Mobile phone contracts provide a relatively easy way to get a shiny new smartphone, however there are also those who already have a capable device on hand that prefer to go the no-contract route. That being the case, it looks like Verizon Wireless has recently bumped the data allowances on their prepaid 3G smartphone plans.
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This morning, we reported on a study by the Texas Transporation Institute, which claimed that the hands-free techology in some vehicles that allows drivers to use their gadgets without taking their eyes off the road are still as dangerous as manually firing off a text message. Following this is a request by the federal government
Cast your memory back to last summer. Sweep away memories of iPhone 5 leaks galore, and you might remember that the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) asked the FCC to reevaluate its radiation limits for mobile phones. Now a few seasons later, the FCC has finally wrapped up a report that responds to the GAO, and there are no changes to its RF radiation levels in sight because it feels comfortable with its current caps. “We continue to have confidence in the current exposure limits, and note that more recent international standards have a similar basis,” reads the report. However, given that its guidelines were adopted in 1996, new research on radiation and the proliferation of mobile devices, the FCC would like some feedback regarding its restrictions. It’s put out a call for comments from concerned parties and even federal health and safety bodies.
Though the freshly-released document didn’t rock the proverbial boat, it made one change worth noting. The pinna (outer ear) is now classified an extremity, which means the FCC allows devices to hit the tissue with more radiation. Feel like poring through 201 pages of regulatory minutiae? Click the source link below for the commission’s full dossier.
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An anonymous reader writes “Last week, in a blow to the content industry, the Ninth Circuit granted Veoh a pyrrhic victory against Universal Music Group and clarified the scope of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbor provisions for online service providers. By adopting a position taken by the Second Circuit in Viacom v. YouTube, the decision harmonized the law in two intellectually influential jurisdictions and set the standard in New York and California, national hubs for content creation and technological innovation. Going forward, tech startups will have more room to innovate while facing decreased risk of crippling financial liability. An article by two IP lawyers published today in TechCrunch simplifies and explains the scope of safe harbor protection in light of these rulings.
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Earlier today, Pandora announced that it will be instituting a limit on the hours of free streaming mobile users can utilize. This move comes from increasing royalty costs, with the service trying to strike a balance between meeting extra costs and allowing users to have free access to streaming music. This change won’t affect many
A new approach to networking could make video delivery faster and more reliable.
Netflix customers hoping to stream a movie with their family this Christmas may have had to turn to watching the Yule Log channel instead, courtesy of a widespread Netflix outage that the company is blaming on its cloud computing service provider Amazon Web Services.
The Internet is transforming how researchers perform experiments across the social sciences.
It’s telling that the most interesting presenter during MIT Technology Review’s EmTech session on big data last week was not really about big data at all. It was about Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, and the experiments it makes possible.
Like many other researchers, sociologist and Microsoft researcher Duncan Watts performs experiments using Mechanical Turk, an online marketplace that allows users to pay others to complete tasks. Used largely to fill in gaps in applications where human intelligence is required, social scientists are increasingly turning to the platform to test their hypotheses.
The point Watts made at EmTech was that, from his perspective, the data revolution has less to do with the amount of data available and more to do with the newly lowered cost of running online experiments.
hessian writes with this news from the New York Times: “Since 2000, Dr. [Steven] Running and his colleagues have monitored how much plant growth covers terra firma, using two NASA satellites in the agency’s Earth Observing System. After they crunched the numbers, combining the current monitoring system’s data with satellite observations dating back to 1982, they noticed that terrestrial plant growth, also known as net primary production, remained relatively constant. Over the course of three decades, the observed plant growth on dry land has been about 53.6 petagrams of carbon each year, Dr. Running writes in the article. This suggests that plants’ overall productivity — including the corn that humans grow and the trees people log for paper products — is changing little now, no matter how mankind tries to boost it, he said.”
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We’ve been using the Tweetbot for Mac alpha for several weeks now. It’s about time that a more polished beta version arrive, we’d say — and the new 0.8 revision does its best to justify moving one letter up the alphabet. Most of the upgrade focuses on improved multi-column and keyboard support, along with a heap of bug fixes. The real story, though, may be what Tweetbot can’t do. Twitter’s tough new API limits put a sharp curb on the number of new users that a third-party developer like Tapbots can bring into the fold. To maximize the number of customers buying the finished version, the company is limiting beta access solely to those who’ve already linked their Twitter accounts to the alpha; if you aren’t already part of the secret club, you’re not getting in today. We’re still looking forward to the completed Tweetbot release, but the hoop-jumping required to keep the app commercially viable doesn’t bode well for any future competition with the official Twitter clients.
Twitter has gone official with changes that will land in version 1.1 of its API. Some of the changes will help twitter to reduce the number of spam accounts and bots that use the service, but the changes will also restrict third-party applications. Specifically, the changes to the new version of the API will place
Intel's streak of solid-state drive announcements continued on Monday, when the company announced a new line of SSD 330 drives for mainstream computers but with maximum storage capacity of only 180GB.
A twins study sparks debate over the usefulness of medical genome sequencing.
On the steep slope of plummeting DNA sequencing costs rides the suggestion that whole-genome sequencing will soon be a part of the clinical experience for most patients. But researchers have now shown that deciphering the genetic code of most people would alert them to an increased risk for at least one of 24 common diseases, but fail to warn them about other diseases they will ultimately develop.
As South by Southwest Interactive is ending and the music festival is begins, there’s a new app offering a fans a chance to explore Austin’s musical history.
The app is called ACL Archive, and it comes from Austin City Limits, the public television show that first started in 1976 to showcase live performances. I was actually a fan of the show when I was a teenager — or, as I told general manager Tom Gimbel, back when I had a television. Gimbel says that’s exactly why this is an important effort for ACL, as program tries to adapt to changing viewing habits.
Vigile writes “In a talk earlier this year at DICE, Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney discussed the state of computing hardware as it relates to gaming. While there is a rising sentiment in the gaming world that the current generation consoles are ‘good enough’ and that the next generation of consoles might be the last, Sweeney thinks that is way off base. He debates the claim with some interesting numbers, including the amount of processing and triangle power required to match human anatomical peaks. While we are only a factor of 50x from the necessary level of triangle processing, there is 2000x increase required to meet the 5000 TFLOPS Sweeney thinks will be needed for the 8000×4000 resolution screens of the future. It would seem that the ‘good enough’ sentiment is still a long way off for developers.”
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AT&T yesterday clarified when and how it will slow down the connection speed of smartphone users who still have an unlimited data plan.
AT&T Inc. responded to complaints that it places unreasonable limits on the “unlimited data” plans it offers smartphone subscribers.
Young stars dominate the technology headlines. But outside the Internet, research shows, innovators are actually getting older as complexity rises.
Venture capitalists in Silicon Valley prefer to fund the young, the next Mark Zuckerberg. Why? The common mantra is that if you are over 35, you are too old to innovate. In fact, there is an evolving profile of the “perfect” entrepreneur—smart enough to get into Harvard or Stanford and savvy enough to drop out. Some prominent figures are even urging talented young people to skip college, presumably so they do not waste their “youngness” on studying.
T-Mobile will be making some changes to its domestic data roaming come April 5, according to a leaked internal document obtained by TmoNews. Instead of capping data speeds for domestic data roaming, T-Mobile will completely cut off your data if you exceed your allotment for the billing cycle. This means you won’t be able to [...]
Got your wire-rimmed spectacles on? Had a full night’s rest? Eager to get those synapses firing? Here’s hoping, because Marc Cheneau and co. are doing everything they can to stretch the sheer meaning of quantum understanding. The aforesaid scientists recently published an article that details a method for measuring quantum particle interaction in a way that has previously been considered impossible. Put simply (or, as simply as possible), the famed Lieb-Robinson bound was “quantified experimentally for the first time, using a real quantum gas.” The techobabble rolls on quite severely from there, but the key here is realize just how much of an impact this has on the study of quantum entanglement, and in turn, quantum computing. For those interested in seeing what lives in a world beyond silicon, dig into the links below. You may never escape, though — just sayin’.
suraj.sun writes “ZDNet’s Ed Bott warns small businesses that if you sign up with Microsoft’s Office 365, make sure you read the fine print carefully as an obscure clause in the terms of service limits the number of recipients you’re allowed to contact in a day, which could affect the business very badly. Office 365′s small business accounts (P1 plan) are limited to 500 recipients per 24 hours and enterprise accounts are limited to 1500. That’s a limitation of 500 recipients during a single day. And the limitation doesn’t apply to unique recipients. It’s not hard to imagine scenarios in which a small business can bump up against that number.”
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Reports today suggest that the iPhone 4S sales in the USA, or at least at AT&T stores, will be limited to one per person, with no differentiation made between normal sales and existing customer upgrades. In what is said to be an iPhone 4S training document sent out in PDF form to workers, AT&T has [...]
Sony has confirmed in a recent interview with ASCII that it’s upcoming PS Vita portable gaming console would have 3G download limits and that its proprietary memory cards would be system-specific. Although not completely unexpected, it’s a bit surprising that the device will require a completely new memory card format that will not be compatible [...]