Tag Archive: Government


ZTE is DOA, but has the U.S. government gone too far?

ZTE no longer has a viable smartphone program thanks to U.S. sanctions, but was it a fair decision?

The U.S. government has basically killed ZTE’s smartphone business by blocking access to Google’s services. There are a lot of headlines that talk about the ban in different ways, but when you get right down to the nitty-gritty that is what you are left with.

The short version is this: ZTE was caught (and admitted to) selling mobile equipment  [Read More…]

Why does the U.S. government mistrust Huawei and not ZTE or Lenovo?

Some companies make phones but some companies make the parts used to make them, too.

Huawei’s big plans to make a breakthrough into the U.S. smartphone market have been crushed. There’s no gentle way to say that, so I’ll just say it.

As CES 2018 was drawing to a close, AT&T and Verizon, which were both all but confirmed to be “official” carriers of the Mate 10 Pro, both announced that they wouldn’t be selling any Huawei  [Read More…]

A 5G network owned by the United States government? It’s not going to happen.

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The U.S. government considering its own 5G network is nothing new, frightening, or likely to happen.

Could the Trump White House be pondering a nationalized 5G network? Yes, it’s distinctly possible. But it’s also highly unlikely to happen and the story is being blown dramatically out of proportion.

The latest Twitterverse kerfuffle was kicked up by an Axios report alleging consideration of “an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile  [Read More…]

We need restrictions on government surveillance, not limits on Google Assistant or Alexa

We all want to preserve our civil liberties, so let’s tackle the real offenders instead of Assistant and Alexa.

Last week, Ava Kofman wrote an interesting yet terrifying piece in The Intercept about Voice RT. You’ve probably never heard of Voice RT before because it’s been one of those things the U.S. Government does in secret; in this case, it was developing technology that can positively identify someone by the sound of their voice. Be sure to  [Read More…]

New bill aims to block U.S. government agencies from communicating over Huawei or ZTE network equipment

H.R. 4747 wants to stop government contracts with telecom companies that use equipment from Huawei or ZTE.

Huawei and ZTE are familiar around these parts because they make some pretty good Android phones, but the bulk of their business comes from the networking equipment the two companies manufacture and sell. Worldwide, both Huawei and ZTE are known for providing equipment like network switches that perform well and aren’t crazy expensive. Their gear is popular, with Huawei being  [Read More…]

Chinese government blocks WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party meeting

WhatsApp falls to the Great Firewall.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and most Google services are blocked in China, and WhatsApp is now joining that list. As reported by The New York Times, the Chinese government is cracking down on the Facebook-owned messaging service, with users all over the country facing disruptions.

It remains to be seen if the ban on WhatsApp is temporary. The government blocked WhatsApp’s photo, video, and document transfer options back in July, but  [Read More…]

Indian government calls Google Maps unreliable, wants citizens to use its own mapping solution instead

The Indian government launches its latest salvo in a long-running fight with Google over mapping data.

The Indian government doesn’t have a high opinion of Google Maps, and it conveyed that sentiment today by saying that the service is “not authenticated” and calling into question its reliability.

That’s according to a statement made by the head of the country’s mapping and survey organisation, aptly named the Survey of India:

If you talk about the authentication, the  [Read More…]

Ola and Uber suspend surge pricing in Delhi after government warning

Ride-sharing services Uber and Ola have announced that they will temporarily suspend surge pricing after receiving a warning from Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The city is trialling an odd-even rule to combat congestion on its roads, and has set prescribed fares for taxi services at ₹16 per km for air-conditioned cabs and ₹14 for those without air conditioning.

To deal with the increased demand, Uber and Ola have turned to surge pricing to get more drivers on the roads,  [Read More…]

Samsung KNOX certified by the UK government on Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung has announced that both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge have been certified by the UK government for data-at-rest. Samsung is the first mobile phone manufacturer to receive said certification from the Communications and Electronics Security Group (CESG). Both smartphones are now recommended for use by government and public sector organizations, including police forces, hospitals, and local councils.

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PSA: That chip on your battery is not for government surveillance

No one is using a little sticker hidden on your battery to spy on you, no matter what Facebook tells you.

It’s easy to get confused by the inside of a smartphone, even if you’re reasonably familiar with a lot of the technology that goes in to these devices. NFC chips are particularly curious, as their size makes it easy to sneak them in just about anywhere, and most folks outside of the tech bubbly have  [Read More…]