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Pakistan requiring fingerprints for cellphone use

Pakistan requiring fingerprints for cellphone use

It would appear that terrorist use of cell phones to call and light up explosives has finally gotten to the Pakistani government. This week the country has had an order passed down requiring users of cell phones to get their fingerprints registered before they can use - or continue using - phone technology. If a person wants to use a cell phone with a SIM card, they need to register that phone with the government attached to their unique finger print - or they'll receive no service.

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US DOJ accused of stealing cellphone data via “dirtyboxes”

US DOJ accused of stealing cellphone data via “dirtyboxes”

A troubling new report suggest the Department of Justice has been engaging in a practice that gave them data from your smartphone, but it’s not what you might think. Rather than wiretaps and hacking, the DOJ is instead accused of flying overhead with a device that spoofed a signal tower your carrier would have. In fooling your phone into thinking it was simply searching for a signal, the DOJ was pinching the data from it. The reason given? The never-ending hunt for criminals.

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Samsung Rugby 4 flip phone to launch at AT&T

Samsung Rugby 4 flip phone to launch at AT&T

The world is full of smartphones, and while durable options exist, many find the good ol' flip phone to be a better option. Not all flip phones are durable, of course, but the Samsung Rugby 4 is, at least according to AT&T, which will be launching the phone soon and in preparation posted a slapdash "stress test" video. The push-to-talk phone will launch this coming Friday, October 10, bringing with it a construction that meets military standards, as well as things like an integrated compass and WiFi.

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Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Despite all the technology which wants to let you use a cell phone on a plane, the Department of Transportation (DoT) doesn’t seem to be impressed. At a meeting of the International Aviation Club last week, DoT counsel Kathryn Thomson said they’d be taking the next step on what could end up as a formal ban on cell phone usage in-flight, attendees said.

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Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Through a unanimous consent agreement, the US Senate has passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. Should this bill be approved by both Senate and House in its final form, it would once again make it legal for mobile phone owners to have their devices unlocked after their contract with a carrier has expired.

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In-flight call ban lift open to discussion following FCC vote: needs DOT approval

In-flight call ban lift open to discussion following FCC vote: needs DOT approval

Though the vote of 3-2 knocks out a technical ban in the FCC, the rule against using cellphones to make calls in-flight is still being left up to the Department of Transportation to make a final ruling on here near the end of 2013. This week's vote was a close one. The FCC's meeting today had FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler taking special care to note that this vote does not instantly grant travelers the right to make a phone call on their next flight - there's still voting to be done before that's all well and good.

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