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+ - How to make your carrier unlock your smartphone

Submitted by catparty
catparty (3600549) writes "After an FCC ruling, all carriers must comply with requests to unlock a phone on their network and that rule goes into effect starting today. Compiled here are the guidelines of the ruling, what makes you eligible, and how to get in touch with each carrier to go make them unlock your phone in the U.S."

+ - The Last Days Of TUAW

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie (3618811) writes "Founded in 2004, TUAW, or the Unofficial Apple Weblog, was one of the longest-running sites dedicated to covering all things Apple, and as of today, it is no more. The site still exists—insofar as navigating to its url won’t lead you to a dead page—but publishing has ceased. TUAW, as the Internet knew it for a decade, is gone. I had the privilege of writing for TUAW for a long time, and this is my goodbye."

+ - NBC's Super Bowl livestream was not as awful as it seemed->

Submitted by erier2003
erier2003 (3819637) writes "As soon as the game started, the stream was choppy, with big, painful gaps in between the snap and the play. If you want to experience deafening silence, sit in a room with 10 people with the Super Bowl volume turned way up and wallow in the absolute stillness of a frozen, soundless screen. But the question remains: Did NBC botch this, or are we just whining?"
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+ - Los Angeles UberX driver accused of sexually assaulting female passenger

Submitted by catparty
catparty (3600549) writes "Uber's latest rider safety scandal involves a Los Angeles UberX driver who allegedly raped a female passenger after pretending to be on duty in the early hours of Sunday Feb. 1. The incident is unfolding just days after a female rider in India filed a lawsuit against Uber in the U.S. for failing to provide proper safety precautions. Sunday's incident is just the latest in a string of sexual assault charges against Uber drivers, who work as contractors for the ride sharing company."

+ - Microsoft claims Windows 10 would have prevented 2014's biggest hacks->

Submitted by catparty
catparty (3600549) writes "On stage at a Windows 10 event, Microsoft VP Terry Myerson said that features in the new version of Windows would have "countered the techniques used in the recent headline making attacks."

He implies that Windows 10 could have prevented not just the Sony hack but the Lizard Squad DDoS attacks that took down Xbox Live, thought to be executed through an embedded SSH vulnerability."

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+ - U.S. Government Believed Mt. Gox Founder Mark Karpeles Ran Silk Road

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie (3618811) writes "In the trial of Ross Ulbricht on Thursday, Homeland Security agent Jared Der-Yeghiayan testified that his two-year investigation into Silk Road led squarely to Mt. Gox founder Mark Karpeles. “Lots of little things added up to [Karpeles],” Der-Yeghiayan testified.In a meeting with other Homeland Security agents, Der-Yeghiayan recalled saying that “we have built up quite a large amount of information that leads to this.”"

+ - Can Bitcoin Save Democracy?

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie (3618811) writes "If implemented correctly, the proliferation of online voting could solve one of the biggest problems in American democracy: low voter turnout. The 2014 midterms, for example, boasted the lowest voter turnout in 72 years. Making it easier to vote by moving the action from a polling station to your pocket could only increase turnout, especially in the primaries. Making online voting work is infinitely harder than it initially seems. However, in the past few years, there’s been a renewed effort to solve the conundrum of online voting using a most unexpected tool: Bitcoin."

+ - Thync, The Craziest Thing At CES, Zapped My Brain->

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie (3618811) writes "It didn't... hurt. Hurt isn't the right way to describe it. It felt like a tightness; it felt like the patch was trying to crawl across my skin. But—if you can believe this—in a good way.

And while Thync was attached to the right side of my head, occasionally I felt "tingles" pulling and hitting my brain on the left side and in the middle.

I was feeling progressively awake and aware. Granted, I had patches stuck to my head sending gentle vibrations to my brain, so that might have been part of my sudden alertness. But still, after 20 minutes of Thync I just felt... better."

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+ - PrintSnap is a tiny DIY darkroom that prints photos on receipts->

Submitted by Molly McHugh
Molly McHugh (3774987) writes "While most instant cameras today use ink and sell specialized paper in packs of 10 or less, PrintSnap uses standard thermal paper, the same stuff used for receipts in restaurants. “For the price of eight Polaroid 600-type images, you can print over eight thousand PrintSnap pictures.""
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+ - The Unstoppable Rise Of The Global Surveillance Profiteers

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie (3618811) writes "A new report takes a deep dive into companies like Hacking Team, which have sprouted up in the years since 9/11 sparked a global war on terror and a wired technological revolution. As the U.S. developed the online surveillance tools that, over a decade later, would eventually be revealed to the world by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, savvy businesses across the globe realized there were plenty of countries that might not be able to afford to develop such sophisticated technology in-house but still had money to burn."

+ - What Canada Can Teach The U.S. About Net Neturality 1

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie (3618811) writes "If there are two ways in which the Internet is similar in the United States and Canada, it’s that it’s slow and expensive in both places relative to many developed countries. The big difference, however, is that Canada is looking into doing something about it.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission—the northern equivalent of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)— is examining how the wholesale market, where smaller Internet service providers (ISPs) use parts of bigger companies’ networks to sell their own services, should operate in the years ahead.

The industry reaction to this proposal provides insights to the potential consequences of re-classifying broadband in the U.S. as a Title II public utility."

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