Tag Archive: Trust


Google pulling Android Messages update is a breach of trust

Google recently pushed an update out that brought its new Material Theme and dark UI to Android Messages. Users were happy to see this new version of the app hit their phones. Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived. Less than 48 hours after the update, Google pulled the new UI back with no explanation via a server-side regression.

Downgrading a new version of an app isn’t uncommon. Developers find small bugs after the fact all the time and recommend users  [Read More…]

No Trust Necessary [#acpodcast]

The power trio of Daniel Bader, Russell Holly, and Jerry Hildenbrand talk about ZTE being banned from using U.S.-based hardware or software in their products as a consequence of selling products into North Korea and Iran. Could this put an end to their smartphone business? Also, Google is set to announce ‘Chat’, a messaging client intended to unify chat across all Android devices and eliminate the need for SMS in most situations.

But wait, there’s more! The gang  [Read More…]

Facebook never earned your trust and now we’re all paying the price

There was no Facebook data breach. You gave them the data, and they gave it away — all according to plan.

News reports have been swirling about Facebook (a company you know), Cambridge Analytica (a company you might not have heard of), and the 2016 United States presidential election. It’s an important story, but I’ve observed a critical misunderstanding or miscasting of the discussion in many media outlets, even those that are supposed to be tech-savvy. You’ve maybe seen  [Read More…]

Will there be a Galaxy Note 8? How Samsung can regain consumer trust

Will there be a Galaxy Note 8? Should there be?

The Galaxy Note 7 is dead. It’s been hard to miss the unceasing flow of news since replacement units began catching fire despite Samsung’s assurances that they were using battery cells from different suppliers than the original 2.5 million that were recalled in early September.

So now Samsung has several priorities, both short-term and long-term. It must once again work with various regulators to retrieve all  [Read More…]

Will there be a Galaxy Note 8? How Samsung can regain consumer trust

Will there be a Galaxy Note 8? Should there be?

The Galaxy Note 7 is dead. It’s been hard to miss the unceasing flow of news since replacement units began catching fire despite Samsung’s assurances that they were using battery cells from different suppliers than the original 2.5 million that were recalled in early September.

So now Samsung has several priorities, both short-term and long-term. It must once again work with various regulators to retrieve all  [Read More…]

The single reason I trust Google with my data

Transparency isn’t everything, but it goes a long way toward earning my trust. And Google lets me see exactly what data I’m giving it.

I’m a trusting person. Maybe it’s my age — having grown up as part of a generation that was still allowed to play outside unsupervised. Or maybe it’s a Southern thing. Or maybe I just see the glass half full of cold, refreshing beer.

In any case, I tend not to worry too much. And I  [Read More…]

Project Abacus plans to bring password-free logins to Android apps based on a “Trust Score”

Google’s I/O Developer conference last week included a variety of changes to the Android Ecosystem. What you may have missed, however, is that Google ATAP discussed Project Abacus in a low-flying announcement. This was initially unveiled at Google I/O 2015, where the software giant described its ambition to take the pressure of password logins off the user. Project

How Motorola began putting their trust in the consumer

Motorola has had an interesting career since the introduction of the smartphone. Before the smartphone, Motorola was king of the communication world. I mean, Motorola was the communications source for the Apollo 11 for crying out loud. Everyone remembers the Motorola Razr flip-phones. All the cool kids had them. Enter the iPhone, and subsequently the HTC Dream, and Motorola quickly dropped to the bottom. Remember the Motorola Atrix (*shudders*)?

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