When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

22 January 2009

Meet the BarackBerry

Obama to get spy-proof smartphone (CNN):
Self-confessed BlackBerry addict Barack Obama may not have to kick the thumbing habit after all, despite the concerns of a notoriously technophobic White House.


...[A]ccording to reports Thursday, Obama could now be in line to receive a spy-proof alternative to his favorite toy.

Writing on his blog for the Atlantic magazine, Marc Ambinder reports that the National Security Agency has approved a $3,350 smartphone -- inevitably dubbed the "BarackBerry" -- for Obama's use.

The exclusive Sectera Edge, made by General Dynamics, is reportedly capable of encrypting top secret voice conversations and handling classified documents.

I know just how he feels. I've been using smartphones for a few years now - first Blackberries, now an iPhone - and I'd put up a hell of a fight if you tried to take mine away too.

One problem, though - this looks like it's a Windows Mobile device:

sectera edge

(The little LCD display at the bottom exhorts "Think OPSEC!")


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