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Samsung's new USB PD 100W chips may finally bring ultra-fast charging to the masses

Xiaomi recently impressed battery worrywarts with its 100-watt Super Charge Turbo solution, but has yet to officially announce a phone with that technology. But when it comes to connecting up a couple of things with a USB cable, there's more to the equation than just power. Samsung is attempting to push that point by introducing a couple of power management chips today that can push 100W, but also puts priority on encryption.

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Android Q will bring mandatory disk encryption to even low-end devices with Adiantum's help

Google's tug of war with hackers is never ending and we're stuck right in the middle of it. Given that Android is such a big target with billions of active devices out in the world, the company has to keep on the offensive. And with the latest security improvements in Android Q, more people than ever before will be able to stay safe.

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Android Q will support encryption on low-end devices

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[Update: App available] Mozilla Firefox Send lets you share encrypted files privately and for free

Mozilla is one of the champions for internet freedom and privacy – which is part of why I love the company and its work – so it's no surprise that it "graduated" one of its experiments to a full-fledged product. Meet Firefox Send, a free, encrypted file-transfer service.

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Adiantum is Google's new fast storage encryption mode for mobile devices

Talking about encryption is difficult because while it's crucial for security and privacy, most people don't understand or care about it. Despite its importance, there's always a trade-off, since it takes a (sometimes hefty) toll on system resources. This can make a device practically unusable with how it slow it is due to the encryption processes. To combat this, Google announced Adiantum, a new mode of storage encryption for low-power devices like Android Go phones, smartwatches, and so on.

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Android Pie cloud backups now encrypted with user's lock screen password

Google automatically backs up some of your phone's data, like SMS messages (Nexus/Pixel only) and call history, to the cloud. That way, if you need to wipe your device or it gets lost/stolen, you're not completely out of luck. Android Pie includes changes to how these backups are stored, so not even Google can read your data.

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Sikur launches new encrypted phones, this time using Sony hardware

It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard the Sikur name, with the security-focused company last seen in February promoting its “hack proof” SIKURPhone. The company had 20,000 units available for pre-order, but they weren’t scheduled to ship until August. Like all its phones, the device essentially amounted to a very secure messenger and cryptocurrency wallet with few third-party apps. 

Now Sikur is back, this time with Sony-branded hardware. The SIKURPhone XZ1 and the XA2 run SikurOS, which is a beefed up version of Android. Additional security is obviously the main selling point here, with Sikur advertising it as “the safest digital wallet on the market,” but the company can now can boast about the hardware design too.

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ProtonMail update adds address verification and full PGP encryption support

ProtonMail is an email service that prides itself on airtight security for its customers. The latest update (v3.14 for web and v1.9 for Android) adds full PGP support and address verification, both intended to further secure communications.

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The Secure Data Act would eliminate government-mandated backdoors on encrypted devices and communications

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Congress is set to vote on a bill that would prevent any government agency from requiring device manufacturers and software developers to implement backdoors in the encryption models for their products. Dubbed the Secure Data Act, this bipartisan initiative is a surprisingly good step toward keeping our data secure from unauthorized government access.

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Twitter is testing encrypted 'secret conversations'

It appears that Twitter is working on a 'Secret conversation' feature that would allow users to send encrypted messages to each other. This would bring Twitter in line with other messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram that already offer message encryption, and in the current privacy climate, it would surely be a popular move.

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