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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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House passes phone unlocking bill, to be renewed in 2015

House passes phone unlocking bill, to be renewed in 2015

Mobile phone users in the US can now breathe another sigh of relief. Soon, it will no longer be a criminal act to have your device unlocked long after your contract with your carrier expired. Following the lead of the Senate, the House unanimously approved the " Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act", which is now just waiting for the President to sign into law.

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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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Airplane phone calls still facing ban as DOT chief voices concerns

Airplane phone calls still facing ban as DOT chief voices concerns

The chance of being able to make voice calls on planes is looking increasingly slim, with the Department of Transportation chief weighing in with his own concerns that in-air chatterboxes may not be in anybody's best interest. The DOT's stance is an important one, following an FCC vote discarding a technical ban on voice calls recently; the Department's role, Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement, is not only based on technical issues, however, but whether "allowing these calls is fair to consumers."

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Smartphones outsell standard cellphones worldwide: Gartner chimes in

Smartphones outsell standard cellphones worldwide: Gartner chimes in

This week the folks at Gartner have suggested that for the first time in history, smartphones have outsold feature phones. This includes the cellphones of the world, be they Samsung, LG, Nokia, or otherwise, just so long as they're not considered "smart" with modern-day mobile operating systems like Android, Windows Phone, or iOS. This suggestion from Gartner comes after the analyst group's quarterly mobile phone sales study saw smartphone sales outpace standard phones in the second quarter of the year - meanwhile the analysis team at IDC called the mark back in Q1.

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Nokia Asha 205 “Facebook phone” and $62 206 hands-on

Nokia Asha 205 “Facebook phone” and $62 206 hands-on

Nokia has revealed its first "Facebook phone", the Nokia Asha 205, along with a colorful candybar, the Nokia 206, borrowing the Lumia colors for a budget market. The new Asha 205 features a full QWERTY keyboard and a dedicated Facebook button, as well as forty free EA games, while the 206 comes in the same black, cyan, magenta, yellow, and white as Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone 8 handsets, and offers up to 47 days of standby time. Both the Asha 205 and the 206 are available in single- or dual-SIM versions, each keeping both SIMs active simultaneously, and feature Nokia's new Slam file-swapping system.

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Samsung top US phone firm but Apple growing fastest claims research

Samsung top US phone firm but Apple growing fastest claims research

Samsung is the top mobile device brand of Q2 in the US, according to new research, while Android continues to dominate the smartphone market, though Apple's iOS is growing faster than Google's platform. Samsung cellphones comprised 25.6-percent of US device ownership between April and June 2012, comScore's research found, with LG in second place with 18.8-percent and Apple in third with 15.4-percent. However, it's not all good news for the Koreans, whose market share is headed in the wrong direction versus Apple's.

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Motorola GLEAM+ resurrects RAZR with low-key abilities

Motorola GLEAM+ resurrects RAZR with low-key abilities

Motorola has obviously decided the flip phone is due for a comeback, with the new Motorola GLEAM+ delivering some clamshell action with a bargain price tag. Eschewing Android in favor of featurephone simplicity, the GLEAM+ has a 2.8-inch 400 x 240 internal display and a sizable LED matrix display on the outside for the time and other pixelated status messages, and shaves half a millimeter off the original, iconic RAZR.

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