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FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

As smartphones and the apps we run on them become more and more popular, concerns over privacy are growing as well. The FTC has taken a pretty strong stance on privacy issues throughout the years, and today it delivered a list of recommendations to pretty much everyone involved in the smartphone business. These recommendations give platform holders, app developers, and advertisers suggestions on what they can do improve mobile privacy, and we have to say that there are some pretty good ideas in the report.

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Apple now largest mobile phone manufacturer in US

Apple now largest mobile phone manufacturer in US

Apple has gained the title of the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer in the US during Q4 2012. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple maintains 34% of the mobile phone market share, which gives the company the largest piece of the pie, beating out Samsung who has 32.3% of the market share for Q4 2012.

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Hands-free texting while driving is still dangerous, according to studies

Hands-free texting while driving is still dangerous, according to studies

Texting while driving is obviously really dangerous, and many states have already banned the use of mobile phones altogether while driving, with more and more states moving closer to that goal. However, with voice controls in smartphones becoming more prevalent, drivers are resorting to hands-free texting in the car, but recent studies show that hands-free texting is just as dangerous as hands-on texting.

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President Obama signs bill to extend warrantless phone tapping until 2017

President Obama signs bill to extend warrantless phone tapping until 2017

Late last week, the US Senate passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Reauthorization Act that would authorize phone surveillance of Americans without a warrant for counter-terrorism purposes for the next five years. The bill then moved onto the Oval Office, where President Obama signed it last night, officially putting the bill into action.

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Senate approves warrantless phone tapping until 2017

Senate approves warrantless phone tapping until 2017

The US Senate has voted 73-23 to approve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Reauthorization Act, which will authorize phone surveillance of Americans without a warrant for counter-terrorism purposes for the next five years. The bill extends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008, which granted immunity for wiretaps and email monitoring under the Bush Administration.

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PA Consulting creates mobile basestation with Raspberry Pi

PA Consulting creates mobile basestation with Raspberry Pi

PA Consulting has created a mobile phone basestation using the Raspberry Pi. In doing so, they replaced a giant 30-foot GSM cell basestation that is scarcely larger than your Internet modem. The consulting group based in Cambridge, UK, detail briefly how they achieved this in a video that you can watch after the jump.

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eBay says December 9 was its “biggest mobile shopping day”

eBay says December 9 was its “biggest mobile shopping day”

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, which means that a lot of companies are cleaning up. One of these companies is eBay, as it announced today that Sunday, December 9 was its "biggest mobile shopping day" ever. Of course, eBay's various sellers are making the most money from these mobile sales, but you can bet that eBay made a healthy amount of cash just from the sheer volume of transactions.

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Google launches Free Zone, aims to bring Google services to feature phones

Google launches Free Zone, aims to bring Google services to feature phones

Google has launched a new service aimed at developing countries called Free Zone. It allows users who either don't have access to data connections or can't afford it to be able to access basic Google services on feature phones for free. However, it's only available in the Philippines at the moment.

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Verizon restores 97% of mobile network in Sandy-affected areas

Verizon restores 97% of mobile network in Sandy-affected areas

If the area you're in was hit hard hard by Hurricane Sandy, then we've got some good news to share today. Verizon has announced that its mobile network is almost back to full strength in the areas that have been ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, so it should be a bit easier to get in contact with loved ones and friends. As of this morning, Verizon says that 97.2% of its cell sites in the northeastern United States are functional, with the rest hopefully coming back soon.

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FCC provides Hurricane Sandy cellphone disruption data

FCC provides Hurricane Sandy cellphone disruption data

Yesterday it was reported that 25% of cell phone towers in 10 states had been knocked out by Hurricane Sandy, as well as 25% of cable services, and a small number of emergency call centers. Now, according to the FCC, that number has dropped a few percentage points. Homes without cable TV and wired broadband is now "well under 20-percent."

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Hurricane Sandy takes down 25% of cell towers in 10 states

Hurricane Sandy takes down 25% of cell towers in 10 states

Telecom companies have reported that 25% of cell towers have been knocked out in 10 states in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In addition, 25% of cable services have also been lost in those states, although landline outages are reported to be "far fewer." Emergency calls are currently being rerouted to different call centers, according to the FCC.

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Nokia unveils new Asha 308 and Asha 309 budget smartphones

Nokia unveils new Asha 308 and Asha 309 budget smartphones

Asha Touch mobile phones from Nokia have been around for a while and are aimed at the low-end smartphone market. Nokia has announced the addition of two new budget smartphones in the Asha line called the Asha 308 and Asha 309. The difference between the two is that 308 is a dual SIM device, and the 309 has a single SIM.

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