Fourth-place U.S. carrier T-Mobile might finally have a fighting chance at a comeback now that the FCC has signed off on its proposed merger with MetroPCS, and the timing couldn't be better since the carrier is scheduled to officially offer the iPhone this year. But there was plenty more going on Tuesday, so let's take a quick spin through the day's events, shall we?
Still feeling the blues about the Librarian of Congress making it illegal to unlock your cell phone? The chairman of the FCC has a few things to say about that, and appears committed to getting it reversed.
Remember that merger between Japan's SoftBank and third-place U.S. carrier Sprint? Looks like it's going to hit a speed bump or two along the way, now that the Federal government is taking a closer look at it.
A bit of a mixed bag this week as the news cycle recovers from the iPhone 5 launch. Hey, didn't Amazon do something that no one is talking about anymore? I guess now we batten down the hatches and see whatever became of all those iPad mini rumors. We're just shy of October when the drop is supposed to happen. Here's to waiting.
If you’re reading this from one of the 25 countries that just started selling the new iPad today, welcome! (Sorry, we don’t know all 25 ways to say welcome in those countries, so we’ll stick with the universal language of English.) Now 25 more countries will get to experience the overheating, the poor Wi-Fi and the battery that charges beyond 100 percent -- although all of you will be sitting out the 4G LTE party for now, so you’ll have to do your best to burn through your monthly data plan with 3G instead. Enough sarcasm -- let’s get on with the show for this Friday, March 23, 2012!
Don’t say we didn’t warn you: Apple appears to planning the imminent release of new AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule models, with confirmation coming from none other than the FCC. Anyone in the market for some new networking products?
Earlier this week, the folks at the Federal Communications Commission hunkered down to hash out what would and would not be a part of their freshly hatched plans for America's net neutrality laws. Words were spoken. Tempers flared. The Woz gave his two cents. In the end, the rules as we know them today were passed into being by a vote of three-to-two.
While most of us have been busy scurrying from store to store for last minute gifts or traveling home for the holidays this week, a few brave souls have been duking it out on our behalf in the name of keeping the Internet as free and as open a commodity as possible. Among the many geek and tech industry notables to take the stand and address the FCC as they explore the future of Net Neutrality, was Steve Wozniak, who argued in favor of an open Internet, free of the meddling hands and tiered-pricing plans that many Internet Service Providers are wont to indulge in.
Since Apple's big policy changes in app development yesterday, software developers have been jumping for joy at the freedom to build their own applications with whatever tool they well choose. However, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple's change in policy on its third party app development may have a little something to do with being under fire from the FTC.
Lost amidst the flurry of new product announcements last Wednesday is another new feature for the fourth-generation iPod touch: Vibration, similar to what is offered in the iPhone. Meanwhile, Apple’s own product pages contain icons that shouldn’t be on the new media player.