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Boeing Unveils Self Destructing Smartphone
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SamuelC143
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2/27/2014 | 5:31:23 PM
Origin of the Boeing Self Destructing Phone
The article did not mention it, it is well known in the Puget Sound area (Seattle) that this device is the product of a "black hole" activity also known as the 787 program. The tenfold cost overrun of that program developed technology that can destroy any good idea, including labor harmony and for which an Android phone was child's play. Of course using Android as the basis for a trusted phone destroys any hope of security which makes it the perfect match for the self destructive hardware. One would suspect the marketing efforts to be similar.
J_Brandt
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2/27/2014 | 5:58:02 PM
A real market?
In the era of consumer tech/BYOD and the death of multiple devices, is there a real market (Beyond the Mission: Impossible team) for this type of phone?  And a key question not answered by the article – can you play Angry Birds on it?
Kristin Burnham
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2/27/2014 | 8:38:29 PM
Re: A real market?
I can't think of any practical consumer uses (other than a pretty awesome party trick). Certainly practical for military/government use, though.
J_Brandt
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J_Brandt,
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2/27/2014 | 8:41:18 PM
Re: A real market?
That's a very expensive party trick! :)
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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2/28/2014 | 11:08:59 PM
Re: A real market?
Well, that and reliving old spy shows.  ;)

This article has the Inspector Gadget theme running in my head!  Also, Get Smart.
Kristin Burnham
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3/3/2014 | 8:33:01 PM
Re: A real market?
Ha--I was thinking the same thing about Inspector Gadget!
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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2/28/2014 | 6:15:12 AM
Re: A real market?
J_Brandt,

I was wondering the same at first. But as the Boeing Black is intended for government agencies mainly, and companies engaged with those agencies, for defense and security I suppose there is a market and Boeing saw the opportunity. 

The self-destruct feature, however, would be useful for other people, too. Maybe after this Apple, Samsung, or any other manufacturer add a self-destruct capability to their devices as well. 

About Angry Birds, worry no more. Rovio will make sure every government agent will have their quota of secure Angry Birds play. :D 

-Susan
WKash
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WKash,
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3/3/2014 | 9:40:50 PM
Re: A real market?
Though the defense and intelligence communities might appear small, there are tens of thousands of individuals who need specialized equipment like this.  As we understand it, the Boeing Black adheres to the various security requirements set forth by in NSA's Mobile Capability Packages which are in line with NSA's associated Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program.
WKash
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WKash,
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2/27/2014 | 8:41:32 PM
Shades of SMEPED
The last time the military sought a super secure top secret smartphone, it ended up with the SMEPED - the Secure Mobile Environment Portable Electronic Device.  It's performance was as clunky as its name -- so much so, that even President Obama refused to use it. While its hard to imagine this ever being more than a niche phone, it's intesting to see Boeing jump into the mobile fray here.   
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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2/28/2014 | 6:31:46 AM
Secret price?
Elena, 

Very interesting article. Is there an estimated price for the Boeing Black? I couldn't find anything on the Website, or the PDF. Or is the price top secret? :D 

-Susan
ElenaMalykhina
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2/28/2014 | 10:35:20 AM
Re: Secret price?
A Boeing spokesperson wouldn't disclose the phone's price.
WKash
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WKash,
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3/3/2014 | 10:09:28 PM
Re: Secret price?
One sources tells us the phone sells for aourn $630 and comes unlocked.

 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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3/4/2014 | 1:02:23 AM
Re: Secret price?
Thanks, WKash. 

$630 is a competitive price. I believe the Boeing Black is going to bring new changes in the mobile market as big manufacturers like Apple and Samsung will try to either copy, or improve the self-destruct capability. 

-Susan
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mak63,
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2/28/2014 | 5:55:28 PM
The New Blackberry?
The front looks like the Samsung Charge, doesn't it? and if I'm not mistaken, it has the same 4.3-inch screen.

I read somewhere that it took 3 years to developed this phone. No wonder it looks like the Charge, which came out by then.

I'm sure a company like Boeing could come out with a better design. Version 2 perhaps?
Also the video could show the so-called self-destruct thingy. Well, @ least it has solar charged batteries; which is neat.

 

 


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