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Obama Signs Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Into Law, iPhone Unlocking No Longer Illegal

United States President Barack Obama will today sign a bill that makes cell phone unlocking legal again, writing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law following its unanimous approval by the Senate and House of Representatives.<p>Obama has long supported the act, which …

Look out for a new Microsoft cloud service called Sway

Microsoft has bought the domain name Sway.com and appears to be planning a cloud service by that name.<p>Domain name watcher Jamie Zoch noticed the purchase and wrote about his findings yesterday on the site DotWeekly.<p>“I think Microsoft is getting ready to launch the software pretty soon, or it isn’t …

Apple's New Ad Highlights How The iPhone Helps People

A beautiful new Apple ad called ‘Dreams’ was released today as part of the company’s “Powerful” series that highlights the ways the iPhone is changing people’s lives around the world.<p>The new ad is set to Jennifer O’Connor’s “When I Grow Up” and shows off a unique set of apps used by those around …

Android Circuit: Have We Passed Peak Samsung, Will The EU Investigate Android, And Where Has Flappy Bird Returned To?

Taking a look back at the week in news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories, including the first signs of Samsung’s Android crown slipping, Sony stumbling over sales target, Xiaomi picking up pace, Android’s market share, Microsoft and Samsung …

How many of Twitter’s active users are actually human?

Twitter’s user growth isn’t as strong as it seems.<p>Investors have decided, for better or worse, that the best measure of Twitter’s potential is how many users it adds every three months. The stock jumped more than 20% after the company reported it had 271 million monthly active users (MAUs) at the …

Social Media

The Internet of Things Is the Hackers’ New Playground

A new study finds new Internet connected gadgets tend to lack the most basic security.<p>Excited about the promise of the shiny new Internet of Things? Good. Because hackers are too. Or at least they should be, according to a study by computing giant Hewlett-Packard.<p>The company’s Fortify application …

Enterprise Mobile Apps Pay The Most Yet Attract Few Developers

A recent survey by Vision Mobile found that just 16% of worldwide developers are building mobile apps for enterprises, despite this market being the most lucrative of all to serve. Their recent global study of 10,000 developers across over 130 nations is the basis of the free downloadable report, …

Tablet sales don't meet expectations

Two things in tech that have seemed ascendant in recent years now appear increasingly vulnerable: Samsung and the tablet market.<p>Stagnating smartphone sales are the major concern for Samsung Electronics amid an earnings report on Thursday that featured the lowest quarterly profit since 2012. But the …

Selling

The pane points of Microsoft's 'one Windows'

Microsoft has said it doesn't intend to bring a single operating system to all devices that can run Windows. But if it did, there would be many interface issues to overcome.<p>On its most recent earnings call, comments by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella that the company was working toward "one Windows" …

Windows Phone

People are actually buying the Amazon Fire phone

Amazon’s first phone—the Fire Phone—is not a hit with critics, who have mostly panned its interface and app selection. But it is finding <i>some</i> sort of audience: The standard-issue Fire Phone has been Amazon’s top-selling mobile phone all week.<p>Quartz has saved a copy of Amazon’s feed of its top-ten …

Top 10

Twitter Tests 'Translated' Hashtags

Trying to make its experience more palatable to new users, Twitter is testing hashtags with explanations of their meaning.<p>The trial, spotted by <i>The</i> …

Average Internet of Things device has 25 security flaws

In a study of ten devices including home thermostats, remote power outlets and door locks, HP found 250 potentially dangerous security vulnerabilities<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) has connected everything from smoke alarms to fridges and cars, making life easier and safer – but it has also given …

Why everything is bad for Apple

Can you tell which of these paragraphs was written by veteran PC Magazine columnist John Dvorak and which by a robot?<p>“The House of Jobs was once a …

9 Ways Google Is Changing The World

When asked if Microsoft could learn a thing or two from X Labs, Nadella retorted that there's always something to learn from "from people who market themselves well."<p>He was right to some degree. Project X creates a lot of hype for Google even though most of those projects aren't quite ready for the …

Artificial Intelligence

Inside Spotify's redesign

Don’t forget: Data are people, too, says Spotify’s vice-president of design and user experience<p>Spotify’s New York office is any teenage boy’s dream.<p>We are not talking just about the obvious perks of working for a hip startup or the array of cool musicians parading through the office. We are talking …