Obama Still Fighting for Blackberry

Only last week Obama expressed his desire to hang on to his Blackberry:

“I’m still clinging to my BlackBerry. They’re going to pry it out of my hands,” Obama said in a broadcast last week televised by CNBC. “You are interacting with people who are outside of the White House in a meaningful way.”

The concern with Obama continuing to use a Blackberry centers around the fear of the device being hacked. McAfee has detected only a few attacks against the RIM device which is credited to the unique network controlled by RIM. While US engineers might be able to build a Blackberry that uses higher levels of encryption than RIM and the wireless carriers, without this special version Obama’s message cannot have confidence of privacy.

“If Obama uses a vanilla BlackBerry, he should use it with the assumption that the world will read it,” said Entner, the analyst. “His counterparts in the capitals of several countries will read it.”

Research In Motion (RIM), the manufacturer of the Blackberry, has enjoyed an increase in sales thanks to Obama’s free publicity.

Read more on The Seattle Times.

#CES09: Bug Labs announces 5 new BUG modules

We first featured Bug Labs and their ‘open source’ hardware platform which features a Linux heart back in late 2007. Bug Labs is still around and announced 5 new modules at CES: BUGprojector, BUGsound, BUGbee, BUGwifi, and BUG3g GSM.

  • BUGprojector: the mini DLP-based projector Now you can display video from your BUG as big as you want to see it.
  • BUGsound is for music lovers. Has a 20-mm speaker, omnidirectional microphone and four stereo jacks for input, output, headphones and microphone.
  • BUGbee 802.15.4 module and the BUGwifi: 802.11 and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR module. Connect BUGs to WLANs, PANs, headsets and more, wirelessly.
  • BUG3g GSM module: which provides your BUG the ability to connect to high-speed 3G cell networks.

All these new BUGmodules will be available by the end of this quarter, with pricing and shipping details to be announced soon.

More info to come on the BugCommunity as well as the Bug Labs site.#CES09

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