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Can you use a cell phone while driving? An updated state-based law list

Can you use a cell phone while driving? An updated state-based law list

Is it illegal to drive while talking on a mobile phone without a headset in your state? Driving laws related to smartphone and cell phone use - or mobile phone use, if that's what you want to call it - vary greatly. Individual states change regulations on cell phone use while driving every once in a while - it's a state's issue, not federal, after all. What we're looking at is the laws that apply to each of our 50 United States as of the month of publication of this article - and updates may be applied, but will be noted.

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Apple files 2 suits VS Qualcomm in Beijing, Qualcomm responds

Apple files 2 suits VS Qualcomm in Beijing, Qualcomm responds

This afternoon the folks at Qualcomm have issued a statement on their current state of legal affairs with Apple in China. They suggest that they have not seen the legal complaints issued by Apple, regardless of the Beijing court's press release. Apple's statement on the situation says that they have had disagreements with Qualcomm about royalty costs for technology licenses for many years, and have just recently found it necessary to seek assistance from the courts.

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Trump’s unsecured Android phone is reportedly still in use

Trump’s unsecured Android phone is reportedly still in use

President Trump is still using his old smartphone, new reports claim, despite the Android handset being unsecured. The newly-instated US president, in his first week in office, was believed to have exchanged his phone for the requisite secured device, but that may not in fact be the case. According to a New York Times report, Trump has controversially kept hold of the handset.

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Faraday Future hit with $1.8m lawsuit in sizzle reel spat

Faraday Future hit with $1.8m lawsuit in sizzle reel spat

Would-be Tesla crusher Faraday Future has found itself in another legal mess, being hit with a lawsuit for allegedly failing to pay for a high-tech virtualization of its electric car. The automaker made headlines at CES 2017 earlier this month, when it took the wraps off the Faraday Future FF 91, a luxury sedan with high-tech autonomous driving abilities. However, while the FF 91 reveal was a hit, some of the startup's other promotional plans have apparently gone awry.

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Star Trek Axanar fan film finally settles lawsuit with Paramount, CBS

Star Trek Axanar fan film finally settles lawsuit with Paramount, CBS

The last few years have been difficult for the production team behind the Star Trek fan film Axanar, with their ambitious project getting them sued by CBS and Paramount, owners of the franchise, followed by news that the copyright lawsuit was being dropped, only for it to proceed anyway. But it appears the bumpy road has finally come to an end, as Axanar Productions has revealed it's finally reached a settlement with the film and TV studios, preventing the need for a jury trial.

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Apple just sued Qualcomm for unfair license costs

Apple just sued Qualcomm for unfair license costs

This afternoon Apple released a statement which suggests they've begun a process to sue Qualcomm for unfair licensing practices for mobile technology. Apple also suggests that, due to Apple cooperating with a Korea-based regulatory probe into Qualcomm's business, the mobile processor-makers have withheld money owed to Apple. An amount of money, Apple says, that runs up to $1-billion in unpaid royalty rebates.

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Apple’s latest lawsuit proves you just can’t please everyone

Apple’s latest lawsuit proves you just can’t please everyone

Apple finds itself the subject of a road safety lawsuit, facing demands to lock down the iPhone to prevent drivers from texting or other distractions while on the road. The case, Julio Ceja v. Apple Inc., was filed this week in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and accuses the Cupertino firm of putting "profit before consumer safety" by continuing to allow the potentially dangerous practice. If it won't change iOS, the lawyers say, Apple should be made to cease sales of the iPhone in California altogether.

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The FTC just sued Qualcomm for being anti-competitive

The FTC just sued Qualcomm for being anti-competitive

Qualcomm has been accused by the Federal Trade Commission of anticompetitive patent tactics, with the FTC filing a federal court complaint alleging the chip maker used nefarious tactics to maintain a monopoly on mobile processors. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California today, argues that Qualcomm used standards-essential patents it holds to demand elevated royalties and other license payments from phone manufacturers. That would contravene the FTC Act.

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Samsung’s chief faces arrest over vast corruption scandal

Samsung’s chief faces arrest over vast corruption scandal

It's not a good week for Samsung executives, with special prosecutors in South Korea looking to arrest Lee Jae-yong for his involvement in political corruption in the country. Although officially vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, Lee - the son of Samsung's chairman - has over the past months taken on more and more of the leadership role at the company, given his father's continuing ill health. Now, he faces serious charges in the ongoing scandal that has rocked the country.

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Takata executives indicted by DoJ alongside $1 billion fine

Takata executives indicted by DoJ alongside $1 billion fine

Following recent news that an indictment and fine were nearly finalized, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced a $1 billion fine against Takata, the company behind faulty air bags. In addition to the fine, the Justice Department has indicted three company executives. Takata as a company will plead guilty to fraud. Though the news has just been publicized, the decision was made on December 7.

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FCC is still concerned about AT&T and Verizon zero-rated services

FCC is still concerned about AT&T and Verizon zero-rated services

Zero-rated services are becoming increasingly popular among carriers and companies, giving customers a way to consume certain content without using up their high-speed data allotment. Such arrangements have raised concerns about net neutrality in the past, and while the FCC isn't necessarily against zero-rated offerings, it has expressed concerns with some of them. Verizon and AT&T are, once again, the focus of that concern.

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Proposal seeks kill switch and mandatory registration for ‘smart’ robots

Proposal seeks kill switch and mandatory registration for ‘smart’ robots

The distant future once detailed and imagined in science fiction movies and books is now upon us, and humans are scrambling to stay ahead. Robots are no longer a foreign concept to the average consumer, and indeed you may even find versions of them, such as the Roomba, in the average home. Innovations in robotics will no doubt move quickly over the coming years, and will happen in step with advancements in artificial intelligence, painting a picture of a future where advanced robots can learn and think for themselves. To keep such advanced technologies in check, humans need a plan.

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