Bill allowing smartphone unlocking approved by the House of Representatives, set to become law


Good news for customers and users of all types of smartphones. If we purchase the phones then we should have the ability to unlock them.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

iphone-5s-hero-l-201311After the decision last year to make unlocking smartphone and tablet devices illegal, the US House of Representatives today voted yes to allow the practice to become legal once again. This is already the second time the government has voted on this issue, as just a few weeks ago the US Senate approved the legislation to move on to the House. The final step in getting the law approved is the President’s signature, which should come with little delay as he has already spoken out in favor of the bill.

If you’re unclear as to what exactly this means for you, unlocking a phone allows you to use it on any compatible carrier (i.e. GSM) without being restricted to the original carrier.

This means if you purchased an AT&T smartphone, but then moved to Canadian carrier, you can legally unlock the device without jumping through hoops. It’s unclear when the specific date when unlocking…

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Bose files lawsuit against Beats Electronics over noise-cancelling technology patent


Impeccable timing. Wait until they are bought by a company worth billions and then sue. While they might have a valid claim, the timing is interesting.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:


Bose has filed a legal complaint against Beats Electronics over the use of noise-cancelling technology used in their headphones, according to CNBC. Apple, of course, announced earlier this year plans to acquire the headphones maker in a $3 billion deal.

The following patents owned by Bose appear to be relevant in the case:

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iOS 8′s iPhoto to Photos app transition to ditch Journals, Books, and Slideshows


Good to know. I’m sure some of these features will return in some form via future updates.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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Starting in iOS 8 beta 4, which was released this past Monday to developers, Apple has begun notifying users of the soon-to-be-defunct iPhoto for iOS to migrate their iPhoto data to the totally revamped Photos app in iOS 8, as part of Apple’s new photo strategy being rolled out this fall and earlynext year. While photo data can be migrated out of iPhoto, Apple warns that Journals, Slideshows and Book layouts will no longer be available going forward. Right now, Apple’s “Learn More” link appears to be dead.

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Verizon will start restricting LTE speeds for its heaviest unlimited-plan customers


As an unlimited Verizon customer, I am definitely not happy about this. The moment they force me off of unlimited data, I will choose a cheaper (and admittedly less reliable) carrier. This is yet another cheap tactic to push people off unlimited data and into a tiered data plan. “Congestion” is a poor excuse for throttling. They should build out their network instead of making excuses for trying to gain more money from customers.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Verizon Wireless(s vz) has been trying to coax its remaining unlimited data customers onto its tiered plans for years, and starting this fall it’s providing one more disincentive to remain with its grandfathered all-you-can-eat plans.

On October 1, Verizon will start throttling back LTE speeds on its heaviest unlimited-plan subscribers when they move into congested cells on its networks. What that means is that when the network gets crowded, Verizon will prioritize 4G customers who buy their data by the gigabyte over unlimited plan customers who fall into the top fifth percentile of monthly data usage.

As of today, the top five percent consists of customers who use 4.7GB or more of data each month, though that number will fluctuate month-to-month as traffic patterns change.

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Source: Shutterstock / Max Krasnov

Verizon launched the same policy, called Network Optimization, in 2011 for its 3G unlimited plan subscribers, but at…

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PlayKids relaunches iOS kids’ video app with new content from Viacom, PBS and others


Pretty cool app. Definitely something those with children might find useful.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

It’s no secret that kids’ content is huge online, which is why companies like Netflix (S NFLX) and Hulu have been courting young viewers with kids’ shows and even dedicated user interfaces. But Movile’s PlayKids service proves that there is still room for other players in the kids’ video market: The mobile-only subscription service that squarely focuses on the five-and-under crowd relaunched its iOS app with a bunch of new content and a few visual refreshes this week.

PlayKids is unique not only because of its exclusive focus on kids, but also because of its look and feel. The app organizes content in the form of a train — think one wagon for each show or set of characters. And with this update, the PlayKids train got a whole lot of new wagons: Users in the U.S. can now access new Calliou episodes as well as episodes of shows like Sid…

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Apple’s investment in product development indicates revenue explosion, new product categories this quarter, says analyst


This makes sense with everything we have heard thus far. Apple isn’t just spending on this years pipeline of products – they are investing in the future. Crafting products that will employ new materials and components is not doubt expensive. I’m glad they are doubling down in terms of researching and developing new products.

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

investment Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty says that an analysis of Apple’s recent SEC filing strongly suggests that the company has not only made a big bet on the success of the iPhone 6, with large advance orders, but also that it is likely to launch the long-awaited iWatch this quarter.

The graph, obtained by Business Insider, shows the historical correlation between off-balance sheet commitments – the technical financial term for money invested in things like tooling, component purchases and manufacturing contracts – and quarterly revenue. Essentially, if you know how much Apple is investing in new products in one quarter, you can pretty accurately predict its revenue in the following quarter … 

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Elon Musk’s Answer To Stephen Colbert’s Vision Of Ambient Wireless Charging: “We’ll Do It”


Interesting interview.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Last night Tesla’s Elon Musk appeared on The Colbert Report, and he discussed some of SpaceX’s recent successes, the upcoming update for Tesla vehicles that let you name your car, as well as his general path towards supervillainy. Aside from the usual comedic hijinks, the segment also touched on some of Musk’s concepts for the future, and also on what Colbert himself wants to see in terms of the advancement of tech.

Musk articulated why it’s so important that SpaceX develop rockets that can take-off, land and then be refuelled and launch again without having to build a new rocket to do so. They also discussed the problems that have resulted from mounting tensions between Russia and the U.S., and how Russia’s refusal to continue sending astronauts to the International Space Station will benefit Musk’s space ferry service.

More interesting though are what Musk thinks the future of earth-based…

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