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Daily life in North Korea

How exactly has the Kim dynasty kept the people of North Korea so passive and obedient?<p>There is a popular saying, "Wherever there is oppression, there is resistance". This oft-quoted statement might sound lofty and uplifting, but, alas, it is patently false. As experience of the 20th century …

Japan: the country where flip-phones refuse to die

The buttons are easier to type on, the battery lasts longer, it's familiar. No, we're not talking about BlackBerry this time, but the Japanese feature phone. Glorious, folding forefather to the smartphone, and the form-factor that gave birth to gara-kei, a shorthand phrase for "Galapagos phones". …

FCC and net neutrality: What you need to know

This story is about net neutrality. Have we lost you yet?<p>Few words strike fear into the hearts of Internet advocates and boredom into the the minds …

You Can Now Play Nintendo DS Games On iOS Without Jailbreaking

It seems that Nintendo has no plans to bring its extensive back catalog of games to the App Store, but fans looking to play Nintendo DS titles on their iOS devices can now pick up a new, jailbreak-free emulator.<p>Called NDS4iOS, the emulator picks up where Game Boy Advance emulator GBA4iOS left off. …

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Region locking on the Galaxy S5 is a bit different than on the Note 3

Note 3 region locking sticker<p>The Samsung Galaxy S5, going on sale today around the world, is region-locked, just like the Note 3. But Samsung made a small change to the way users can unlock it, as the sticker on the device package indicates.<p>A little background: Samsung first imposed a region-lock …

European Parliament passes strong net neutrality law, along with major roaming reforms

European fans of the open internet can breathe a sigh of relief: the European parliament has passed a major package of telecoms law reform, complete …

Lingua.ly, Which Turns The Internet Into A Language Learning Tool, Launches Its First App

One of the most tedious parts of learning a new language is stumbling half-asleep through a boring textbook. When I was studying Chinese, one of my readers included articles on how to renew a student visa, why credit card debt is bad, and whether or not depression is a “disease of civilization.” As …

How Huawei became the NSA’s worst nightmare

The NSA's global spy operation may seem unstoppable, but there's at least one target that has proven to be a formidable obstacle: the Chinese …

Which phones do world leaders use?

For years, the well-connected world leader would use nothing but a BlackBerry to get their email on the move – and it is still Barack Obama's phone of choice. He uses a model specially enhanced by the US National Security Agency. But the news earlier this month that the White House Communications …

Why iPhone 6 will be \’mother lode\’ of upgrades: ISI analyst

Turkey blocks Twitter as people use social media to share corruption evidence

Turkish officials have blocked access to Twitter(s twtr), after people used the microblogging service to disseminate evidence of alleged corruption …

KnowRoaming's international sticker SIMs begin shipping to backers today

KnowRoaming, the company behind the roaming SIM "stickers" that popped up on Kickstarter last year, has begun shipping its device to the first 500 backers. The $35 pre-order kit, which includes a SIM sticker and a single-use applicator, enables international roaming at rates far lower than what …

Nokia's dumbphones face an uncertain future at Microsoft

"Year-on-year decline." Those are words that no company looks forward to publishing in its earnings reports, but unfortunately we've seen them printed more often than not on Nokia's quarterly statements. Though there have been a few ups and downs, struggling profits and sales have been a general …

South Korea Reveals Plans for 5G

4G and even LTE-Advanced seem so last generation now that South Korea has revealed plans to build a 5G network. According to Yonhap News, the country’s communications technology ministry will put in 1.6 trillion won ($1.5 billion) and work with local firms through 2020.<p>The 5G network is expected to …

The iPhone 5c Is King Of Internal Storage. Is Samsung In Last Place?

When you buy a 16GB smartphone, you don’t actually get 16GB of space to install apps, music and other media. No matter what smartphone you buy, the …

Here Are 24 Countries Where Windows Phone Outsells The iPhone (And Why It Does)

Statistics may say Windows 8 is a flop but, contrary to popular opinion, Windows Phone is far from down and out in the battle for our mobile affections. In fact in many parts of the world sales are rocketing past the iPhone.<p>This month Microsoft broke these areas down country by country and …

One Frightening Chart Shows What You Might Pay For Internet Once Net Neutrality Is Gone

A graphic making its rounds on the web this week offered a glimpse of what the Internet might look like if net neutrality disappears. The takeaway? Not good.<p>A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down an Federal Communications Commission order that required Internet service providers to abide by …

Beats Music Aims To Take Streaming Mass Market

Beats Electronics, the fashion headphone behemoth led by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, has officially announced its plans to launch a music streaming service in the U.S. on January 21. Dubbed Beats Music, the $10 per month subscription service will enter an already crowded field. Major brands like …

376 of the best one-liners on the internet

<b>One one-liner a day keeps the doctor away…so, here is a shortlist of the best one-liners you can find on the internet today. Have fun!</b><p>1. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.<p>2. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to …

Ripoff nation: How Verizon and AT&T stacked the deck against cellphone users

Heads they win. Tails you lose<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>January 10, 2014 2:24pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>If you live in America, there’s a good chance you’ve not been overjoyed by your wireless plan. Simply by using a device essential to your daily life, you have been screwed. …

Blu refreshes its ‘Life’ product line with 4 new phones, 1 new tablet

On Tuesday Blu Products announced a slew of new devices in its Blu Life line for budget-conscious users looking for off-contract phones.<p>The new top-of-the-line for the Blu Life line is the Life One X, a 5-inch smartphone with a 1080p LCD display from Sharp. Inside it has a quad-core 1.5GHz …

Nokia’s Android phone UI revealed in leaked photos

Nokia has been building its own Android phone, codenamed "Normandy," and the first examples of its user interface are now starting to emerge. Evleaks has posted an image of Nokia’s custom Android implementation, with three examples of how the smartphone maker has tweaked the UI. A Skype app can be …

The Best iOS And Android Apps Of 2013

Congratulations, Planet Earth! We made it another 365 days without crashing into the sun. Go team!<p>It’s the end of the year, and that means three things: booze, ridiculous sunglasses with numbers on them, and lists. Lots and lots of lists. You’ve seen our list of best/worst gadgets of the year. Up …

France decides 'textopornographie' is French for 'sexting'

The French have shut down yet another English word: "sexting" will now be known as "textopornographie," with "sexto" as the noun "sex text." France's General Commission on Terminology and Word Invention (or Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologisme, <i>s'il vous plaît</i>) decided to change the …

The 10 Most Corrupt Mexicans Of 2013

Alarming levels of corruption in government, the judiciary and law-enforcement, earned Mexico the 2013 title of one of the two most corrupt countries in Latin America, according to the Global Corruption Barometer released in July by Transparency International, an anti-corruption nonprofit group. …

Edward Snowden, The Dark Prophet

To avoid surveillance, the first four Americans to visit Edward Snowden in Moscow carried no cell phones or laptops. They flew coach on Delta from …

Contextual Lockscreen Cover Hits Google Play Boasting Less Battery Drain And 100 More Upgrades

Cover is bringing its situation-aware lockscreen to more Android users today after its beta test launch six weeks ago. It’s now available in the Google Play store to Android 4.1+ users in the US, Canada, and Europe. Cover’s 100 new improvements include cutting down battery drain and being better at …

This Company Can Find Stolen Smartphones (If Only AT&T, Verizon And Sprint Will Let It)

When Lawrence Flynn’s smartphone was stolen in Atlanta in July, he assumed it was gone for good. Weeks went by. Police had no leads.<p>“I had given up hope,” he said.<p>But an investigator at Absolute Software had not given up. Four months after the theft, Flynn, 57, got a call from the company, which …