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

04 Mar

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 “it’s time to legalize cellphone unlocking.”“The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that cons.....

Will the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System Hurt Consumers And Small Businesses?

03 Mar

Piracy is a problem that needs to be dealt with. I don’t think anybody is going to refute that. Where people are divided is how we actually deal with this problem. After years of reputation destroying legal battles against dead people and little girls, copyright owners think they have an answer.On Monday, the Copyright Alert System, or “Six Strikes”, went into affect across the five biggest ISPs in the U.S. The system hopes to catch those pirating content over P2P net.....

NASA to Host Google Hangout From the International Space Station

11 Feb

NASA announced this week that it will host the first-ever Google+ Hangout live from the International Space Station (ISS).The Hangout will take place from 11 am to 12 pm EST on February 22. The event will allow NASA fans to interact with astronauts both on Earth and aboard the ISS. Astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield, and Tom Marshburn will be on-hand to answer questions about life on the ISS.Since only up to 10 people can “Hangout” at one time (though the event wi.....

Is Gmail Privacy As Bad As Microsoft Says It Is?

11 Feb

Last week, Microsoft launched a new “Scroogled” campaign. In case you don’t recall, the company launched a campaign under that name during the holiday season, calling out Google Shopping for its paid Google Shopping model (a move that has been controversial). This time, Microsoft is using the “Scroogled” brand again to attack a decade-old feature of Google’s Gmail – the one that Google uses to target advertising to users by algorithmically sc.....

BitTorrent is working on a personal file syncing app to compete with Dropbox

07 Feb

BitTorrent Inc. is working on an application called Sync that uses P2P technology to sync your files between your devices. The company announced the pre-Alpha test of Sync on its blog Thursday, where it also highlighted the launch of its new BitTorrent Labs website that offers additional details about this and other projects it is working on.The announcement blog post is somewhat scarce on details, but here’s what I’ve been told by the company: Sync will enable direct synch.....