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FCC announces plan to block robocalls, spam text messages

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Date: Friday, June 19th, 2015, 08:26
Category: Legal, News, wireless

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Maybe the FCC can help put an end to robocalls and spam text messages.

In recent days, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency is working on a new rule that would allow consumers to block robocalls and automated text messages if requested. The move clarifies the agency’s interpretation of a 1991 consumer protection law that banned telemarketers from making cold calls to consumers. Companies have skirted that ban by using automated dialing machines, prerecorded calls and text messages. The new rule makes it clear that texts are the same as phone calls, and that phone carriers may block robocalls to consumers if asked.

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AT&T found guilty of data throttling, lack of transparency, issued $100 million fine

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Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2015, 08:58
Category: Legal, News, wireless

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Maybe this is the slap on the wrist that AT&T needs to deliver what it offers.

Following up on thousands of complaints from customers who noticed lower data speeds on their grandfathered data plan, the FCC has issued wireless carrier AT&T a US$100 million fine for throttling data speeds. AT&T was found to have violated the Commission’s Open Internet Transparency Rule with the two violations as follows:

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Rumor: Apple in settlement talks with A123 Systems following employee poaching lawsuit

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Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015, 08:57
Category: Legal, News

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When in doubt, compromise and settle.

Apple is apparently in talks to settle a lawsuit filed by electric-car battery maker A123 Systems, which has charged the iPhone maker with poaching five of its employees to set up a new battery division.

The lawsuit has added fuel to reports that Apple is getting into the electric-car business.

On Tuesday, Apple filed a motion that requested the court for more time to file its response to A123’s motions as it and the five engineers charged “are exploring potential resolution of this matter.”

A123 alleged in its complaint filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts that the engineers had worked at its System Ventures Technologies division in Waltham, Massachusetts, which does research and development in the area of lithium-ion battery technology.

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Apple now permitted to trade with Cuba following lifting of restriction by U.S. government

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Date: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, 11:23
Category: Legal, News

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Apple can now trade with Cuba.

Which is a good thing, as they have awesome weather and even better food.

Apple has removed Cuba from its restricted country list for foreign trade, reflecting the fact that some of its hardware and software are now legally eligible to be exported to the Caribbean country.

Apple’s new stance is in accordance with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, which recently amended its Export Administration Regulations. The changes create an exception for Consumer Communication Devices, under a license entitled “Support For The Cuban People.”

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Apple comes up against roadblocks, regulatory concerns in bringing Apple Pay to Chinese marketplace

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Date: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, 05:46
Category: Finance, Legal, News, Software

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Apple may have a few roadblocks before it can get Apple Pay into the Chinese marketplace.

As introduction efforts proceed, China’s central bank, UnionPay bank-card service and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. are standing up to Apple’s effort to bring the Apple Pay no-card-no-cash payment system to iPhone users in China.

At the same time, Apple has not yet “acknowledged regulators,” and as a result, “it’s unclear whether the product meets the government’s requirements” for a commercial operation.

Apple is also struggling with its relationship with UnionPay, China’s state-owned credit- and debit-card system operator. Sources close to the companies said that talks aimed at an agreement that would open China to Apple Pay have stalled.

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New legislation requires U.S. wireless carriers to unlock out-of-contract phones

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Date: Thursday, February 12th, 2015, 04:52
Category: iPhone, Legal, News

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This could come in handy.

America’s top wireless providers can no longer refuse to unlock devices for customers who have paid financing plans in full or completed their contract term under a new set of industry rules — agreed to over one year ago — which went into effect yesterday.

As part of the pact, wireless carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon, and will notify active customers whose devices are eligible for unlocking. Those who have purchased a used, carrier-locked device can also have those unlocked for a “reasonable fee.”

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Smartphone theft drops dramatically in London, two U.S. cities following kill switch implementation

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Date: Thursday, February 12th, 2015, 04:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Legal, News, Software

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This may be better news, but keep an eye on your iPhone when you’re in crowds.

Thefts involving smartphones have declined dramatically in three major cities since manufacturers began implementing “kill switches” that allow the phones to be turned off remotely if they are stolen, authorities said on Tuesday.

The number of stolen iPhones dropped by 40 percent in San Francisco and 25 percent in New York in the 12 months after Apple Inc added a kill switch to its devices in September 2013. In London, smartphone theft dropped by half, according to an announcement by officials in the three cities.

“We have made real progress in tackling the smartphone theft epidemic that was affecting many major cities just two years ago,” said London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Johnson, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman were among numerous officials arguing for new laws mandating the kill switches.

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Houston police arrest thieves, use selfie photos sent via iPad to help process

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Date: Monday, January 26th, 2015, 15:58
Category: Fun, iPad, Legal, News

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There’s a smart way to commit crime.

Those people generally don’t get caught for a while.

Then there’s the tactic these idiots pulled, which gets you caught posthaste.

Per The Smoking Gun, police have arrested two dopey Texas thieves who stole an iPad and then used the device to take celebratory “selfie” photos that were automatically uploaded to the victim’s iCloud account.

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Apple may be censoring iCloud email, “filter” cited

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Date: Monday, January 26th, 2015, 14:22
Category: iCloud, Legal, News, Software

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This seems a bit unsavory.

Per a lengthy post over on Reddit, a user under the handle of “Unagi33″ has given a detailed description as to how Apple may be censoring their iCloud email. The story goes through the user’s transition from Gmail to iCloud-based email, initial problems the user experienced and a description as to how the user, who’s studying for the bar exam, sometimes needed to include porn site addresses in emails to friends as a means of offering advice. The iCloud mail, for its part, apparently censored and/or deleted the emails linking to adult content, which is interesting on a lot of levels.

Here you go.

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2011 MacBook Pro class action suit gains steam, accuses Apple of hiding defects

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Date: Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 12:47
Category: Hardware, Legal, MacBook Pro, News

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If you were irked about the graphics card on your 2011 MacBook Pro going belly up, you’re not alone.

Per AppleInsider, a complaint has been sent out to members of the class action suit against Apple to members of the suit, the law firm of Whitfield, Bryson & Mason LLP revealed that its complaint now includes California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Puerto Rico, and Vermont. The complaint has also been updated to accuse Apple of taking steps to hide the problems from consumers.

“Specifically, we allege that between early- and late-2011, Apple released a software update that dramatically reduced the graphical performance of the GPUs in order to prevent them from reaching temperatures that would cause the GPUs to effectively self destruct,” the note reads.

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