The final countdown for Blackberry

WhatsApp announced that it will end support for WhatsApp for all Blackberry OS’es including OS10.

If there was ever any doubt that BB OS10 will die this is it. Without WhatsApp the phones are pretty much useless. Even though BB announced that they will launch more Android phones, without any signs of a decent pipeline of Android devices (Wake up: Where is the conversion kit for the Passport to move to Android?) there is no hope left. Even the hardest die-hard fans of BB must admit that this seems to be the end.


Why we should all care about encryption. Really

Andy Yen has captured the crux of the issue so succinctly:

1. Banning encryption would stifle democratic movements. I would add that this is already the case even in the “most” democratic countries like the US and Western Europe.

2. Why do we need encryption if we are apparently have “nothing to hide”. Giving government the means and authority to snoop in on anyone at any time (regardless of judicial oversight or not) opens up the doors to abuse which it has so clearly already been happening. Just think of the Snowden revelations.

3. Privacy is private for a purpose

Thanks to Andy Yen for his article and setting up an encrypted public email provider. I hope that this will be adopted by the, Gmail and others in the future.


Thanks Andy!


Back in summer 2013, the Edward Snowden revelations got me thinking. How much of our lives are compromised when security agencies — or hackers, or anyone else — can read our emails?

Emails paint an intimate narrative of ourselves — the people we talk to, the books we read, the politics we practice. This information is powerful. When we lose control over it, it can do great harm to ourselves and our loved ones.

I realized that I wasn’t comfortable with the power contained within this information, nor with my lack of control over it.

Banning encryption won’t stop terror attacks or end religious extremism. But such a ban would stifle democratic movements, scuttle online security, and undermine our open society.

In fact, no one I talk to is comfortable with this information or with its power. But too often, they seem to prefer not to think about these things. Perhaps…

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The most powerful phone / Huawei Honor 6

I just received my Huawei Honor 6 in black. A very sweet device to look at. Great feel in the hand.

I am just running it through it’s paces but wanted to give you a quick view already on the performance. It’s beating any other phone out there in AnTuTu with a score of 37,540.

Huawei Honor 6 AnTutu Benchmark

What else does the phone have to offer? There is nothing missing. It’s has the best spec of any phone at the moment:

  • 5″, 1080p display
  • Slim bezels; great form factor
  • 3GB RAM
  • Dual SIM
  • Micro SD card support
  • 4G LTE (Cat 6)
  • 3,100 mAh battery
  • 16 Mpx main / 5.1 Mpx selfie camera
  • Gorilla Glass 3 covered front and back

Now the unbelievable part is that the phone is $340.