Connect with us

Apple and Tech News

Purism launches Librem 5, a smartphone to protect privacy

Published

on

After years of developing a 100% free mobile OS, Purism is now shipping its new smartphones.

As scandals explode on the questionable practices of GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) that often flirt with the limits of legality, and as users desire devices that are fully transparent and easy to understand, solutions are emerging. Purism is known for its computers with the OS of the same name that share two sizes (13 and 15 inches) and more recently for its Librem Key, a security token and tamper detection tool. The company launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2017 to help build a smartphone for the protection of privacy and the public.

The answer to a public need

Mobile security solutions are geared towards professionals and governments, from Bull’s Hoox m2 to Sectera Edge from American General Dynamics, and Teorem from French Thales. By tackling the creation of a smartphone for the general public, Purism responds to a growing desire to regain control over data pulled, shared and monetized by the giants of the web. In just two weeks, the crowdfunding campaign had reached $1.5 million in donations and ended after two months with a total of $2.1 million. Just under two years later, the company has began shipping its product.

Neither Android nor iOS

Launched at $699, the mobile does not offer a high-end technical sheet, focusing instead on the protection of privacy. To do this, Purism has developed a free mobile OS and open source based on Gnome. Its call and messaging application is the first to rely on Matrix, an end-to-end and decentralized encrypted network. Everyday applications will all be launched and isolated through a “sandbox” browser to prevent them from communicating with each other. The mobile has a removable battery, a 3.5 mm audio jack and hardware kill switches that really cut off access to the camera, microphone, Wifi / Bluetooth and network. Plus, a lockdown mode will disable sensors (lights, accelerometer, gyrometer, magnetometer). Applications can be created by developers before appearing on the PureOS Store.

A light configuration

On the technical sheet side, the mobile sports a 5.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. Under the hood is an i.MX8M processor (Quad Core, max 1.5GHz), 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of eMMC memory. We can expand the storage space via a microSD card. For connectivity, it is based on a GPS chip Teseo LIV3F GNSS, a modem Gemalto PLS8 3G / 4G, has WiFi 802.11abgn 2.4 Ghz / 5Ghz and Bluetooth 4. The front photo sensor offers up to 8MP resolution; at the rear, there is a 13 MP main sensor with LED flash. The mobile has a 3500mA • h battery that charges via a Type C (3.0) USB port.

Colin Moore

Colin worked as an Apple Genius for over a year before focusing his career efforts on web development. In addition, he is a keen machine learning enthusiast and has read many books on the subject. When it comes to tech, he was a regular reader of all the major tech news websites and blogs for years, and is now a valued contributor to Share Blog News.

3436 Counts Lane, West Hartford Connecticut, 06105
860-231-3230
[email protected]
Colin Moore

Latest posts by Colin Moore (see all)

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Apple and Tech News

New keyboards on the next MacBook

Published

on

The very problematic Papillon keyboards have apparently been a bad enough experience for Apple to decide to switch to a new mechanism.

For several years now, Apple has had problems with its keyboards called “butterfly” which have a proprietary mechanism. The Cupertino company, however, seems ready to move on.

Finally a panacea?

Inaugurated during the marketing of the 12-inch MacBook in 2015, the keyboard “butterfly” is causing malfunctions. These include a character appearing twice on the screen after a single press and a phenomenon blocking the key in the aluminum body of the computer. The second version of the keyboard appeared in 2016 on the MacBook Pro, but did not correct its mechanical errors. Apple has tried again, in 2018, to review the keyboard, without more success.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that these problematic keyboards will disappear this year in favor of new ones. Apple would retain the backlight enjoyed by users, but is working on a longer activation point – the keyboards “butterfly” being too short and often not appreciated by users. The analyst believes that Apple may have resorted to a fiberglass structure to bring more strength.

According to Kuo, the MacBooks would be the first to enjoy it, and the MacBook Pro would benefit from them from 2020. Still, according to the analyst, Apple could change manufacturers and opt for Sunrex rather than Wistron, which currently produces the Papillon keyboards for the firm.

Colin Moore

Colin worked as an Apple Genius for over a year before focusing his career efforts on web development. In addition, he is a keen machine learning enthusiast and has read many books on the subject. When it comes to tech, he was a regular reader of all the major tech news websites and blogs for years, and is now a valued contributor to Share Blog News.

3436 Counts Lane, West Hartford Connecticut, 06105
860-231-3230
[email protected]
Colin Moore

Latest posts by Colin Moore (see all)

Continue Reading

Apple and Tech News

Apple fixes a GPS bug on old iOS devices

Published

on

Bugs are common in our electronics. Most of the time, they can be corrected via a simple software update. Still, it is necessary to take the trouble to do it.

Apple is now deploying a new update for the old iPhone and iPad models released before 2012. This update corrects a GPS bug. If you are concerned, know that the new version should be offered very soon.

Apple fixes GPS bug

These old iPhones and iPads are updated to correct a problem affecting the entire GPS module. This is the bug concerning the week number, which causes problems of operation to the oldest GPS.

The affected systems are automatically reset when they reach the 1024 week number, which is about 20 years. When the meter resets, some devices may behave strangely. Hence, some manufacturers have proposed updates. Apple is doing so by deploying an update for all its iPhone and iPad dating before 2012.

This bug affects many other devices since April 6, but according to Apple, its products will not be affected before November 3. The update being deployed currently, and there is plenty of time to update before the fateful date and not to be bothered when the time comes.

Colin Moore

Colin worked as an Apple Genius for over a year before focusing his career efforts on web development. In addition, he is a keen machine learning enthusiast and has read many books on the subject. When it comes to tech, he was a regular reader of all the major tech news websites and blogs for years, and is now a valued contributor to Share Blog News.

3436 Counts Lane, West Hartford Connecticut, 06105
860-231-3230
[email protected]
Colin Moore

Latest posts by Colin Moore (see all)

Continue Reading

Apple and Tech News

Amazon Music is growing faster than Spotify

Published

on

Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music are three big names in the music streaming market. While Spotify ranks first, it turns out that Amazon Music is growing faster.

For the moment, Spotify is the leader in the music streaming market. Apple is catching up fast. The latest news is that the Apple brand platform had 60 million subscribers. However, it seems that a third guy could invite himself to the party: Amazon Music is showing rather insolent growth.

Amazon Music is growing faster than Spotify

Amazon Music reported growth of about 70% in 2018 and today accounts for about 32 million subscribers. While these figures are still far from those of Apple and Spotify, if this growth can be maintained, the giant e-commerce American should be back rather quickly. Spotify, on the other hand, is growing more slowly, “only” 25% a year.

Will Amazon Music manage to worry about Spotify and Apple Music?

Amazon Music is rather late in this market: the service was launched in 2016. In the same way as Apple Music, Amazon has the advantage of being able to count all its Echo customers for which Amazon Music has been optimized. It also seems that Amazon’s music streaming service is particularly attractive to the elderly. The over 55s account for 14% against only 5% at Spotify.

According to Amazon Music director Steve Boom: “We are not necessarily fighting for the same customers as others. In order for the industry to reach its full potential, it is impossible to be confined to the 15 to 22 age group.” According to rumors, Amazon would plan to launch a high-fidelity option for Amazon Music and the giant would work on a new generation of Echo devices offering better audio quality.

Colin Moore

Colin worked as an Apple Genius for over a year before focusing his career efforts on web development. In addition, he is a keen machine learning enthusiast and has read many books on the subject. When it comes to tech, he was a regular reader of all the major tech news websites and blogs for years, and is now a valued contributor to Share Blog News.

3436 Counts Lane, West Hartford Connecticut, 06105
860-231-3230
[email protected]
Colin Moore

Latest posts by Colin Moore (see all)

Continue Reading

Trending