It was a weird, wild weekend for tech fans, with CinemaNow restoring customer store credit on Friday night, AT&T going on the offensive over cell phone unlocking and Netflix cutting off developer access to its public API. Missed those stories? Fear not, we're kicking off the week with a recap of those and other tales from the world of tech, so read on...
Oh, Twitter… why do you hate third-party apps so? While we've never been huge fans of TweetDeck, the popular app was absorbed by the microblogging service and is now being laid to rest (at least in any kind of app form) as Twitter continues their mighty push toward an all-browser experience. But will the people make the change with them? Time will tell...
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.
Back in October 2012, the Library of Congress' Copyright Office ruled the unlocking of smartphones as illegal, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA). The ruling went into effect as of January 26 for any newly purchased devices. But a White House petition is apparently asking for help from the administration.
Apple and AT&T have been making big news since last Friday, when they announced that off-contract iPhones can finally be unlocked from Ma Bell’s ball and chain. While it appears the carrier is also unlocking these handsets for in-contract military service members, T-Mobile is looking forward to enlisting a few good (new) iPhone users.
As reported on Friday, AT&T has curiously started to unlock off-contract iPhones, choosing Easter Sunday to kick the service off. Judging from reports online, many users have been successful at getting their handsets freed from Ma Bell’s shackles, while others are still waiting.
Most of us are already familiar with the traditional method of jailbreaking and unlocking our iPhones -- which usually breaks with each new iOS update from Apple. But now there appears to be a more permanent solution available -- for a price.
The world of iPhone and iPod touch jailbreaking & unlocking has been fairly quiet as of late, but the collective known only as the iPhone Dev Team has just taken its latest tools out of beta in the form of redsn0w 0.9.2.
With Orange becoming the second officially iPhone carrier in the UK, O2
is sealing up a new deal to cope with losing its exclusivity contract.
O2 has begun offering unlocking options for iPhone customers, including
making it easier to switch over to their services by making it free.