Being a Glasshole While Driving Is Legal in California, Sort Of.

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From pricing to privacy concerns, Google has attracted a lot of attention with its wearable smart glasses dubbed Google Glass. Most recently, though, another issue with Glass popped up in the state of California where a motorist was ticketed for distracted driving because she was wearing Google Glass when she pulled over by the California […]

Samsung Fined for Faking Reviews of Competing Products

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Samsung has been fined just over $340,000 by Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission for paying people to write good reviews on its products while also writing bad reviews of competing products. This was in violation of the FTC’s fair trade rules. It’s said that Samsung organized an internet campaign and paid people to praise Samsung products while […]

E-Readers May Be Cleared for Takeoffs, Landings in 2014

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The Federal Aviation Administration, or the FAA, in the U.S. may revise its longstanding policies to allow the use of select electronic devices during the sensitive takeoff and landing period. Thus far, no electronic devices are allowed to be powered on during flight when the plane is under 10,000 feet as the FAA says that […]

One U.S. State Wants to Ban Google Glass Use While Driving

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Texting while driving is already a big no-no in many states and now West Virginia wants to be the first, if not among the first, U.S. state to say no to drivers using Google Glass behind the wheels. Republican Gary G Howell of the state’s legislature is proposing a bill that could see drivers fined […]

American Law Enforcement Wants Carriers to Save Your Incriminating Text Messages

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Various law enforcement offices in the U.S. are proposing legislation that would require American carriers–such as AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless–to store and archive private text messages that are sent and received. The legislation proposed may get bundled together with a proposed update to the 1986 Electronics Communications Privacy Act, a […]

Think You Can Drive Distracted? This Web App Can Test If You Can!

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Ever been driving through an urban area and had someone texting on their phone walk right out in front of you, seemingly out of nowhere? Motion Induced Blindness is a concept pilots and racing drivers are taught to compensate for. By focusing on a point ahead of you (taillights on a race car, or a […]

Senator McCaskill Looking to Change FAA Rules to Allow Gadgets to be Used During Takeoffs, Landings

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Senator Claire McCaskill is beginning to draft legislation that challenges the Federal Aviation Administration’s current policy on banning the use of electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. In a public letter to the FAA, McCaskill says, “Simply put, electronic devices that are currently allowed above 10,000 feet should be allowed for use during all phases […]

Definitions of U.S. Copyright Laws Restricts Smartphone, Tablet Users

In a review of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, also known as the DMCA, that first made it legal to jailbreak devices, the U.S. Copyright Office has now made definitions of copyright laws that limit the benefits to owners of smartphones and tablets. According to the U.S. Copyright Office, owners of smartphones may continue to […]

What Is SOPA and Why Are All My Websites On Strike?

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You may have noticed that several of your favorite sites aren’t quite working today. Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with your browser or your phone. Today Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, and a host of other sites have gone dark or on strike to protest bills currently under debate in the U. S. Senate and House of […]

Apple Now Going After the Motorola Xoom

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Just yesterday, we learned that Apple had won a ruling in Germany that halted the sale of Samsung’s latest and greatest tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, in the European Union. How were they able to do this? By accusing Samsung of infringing on their intellectual property. In Apple’s eyes, Samsung has ripped off the […]

U.S. Senate Proposes Jail Time for Illegal Streaming Videos

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The U.S. Senate is proposing legislation that would create harsher punishments and make illegal video streaming a felony under the Commercial Felony Streaming Act. While the current laws under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act imposes stringent punishment on illegal video and music downloads, legal policy has thus far not kept up with streaming technologies. With […]

San Francisco Places Cell Phone Radiation Law on Hold

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San Francisco’s controversial cell phone radiation law, one that would have required retailers to slap a label with radiation figures on cell phone boxes, has been put on indefinite hold as the city will likely pass a tamer law in its place. Last year, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom introduced the reform which required cell […]

Is Microsoft Using Nokia to Fight Apple in Mobile?

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Nokia iscontinuing its legal battle with Apple as the Finnish phone-maker has filed another patent dispute against the iPhone-maker over intellectual property. On the consumer-facing fronts, companies may appear to best each other on features, experiences, interfaces, number of apps, and developer support for their respective mobile platforms, but behind the scenes there is a […]