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iOS apps can make calls without asking you first

iOS apps can make calls without asking you first

Users are known to ignore a few warnings, skip a few steps, and other sometimes cringe-worthy actions for the sake of convenience. However, that isn't an excuse for app developers to ignore common sense (which, apparently, isn't really that common) just to provide users that convenience. Unfortunately, that might be the case on iOS, where several popular apps have allegedly skimmed over Apple's developer documentation, leaving users vulnerable to, in the worst case scenario, making an automatic phone call to a premium-rate phone number.

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Humin lands on iOS to make your phone app more human

Humin lands on iOS to make your phone app more human

As much as our smartphones have evolved to become smarter, sometimes even more than us, the "phone" part of our devices have changed very little since they day they went digital. Humin wants to change all that. Now available for iPhones, Humin replaces the default iOS phone and contacts app to make collecting people's names and numbers a richer and more memorable experience.

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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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In-flight call ban lift open to discussion following FCC vote: needs DOT approval

In-flight call ban lift open to discussion following FCC vote: needs DOT approval

Though the vote of 3-2 knocks out a technical ban in the FCC, the rule against using cellphones to make calls in-flight is still being left up to the Department of Transportation to make a final ruling on here near the end of 2013. This week's vote was a close one. The FCC's meeting today had FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler taking special care to note that this vote does not instantly grant travelers the right to make a phone call on their next flight - there's still voting to be done before that's all well and good.

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Nokia 515 brings premium blend to top-tier feature phone

Nokia 515 brings premium blend to top-tier feature phone

Introducing the Nokia 515 this week, the company has suggested that there's not only room for more feature phones in our immediate future, but there's room for premium features - and the internet - on them as well. This device works with a "classic mobile phone" style and a set of premium materials - like an aluminum frame - along with a back-facing 5-megapixel camera to command high-quality photos the likes of which have never before been seen from a phone in this market. And it comes in black or silver, too.

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Ubuntu Edge gets price hack to boost Indiegogo pledges

Ubuntu Edge gets price hack to boost Indiegogo pledges

You might remember that dual-booting Linux and Android-powered phone that we discussed last month. It's called the Ubuntu Edge and it's hoping to change the mobile landscape in a big way. However, before it can do that, Canonical needs some funding help in order to produce the phone for the masses, and it seems like pledges are slowing down, for which Canonical is bumping the price down in order to get more people interested.

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Panasonic KX-PRX120 cordless home phone runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Panasonic KX-PRX120 cordless home phone runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Though some of us have elected to make our smartphones our main phones, many still have a home phone line, and for those users, Panasonic has developed a cordless offering that brings Android to the landline. The KX-PRX120 looks like a slightly dated, thick smartphone, but functions as a standard cordless home phone, providing a touchscreen display and front-facing camera, among other features.

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SIM card hack possible with a couple of text messages

SIM card hack possible with a couple of text messages

Almost every phone in existence uses a SIM card, especially GSM-based devices. It turns out, that while SIM cards are encrypted, they can easily be breached with just a couple of text messages, and it apparently takes only a couple of minutes. The hack allows someone to listen in on calls and steal mobile data from a phone.

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