03/01/2013, On January 26, it was deemed illegal for those in the U.S. to unlock their cellphones to be used on any wireless carrier they choose, which resulted in a White House petition to be created, receiving over 100,000 signatures, meaning we should be hearing an official response from them in the near future. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski caught wind of consumers’ outrage, and has voiced his concerns on the topic saying the […]
11/17/2011, There’s a new Internet law called PROTECT-IP that is about to be voted in Congress, and you need to pay attention to it. PROTECT-IP stands for “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011″ and its stated goal is to fight against copyright infringement from non-USA entities, and it is estimated to cost $50M of your tax dollars per year.
08/16/2011, It seems that during the London riots, groups of looters were organized through the use of RIM’s Blackberry Messenger service. RIM then announced that they will be aiding the authorities in helping to track down the organizers of the riots/looting, but in response they got their website hacked by a group/individual who felt that generalizing everyone who used BBM during the riots was unfair.
08/02/2011, In an effort to prevent student-teacher relationships from developing, the state of Missouri’s governor has just put into effect a law that makes it illegal for teachers to directly communicate with students, regardless of whether they’re still under their tutelage or not. Here’s what the law states: “Teachers cannot establish, maintain or use a work-related website unless it is available to school administrators and the child’s legal custodian, physical custodian […]
07/15/2011, Anybody here a fan of “music blogs”? Yeah, those websites that post links to file sharing websites like Mega Upload or Rapidshare for people to download music illegally for free. No you don’t have to answer the question, but in the future it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of those sites – provided those webmasters decide to host them in Spain. According to the latest reports online, […]
01/26/2011, The next time you cross the streets of New York, think twice before taking out that phone to make a phone call. According to recent bill passed to the transportation committee, the streets of New York should be a safer place for both pedestrians and people in vehicles. The proposed law basically bans all pedestrians from using any electronic devices while crossing the streets. One of the main causes of […]
09/28/2010, Now here’s something worth looking into – the NY Post has reported that laws which ban texting while driving could actually increase the risk of road crashes. That’s definitely news to us, as we would have thought otherwise. Findings from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) showed that crash rates rose in three out of four states once texting bans were implemented. This could be due to the fact that […]
06/24/2010, While the opening of Google Voice to the general public is certainly good news for folks out there, it seems that Google is about to get embroiled into another legal battle, as Frontier Communications has filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that it’s infringing on patents related to voice services. The claim is that Google Voice uses technology related to a patent for a single dial-in number that can […]
06/16/2010, The people of San Francisco will soon fall under a new cellphone radiation law that requires retailers to post notices on how much radiation is emitted by cellphones they sell. This is touted to be the first kind in the United States, although those in the cellphone industry claim that it could very well impede sales and mislead consumers into believing some phones are safer than others. What’s your take […]
04/29/2010, Many of you might already know that the 3.21 firmware update for Sony’s PlayStation 3 disables the OtherOS functionality from the console, which effectively means that you can’t install Linux on it anymore. While hackers have been busy enabling the feature back on the console, some consumers think it’s better to file a class action lawsuit against the company, as in the case of Anthony Venture who has done just […]
12/24/2009, San Francisco, often at the forefront of revolutionary ideas, might also stand the chance to be the first city in the US to require cellphone retailers to label their wares with the level of radiation emitted assumning the controversial proposal being discussed at the Department of the Environment and endorsed by Mayor Gavin Newsom goes through. While the debate has raged on for years and years, there is still nary […]