Huawei is now practically calling it quits in the US. This is the result of the rather hostile attitude the US government has shown the Chinese manufacturer based on allegations of spying for the Chinese government.
declined to renew a copyright-law exemption that saw the legalization of cellphone unlocking. This isn't rooting or bootloaders, but carrier unlocking smartphones to be used on other networks, or while abroad. You might remember the petitions that made the White House issue a statement, and now they're at it again.
Google and Microsoft teaming up certainly is an odd one, given all the trouble and past legal battles Microsoft has aimed at Google's Android, but it's for the greater good. This week we've learned that Google and Microsoft teamed up and have sued the US government. Taking on the feds directly in an attempt to have more freedom and transparency.
CyanogenMod who recently launched "Privacy Guard" which blocks your info from all apps, and now it appears they'll be putting their efforts into a secure and encrypted messaging service for Android smartphones and tablets.
shared some thoughts last week, and now we're getting details about their upcoming plans for transparency in general.
document leaked revealing they give the NSA access to all our 'metadata' on an ongoing daily basis. Then to top that a new report surfaced that the NSA has a program calls "PRISM" that does this for tons of other major companies.
earlier in the week suggested that select Samsung devices were nearing approval for use by the US government. Those reports mentioned the GALAXY S 4, however the overall approval seemed hinged on the Samsung Knox security software. Coming this morning, we have received word from Samsung in regards to the approval and moving forward, the US government and military will be able to use Samsung smartphones and tablets provided they are running the Knox security software.
annual report card. It's called "Who has your back" regarding companies who protect their users - and their data - from the prying eyes of the government. Surprisingly, Verizon scores dead last and didn't receive a single star, while AT&T only had 1 out of 5 themselves. It's not looking good for wireless carriers.
employees in the Pentagon, however it looks like the Department of Defense is just about ready to issue an approval. The catch here comes in with which devices will receive the approval. Right now, it is looking like those will include Samsung Galaxy smartphones. Or more specifically, Samsung Galaxy smartphones that are running the Knox security software.