All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘cellphones’

Police Performing Warrantless Cellphone Searches After Car Crashes? Yep, There’s a Bill for That

Hey guys, meet my new favorite terrible state bill. Narrowly beating out the Internet Posting Removal Act, an Illinois bill that’ll make your head spin, comes a bill to modify New Jersey state law to permit police officers to confiscate and search a driver’s cellphone when they are involved in an accident – simply if they feel the accident may …

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Wireless Carriers Back Worthless Cellphone Unlocking Bill

Should you be able to unlock your cellphone? Wireless carriers used to not think so, but now the industry’s lobbying group seems to be fine with it as long as the bill is worthless. The Hill reports that the wireless industry group CTIA has indicated that it will support a cellphone unlocking bill during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on …

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House To Hold Hearing On Worthless Cellphone Unlocking Bill Next Week

Pretty much everybody in Washington agrees with the common man – you should be able to unlock your cellphone without fear of repercussion. Where we tend to disagree is how to go about doing this. Unfortunately, the House has decided to hold a hearing on a cellphone unlocking bill that does absolutely nothing to fix the problem. The Hill reports …

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Theatergoing Hero Threw Woman’s Cellphone When She Refused to Shut Up, Stop Googling

Kevin Williamson is a theater critic and a writer for the National Review. This does not make him a hero. What does make him a hero is that he took action on an impulse that plenty of us have battled from time to time: physically separating the loud, obnoxious, moviegoer who won’t turn off their damn phone from said phone. …

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Mapping While Driving Ruled Illegal in California

Thanks to a recent court ruling by a California appellate court, it doesn’t matter that you were only checking your smartphone to update Google Maps. That’s because the law, as it currently reads, bans any sort of hands-on use of phones while driving. The case comes on an appeal from the Superior Court of Fresno County. Last year, Steven Spriggs …

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White House: “It’s Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking”

Less than two weeks after a petition on the We The People site crossed the 100,000 signature threshold, the White House has issued on official response on making cellphone unlocking legal again. And they totally support it. In a statement that can only be seen as a huge win for activists in this arena, the White House just announced that …

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FCC Will ‘Look at’ the Illegal Phone Unlocking Issue

After gaining a lot of traction on the internet, the current illegality of unlocking cellphones will receive a federal investigation. Back in January, the Library of Congress decided that the unlocking of cellphones would no longer reside on the exemptions lists for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act – a move that basically turned unlocking cellphones into an illegal activity. As …

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Petition to Make Unlocking Phones Legal Again Crosses Signature Threshold

A petition to make unlocking cellphones legal again has crossed the signature threshold on the White House’s We The People petition site, meaning that it will receive an official response. Back in January, unlocking new cellphones became illegal via decision from the Library of Congress. It’s still legal to unlock phones purchased before January 26th, but doing so on any …

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Game Consoles, Phones Make Up The Past 30 Years Of Popular Tech

What’s popular in consumer technology? If you look at most wanted lists from last Christmas, it seems that tablets and smartphones were all the rage. As it turns out, however, it seems that the most wanted gadgets of our time move in a kind of cycle where one particular product dominates a few years to only concede to something else …

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ACLU Says D.C. Police Illegally Seized Man’s Cellphone After Photographing Alleged Misconduct

The American Civil Liberties Union has just filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia and two police officers after alleging that they violated the law by seizing a man’s cellphone and stealing his memory card. The plaintiff in the case, Earl Staley, was reportedly using his cellphone to record the activity of the officers, who were mistreating members of …

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Man Steals Ebola Patient’s Cellphone, Promptly Gets Ebola

As someone who’s had their cellphone stolen, I can attest to the fact that it really sucks. Right after I realized that the theft had taken place, I immediately began my pleas to the cosmos. “Can this low-down human stain please trip, fall, and break his nose? Pretty please?” “Can he get herpes? That’s all that I ask.” I’m sure …

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Man Arrested After Butt-Dialing 911 During Drug Deal

Before the omnipresence of “slide to unlock” touchscreens and passcodes, it seemed like I was the recipient of an accidental call at least once a week. We’ve all been there – and if you’re the one unknowingly blabbing to a friend, or singing loudly (and badly) in your car, it could lead to at least a few moments of embarrassment. …

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