There are two types of drivers: those who use their cell phones while behind the wheel, and those who stare squint-eyed at them from a distance while experiencing various levels of distaste. Jason R Humphreys apparently fell into the latter group. On a daily basis for two years, Humphreys of Florida would fire up a cell phone jammer while commuting to and from work, neutralizing the phones of other nearby drivers and thereby ensuring that, temptation or not, nary a text message or phone call would be made while on the go.
A source speaking to The New York Times on Tuesday hinted at upcoming legislation that would aim to end the NSA's controversial bulk phone records collection. Today the Obama administration has introduced that legislation, getting it in a day sooner than the original deadline given to the Department of Justice.
The NSA's bulk phone records collection has been a hot topic since first surfacing amidst the Edward Snowden leaks last year. According to a source that has spoke to The New York Times, it is also the topic of upcoming legislation to be proposed by President Obama that would put an end to the controversial program.
After months of waiting, the FCC approved AT&T's acquisition of Leap Wireless, which gave it the better known prepaid service Cricket Wireless. Soon after approval was given, AT&T announced the acquisition was completed, and it seems wasted no time getting the ball rolling. As a result of the business move, the carrier's subsidiary Aio Wireless will fizzle away, being absorbed into Cricket.
Recently, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) ordered the National Security Agency to destroy collected phone records after five years. That order did not sit well with many, and was quickly followed by a U.S. District Judge's temporary halting of the plans. Following this, the FISC has temporarily reversed its previous order.
Following DMCA exemptions made in late 2012, unlocking one's cell phone or smartphone for use on a carrier other than the original became illegal around this time last year, something that drew intense ire and kicked off a mission to give consumers the freedom to do so. It has been nearly a year, but a bill that allows for phone unlocking has passed the House.
Today on Reddit, the HTC USA Product Team took to an AMA, answering questions from Redditors about a slew of things: business, products, and Android. The answers are still rolling in, but some interesting details have already been provided, among them being HTC's future plans for Android updates to its upcoming flagship devices.
The NSA, through means by which the average citizen cannot tread, has been collecting vast amounts of phone metadata that is intended to help locate and track terrorists and related activity. Though not always keeping up to standard, what the NSA does is not illegal and has been the subject of intense criticism across the globe. In response, Stanford University launched a crowdsourced project to prove the extent of information that can be revealed through the collection of metadata, and using this information has posted a lengthy write up on the three-hops procedure.
Gogo is perhaps best known for providing fliers with wireless Internet access when above the clouds, making long flights a tad less tedious. Soon it will be known for a bit more amongst fliers -- as the service that allows passengers to chat on their phones as if they have regular cellular service, which could be a blessing or a curse depending on the person. Texting will also be made available.
Blackberry introduced its new Z30 smartphone back in September, and starting next month enthusiasts will be able to grab it exclusively from Verizon. With the handset comes a 5-inch HD display, as well as options for those who want to go with monthly device payments over a typical two-year contract. Verizon doesn't specify what day it will launch on, but we've the rest of the details after the jump.
On September 2, it was revealed that Microsoft had acquired Nokia's Devices and Services business, something that is in the final stages of being wrapped up. In an interview with The Telegraph today, Nokia's Stephen Elop spoke about this, saying that it is possible that Microsoft could drop the Nokia brand on smartphones in the future.