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Submission + - Verizon "getting out of the email business" (verizon.com) 1

tomservo84 writes: If you have a Verizon.net email address, you will be saying goodbye to it within the next few weeks, according to this article.

Strangely enough, I didn't find out about this from Verizon, itself, but SiriusXM, who sent me an email saying that since I have a Verizon.net email address on file, I'd have to update it because they were getting rid of their email service. I thought it was a bad phishing attempt at first until I saw the link and read it. Guess it's time to move my email over to gmail. Hopefully Google won't decide to orphan THAT any time soon.

Submission + - Reps. Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Enable Cell Phone & Wireless Device Unloc 2

tomservo84 writes: It seems some people in the House of Reps have their heads screwed on straight...

http://lofgren.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=797:reps-zoe-lofgren-thomas-massie-anna-eshoo-a-jared-polis-introduce-bipartisan-bill-to-enable-cell-phone-a-wireless-device-unlocking&catid=22:112th-news&Itemid=161

"This bill reflects the way we use this technology in our everyday lives," Rep. Lofgren said. "Americans should not be subject to fines and criminal liability for merely unlocking devices and media they legally purchased. If consumers are not violating copyright or some other law, there's little reason to hold back the benefits of unlocking so people can continue using their devices."

The bill would "make it permanently legal for consumers to unlock their mobile devices, and consumers would not be required to obtain permission from their carrier before switching to a new carrier."

Now, what chance does this have of actually passing??
Microsoft

Microsoft Has Been Watching, and It Says You're Getting Used To Windows 8 675

Dupple writes "Microsoft's user data shows that users are getting used to dealing with the Windows 8 user interface, reports this article at MIT Technology Review. Despite some of the more scathing reviews of Windows 8, ordinary users are getting along with it just fine, according to Julie Larson-Green, the Microsoft executive who leads Windows product development. Data collected automatically from some Windows users, she says, show they are adjusting to some of the new operating system's controversial features without problems 'So far we're seeing very encouraging things,' Larson-Green says of the large volume of data that Microsoft receives every day from people using Windows 8 who have chosen to join the company's 'customer experience improvement program.' All users are invited to enroll in that program when they first log into the new operating system. If they do so, anonymized information about how they are using the operating system is sent to Microsoft. Referring to complaints from some quarters, Larson-Green says: 'Even with the rumblings, we feel confident that it's a moment in time more than an actual problem.'"

Comment Camera != Camera in phone (Score 1) 179

First is whether these cameras will have enough additional functionality to justify the added cost and weight when most people already have a serviceable camera in their phone.

UGH!! I'm getting tired of these types of comments. A camera in your phone is just not able to match an actual CAMERA for quality use. Until a phone has optical zoom and can accommodate lenses (which immediately makes it much less easily portable) this will not be possible.

P.S. Can we get rid of Timothy as an editor, or can he PLEASE take the time to fix the submissions before posting? I swear at least 95% of the time there is a story with misspellings/extra unnecessary words, etc., it's his.

Google

Submission + - Google search now "thinks more like a human" (cnn.com)

tomservo84 writes: "So, let's say you're doing a Google search for "Kings." Did you mean the L.A. hockey team or the Sacramento basketball team? Maybe the TV show? Or maybe you actually wanted to know something about monarchs." Google today announced Knowledge Graph, which will Google says will make the results appear more 'human'.
Transportation

Submission + - Geely McCar Features a Built-in Electric Scooter (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: One of the most imaginative concept cars we've ever seen turned up at Auto Shanghai this week and it didn't come from Japan, Germany, France or America – it was the result of two years work in China by Geely engineers and is the synthesis of over 60 IP-protected ideas. In essence, it's an ultra compact, two-door, four-seater with a built-in, folding three wheeled electric scooter in the rear. When the scooter is docked, the car shares both its battery and electric motor to extend the all-electric range or ensure the scooter is fully charged. The McCar is proposed as having choice of gas-electric hybrid or fully electric powerplants.

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