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FCC and carriers close to reaching cellphone unlocking deal, says Reuters

The FCC and US wireless carriers are close to agreeing on blanket rules for cellphone unlocking, Reuters reports. Sources say that the deal, expected "soon," will likely require telecoms to make sure customers know if their phone is eligible to be unlocked and used on another carrier, process …

FCC takes first step towards allowing in-flight cellphone use, calling for public comment

The FCC has voted to take public comment on a proposal to lift the ban on cellphones, with a final decision to be made later, <i>Financial Times</i> reports. The commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of allowing comments and opening the door to allowing cell use, taking public and expert opinion into account …

'Instapaper' Named App of the Week, Available for Free

Popular read-it-later app <i>Instapaper</i> has been named Apple's App of the Week, and as a result, it is available for free for the first time since its initial 2010 release.<p>The app is designed to allow users to save and store articles for reading at a later time, stripping away unnecessary page clutter …

Evernote for iOS updated with scanning mode that converts business cards to contacts and more

Evernote for iPhone and iPad has been updated with a fancy new mode that allows users to scan in business cards using their device’s camera and automatically converts the data to an editable contact card. The feature is only available to Evernote Premium users. The cards can also pull data from …

DirecTV exploring streaming video options for 'millennial cord-cutters'

DirecTV may not have ended up the victor in the bidding competition for Hulu — in fact, nobody won that battle — but that doesn't meant the company's not keeping a close eye on streaming video opportunities for younger customers that would rather do without cable and satellite …

Amazon said to be cooking up Pantry service to take on Costco

Amazon is developing a new retail business venture called Pantry that will offer the same package goods consumers usually visit big-box retailers to purchase, according to a USA Today report.<p>An expansion of Amazon's Prime shipping program, the service will offer about 2,000 products typically found …

Entrepreneur finds remedy for water-damaged phones

Ever dropped your smartphone down the loo? Last year, 900,000 people did just that, according to gadget site Gizmodo. But water-damaged phones will soon be a thing of the past.<p>Oliver Murphy, a 20-year-old inventor turned entrepreneur has devised an ingenious system for bringing phones that have …

Amazon tipped to launch online wholesale store called Pantry in 2014

While Amazon has no shortage of rivals, it's now reportedly gearing up to take on big players in the warehouse store business, like Costco. According to <i>USA Today's</i> anonymous sources, Amazon is prepping the launch of an online service called Pantry that'll initially carry around 2,000 common grocery …

DirecTV mulls online video service that won't compete with Netflix

Satellite provider DirecTV may already have embraced online broadcasts, but reports suggest it's looking to double-down on streaming to lure back a younger generation of cord-cutters. The <i>WSJ</i> reports that the company is exploring the idea of launching a "price-sensitive" paid video service that …

Tech Companies Take Step Toward The 'Internet Of Things'

Several companies have made what some see as a small step toward TVs, locks and household appliances all talking to each other.<p>As an example, imagine someone trying to break into your house. A smart lock on the door would trigger flashing lights and a camera. The camera would snap pictures of the …