Locking cell phones is so unpopular a concept that it accomplished the seemingly impossible—it managed to get the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to reach a unanimous agreement when they decided to overturn it. We told you about that last week, but today President Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law. So go on. Provided your initial contract has expired, unlock that iPhone.
Do cell phones have the right to be free from their SIM-locked shackles? The new chairman of the FCC appears to think so, and he's letting wireless carriers know that their old-school way of thinking won't be tolerated anymore.
The controversy over Path uploading users’ address book data continues to create ripples across the tech world, with two members of Congress sending a joint letter to 34 developers of social apps in an effort to understand how they collect and use such data.
You’ve got to hand it to Apple: They may not move quickly when a storm rolls into their domain, but when they do finally speak up, it’s decisive and gets the job done. Today it’s the drama surrounding contacts privacy, sparked by the Path app last week, which Apple plans to fix at the operating system level with a forthcoming update. But who can get excited about that when we’ve got a new Smurfs app, am I right? Read on to find out the rest of the day’s news for Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
It was well publicized that Apple would be testifying in Washington on location tracking and other mobile privacy issues. Well today was the day, and Apple was well represented by vice president Bud Tribble. More interesting though, was that Tribble revealed that in a forthcoming edition of iOS, the downsized local cache within iOS will become encrypted.
Today, a group of U.S. senators called upon Apple to pull apps from the App Store that alert users to any police or any other law enforcement checkpoints that have been set up to combat drunk driving. U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) were named as senders in the letter, and it was addressed to Apple Senior Vice President of iPhone Software, Scott Forstall.
We all know how much the popularity of the iPad has surged since its release. It's been embraced by millions worldwide. But, as AT&T's leak yesterday alluded to, apparently our Washington politicians love it as well.