Unlocking your used cell phone may be illegal thanks to a strict anti-hacking law called DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) passed last year, with folks online pretty upset with it’s broad stroke of power. This didn’t really hit the public’s eye until recently though, with the closing of a short window of legality allowed by the librarian of Congress. Back in October it was decided that, under the DMCA, unlocking your phone was illegal. The Librarian of Congress allowed a three month window for people to unlock as many phones as they wanted… that window closed this past Saturday.
It seems nothing is slowing Samsung down after it surpassed Nokia in cellphone sales just a year ago. Samsung, who has been ahead of Apple in the smartphone marketshare, has lengthened it’s lead over the supposed smartphone giant. With the massive success of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note 2, it’s no surprise that they have had massive success. But just how much success have they been having? And what companies are biting at their heels besides Apple?
We heard of the Facebook phone… that has never really appeared on shelves, and it seems Mozilla, the creators of Firefox, want in on the action. Mozilla recently showed off a phone running their Firefox OS at CES, though no one was sure what to make of it. Until now. They have revealed their developer preview phone that is never meant to go on shelves, but for developers to make apps for. This phone, which looks like an iPhone OS in a Nokia Lumia’s body, has some specs following it’s release. Check out the specs after the break.
Many months ago I wrote an article about the future of Google Wallet and it seems many other companies are jumping into the fray of digital wallet management. Some banks and credit card companies on their own are developing their own digital wallets, which is pushing all of these into a digital arms race. What does this mean for the possible future of digital wallets, and is this the end of plastic?
Perhaps the most drastic change for Microsoft since Windows 95 comes Windows 8. A metro style user interface that looks sleek, loads fast and has barely any resemblance to any Windows operating system before it… and it’s coming out tomorrow. Preordering the pro version from Amazon will get you a $30 Amazon gift card, as well as dropping the price from $200 to $70 (an unheard of discount). So get on Amazon quickly to nab your copy before the sale ends. But what should you expect? Well, the Windows 8 reviews are out and we have a few things for you to look out for while you find your way around this new operating system.