Consumer Groups Demand Broadband Privacy Laws
Dozens of consumer action groups have petitioned the FCC to install regulations that would protect the privacy of the nation's wired and wireless broadband users. The groups believe broadband providers — including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, and others — should be subject to tough privacy standards. These companies already collect an incredible amount of data from customers in order to serve ads. "This can create a chilling effect on speech and increase the potential for discriminatory practices derived from data use," said the groups in their letter to the FCC. Some of the signees include the ACLU, Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Public Citizen. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler agrees that broadband providers need to secure any consumer data they collect, and should make sure consumers know what is being collected and give them the choice whether or not to participate. Late last year, however, the FCC shot down a proposal that would have forced companies to honor "do not track" requests. The FCC did not immediately comment on the group's letter.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Google Refocuses Daydream View Headset
Alongside the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, Google today introduced a new version of its Daydream View VR headset. Both new Pixel phones are Daydream-ready and function perfectly with the revised viewing hardware.