Monday, December 22, 2014

Boeing Partners With BlackBerry to Create Self-Destroying Phone


Boeing has recruited BlackBerry to help develop its super-secret Black smartphone.

Geared toward users in the defense and security communities, the Boeing Black promises customers peace of mind via the handset's self-destruct feature.

Based on papers filed by Boeing in February, there are no serviceable parts in the device. And any attempt to break open the product casing would trigger a Mission Impossible-style deletion of saved data and software, and render the gadget inoperable.

This level of "trusted access" to data will allegedly tap into the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES 12), introduced in November, which securely manages mobile devices running BlackBerry, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone software.

"We're pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform," BlackBerry CEO John Chen said during a conference call.

"That, by the way, is all they allow me to say," he added, as reported by Reuters.

In a statement emailed to PCMag, a BlackBerry spokeswoman confirmed the collaboration, saying that it will "provide secure mobile solutions for Android devices utilizing our BES12 platform."
Boeing's 4.3-inch qHD Black phone weighs in at 170 grams, comes with a lithium-ion 1590 mAh battery, Bluetooth v2.1, dual 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs, on-board storage plus a microSD slot, and expansion ports for a micro USB, PDMI (portable digital media interface), or a modular 24-pin connector. There's also the Boeing PureSecure technology, which is meant to protect the phone, its data, and the transmission of information.

Source: PC Mag

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