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New BlackBerry for Obama?

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(Read caption) President Obama will soon be getting a highly secure modified version of the BlackBerry for use while traveling and around the White House. The National Security Agency is in the final stages of development with the Blackberry 8830 and it should be ready in the next few months.

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Surprised to hear that President Obama is getting a new BlackBerry?

You're not alone. But word is out this morning that the president is getting another one. Credit those sneaky guys over at the Washington Times for this scoop.

According to Bill Gertz, the 'top-secret BlackBerry 8830 is in the final stages of development by the National Security Agency, which will soon begin checking to make sure its encryption software meets federal standards."

Doesn't he already have one? Sure, there are plenty of photos of the president and his "BarackBerry" but it's actually a clunky interim model, or models. Kind of like having to use two remote controls for your TV. It's a pain, but you get used to it after awhile.

"Mr. Obama has been using a patchwork of two devices, a BlackBerry and an NSA-supplied secure hand-held device known as Sectera Edge," Gertz writes. "The General Dynamics Corp.-made Sectera must be plugged into the presidential BlackBerry, making its use more cumbersome than a secure BlackBerry."

Whoa

What makes this one cooler?

He can email with it. And use it as a phone. Maybe even play a game of presidential BrickBreaker.

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