Jul 14, 2021

AXIA Telecom Launches encrypted smartphone

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Encryption
Devices
Technology
3 min
As AXIA Telecom, part of the AXIA Project, launches a new encrypted smartphone, we take a look at some of the pros and cons of mobile device encryption

AXIA Telecom, part of the AXIA Project and AXIA Coin, has launched a new encrypted smartphone providing users with the maximum level of secure communication. The company says that the device will contain the same features as its industry-leading counterparts, and will be integrated with the AXIA Ecosystem. The smartphone is currently being offered to the public at a “fraction of the cost of other devices that provide less in terms of overall security”, AXIA Telecom claims. 

How does AXIA Telecom’s encrypted smartphone work?

AXIA Telecom CEO, Winter Liu, said: “The new AXIA encrypted smartphone will not only give users the ability to communicate securely but will also offer them savings on data, SMS and phone calls as well as either eliminate or significantly reduce roaming charges; as it is designed to be accessible for everyone. The smartphone is a very simple device that gives people the means to connect with others all over the world safely and securely - bringing them together and empowering unlimited connectivity to transform our lives in the near future”. 

In addition, the phone aims to cater to individuals who understand the importance of privacy and security, with key encryption features including Trusted Execution Environment security zone data isolation, encrypted storage of sensitive data, terminal data channel encryption, and the ability to switch global networks at any time. “All of these features will be included in the phone at no extra cost”, AXIA said. 

AXIA Founder, Nick Agar, added that “The AXIA team is excited to bring AXIA Telecom to market and offer the AXIA encrypted smartphone as part of the ecosystem. The smartphone will provide users with secure communications, cost savings, and unlimited access to AXIA’s participatory economy and the entire suite of services, offerings, and applications in which users can create and receive value simultaneously through their decentralised activity - activity that can transform our lives for the better in the near future. 

He went on to say that “AXIA Telecom will position itself as one of the organizations in the AXIA Ecosystem to work with governments and humanitarian aid organizations to provide countless opportunities for economic development and growth that would otherwise never be available”. 

Pre-orders of the AXIA encrypted smartphone will begin on the AXIA Coin website before the end of July 2021.

The benefits and drawbacks of mobile device encryption

Mobile device encryption is becoming an increasingly common conversation topic; specifically, whether it is a good idea or not. One clear benefit of encrypting a mobile device is that potentially sensitive and personal information is protected - only being accessed by the person to whom it relates. Encryption means that if the device does end up in the wrong hands, the owner can be confident that those hands won’t be able to access any of their data. 

However, encrypting mobile devices could cause a problem if the phone is used for work purposes. This is because when an employer gives an employee an encrypted work phone, they have to have confidence and be able to trust that it won’t be used in a way that it wasn’t intended to. Employees do take advantage of the encryption capabilities and there’s often not a lot that an employer can do to prevent them. 

It is possible to recover encrypted data, but it’s not easy. It involves forensic data collection, which allows several coded elements to be opened and examined. These include social media accounts, system files, device files, and logs. 

While forensics allows you to look at encrypted information more closely and determine its intent, it is not a certainty and the integrity of that data will still need to be maintained.

 

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Jul 29, 2021

HMD Global launches “rugged” Nokia smartphones

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Nokia
Smartphones
audio
4 min
HMD Global, a Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, is launching three “toughened” Nokia smartphones and expanding its range of audio accessories.

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer HMD Global, often referred to as the home of Nokia, has launched three new smartphones for the brand, the Nokia XR20, the Nokia C30, and the Nokia 6310. The company is also expanding its portfolio of audio accessories.

Explaining the reason behind the launch of the devices, Florian Seiche, CEO, HMD Global, said: "We are tapping into consumer pain points around durability and longevity. We did a global trend report8 and found that 73% of consumers want to keep their phone for longer and would if their devices were maintained over time. 

“At HMD, we are empowering people to avoid early device replacement and encouraging more sustainable consumption through our longevity promises. We are delighted to announce the Nokia XR20 – a life-proof phone2 with our trademark sleek, Nordic design that we built for both consumers and enterprises,” Seiche said. 

The Nokia XR20: The “life-proof” phone 

According to HMD Global, the Nokia XR20 is built for longevity and toughness. The company claims it can withstand extreme temperatures, falls from 1.8m above ground, and can survive being in water for up to an hour. Features include the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus screen, said to be the toughest glass ever manufactured. 

 

To prove its durability, Brazillian footballer Roberto Carlos and female world champion freestyler Lisa Zimouche put the XR20 through several tests including placing it in icy water, kicking it, and spinning it screen side down across a concrete football pitch. Carlos also kicked the phone in a move that recreated his infamous “banana shot” last seen in the Brazil vs France match in 1997. 

 

The Nokia XR20 during testing. Image: Nokia

Roberto Carlos, Brazil World Cup winner and Real Madrid legend, said: “I’ve been asked to recreate my ’97 free kick many times over the last twenty years, but never like this before, so I had to accept the challenge. Surely a mobile phone couldn’t survive the wrath of a football. I didn’t think the Nokia XR20 could have withstood the power of my kick. I may not be professional anymore, but I know I still pack a punch, so it was an impressive result.”

HMD says that the XR20 also comes with a  48MP+13MP dual camera with ZEISS Optics, OZO spatial audio, and innovative imaging solutions. “The all-new SpeedWarp mode lets you capture a whole lot of adventure in a compact, exciting montage. Pushing the boundaries of the mid-range, it also comes with 5G speeds, 15W wireless charging, and superior durability,” the company added. 

The mobile manufacturer’s two other releases, the Nokia 6310 and C30 also have new characteristics, with the C30 offering both the largest battery and biggest screen ever fitted to a Nokia device. The battery is said to last up to three days on a single charge. 

The third phone, Nokia’s 6310, aims to bring advanced accessibility, optimised ergonomics, and also has a long battery life. It features a larger display and buttons, as well as zoomed-in menus. 

Nokia’s audio accessories

In addition to the release of smartphones, HMD has also announced an expansion of its audio accessory range. This includes four, new distinct audio lines: Go, Micro, Comfort, and Clarity. 

  • Go: ultra-high value products offering the highest quality at the lowest possible prices
  • Micro: meeting the demand for compact form factor
  • Comfort: a result of consumers seeking optimal comfort in wearables
  • Clarity: top-of-the-range quality earbuds integrating the latest tech

One of the products in the new audio range, Nokia’s Clarity Earbuds Pro, aims to give customers high-performance sound, battery life, and build quality. The powerful combination of dual-mic environment noise cancellation (ENC), Qualcomm cVc, Echo Cancelling, and Noise Suppression Technology captures and eliminates background noise for superb call and music clarity, HMD said. 

Alex Lambeek, Global Head of Accessories, HMD Global, said: “Much like our smartphones, the excellence in Nokia accessories is a result of industry-leading testing for quality. The invaluable insight from our Nokia smartphone community combined with regional insights across the globe has allowed us to grow our ecosystem of companion products to an impressive portfolio. 

“It’s supported by a network of strong partnerships like Binatone that allow us to provide the best for our growing fanbase. Inspired by nature and packaged in paper and soy-based ink to protect it, each new line delivers premium lifestyle experiences at accessible price points,” he added. 



 

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