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