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GlassWire for Android now shows what eating up your data

GlassWire for Android now shows what eating up your data

The ubiquity of smartphones, and the decreasing costs of data plans, mean that more and more people are connected to the Internet every day. That also means more and more opportunities for less scrupulous apps and services to exploit that fact. And then there is the case of the poorly developed app that can tie up your Internet connectivity and cost you dollars in unwanted, let alone unknown charges. For those kinds of apps, the new GlassWire for Android offers to monitor your apps' data usage for you, without having to unknowingly hand over your data to third-parties.

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FCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, Verizon

FCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, Verizon

Right through December of last year, the FCC had ongoing investigations into telecom giants including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile over their use of zero-rated data services, viewing them anti-competitive and in violation of net neutrality rules. Unfortunately, these investigations were opened under outgoing FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, and part of President Trump's restaffing has been appointing Ajit Pai as the new head. In turn, the agency has also revealed that it's dropping the investigations.

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T-Mobile debuts IoT Access packs with module and wireless data

T-Mobile debuts IoT Access packs with module and wireless data

US carrier T-Mobile has used CES 2017 to announce a new addition to its "Un-carrier" initiative. Dubbed IoT Access packs, they're designed to offer an easier and cheaper solution for both customers and business to dive into Internet of Things development. The packs come in two price options, each with a wireless data allotment and an included Cat1 module.

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Amazon Snowmobile service is a semi-truck with a giant hard drive

Amazon Snowmobile service is a semi-truck with a giant hard drive

Last week, Amazon announced a new service for uploading large amounts of data to its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud storage. Dubbed Snowmobile, it's an actual 18-wheel semi-truck hauling a storage container filled with hard drives. See, it's not meant for times when you need to back up your photo or video collection, but rather for an entire company's data, such as a movie studio's archives or a government agency's library of satellite imagery.

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FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

FCC says AT&T, Verizon are violating net neutrality with sponsored data plans

This week the FCC sent letters to both AT&T and Verizon, stating that zero-rated data — plans and services that don't count against users' monthly allotment — is a violation of net neutrality rules. For AT&T, this applies to their new DirecTV Now streaming video service, and for Verizon it's their own Go90 video service. The FCC's wireless communications chief Jon Wilkins wrote that the telecoms' practices "inhibit competition, harm consumers, and interfere with the ‘virtuous cycle’ needed to assure the continuing benefits of the Open Internet."

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Impending Trump has Internet Archive mirror to Canada

Impending Trump has Internet Archive mirror to Canada

As the presidency of Trump seems to loom ever larger, The Internet Archive has taken precautions. Precautions against a presidency that, if Trump's previous actions dictate future behavior, will attempt to control free flow of information on the internet. The Internet Archive is a nonprofit charity organization that does not want its many archived moments in internet history to be destroyed - as such, it's moved to Canada.

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Yahoo investigating hacker’s claims of massive data breach

Yahoo investigating hacker’s claims of massive data breach

Those of you with a Yahoo account may want to reset your password, as the hacker behind the recent MySpace and LinkedIn data dumps is claiming that he has the details of 200 million Yahoo accounts. He's ready to sell too, posting the lot on the dark web with an asking price of three bitcoins, which amounts to around $1,800.

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US Congress asks Niantic about Pokemon GO’s mobile data usage

US Congress asks Niantic about Pokemon GO’s mobile data usage

With people coming across dead bodies, walking over graves, or sometimes pretending to get into accidents over Pokemon GO, it was really only a matter of time before US lawmakers start to scrutinized the AR game for all it's worth. And yet, when it did formally send a letter to game developers Niantic Labs, it wasn't about any of those incidents at all. Instead, what it wants to know is whether Pokemon GO will, cunningly or not, cause players to end up with an insurmountable bill over the use of mobile data while playing the game.

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Latest Google Transparency Report shows climbing number of requests for user data

Latest Google Transparency Report shows climbing number of requests for user data

Today Google issued its latest Transparency Report, giving us a fairly comprehensive look into how many times in a six month period governments around the world requested data on the company's users. This latest report spans the latter half of 2015, with the period ending on December 31. In the report, we see that the number of government requests has been rising as time goes on, crossing the 40,000 threshold for the first time since Google began offering these reports.

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T-Mobile gives Pokemon GO players free data

T-Mobile gives Pokemon GO players free data

T-Mobile has announced that on July 19, as part of its T-Mobile Tuesdays campaign, it’ll give its subscribers free data for playing Pokemon GO. As with Music Freedom and Binge On, the data used while playing Pokemon GO won’t count against one’s high-speed data allotment…and this perk will remain available for the next year. In addition, the Uncarrier is offering some perks including a free snack and funds for hitching rides to nearby PokeStops or Gyms.

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Verizon price increase release date hiked with new app

Verizon price increase release date hiked with new app

This week the folks at Verizon have revealed their new My Verizon app - as well as a new set or prices for all customers. This update includes additions of data allowance as well as price jumps between $5 and $10 dollars per month. Not by coincidence, users will find Verizon making a bigger deal out of the new app than they are out of the new data plan pricing structure, which will also bring higher data allowances per tier.

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Acer data breach leaves customer credit cards exposed

Acer data breach leaves customer credit cards exposed

Acer has been hit with a data breach, and it is in the process of notifying potentially affected customers. The breach is said to have affected the company’s e-commerce website over a huge time span — May 12, 2015 through April 28, 2016. Anyone who submitted information through the website during that time may have had their data compromised, including things like credit card numbers, names, and addresses.

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