As some of you might have heard, last year it came to light that major carriers in the US have been selling user location data to third-party companies. The carriers have since said that they have ceased those practices, but apparently that isn’t enough for the FCC who are now proposing a token fine to the carriers involved.
Music is basically a combination of different notes played at different rhythms. This means that there is only a finite number of possible combinations, which means from time to time, lawsuits appear where one musician/band will sue another claiming that they have stolen a melody they have written and used it in their song.
Back in the day, there were many companies who created smartphones that had removable and replaceable batteries. This meant that in the event your phone’s battery health is bad and is no longer holding its charge as well as it should, all you would need to do is swap it out for a new one.
We’ve all probably received a scam call or two in our lives. Sometimes they can be very convincing where they know just enough about us to make it a believable call. Unsurprisingly, there are people out there who fall for such scams, and one of those scams is the fake tech support call scam.
We need to be more careful of our online social media activities. This is because in recent times, we’re starting to see the implications of what we do online affect our offline lives. More recently, over in Switzerland, the courts have ruled that it is possible that “liking” or sharing online posts that are deemed hateful or defamatory could be considered a crime.
Bitcoin is a form of a virtual currency that you can buy using real-life money, and since it can be used to pay for things, the IRS has stated that you will need to report your bitcoin transactions. This was the same logic that was applied to in-game virtual currencies, such as those used by games like Fortnite.
For years, the EU has been pushing for a standard mobile charger. This was in the early days where some companies were still making proprietary chargers. For the most part, the majority of handset makers eventually settled on micro USB and are now moving to USB-C, but if there is one holdout, it would be Apple.
The law is a funny thing where depending on how contracts and legal documents are written, you can skirt around it by finding loopholes. Blizzard found out the hard way when the Defense of the Ancient custom game built using the Warcraft 3 campaign creator, ended up in the hands of Valve who ended up creating Dota 2.
Robocalls can be annoying and disruptive, especially if you receive them multiple times in a day. This is why they have been made illegal, but then again with all things illegal, there will always be someone who tries to circumvent the system. Unfortunately for one individual, it seems that the FCC plans to make an example out of him.
The license plates of our cars are pretty standard in terms of their design, and they are basically used to identify individual cars. In terms of customization, there is the option of purchasing a vanity plate, but even then, they’re still pretty much consisted of letters and numbers, but that could soon change if you live in Vermont.
As some of you know, Huawei is currently on the US government’s Entity List. As such, US companies such as Google have been banned from doing business with Huawei. It also prevents Huawei from accessing certain features and services that they relied on in the past, one of which is Google Maps.
In the early days of mobile phones, pretty much every handset maker had their own proprietary charger. This meant that if you used a phone made by one manufacturer, you wouldn’t be able to charge it using another company’s charger. However, over the years, this has changed where Android handset makers adopted micro USB and now USB-C.
If people who think that uploading their illicit photos to the cloud and assume that its contents are private, think again, especially if you’re an iCloud user. This is because during CES 2020, Apple’s chief privacy officer Jane Horvath revealed that the company is scanning photos uploaded to iCloud to look for cases of child abuse.
Our smartwatches and fitness trackers these days come with built-in heart rate sensors. While these might be useful for tracking our workouts and maybe even saving our lives, they can also be used to solve crime. This is how police figured out that an alleged victim of an anti-semitic stabbing might have been lying about the attack.