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Google patents rear-touch controls 6 years after Apple

Google patents rear-touch controls 6 years after Apple

A patent application has just revealed that Google is going to be implementing rear-touch controls for its future Android smartphones. The patent is similar to a patent filed by Apple in 2006, which it planned on using to implement the rear-touch feature in its future iPads. However, it's been 7 years since Apple was granted the patent, and yet there are still no iPads with rear-touch controls. Perhaps Apple will begin production on that project now that Google is gunning for it too.

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AT&T willing to unlock devices for customers

AT&T willing to unlock devices for customers

The recent law that went into effect in January that states that it is illegal to unlock your phone without the carrier's permission has definitely ruffled a lot of feathers, and while most carriers are weary of unlocking their own devices, it seems AT&T doesn't want any part of the negativity that came with the new law, thus the company has clarified that it's willing to unlock devices if they have the proper information to do so.

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More congress members fight cell phone unlocking ban

More congress members fight cell phone unlocking ban

More members of congress are joining in on the fight to repeal the ban on cell phone unlocking. Several senators and representatives are voicing their opinions about the issue and a few are planning on introducing bills to fight it. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced yesterday that she was drafting a bill to legalize cell phone unlocking. She stated yesterday, "I will continue to work to advance commonsense measures to protect consumers and promote competition.”

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Verizon considers buying out Vodafone’s share of Verizon Wireless

Verizon considers buying out Vodafone’s share of Verizon Wireless

Verizon is juggling its options to see how it should proceed with its joint venture with Vodafone. The two companies formed Verizon Wireless around 13 years ago. Verizon Wireless is now one of the top mobile service providers in the United States, and its shares are currently at $47.69 and are still growing. Apparently, since December, Verizon has been considering the future of its company and it's debating whether or not to completely merge with Vodafone, or to buy out Vodafone's share in Verizon Wireless.

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China is apparently TOO dependent on Android

China is apparently TOO dependent on Android

According to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China is too dependent on Google and its mobile OS Android. The ministry released a white paper yesterday to voice its concerns. To support its argument, statistics say that Android was on 90% of all smartphones in China Q3 2012, and was on 70.1% of all its smartphones in Q4 2012. iOS only accounted for 21% of China's market share in Q4.

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How Facebook fixed its Gingerbread Dalvik problem

How Facebook fixed its Gingerbread Dalvik problem

Facebook developers had faced many challenges when developing their app for older platforms like Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. When Facebook completely revamped its app last year to provide a better user experience, they discovered that the app did not play well with older Android devices. They discovered that the problem had to do with a program called "dexopt" which determines a fixed-size buffer called "LinearAlloc" of apps installed on a specific device. While the buffer size is 8 or 16 MB in size for newer Android versions like Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, its only 5 MB in the older versions.

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BlackBerry 10 Netflix app: not any time soon

BlackBerry 10 Netflix app: not any time soon

Sad news for both Blackberry 10 users and Blackberry alike. It turns out that Netflix has no intentions of releasing its mobile app for Blackberry 10 devices any time soon. This is bad for Blackberry 10, who needs a great app base in order to covert customers from iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. It was already bad enough when Instagram stated it had no intentions of developing its app for Blackberry 10 either.

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White House combats ban on cell phone unlocking

White House combats ban on cell phone unlocking

It looks like the White House has heard the voices of the 114,000+ people who believe that unlocking their cell phone should be a legal process. It too believes that banning people from unlocking their cell phones isn't fair, especially since people paid good money for those devices. Not only that, but the White House wants to also legalize the unlocking of tablet devices as well, since tablets fall under the same category as cell phones.

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Verizon cracks down on fake employee discounts

Verizon cracks down on fake employee discounts

It's been a long time coming, but Verizon Wireless may be finally cracking down on fake employee discounts. These are the discounts used by people who no longer work at a job that qualifies for Verizon Wireless's discounts. Verizon's employee discounts offer up to 15%-25% off its mobile phone service and up to 25% off of accessories. Verizon isn't the first company to crack down on employee discounts. Companies like Sprint began a similar process last year.

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