FTC Sets Investigative Sights on Carrier IQ
The Federal Trade Commission has decided to investigate allegations that software company Carrier IQ logged user activity without their knowledge or consent and shared that information with wireless network operators, reports the Washington Post. Citing anonymous government officials, the Post says the FTC is looking to see if Carrier IQ violated consumer privacy laws. Carrier IQ confirmed that its senior executives have met with government officials over the matter, which exploded several weeks ago when Carrier IQ's software was discovered by a researcher logging keystrokes. Carrier IQ denies that its software logs keystrokes or monitors text messages. The software is used in handsets sold by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile USA, but not Verizon Wireless. Carrier IQ has since contradicted the Washington Post's story, claiming that it met with the FTC and FCC voluntarily to discuss the issue.
Major Carriers Cut Off Location Aggregators After Abuse
Sprint this week became the last major US carrier to commit to ending its relationships with location aggregators, companies that resell phone location data, including real-time customer location. AT&T and T-Mobile last week pledged to cut off location aggregators in March, while Verizon has also told The Washington Post that it's working to end its location aggregator contracts.
ROKiT Mobile Launches Phones with Health Services for "Transitionals"
Jan 8, 2019
ROKiT is a new line of affordable unlocked phones accompanied by a unique range of health and life services for what it calls "transitionals", which means people between jobs, people struggling socioeconomically, and anyone without adequate health insurance. The lineup includes two very basic feature phones and three Android models.
CAT S48c Rugged Phone Coming to Verizon
Jan 10, 2019
The ultra-rugged CAT S48c will soon be available to Verizon business customers, the two brands announced this morning. The S48c has been available with Sprint since early November.
Blu Vivo Go Packs Android 9 Pie Go Edition
Dec 13, 2018
Blu today revealed the Vivo Go, a sub-$100 smartphone that runs the Go Edition of Android 9 Pie. Android Go focuses on delivering the core Android experience through lightweight versions of Google's apps.
Google's Arts & Culture App Adds 200,000 Works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Oct 26, 2018
Art enthusiasts have 200,000 new reasons to be excited about the Google Arts & Culture app, which recently expanded its partnership with New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met has been methodically digitizing its collection of more than 1.5 million artifacts that span some 5,000 years of history.
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What about all the other smaller/local carriers too?