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President Obama chooses less secure Phone

Sean Kalinich | Feb 2, 2009 7:03 AM CST

There's also another useful facility which pundits appear to be overlooking. Its maker claims that the Sectera is the only PDAphone to switch between classified and unclassified communications at the press of a key.

If RIM did want to compete, it would have to build a single handset that works on either Cdmaone or GSM based networks - not one or the other.

The Crackberry provider would also have to invest R&D and effort into securing SCIP compliance, although both makers do seem to support EAL 2+ for secure Nato communications.

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Is Gary McKinnon a Crank or a Criminal?

Sean Kalinich | Jan 28, 2009 8:10 AM CST

Gary McKinnon wasn't even a proper hacker. He did something called "blank password scanning", and because these military computers were so dumb as to lack proper passwords, he was able to roam around their intestines in search of evidence of little green men. He was so innocent and un-furtive in his investigations that he left his own email address, and messages such as "Your security is crap". And yes, since you ask, he does think that he found evidence that the US military is infiltrated by beings from the planet Tharg. He even knows the names and ranks of various non-terrestrial officers, though unfortunately they have been deleted from his hard drive.

It is brutal, mad and wrong even to consider sending this man to America for trial. He has been diagnosed as having Asperger's syndrome, for heaven's sake. How can the British government be so protoplasmic, so pathetic, so heedless of the well-being of its own people, as to sign the warrant for his extradition? What kind of priorities do we have these days? We treat a harmless UFO-believer as an international terrorist, and are willing to send him to prison in America, and as for real terrorists - people who bombed and maimed innocent civilians in this country - we seem willing to give their families £12,000 each, on the grounds that they are all "victims" of the troubles in Northern Ireland.

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Apple won't be making an iPhone Nano

Sean Kalinich | Jan 22, 2009 12:15 PM CST

Apple is sticking to its guns that it has no desire to play in the low-end phone market space. Acting CEO Tim Cook made it clear that the company is not really interested in competing for market space where the Apple can't be the market leader and build the best phone.

Apple will continue to approach the iPhone as a software platform which sets the company apart from its competitors, who are primarily in the business of selling phones and which is a business model that is different from Apple.

As for the latest rumors about an imminent release of an Apple $500 Mac netbook, Apple continues to watch this space, but currently the company believes that there are too many trade-offs with the small screen size and cramped keyboard.

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Obama still won't give up the BlackBerry

Sean Kalinich | Jan 19, 2009 10:03 AM CST

"I think we're going to be able to hang on to one of these. My working assumption, and this is not new, is that anything I write on an email could end up being on CNN," he said.

"So I make sure to think before I press 'send'," he said of his Blackberry, which was an ever-present fixture on his belt or in his hand on the campaign trail.

Obama did not divulge just how he will overcome legal constraints, given the requirement of the post-Watergate Presidential Records Act of 1978 to keep a record of every White House communication.

Nor did he say how he would persuade his Secret Service protectors that the Blackberry does not pose a security risk, for instance if it is hacked over the air.

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Obama does not want to give up his Blackberry

Sean Kalinich | Jan 12, 2009 7:36 AM CST

On Thursday, Obama stated he was still "in a scuffle" regarding the Blackberry. He feels a need to continuously be connected to the outside world and "everyday life," much like the rest of us.

White House officials are nervous that a president's e-mails could be subpoenaed by Congress, and be potentially subject to public records laws. This doesn't stop Obama, however, from holding out hope for the device. He stated in an interview on NBC's Today show that "they're going to have to pry it out of my hands"

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WebEx comes to the iPhone 3G

Sean Kalinich | Jan 9, 2009 11:30 AM CST

Taking advantage of the 3G and WiFi abilities in the latest generation of iPhone, the Cisco WebEx Meeting Center for iPhone will be available as a free download. In addition to the ability to participate in WebEx meetings, users will have the ability to exchange instant messages as well as view content that is on other meeting attendee computers, provided that they are sharing their desktop or presenting. Currently, video is not supported.

The ability to use your iPhone as a conduit to attend WebEx meetings on the go is a great offering for the iPhone to offer. We have to wonder, however, if being able to attend meetings on the go is really a good thing.

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Strand Consulting calls the iPhone beautiful but...

Sean Kalinich | Dec 22, 2008 9:30 AM CST

It is no secret that we here at Strand Consult have been critical about the iPhone, on the other hand our analyses during 2008 have shown that there is not one operator that has increase their turnover, revenue or improved their market share due to the iPhone. In our latest iPhone analysis LINK we document that a number of operators have issued profit warnings based on the iPhone. We have documented that the closer partnership you have with Apple, the worst business case the iPhone becomes from an operator's point of view. We are somewhat shocked by the enormous focus there has been on the functionality of a telephone that has such a tiny share of the market and we feel it is sad that there is not more focus on the functionality of the billions of telephones that customers have actually purchased and are using every day.

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No Zune Phone at CES 2009

Sean Kalinich | Dec 15, 2008 11:26 AM CST

In a strange turn of events, Brian Seitz, who is the group manager for the Zune products, went on the record to let everyone know that while Microsoft might have something special to show at CES, it will not be a new mobile handset carrying the Zune branding. Normally, Microsoft does not comment on speculation or rumors, so the decision to publicly deny this rumor is a strange turn of events.

Seitz did suggest that the CES announcement might have something to do with the much rumored "Project Pink," which opinions seem to be mixed as to what this could actually be. Our sources seem to be mostly in agreement that "Project Pink" is actually a set of consumer-focused premium services that are being developed for Windows Mobile devices that will include Zune services and other service offerings that will come from the Danger acquisition.

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Obama can't kick the Blackberry Habit

Sean Kalinich | Nov 28, 2008 8:18 AM CST

According to excerpts of the interview released by ABC, Obama said one change he was resisting was having to give up his beloved BlackBerry.

A president's email may be subject to public records laws and can be subpoenaed by Congress and the courts. It may also be a security risk for him to carry a traceable mobile phone.|

Giving it up, Obama said, "is a problem".

During the campaign, he was often spotted thumbing the device and was known as a bit of a BlackBerry addict.

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