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Privacy is trendy: Google making high-end encryption easy

With spy-grade security, Google is making it harder for the NSA to read your e-mail. And Apple adds the privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo to Safari options.

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Encryption can be a complicated topic. But in this CNET Update, you'll find a simple explanation to how Google will offer high-level e-mail security that anyone will be able to use in the Chrome browser. Google will be using OpenPGP, and the technology is what Edward Snowden used to communicate with journalists.

It's been one year since Snowden leaked classified documents about NSA spying. Encryption is becoming a selling feature as consumers are on high alert about privacy. Apple is also hot on the trend. The new operating systems for the iPhone, iPad and Mac will have the option for DuckDuckGo to be the default search engine, instead of Google or Bing. It may have a silly name, but the search engine is serious about privacy because it doesn't track browsing history.

Also in the show, learn about the Junglecat. It's an iPhone case that turns into a video game controller. As more folks shift toward smartphone gaming, we say farewell to Sony's PlayStation Portable. The 10-year-old PSP will no longer be sold.

Keep watch for more video game news next week as the E3 conference kicks off in Los Angeles.

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Privacy is trendy: Google making high-end encryption easy