The Privacy Friendly Librem 5 is now shipping (for cool people)

If you’re getting concerned about how much of your privacy is sucked up and used by the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook, etc., you probably should be. The Librem 5 smartphone aims to give control back to the user.

Hong Kong protesters should be smarter about their messaging apps

Hong Kong protesters have been seeking out new ways of communicating without government intervention. Here’s a potentially much better option compared to the messaging apps that they’ve been using.

A new Android ransomware emerges and it could be serious

There’s a new Android ransomware that encrypts most of the information on your smartphone and asks for a ransom in order to decrypt it.

The Librem 5’s hardware specs & pre-orders

The highly anticipated FOSS-friendly Librem 5 smartphone now has its specs finalized and the pre-order discount is ending soon.

Apparently, I have to install spyware on my phone in order to attend a Weird Al concert

If you enjoy supporting your favorite artists by attending their shows, watch out for the AXS ticketing app. It could be a nightmare!
Brave Rewards

How Brave Browser lets you support your favorite sites with Brave Rewards

What we like about Brave is that is serves up ads with privacy in mind. What’s really cool about the Brave Browser is their new Brave Rewards system.

Pocketnow Daily: OnePlus 7 Pro is HOT, Apple affected by tariffs & more (video)

On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the official launch of the OnePlus 7 Pro, costs going up for Apple along with their prices and more.
WhatsApp

WhatsApp vulnerability allowed installation of spyware on phones

A WhatsApp vulnerability was discovered that allowed attackers to install government-grade spyware on phones running affected versions.

Librem One is a new privacy & freedom focused software suite for your smartphone

Sick of Facebook spying on your conversations, Apple pretending to care about security, Alexa employees laughing at the things you say, and Google collecting data from your email? The Librem One suite may be a good security defense for your smartphone.
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Apple issues official statement on removed screen time apps

Apple issues an official statement after reports that it anticompetitively removed screen time apps from the Store. The company cites privacy reasons.
Brave

Why Pocketnow recommends Brave, a private browser that rewards users

As a publisher, we loathe ads. It’s just that they keep the lights on. But we do recommend Brave, a browser that is blocking ads, among other things.

Think your Facebook password is safe? Think again!

A recent Facebook password issue has surfaced, and, according to reports, between 200 million and 600 million users were and their passwords were affected.

US cranks pressure on UK over Huawei, 5G

DC officials are telling their London counterparts that Huawei can still send data back to its home government and circumvent hardware inspections.

FCC pushing carriers to report better elevation location for 911 calls

From 2021 onwards, carriers will be required to report accurate location data to 911 call centers not just on latitude and longitude, but height, too.
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German foreign ministry discourages 5G tenders from going to Huawei

Intelligence agency staff have also been working to convince Bundestag members that Huawei is a security risk for Germany’s up and coming 5G network.

eero Wi-Fi mesh routers on sale as Amazon’s acquisition closes

The newly-minted Amazon-owned eero is reiterating pledges to ensuring customers’ privacy while they use their mesh Wi-Fi networks.

Apple patents encryption to protect iPhone users’ locations and other data

The iPhone maker is working on a new way to prevent governments and spy actors from knowing who sent what messages with encryption.

Huawei P30 Rumors! ft. Booredatwork | #PNWeekly 348

On our show, we discuss Huawei’s legal challenges in the United States and beyond. Plus, hardware talk with the upcoming P30 and current Galaxy S10!

Google Assistant Voice Match won’t unlock Android phones anymore

Google Assistant won’t use a matching sample of your voice to authenticate and unlock your phone or tablet anymore. What’s more, there are new privacy measures.

Head of UK’s MI6 stuck between competitive and security concerns on Huawei

It’s not a simple question of whether Huawei is allowed to participate in the build-out of the nation’s 5G network, but the MI6 chief’s talking about it.
Huawei P20 Pro review

Canada’s Telus considers government’s prospective Huawei ban an investment risk

Huawei provides an affordable option to other cellular network equipment vendors and carriers like Telus want that quite badly. But are strings attached?

iOS apps can record what you do in them and then unsafely send that data

Businesses secretly record what you do in their apps to improve them. More worryingly, that software isn’t perfect at hiding sensitive data.

US lawmakers want sanctions on ZTE enforced if it fails on Trump terms

Chinese telcom player ZTE has plenty of attention from senators as it continues to face punishment from sanctions violations and fraud.

Just a reminder that the Essential Phone exists and it has a fresh software update

The Feburary update has only been out for a few days and, again, it takes an upstart to deliver the quickest update on their only phone.

WhatsApp update brings Face ID or Touch ID locking functionality

The new WhatsApp update for iPhone brings the ability to lock down your application and require Face ID or Touch ID to unlock it.