The Federal Communications Commission is considering green-lighting the use of cellphones and mobile broadband services on airplanes above 10,000 feet.
The agency, which has restricted the use of cellular devices for making phone calls or surfing the Web in-flight, is circulating a proposed rulemaking among its commissioners. The agency will introduce the item at its December open meeting, and will then allow for public comment on the proposal.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said Thursday that it's important for the FCC to keep up with changing technology.
"Modern technologies can deliver mobile services in the air safely and … Read more
This may have been suggested before, but if not it's a great idea that's been sitting on our noses all this time.
Designer Sayalee Kaluskar has turned a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses into an iPhone charging device by adding solar panels to them.
President Barack Obama has decided against vetoing a possible ban on Samsung products.
Samsung requested the Obama administration veto a court-ordered ban on Samsung products that US International Trade Commission ruled infringe on two Apple patents. Bloomberg was first to report on the news on Tuesday.
The president has the power to veto decisions made by the ITC, but such moves are extremely uncommon. In August, for the first time since 1987, the Obama administration vetoed an earlier ruling by the ITC that would have seen Apple's products banned in connection with another Samsung patent-infringement case. The veto was … Read more
While Samsung's pitching its latest product -- a high-tech watch -- the clock is ticking for a ban on some older devices in the US.
Come Tuesday, the presidential review period ends to overturn an August ruling by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that found Samsung to infringe on two of Apple's patents.
That ban threatens just a "small" number of products, according to Samsung, but represents a notable win for Apple, which has engaged in a massive legal battle against the South Korean tech giant since early 2011.
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HTC must modify a key technology in its Android smartphones or else face a potential sales ban in the US, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Citing information from "people familiar with the matter," the Journal said Wednesday that HTC has teamed up with chipmaker Qualcomm to try to revise certain chip technology in its HTC One and other new smartphones. The company is being forced to take such action after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled last week that HTC violated two patents owned by Nokia.
One of the patents in question refers to the ability … Read more
In an unexpected move, the Obama administration vetoed an earlier ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission that would have resulted in a sales ban of some older Apple devices.
That ban, set to formally begin Monday, was decided in early June after Samsung accused Apple of infringing on its patents. The president had 60 days to review the decision and intervene, something that hadn't happened with an ITC decision since 1987.
In the veto, sent to ITC Chairman Irving Williamson by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Froman said he disapproved of the earlier ruling, and had … Read more
The clock is ticking ahead of next week's sales ban on older models of Apple's iPhone and iPad in the U.S.
Come Monday, Apple will be unable to import or sell the iPhones prior to the iPhone 4S made for AT&T's network, nor the 3G-enabled versions of the iPad 1 and 2 in the U.S. as part of a final decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission in early June.
As part of the laws around the ITC's decision, President Obama can step in and intervene on the ruling, effectively bailing … Read more
Consumers are one step closer to being able to legally unlock their smartphone -- again.
The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., that would allow consumers to unlock their phones without permission from their wireless carrier.
The bill, H.R. 1123, would restore an exemption in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that was rejected by the Library of Congress in October 2012. The exemption would make it legal to break the software locks carriers put on devices to prevent them from being used on other carrier networks.
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Apple has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to stay a ban on sales of older iPhone and iPads while a court considers an appeal.
In a motion filed Monday with the quasi-judicial body, Apple argued that the ban set to go into effect August 5 would "sweep away an entire segment of Apple's product offerings," as well as harming its partner wireless carriers.