Leaked EU proposal reveals plan to make smartphone batteries easier to replace - We really all need this!

Replacing a dead battery on smartphones used to be quite easy not so long ago. It didn’t require any professional help and users could easily pop the back cover open to access the replaceable battery. And having a replaceable battery on your smartphone was more of a norm than an exception. These days, however, replacing a dead battery on your smartphone is a herculean task that requires specialized equipment and poses the risk of voiding the warranty. But this might change soon as the EU is currently mulling over a plan to make smartphone batteries easily replaceable once again. squeet.me/objects/962c3e10b53b

Firefox turns controversial new encryption on by default in the US - DNS over HTTPS will be rolling out over the coming weeks

Starting today, Mozilla will turn on by default DNS over HTTPS (DoH) for Firefox users in the US, the company has announced. DoH is a new standard that encrypts a part of your internet traffic that’s typically sent over an unencrypted plain text connection, and which could allow others to see what websites you’re visiting, even when your communication with the website itself is encrypted using HTTPS. Mozilla says it is the first browser to support the new standard by default, and will be rolling it out gradually over the coming weeks in order to address any unforeseen issues.
Mozilla is motivated in part by ISPs who monitor customers’ web usage. US carriers like Verizon and AT&T are building massive ad-tracking networks. DoH won't stop the data collection but it’ll likely make it more difficult. squeet.me/objects/962c3e10c005

drops a bomb on long-life certificates at a Certification Authority Browser Forum (CA/Browser) meeting last week.

will, later this year, no longer accept new HTTPS certificates that expire more than 13 months from their creation date. That means websites using long-life / issued after the cut-off point will throw up privacy errors in Apple's browser.

Interesting. But does it even matter to in 2020?

The European Commission is switching away its instant messaging to encrypted open source messaging app Signal - Notice a trend in governments moving away from Whatsapp?

"The instruction appeared on internal messaging boards in early February, notifying employees that "Signal has been selected as the recommended application for public instant messaging."
The app is favored by privacy activists because of its end-to-end encryption and open-source technology.
"It's like Facebook's WhatsApp and Apple's iMessage but it's based on an encryption protocol that's very innovative," said Bart Preneel, cryptography expert at the University of Leuven. "Because it's open-source, you can check what's happening under the hood," he added. squeet.me/objects/962c3e101536

To all Google UK users, time to switch to ecloud before your user data will be moved to U.S!
At ecloud you get a unique user ID with synced email, calendars, contacts and documents mashable.com/article/british-g


How is the weekend over already?! That can't have been a full 48 hours! I demand a recount!

Encryption backdoors must never be allowed. To prove that Tutanota is free from any backdoor, the entire client code is published as open source. Let's fight against mass surveillance! ✊

Graphene Batteries FINALLY Hit the Market - They will charge much faster and will be safer than existing Li-Ion batteries

There is already a 10,000mAh battery bank coming to market and hopefully in the coming year we'll see the higher end phones getting these batteries. Testing has been successful with up to 100W charging (which would fry a normal battery) and seems life cycle use will be about 2,5x longer than existing Li-Ion batteries.
See Major Breakthrough: Graphene Batteries FINALLY Hit the Market
#technology #batteries
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How to install desktop Ubuntu on your Android device - I tried it and it works really well with LibreOffice, desktop Chromium etc

The only requirement for this to run is a rooted phone (which my Pixel 2 XL is) and the instructions were pretty easy to get Linux Deploy to work. Once that was in I could choose from a variety of Linux distros such as Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Debian, etc and depending on which one, then also the version and some desktop UIs. Its not everything as I noticed I could install latest Ubuntu with MATE desktop but did not see Kubuntu by default, although I see there is a custom option too.
Internet browsing and app installs are working fine, but I was having trouble mounting a local folder on the phone to browse its data, and also to browse my computer. But I could access my Nextcloud server and get files from there. It works perfectly fast enough.
To be honest a phone's screen is a bit small to do decent work on, so I see two useful scenarios maybe for this:
1. Boot it as-is and display via Chromecast to a TV screen, and just connect a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse to operate it. squeet.me/objects/962c3e10ee29

We talk a lot about organizations that sell our personally identifiable , but we should consider discussing those that purchase our information...

- Specifically, who are they?
- What can be done to productively pressure them to stop?

Purposely not asking “what do they use it for?” because it legitimizes their actions.

This is not the way to go @HuaweiBlog@mastodon.link
- the world does NOT need a third proprietary mobile services.

We need an open, independent and neutral infrastructure, preferably open source, with guarantees on user's data privacy.


@HuaweiBlog@mastodon.link @Huawei

In an ideal world, your OS/browser would let you manage your entire social profile & graphs locally, and you (temporarily) authorize websites and apps to access parts of that information.

Could have been so cool. Oh well...

A new study from Harvard reveals that open-plan offices decrease rather than increase face-to-face collaboration

They start using email and messaging with much greater frequency than before. In other words, even if collaboration were a great idea (it's a questionable notion), open plan offices are the worst possible way to make it happen.
Previous studies of open plan offices have shown that they make people less productive, but most of those studies gave lip service to the notion that open plan offices would increase collaboration, thereby offsetting the damage.
The Harvard study, by contrast, undercuts the entire premise that justifies the fad. And that leaves companies with only one justification for moving to an open plan office: less floor space, and therefore a lower rent. squeet.me/objects/962c3e10e63f

New ultrasonic bracelet can block microphones - It works, but it's too bulky except for NSA agents to wear

Researchers at the University of Chicago have developed a bracelet which can be used to jam microphones in a number of mainstream consumer devices. The jammer employs 24 speakers which are pointed in multiple directions and transmit ultrasonic sound to interfere with the audio recordings on microphones.
“Our device is based on a recent exploit that leverages the fact that when exposed to ultrasonic noise, commodity microphones will leak the noise into the audible range,” the researchers said.
If this were a bit smaller it may be a popular item amongst many groups of people. Now all they need is a device like this for cameras for AirBnB guests and you have another winner.
See New ultrasonic bracelet can block microphones
#technology #privacy

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Switzerland plans to anchor public services’ contribution to open source in law, and software developers working for the federal government should be able to be part of open source communitie

Swiss federal government organisations and agencies will soon be free to share the source code of their software solutions as open source. In addition, software developers working for the federal government should be able to be part of open source communities. The government wants to anchor this in federal law, according to new Guidelines on Open Source in the Federal Government.
The new rules will be part of an updated version of the 'Bundesgesetz über die Digitale Verwaltung' (Federal law on digital administration). This law will be circulated for comments soon, the government writes in the ‘Praxis-Leitfaden: 'Open Source Software in der Bundesverwaltung' (practical guidelines for open source in the federal government). squeet.me/objects/962c3e1010c9

Tutanota has been blocked in Russia to stop encrypted communication. This again shows, why we need to fight for privacy around the world. ✊ If you are affected, you can still access Tutanota with @torproject or a vpn. Here's more info:

"Startups take on Google, Apple and put privacy first.

If you have an Android phone, and that's 74% of global smartphone users, you send 12MB of personal data per day to Google while the iPhone sends about 6MB"

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