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The Turing Phone is here – you can reserve yours today!

The Turing Phone age is finally upon us and, if you are a very different person with very different interests, you may find it the best device on the market yet. Why is that you ask? Because this smartphone is said to be the most secured piece of hardware available to the general public at the moment. It is unbreakable, unstoppable, UNHACKABLE. Of course, its unique design will draw your attention as well.


Turing phone concept



Turing is now accepting reservations on its website. You read right, reservations. This is because you are not requested any money like it happens on regular pre-orders. All you have to do is enter contact information and choose the desired colors and storage capacity for your device.

What makes the Turing phone special?


This smartphone is unique in the sense that it is branded as a secured device in terms of software. It does not have any jacks or USB ports because you will have to charge it via a proprietary cable with no data connection support, and you get a Bluetooth headset when you buy the device.

It is encrypted all around for the greater purpose of keeping everything secured. The smartphone has a public key that allows you to send messages to users and a private key you can use to decrypt them. Everything is handled on local hardware and there are no servers because this way, there are no security holes that can be exploited.


The Turing phone has an angular body with IPX8 water resistance and it is made of the “Liquidmorphium” alloy, which is supposed to be a mélange of metals stronger than titanium.


Official specs:

  • 5” 1080p display
  • Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • Fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • Unlocked GSM and LTE networks
  • NFC without wireless charging
  • Android 5.1 (modified and encrypted).


Turing spec list



When it comes to storage, the Turing Phone offers you three options: 16GB for $610, 64GB for $740 or 128GB for $870. You can choose from three distinct color options: Beowulf (black and purple), Cardinal (red and white) or Pharoh (red and blue).


Turing phone



In order to get on the reservation list, you have to go to the official Turing Robotics Industries device page and submit your name, email address, phone number and home city.


The heavily secured Turing Phone smartphone is already being reviewed by several connoisseurs and opinions seem to differ. While some like the device, others consider it disgusting because of its software interface and lack of ports. The device, however, stands out among this year’s flagships, and we will soon see what it truly offers for ourselves.


Source: TuringPhone

Apps News Updates/Software

Telegram encrypted messaging app updated with material design and security features

Telegram app just received an update to v.2.0 and it presents a new material design, and account self-destruct, among other new features. The app is a secure messaging platform that encrypts messages from end-to-end.


Telegram app



In the full changelog you can see the updates Telegram got:

  • Material design
  • Cloud search for messages
  • It sets a period of inactivity after which your account will self-destruct
  • It determines who can see your Last seen time.


Telegram messaging



The user interface is probably Telegram’s more important change, at least visually speaking, and on a side note, the automatic self-destruct you can flexibly set is a great addition. The feature lets you set a certain period of time when, if there is no activity; your entire account will be permanently deleted.  


The app is free to use and its creators say they will never use ads to make money. You can give it a shot in the Google Play Store by accessing it through the widget below.

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Android L to enable data ecryption in order to protect customers

Android L is closer to us than ever and it seems that Washington Post received a glimpse of what is to come from Google itself! It appears that devices shipping with Android L will be having default encrypted disks – the move is a step forward in preventing law enforcement from obtaining information from smartphones and tablets without the owner’s consent.

This change will allow Google to avoid certain ethical and legal questions when it comes to search warrants issued against devices. Considering the fact that they will not be able to provide tools that can be used to access encrypted data on devices this means they cannot be compelled to do it either.

What automatic encryption will do is protect devices from law enforcement or hacker access without authorization. This does not stop law enforcement officers from raiding your cloud stored data though.

Full-disk encryption is available on Android devices since 2011, but it was not enabled by default and most users have not enabled it themselves. This implementation is extremely helpful and efficient and it would not affect battery life or device performance.

New Android devices shipping with the L release will have encryption turned on but it is yet unclear if existing devices will be encrypted automatically after they are updated to the Android L OS.

Source: Washington Post


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General Linux

SSH key generation 101

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I always forget the -b option which allows changing the size of the key…. so Im putting this down here for future reference.

ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 2048

You can use dsa instead of the rsa after the -t to generate a DSA key. The number after the -b specifies the key bits. DSA is limited to 1024, whereas RSA isn’t. standard is 1024 if you don’t include the -b argument.

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