Deaf Man Hears Wi-Fi Networks

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A deaf man has modified his hearing aid so that he can “hear” the presence of wireless networks. Writing in the New Scientist, Frank Swain says it’s an experiment to explore the way tech works for deaf people. With the modifications, the hearing aid makes different sounds to indicate both the quantity and type of […]

AT&T Sued Over ‘Unlimited’ Data Throttling

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The Federal Trade Commission is suing AT&T for allegedly misleading customers over its “unlimited” data plans. The FTC says reducing speeds for people who use large amounts of data counts as a limit, The case centers on what’s meant by “unlimited,” an issue that’s always controversial with mobile data. While some plans have a fixed […]

Hear: The App That Let’s You Anonymously Talk… and Stalk!

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By Kazzie Ch – Robot Sucré Guest Blogger What if I were to tell you that you could listen to people’s conversations without feeling totally weird about it? Never mind eavesdropping on your table neighbor at Starbucks. We’ve done this already; it’s not exciting anymore. Also, I don’t care about your pumpkin-spiced latte. There’s a […]

New iPads Feature Multi-Carrier SIM

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Amid all the usual hype for thinner screens and bigger resolutions at the latest Apple launch event came a genuine breakthrough for the iPad: a reprogrammable SIM card that can work with multiple carriers. The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, which will take over as the most expensive models in the range in […]

BlackBerry’s New Phone Has Square Screen

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BlackBerry has released a new handset with some unusual features including a square screen and a touch-sensitive physical keyboard. It’s an attempt to recapture the business market but may serve as a test bed for the unusual physical aspects. The BlackBerry Passport is so named because it’s roughly the same size as the passports used […]

iPhone 6 Launch A Success Despite China Delay

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Apple says it sold more than 10 million of the new iPhones in their first weekend on sale, a new company record. While that didn’t include sales to China this time round, it seems a fair number of handsets will be headed there anyway. The 10 million+ figure covers both the iPhone 6 and the […]

Virgin Flights May Get 70 Mbps Internet

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Virgin Atlantic customers could get in-flight WiFi with speeds of up to 70 Mbps thanks to a new deal. The airline has partnered with Gogo, a firm that already provides in-flight Internet access. At the moment the speeds top out at just under 10 Mbps, but it’s recently announced a new system called 2Ku that […]

Cyborg Unplug: Network Blocker Tackles Google Glass & Spy Tools

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The maker of a new gadget claims it can knock any unwanted device off a local network. But Julian Oliver concedes that some features of Cyborg Unplug may be illegal depending on your location. Oliver previously developed a web script named glasshole.sh that is specifically designed for finding and blocking Google Glass connections on a […]

California Makes Smartphone Killswitch Mandatory

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Californian politicians have passed a law mandating a “killswitch” in all smartphones, allowing users to remotely disable the phone if it’s lost or stolen. It’s the first such law to require such a feature to be enabled by default. Bill 962 says all phones that are manufactured after 1 July 2015 and then sold in […]

Cellphone Firm Cancels Sexist Selfie Contest

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A Chinese cellphone manufacturer has apologized for running a contest that critics described as sexist. OnePlus was promoting the OnePlus One handset, which has had some excellent reviews. It’s an Android-based handset with some high-end specs, being sold to US customers at $299. It looks like that’s a promotional price for the launch period and, […]

WarKitteh & DOsDog Hit The Streets

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An engineer has told a hacking conference how he turned a cat and a dog into tech weapons: the former to make a point and the latter for a prank. Gene Bransfield of Tenacity Solutions discussed his work at the DEFCON event and then followed up with an interview with the Guardian. His first project, […]