🇬🇧 🇩🇪 🇫🇷 Interesting links / news articles somehow related to FP (collection)

T-Mobile Austria & Fairphone 2
"T-Mobile veröffentlicht Nachhaltigkeitsbericht" press release in german (24.5.2015):

A post was merged into an existing topic: :pencil2: FP2 - Reviews/Previews of the phone

Looks like there is a problem with the ARM TrustZone implementation. (Small update, yes this is a big issue. But it was reported and it’s possible to fix it in software).


Facebook starts machine learning. As expected.

Picture source: The Race For AI: Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple In A Rush To Grab Artificial Intelligence Startups

Currently the FP2 uses a OV88xx … After the OV16860, Omnivision currently announced a new sensor called OV12890. Maybe some of those could be later used as drop-in replacements? I’m not sure if they are size, SoC or pin compatible, but it looks like there are a lot of new sensors out there to choose from. Nice to know!

Fairphone was ranked first on the “Rank a Brand” board!
The detailled report on Fairphone can be found here: http://www.rankabrand.org/electronics/Fairphone

One item that surprises me: on the question “5. Is the brand (company) significantly involved in at least 3 initiatives that addresses the urgent appeal to improve the social and environmental conditions of mining metals and minerals; for example tin from endangered tropical islands Bangka and Belitung, conflict minerals from Congo, etc?” Fairphone gets the feedback “Fairphone does not mention membership at any other endorsed, active initiative.” :confused:


Over 1.000.000 children are working in gold mines.
SOMO compared manufacturers on their work to eleminate child labour from their gold supply chain and concludes that Fairphone is clearly leading.

Read their entire research and Press release here:


One could read that as “Fairphone has the most children miners of all manufacturers.”


Oh noez. You are so right.
I’ll revise


French article about waste reduction and sustainability, talking about Fairphone (not only) : “Les modèles ouverts favorisent la réduction des déchets à la source”

Only found it now, but Le Monde diplomatique published an article about Fairphone in its April issue:

Edit: Sorry, I just realized the article is behind a pay wall. In other languages it may be available, for example the German version.

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Yes, German version is available.

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There’s a (brief) article on Fairphone in the :flag_de: June 2016 Öko-Institut newsletter :flag_de:. For those interested, there are also a number of other articles on obsolescence and conflict minerals in the newsletter (all in German).

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Great infographic and statistic about smartphone #urban mining in the EU:


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There is a new-old discussion about DRM in browsers/HTML5. I know most people think this has nothing to do with phones. But in the end it has because this is how you will get content on your phone. And it will more and more pop again. It’s a cycle that repeats every 2 to 5 years and for every new gadget. It can be helpful to know about so you can make your own decisions about it.

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We’re hearing from multiple sources that Cyanogen Inc. is in the midst of laying off a significant portion of its workforce around the world today. The layoffs most heavily impact the open source arm of the Android ROM-gone-startup, which may be eliminated entirely (not CyanogenMod itself, just the people at Cyanogen Inc. who work on the open source side).

Source: http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/07/22/sources-cyanogen-inc-is-undergoing-major-layoffs-may-pivot-to-apps/

Why software makes hardware obsolete … Apple has a remote code execution problem right now.

“By manipulating the contents of memory to establish the necessary setup, both of these vulnerabilities can be used to cause remote code execution on the device.”

I wonder if Apple will patch the older versions that still have lots of users (iPhone 4, anyone)?

“It gets worse. Bohan found that the security hole is present in all versions of iOS and OS X except for the very latest ones, which were published on July 18.”

Major German electronics retailer advertising Fairphone:



Very interesting ZDnet article on alternative modules in the making and sales numbers.


In the middle I read the announcement about (…) “publishing shortly technical documentation about the expansion port”. Because here in the forum under topic Hardware/DIY the pinout and some infos from keesj (K. Jongenburger) have been published more than 6 months ago. Reading the announcment from M. Ballester I was puzzled. I assumed this would be available to any other e.g. companies much earlier .