Facebook expands “Wi-Fi for check-in” deal

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Facebook has made a deal with Cisco to roll out a program that gives store, hotel and restaurant customers free Wi-Fi access in return for “checking in” on Facebook. The idea has already been tested in a small number of locations and will now be made available to all businesses. Facebook itself won’t be putting […]

Verizon Honors Accidental Unlimited Data Deal

Verizon has announced that it will live up to an agreement with eagle-eyed customers who took advantage of a loophole. A software bug on its website let people get a new phone while keeping an unlimited data plan. Last year Verizon decided to scrap unlimited data deals not just for new customers, but for new […]

Government Takes New Approach to Phone Unlocking Rules

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The government has formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to force cellphone carriers to make it physically possible to unlock phones. It follows an appeal for Congress to make the practice legally OK. Back in January, a change in the law meant that phone unlocking technically became a breach of the law. That’s because the […]

New Motor Racing Contest Will Electrify City Streets

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The Formula E racing championship, planned to launch next year, won’t just be a demonstration that zero-emissions racing can still be exciting. It’s now looking as if it will be a testing ground for elecricity-based tech. Qualcomm, best known for making smartphone chips, has signed on as a sponsor. Bur rather than just handing over […]

Most Mobile Apps Are Already ‘Dead’

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The majority of mobile phone applications have never been updated and have received very little interest according to a new study. The figures also suggest that if an app doesn’t make it big within a few weeks of release, it’s effectively doomed. The figures come from StarDust, a company that tests mobile apps to make […]

Amazon Deal of the Day: Save $40 on the Kindle Fire HD Tablet – $159 + FREE Shipping

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For today’s edition of Deal of the Day and for a limited time, Amazon offers $40 off on the Kindle Fire HD tablet. When it comes to HD displays, great resolution is just the start. Unlike other 7″ tablets, Kindle Fire HD delivers rich color and deep contrast from every angle, with an advanced polarizing […]

Finally: Android Gets a la Carte Permissions Control

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Android devices may soon offer users far more control over what access apps have to their data and hardware. The latest release has a hidden feature that removes the all-or-nothing approach to access. A key part of the Android security system is the “permissions” system which controls dozens of settings that say whether or not […]

Androids to fight AIDS

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You might describe your smartphone as a lifesaver, but now you can let it help in the fight against AIDS. Alternatively, you can turn it into a tool to help study global warming or discover pulsars. It’s thanks to the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC), which already offered a similar tool for computers. […]

Earn Money Through Your Android Smartphone With Locket

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If you’ve got an Android device, you can now make money when you unlock it. The independent program, Locket, involves you installing an app that takes over the default lock screen. You’ll then see an ad every time you come to unlock the phone and can choose whether to swipe in one direction to see […]

Urine Can Power Cellphones

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Researchers at two British universities have successfully powered a cellphone using urine. The project involves microbial fuel cells, which are ceramic cylinders filled with bacteria. As the bacteria eats fuel supplies, it creates a small electrical charge as a by-product. The technique works with micro-organisms that would normally, where oxygen is present, produce water as […]

Politician reveals minute-by-minute movements to highlight data surveillance

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A German politician has published complete details of his movements over a six month period. The details mainly come from phone company records, something Malte Spitz says shows the dangers of laws that mean such data is kept on record “just in case.” The details are from cellphone service provider Deutsche Telecom and cover a […]

BRCK: An African Modem Unfazed by Power Outages

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A Kenyan firm has unveiled a modem designed to deal with the unreliable power supply and connectivity issues in the African market. The BRCK device is designed to deal with the fact that although many areas of Africa have good Internet access and/or cellphone coverage, electricity supplies can often be unreliable and cut out with […]