Though many already have the functionality, California has nonetheless passed a bill that mandates all phones sold in the state have a “kill switch”. The bill states that smartphones or other connected devices must have a method for remotely locking and deleting information from a phone. The bill becomes law on July 1, 2015.
Kanye West, purveyor of crazy/brilliant quips for us all, just came up with another chin-scratcher for you. If a drone falls on a baby, can it electrocute her? West set forth this Socrates-ish query in an assault lawsuit deposition surrounding his alleged battering of an intrusive photog in 2013.
It is always a reason for rejoicing when technology is applied to bring law offenders to justice, but there is a difference between use and abuse. Google might be treading that very thin line again when it alerted authorities that a certain man's emails contained explicit content of a child, eventually leading to his arrest by Houston police.
While some welcome the European Union's ruling popularly known as the "right to be forgotten", with some even waiting for a similar implementation in the US, there is, unsurprisingly some dissenting voices even within the Union. A committee from the UK's House of Lords has called out the EU for its new policy, claiming that the Directive on which the ruling was based, as well as the EU Court's interpretation of that directive, is outdated.
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.
In 2012, the Japanese government pushed a new law targeting pirates using file sharing; in this legislation, pirated content distributor are to be punished up to ten years in prison while downloading these contents get you two years jail term. Unfortunately, clamping down on pirates is tricky and time-consuming task; on top of that, most Anime or Manga pirate sites are not based in Japan.
Lyft has worked out a deal to begin operations in New York City. The deal, which sees the upstart ride hailing company making severe concessions, is effective today. The deal also makes Lyft a little less, well, like Lyft.
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.
Lyft, the ridesharing service with the big pink moustache, has delayed their Big Apple launch. The company was set to start giving rides this evening, but an eleventh hour delay is putting those plans off. Had they gone through with their service, it may have turned ugly — and quick.