lseltzer writes: "Many news stories recently have discussed the politics of unlocked phones, but if you want to use one what are the practical implications? Who sells unlocked phones? What carriers let you unlock theirs and activate others? BYTE explores these issues and tells you why you might want an unlocked phone and how you'd go about buying one and getting service for it."
lseltzer writes: "It's 35 years since the Apple II was released. In the May 1977 issue of BYTE, Steve Wozniak wrote a technical description of the system. BYTE has put the article up in HTML and republished it. Woz describes the integral graphics, memory architecture, BASIC interpreter, standard peripherals and explains "The Story of Sweet Sixteen". Schematics and source code listings are included."
lseltzer writes: "One of the weaknesses of the iPhone 4 and especially the 4S is battery life. It often doesn't even make it through the day. One solution is a case that integrates an external battery. Byte has reviewed 9 such cases, showing a variety of battery sizes, prices, styles and that a bunch of them are identical."
lseltzer writes: Mike Daisey's monologue performance challenges Apple customers and techies in general to think about the abusive conditions under which their products are made. "The facility is a high-tech Dickensian workhouse where underage (down to 13 year olds) are made to perform simple, repetitive actions over and over again through brutally-long shifts." Daisey describes the environment at Foxconn in Shenzhen during the string of suicides there. But how much of this argument is true and how much is just polemic? IS a bad job better than no job at all? Millions of Chinese seem to think so.