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Boeing’s Black is a Self-Destructing Smartphone

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Boeing has a top-secret phone in the works, and unfortunately it’s going to stay top-secret until its completion because it’s only going to be sold to government agencies. Dubbed as “Black,” it’s a smartphone that has a self-destruct feature when it’s tampered with, so the secrets and data it holds will remain a secret forever.

Boeing’s Bruce Olcott explains that the phone “will be sold primarily to government agencies and companies engaged in contractual activities with those agencies that are related to defense and homeland security. The device will be marketed and sold in a manner such that low-level technical and operational information about the product will not be provided to the general public.”

The phone will reportedly come with dual SIM card slots, a removable battery, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. The phone will be able to operate on the GSM, WCDMA and LTE networks.

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Portable Door Jammer Gives You Extra Security, Wherever You Are

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How safe are you in your hotel room? There’s nothing to worry about if you’re booked in a five-star hotel but if you’re on a tight budget and went for the inn with the cheapest rates in the area, then you might find that to be a major concern come nightfall. That’s what happened to me when I traveled with a few friends last year to attend a concert. Halfway through the night, we heard loud banging in outside the halls in the dead of night, and one of my friends swore she heard someone try to open the door.

Suffice to say, we checked out the next morning and paid double for a fancier (and much safer) hotel. If you find yourself traveling to places that aren’t as safe or secure as you’d like, then it’s high time you got something like the portable door jammer as an added safety measure. It works with most doors and setting it up is pretty simple. Just slide it at the bottom of the door and crank out the arm until it’s secure and snug against the floor surface.

People on the outside will be able to see the jammer’s little arm, so maybe that’ll serve as a deterrent of sorts since they’ll have a more difficult time trying to sneak in or force their way into your room.

The Portable Door Jammer is available online for $48.

Update: Found a link on Amazon for $23.50. Link below updated. -Ed.

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FaceCrypt Lets You Secure Your Data With Your Mug

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Passwords, PINs, voice recognition, biometrics. People have figured out hacks for all of those, so you’re better off using multiple security programs to safeguard your stuff. One such program that you should definitely consider is FaceCrypt. It’s an iOS app where your face essentially becomes the key to access your encrypted files and data.

The great thing about it is that aside from the main vault, you have the option to store files in drawers. Aside from biometric face recognition, you can also restrict access to these drawers by adding passwords and pattern access to make them more secure.

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The Lowdown on Virtual Security and Keeping Safe On the Interwebs

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These days, hearing about people who had their accounts hacked or their personal information stolen is becoming a more common occurrence. Malware is on the rise, and hackers out there are taking advantage of users who are careless when it comes to online security. This is partly why many people resisted the concept of the cloud when it first came to be. Ironically, many of those people are probably already using the cloud, even though they don’t realize it.

Lots of online services, from email storage and notes, apps, file storage and archiving, are already cloud-based. With so many options, there will come a time when you’ll forget where you stored a specific file or message. You could search all of your apps and accounts manually–which is infinitely harder when you’re on your mobile–or you could just fire up CloudMagic, a cloud-searching app which we covered earlier.

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Sphyke Bike Wheel Lock

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It’s a sad reality of life that you have to take precautions to protect your belongings when cycling in an urban environment. Well… any environment, really. But while you can secure your two-wheeled vehicle with a good lock, the detachable wheels are sadly still somewhat vulnerable. That’s of course unless you protect them with Sphyke. It’s a simple combination lock that still allows you to remove the wheel when the need arises, but makes it quite a bit harder for a thief to run off with it. It’s $33.

The company also makes locks for the seat and seat pole, as well as the stem. It’s a while system designed to keep your bike secure.

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Doorbell Lets You See Who’s At The Door, Even If You’re Not Home

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The iDoorCam wants to let you see who is seeking entry into your abode, even if you yourself aren’t on the premises. The rugged, waterproof doorbell features a camera, a mic, speakers and of course, a WiFi module. With that gear, it simply gets online and allows you to access the system via smartphone, wherever you are. When someone rings the bell, you get a notification on your phone and you can have a two-way conversation with the person, as well as enjoy the ability to see them.

It doesn’t look like it has the ability to actually unlock your door from a distance, so it wouldn’t work if, say, the kids forgot their keys and you want to let them in. That could be something cool to add in future versions, but for now, $165 will get you yours, with an October delivery. The company will start accepting pre-orders soon. Oh, and it looks like it’s iOS only.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Anti-Theft Backpack Could Keep Your Valuables Safe

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If you ask around in your circle of friends, you’re pretty likely to find at least one person who’s had stuff stolen right out of their backpack, either while traveling or even just while taking public transport. Pickpockets are of course more common in some countries than in the States, but that doesn’t mean that buying the Anti-Theft Backpack is only a good idea if you’re planning on backpacking it through Europe. It features a main zipper that is pressed up against your back, making it harder for someone to sneakily open it without you noticing. And there are quick-access pockets covered with noisy velcro which become an audible alarm when unauthorized access is being sought. Finally, there’s a Zip Pouch located on the shoulder strap for quick phone access.

The backpack is currently sitting in the Upcoming portion of Quirky, a website where designers submit ideas and where only certain products end up being made by the company. Depending on support, the Defender (the current proposed name) may or may not see the light of day at a proposed price of $24. If this seems to be for you, head on over to the link below and show your support.

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Volvo Sets Out to Build Crash-Free Cars by 2020

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Tens of thousands of people die each year due to car accidents. Often times, people are to blame, but that’s not stopping Volvo from wanting to develop crash-free cars by the year 2020. Volvo isn’t the only carmaker that’s hard at work building safety systems that will provide the driver with additional tools to avoid vehicular accidents.

These systems include: pedestrian detection in the dark, animal detection, road edge and barrier detection, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, self parking, and adaptive cruise control with steer assist.

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Visor Glasses Prevent Facial Detection to Protect Your Privacy

If you value your privacy, then you’re probably wary about surveillance or security systems that use facial recognition programs or snap pictures of passersby. They’re widely used these days, and you might’ve already resorted to wearing sunglasses to protect your privacy. However, sunglasses alone won’t be enough to prevent detection on facial recognition systems.

For that, you’d probably need something like these privacy visors that were developed by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics.

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