Today is the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day with actions taking place right across the globe.
This day has become a global landmark event to raise awareness and expose risks around online issues and promote best practices for a safe online experience for all.
As the Covid-19 pandemic has made apparent, society as a whole is more connected than ever. We use the internet for everything from education to buying our groceries.
According to recent studies, smartphones have become the go to device to access the internet, taking the lead over desktops and other devices.
According to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), personal data is understood as “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person”, be it directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier, such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier, or to one or more factors specific to his or her physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.
What does that mean concretely?
That any kind of data coming from an “online identifier” such as ID cookies or from your smartphones is considered personal data.
Since we use our smartphones…
As you know, the open source mobile operating system /e/OS is a fork of the Android Open Source Project, and several open source applications, such as our default apps Etar (calendar), OpenTasks, and QKSMS (SMS) to name a few.
We are overall very satisfied with the functionalities of these software applications, and their contribution to /e/OS. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the developers and contributors to these projects!
However, the diverse origins of these bricks, which were not designed according to common graphical user interface standards, very often result in a lack of homogeneity between apps and…
Just a few months ago, we released our Easy Installer, a ready to use solution that allows users to install /e/ OS on any supported device in a matter of minutes. The Easy Installer is perfect for a vast majority of users who care about their privacy but don’t have the technical skills to flash a smartphone, thus making /e/OS a viable option for many new users who were previously sidelined.
It’s a fully integrated software application, available for Linux and Windows and compatible currently with the Samsung Galaxy S6, S7, S7 Edge, S8, S9, and S9+.
With the Easy…
According to Statista, more than 3,5 billion people use a phone with Google’s Android operating system daily.
In just over than 10 years, Android has become the undisputed mobile operating system market leader with over 75% market share.
The Fairphone 3 is getting an upgrade & we’re sharing the roadmap to its availability with /e/OS.
In May, when we announced our partnership with Fairphone, we were very proud to present an integrated version of /e/OS for the Fairphone 3. The combination of the FP3’s unique modularity, built to be repairable, affordable spare parts and ethical sourcing, and our privacy-by-design operating system is one of a kind, making it most likely the first privacy conscious and sustainable phone on the market.
This collaboration has been a hit since day one, thanks to the support of our two dedicated communities.
In this article, we look behind the scenes to understand how the team at /e/OS works! For those who have not been following up on the developments in the smartphone OS world, /e/ OS is a de-googled, privacy-focused, android-based smartphone operating system. The project is the brain child of Gaël Duval, the man who created Mandrake Linux. /e/OS is forked from LineageOS. The team did not just stop with the forking. First, they removed the Google calls which were spread all over the source code. Next, they replaced several of the default apps and added FOSS replacements. With a single…
The PineBook is an affordable laptop based on the AllWinner CPU, made by Pine64, a US-based company. The 11.6″ notebook is powered by the Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor. Lightweight and ‘hackable’ it is equipped with a full-sized keyboard. It also has a large multi-touch trackpad. It runs numerous mainline Linux distributions as well as *BSDs and Android. One of its non technical advantages is that it is super affordable!!
Several weeks back the folks at Pine64 sent over a laptop to the development team at /e/. …
The world of Smartphones is divided between two forces …no not the Empire and the Resistance but iOS and Android. There were some bit characters in this mix. For example Microsoft ‘s mobile phone OS or the Blackberry OS but over the years these other Operating Systems have almost but disappeared from the Smartphone galaxy.
One of the biggest difference between iOS and Android OS is the level of ‘personalization’ that is possible on the Android platform. Android allow their users a great deal of control on the look and feel of their phone. Leading the way is the app…
Remember the time when you felt happy free emails services like Gmail were handing out 15 GB of free storage space? Most of us started uploading our selfies, family photos and those ‘not-to-be-shown-in-public’ photos onto the online cloud storage folders.
As a generation, we rejoiced at this new and ‘safer’ way to store important files and document. No more worrying about the moisture in the cupboard or the water dripping from the ceiling destroying your precious wedding photos. …