Tag Archive: Letter

Five EU states criticize Apple and Google over contact tracing in letter

Five member states wrote a fairly passive-aggressive letter, clearly aimed at Apple and Google.

What you need to know Five EU states have written a letter about contact tracing apps. Without mentioning Apple and Google by name, they were highly critical of the companies. They suggested Apple and Google were “imposing technical standards”, calling the move a misstep and a missed opportunity.

Five EU states have come together, penning a passive-aggressive letter clearly aimed at Apple and  [Read More…]

Spotify’s ‘Made For You’ is a love letter to music addicts

Spotify has the solution to your music curation woes, and they made it just for you.

Finding something to listen to can be a tricky proposition for any music lover. Do I want something new? Do I want something familiar? Do I want something fun? Well, Spotify is known far and wide for their algorithmic prowess, but the best example of it isn’t the Discover Weekly or the year-end statistics. No, siree, the best use of Spotify’s  [Read More…]

Machine learning, AI, post-mobile search lead 2016 Google Founders’ Letter

Alphabet CEO gives Google’s chief a huge megaphone, as he lays the current and future vision of both companies.

The Founders Letter is a powerful statement for Google. Start with the original “Don’t be evil” mission of 2004, to last year’s opus that formed Alphabet and marked a major restructuring of Google. Today, in a 2016 Founders’ Letter, Alphabet CEO Larry Page hands the virtual pen to Google CEO Sundar Pichai for an update.

“I wanted to give  [Read More…]

A love letter to the LG G5 and its wide-angle camera

The LG G5 is better than you think it is. Here’s why.

I was desperate to find something about the LG G5 that hasn’t been said already. But the internet is already full of smart things about the phone, which is not only LG’s latest flagship smartphone, but its acknowledgement that its existing strategies haven’t been working.

I have a dirty secret, though: I really like the G5. From its metal chassis to its well-placed rear  [Read More…]

Tech companies express ‘deep concerns’ about encryption bill in open letter to Senators

Four big tech coalitions have teamed up to write an open letter to two senators in opposition to a bill that would require smartphone manufacturers to decrypt data for law enforcement on demand. Apple, Google, and Facebook are amongst the companies that these coalitions represent, and the letter expresses their “deep concerns” surrounding the proposed bill.

The letter is addressed to Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, and is signed by Reform Government Surveillance, the Computer  [Read More…]

A year-end love letter to the Nexus 6P

The Nexus 6P closes out the year atop our list of the best Android phones you can buy. Here’s one last look at it before we head into CES, into 2016, and into a whole new cycle of smartphones.

LINE Messenger adds ‘Letter Sealing’ feature to make your messages even more secure

LINE Messenger, a popular cross-platform messaging app has added a new security-focused feature, Letter Sealing. The idea behind the new feature is to further protect messages as they are being sent, and prevent any unauthorized access during the message delivery phase.

Carrier IQ withdraws ‘misguided’ cease-and-desist letter, apologizes to security advocate TrevE


Well, that was quick. Carrier IQ just sent out a press statement saying it’s withdrawn its cease-and desist letter to Trevor Eckhart, who recently detailed how the company’s action worked. Said Carrier IQ:

“Our action was misguided and we are deeply sorry for any concern or trouble that our letter may have caused Mr. Eckhart. We sincerely appreciate and respect EFF’s work on his behalf, and share their commitment to protecting free speech  [Read More…]

XDA member gets cease and desist letter from Android OEM tracking software maker, fights back with help from EFF


An XDA-recognized developer TrevE (Trevor Eckhart) received a cease and desist letter from Carrier IQ, a company that produces software that allows OEM manufacturers of Android devices to track everything consumers do on their smartphones. Carrier IQ’s software is embedded at the kernel level in devices made by the likes of Samsung, HTC, and several others, and collects usage information without the user knowing of its existence, let alone the ability to opt-out of  [Read More…]