Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.
Just as dog is some people's co-pilot, security is my fantasy.
I crave those long-gone days when no one can know where I am and no one, other than the intended listener, can hear me say: "My place. 7:30. Warriors game. I'm making spaghetti bolognese."
So the idea of a phone that offers a secure connection is tantalizing. The latest to step up and be privacy's Prince Charming is called the BOSS phone.
Being presented Tuesday in Indiegogo's setup at CES, this phone's creators make startling claims. They say that it's the "World's First, Unlocked, Dual SIM, Android, Tor-Certified Phone."
Mom, you can phone your lover in private now. This phone is Tor-certified.
What's that, son? Like some superhero uses it in one of your comics?
It's hard to imagine that ordinary people will get their minds around it. It may be even harder for them to get their hands around it. It has a 7-inch screen -- that's 1.5 inches bigger than the flesh-eating monster known as iPhone 6 Plus.
Still, one of the BOSS phone's creators, David Briggs, offered delightfully positive spin: "The device fits in the hands of both women and children. Most kids use both their parents' phones and tablets to play games and text. BOSS Phone will fit in both large or small hands. However, you may need two hands if you're a child using your parents' BOSS phone."
You may, indeed.
Briggs was happy to add, though, that business people just might be interested in such a device. He may perchance have had Sony execs on his mind. If Amy Pascal had used one of these phones, perhaps -- just perhaps -- her deep and spontaneous missives to Scott Rudin wouldn't have suffered such cruel misinterpretation.
Briggs said the idea for the phone came to him when he was at his brother's wedding in Turkey. He tried to upload a YouTube video, but Turkey's Internet filter had other ideas. I cannot confirm that the video showed the Turkish president trimming his facial hair in the bathroom mirror, while humming Jimmy Buffet's "Pencil Thin Mustache."
The BOSS isn't the first to attempt to bring security to the phone world. The Boeing Black.has already emerged, even if not yet to mass adulation. Boeing, too, has leaped upon the notion of deep security with a phone called
Am I to assume from these names that security is, these days, only a black art?
As for the BOSS phone, Briggs insisted its security was better.
"Our additional security features and focus includes proprietary installation of Rivetz technology to provide OS independent encryption and decryption of data at the hardware level," he said. "We believe BOSS is superior because we are using hardware-level and network-level security that allows usage and utility standard Android OS."
Briggs and his partner Nick Spriggs are looking for $150,000 from their Indiegogo campaign in order to take their phone to a level of production. The intended retail price is between $275 and $350.
This isn't the first gadget they've launched. Their previous effort was a 3-D tablet called Neo3do.
If this phone actually manages to deliver what it promises, would you be prepared to hold a seven-incher to your ear? Or might you carry it around in your pocket as a second phone, ready for those more personal calls, sexts and downloads?
For all the freedom that gadgets have given us, they've also thrust us into a peculiar captivity. Can other gadgets somehow release us? I wonder.