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Unlocking new phones now banned under DMCA, but carriers are in the clear

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It was great while it lasted, but the days of users legally unlocking their own phones is over. Back in October of last year, the Library of Congress added an exemption to the DMCA to allow folks to free their new phones for 90 days. That three month window...
Unlocking new phones now banned under DMCA, but carriers are in the clear

Google Prepares To "Reset And Retool" The Dying Elephant It Just Bought (Motorola) (GOOG)

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You may have missed it, but Google is no longer just Google. Now it's Google with a dying elephant strapped to its back. The dying elephant is Motorola Mobility, the ancient, massive cellphone and cable-box maker that Google finally bought about a month ago. In the days after Google announced...
Google Prepares To "Reset And Retool" The Dying Elephant It Just Bought (Motorola) (GOOG)

Bipartisan bill to re-legalize cellphone unlocking introduced in Senate

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We should have known that it wouldn't take long for someone in congress to take up the fight to re-legalize cellphone unlocking. Those championing the effort on the floor of the Senate are Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) , Richard Blumenthal (D-UT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) who introduced the Wireless Consumer...
Bipartisan bill to re-legalize cellphone unlocking introduced in Senate

Myanmar given Web boost as Google Search gets local language support and cost of SIM cards set to fall

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Two major developments regarding Internet access in Myanmar have emerged this week. First: Just last month, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited Myanmar promising to help connect residents to the Web. Today, Google has begun to follow through on its word by introducing support in Burmese, the major local language....
Myanmar given Web boost as Google Search gets local language support and cost of SIM cards set to fall

Qualcomm calls for shared in-home cells to handle mobile demand

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Consumers will have to share small, inexpensive cells in their homes with nearby mobile users to affordably meet the growing demand for mobile data in the next decade, a Qualcomm executive said Tuesday."There really is no alternative," said Matt Grob, Qualcomm's executive vice president and chief technology officer, during...
Qualcomm calls for shared in-home cells to handle mobile demand

Samsung patents using a phone as a pointer while wearing a head-mounted display

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We're not sure how many head-mounted displays you've had your follicles on, but generally the answer around the Engadget compound is, "quite a few." If you've ever played with such a wearable gadget though, you'd know that head-tracking, while intuitive, isn't always the most accurate way to control a...
Samsung patents using a phone as a pointer while wearing a head-mounted display

Samsung's eeeny-weeny Galaxy Pocket is examined under the FCC's magnifying glass

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Once those wags at the FCC had finished joking about how difficult the Galaxy Pocket is to see with the human eye, it was time to get examining. Samsung's cellphone with a 2.8-inch display was revealed to be packing GSM 850 / 1900 and UMTS Band V radios that'll...
Samsung's eeeny-weeny Galaxy Pocket is examined under the FCC's magnifying glass

So Many Phones to Pick From, and I Had to Steal the Mot-Ebola

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No need for any further deliberation: We have our 2012 Darwin Award winner. An opportunistic thief who stole a cellphone from a Ugandan hospital has gotten a particularly nasty comeuppance: The Ebola virus. His big mistake was taking the device from a patient in the Ebola isolation ward. That patient...
So Many Phones to Pick From, and I Had to Steal the Mot-Ebola
Motorola Mobility posts $86 million loss in Q1 on $3.1 billion in revenue, ships 8.9 million phones

Daily Report: F.A.A. to Review Rules Restricting Electronic Devices

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The Federal Aviation Administration will appoint a group to study air travel rules and make recommendations on changes, but in-flight cellphone calls will continue to be banned....
Daily Report: F.A.A. to Review Rules Restricting Electronic Devices
New e-mails reveal Feds not "forthright" about fake cell tower devices

iPhone becomes biggest-selling cellphone in Japan

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Apple now has the top-selling cellphone of any kind in Japan, IDC Japan determined late Thursday. The iPhone 4S launch helped Apple claim 26.6 percent of all cellphone shipments in the country this fall. It may have been the first non-Japanese company to top local ranks, ending a longstanding emphasis...
iPhone becomes biggest-selling cellphone in Japan

Court: Warrantless cellphone searches legal

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Decision means that police can search cell phones for their number without first needing a warrant [Read more]...
Court: Warrantless cellphone searches legal

In Ticketing increases options for venues and promoters, as long as they're using iOS

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Converting a cellphone into a credit card reader is nothing new, but transforming one into a box office for live events could shake things up a bit -- or, at least provide a bit of friendly competition for NFC-based alternatives. In Ticketing has just launched InHand Box Office software...
In Ticketing increases options for venues and promoters, as long as they're using iOS

AT&T: You Can Unlock Your Cellphone, Really

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AT&T is telling its customers that the "recent hullaballoo" over unlocking consumer devices is all just a lot of needless hand waving, and that its customers were never affected by recent interpretations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). According to AT&T, the issue of unlocking cell phones was never...
AT&T: You Can Unlock Your Cellphone, Really

China Mobile not close to deal with Apple for iPhone 5

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Yue Li, the president of China Mobile, confirmed at its Worldwide Developer's Conference that business issues are holding up agreements with Apple, preventing the iPhone from reaching China's largest cellphone provider's network. Li confirmed that the company had been negotiating with Apple since 2009, and was close to reaching a...
China Mobile not close to deal with Apple for iPhone 5

THE EXPERTS SPEAK: Here's What People Predicted Would Happen When The iPhone Came Out... (AAPL)

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It has been five years to the day since the iPhone first went on sale. While it might seem like a product that was destined for greatness from the beginning, not everyone thought so. Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone on January 9, 2007 and the phone went on sale a...
THE EXPERTS SPEAK: Here's What People Predicted Would Happen When The iPhone Came Out... (AAPL)

LTE Networks Face iPhone Test

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Some of the nation's biggest cellphone carriers are about to find out whether their new, high-speed networks are all they are cut out to be as the LTE-ready iPhone 5 debuts....
LTE Networks Face iPhone Test

Apple modifies nano-SIM design to address Nokia concerns

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Apple has modified a proposed nano-SIM design to accommodate objections by Nokia, says The Verge. SIM card maker Giesecke & Devrient has been showing off the design at the CTIA trade show in New Orleans. The European Telecommunications Standards Institute is soon set to vote for one of several card...
Apple modifies nano-SIM design to address Nokia concerns
Google launches Inactive Account Manager so users can plan their 'digital afterlife'

Switched On: Three days without Google Glass

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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology. The television. The PC. The cellphone. We take the things in these sentence fragments for granted today, but they took many years to enter the mainstream. Could Google Glass herald the next great product that we will one...
Switched On: Three days without Google Glass
Newt Gingrich is 'really puzzled' by cellphones that take pictures and needs your help
Vertu's new Android smartphone is handmade in England, costs $10,000

Twenty years after the birth of SMS, its creator consents to a text-only interview

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Finnish engineer Matti Makkonen famously dreamed up the idea for the SMS (Short Message Service) in a Copenhagen pizza shop in 1984, and the first message ("Happy Christmas") was sent to a Vodafone UK cellphone from a PC on December 3, 1992. Since then, an estimated 8 trillion texts...
Twenty years after the birth of SMS, its creator consents to a text-only interview

If You Think Monitoring Your Kids On Facebook Is Enough To Keep Them Safe Online, You Have No Clue

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Monitoring your kids on Facebook? That's so 2009. Explosion in social media gives kids options WASHINGTON (AP) -- After Friendster came MySpace. By the time Facebook dominated social media, parents had joined the party, too. But the online scene has changed -- dramatically, as it turns out -- and these...
If You Think Monitoring Your Kids On Facebook Is Enough To Keep Them Safe Online, You Have No Clue

Would Facebook Have Sold To Yahoo for $1.6 Billion? We'll Never Know

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Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel talks about Facebook rejecting a $1 billion offer from Yahoo in 2006. He and Accel’s Jim Breyer were on the same page – “take the money and run.” But Zuckerberg said no. He “barely humored the idea of selling,” says Thiel. Which is about the same...
Would Facebook Have Sold To Yahoo for $1.6 Billion? We'll Never Know
Hands-on with the first IGZO panel smartphone, Sharp's SH-02E

Selling the Xbox as if It Were a Cellphone

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Microsoft has a plan to sell its Xbox game system more the way it would a cellphone, giving customers a break on the cost of the device as long as they commit to pay a monthly service bill....
Selling the Xbox as if It Were a Cellphone

Don’t cry for the workers at Foxconn

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I’ve been interested in gadget manufacturing for a while now and, as I reported a few months ago, things are pretty bad but they’ve been worse. Now, however, we’re seeing clusters of suicides at Foxconn as well as an undercover “report” from Foxconn’s “Hell Factory.” I’m calling bull. First,...
Don’t cry for the workers at Foxconn
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