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Cell Phone Contraband Act of 2010 Has Been Passed

posted Thursday Jul 22, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Cell Phone Contraband Act of 2010 Has Been Passed

It looks like we can forget about the crazy prison cellphone jamming ideas that wardens have been wanting for the past few years. The House of Representatives has approved S. 1749, which will now make it against the law for prisoners to be in possession of a mobile phone or any other device that can access any wireless service. The Senate had approved this bill in April and now with the House also passing it, the only step left is the President's signature.

Follow the break to read more and to see a summary of the bill.

You Get a Windows Phone 7! And You Get a Windows Phone 7!

posted Wednesday Jul 21, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

You Get a Windows Phone 7! And You Get a Windows Phone 7!

Microsoft has gone the ways of Oprah! Huzzah! ZD Net's Microsoft connoisseur, Mary Jo Foley, retweeted a company employee mentioning a Microsoft promise to give a WinPho 7 handset to every single one of their 90,000+ employees in the world!

Let's tip our hats to Microsoft for their amazing attempt at word-of-mouth advertising. 90,000 WinPho 7 devices in the world in front of people will be a great way to get consumers excited about the new line of handsets! We've been concerned about how they were going to market and compete with something brand new and different. This might play to their advantage, so long as the units work perfectly in the wild.

I just hope one of these doesn't get left at a bar and taken home by a journalist. That person may get beaten with the phone and then dragged down a road. At different times, of course - that WinPho security team can't do more than one thing at a time.

Rumor Alert: Verizon to Cap Data, Follow AT&T's Path

posted Wednesday Jul 21, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Rumor Alert: Verizon to Cap Data, Follow AT&T's Path

It looks like AT&T won't be the only ones killing off their unlimited data package as Verizon might be following suit sometime soon. Currently, Verizon only has prepaid mobile broadband plans ranging from 100MB to 1GB and from $15 to $50. The issue with that is that 1GB can be eaten up pretty quickly just by visiting YouTube for an hour and 100MB is gone with something as simple as a couple of Google searches. Verizon looks to remedy that with some tiered data packages.

For information on what those packages might be, follow the break.

Droid X Does Have Screen Defects

posted Wednesday Jul 21, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Droid X Does Have Screen Defects

For those early birds who have gotten their hands on the new Droid X, you may have encountered problems with the huge 4.3" display on Motorola's and Verizon's newest smartphone. A number of users have reported seeing flickering, banding, distorting and other weird phenomena. Verizon has confirmed that the screen issues are due to a hardware defect, but have said that the problem is isolated to less than one percent of the total Droid X inventory.

Follow the break to see what Verizon's statement on the matter said.

Its A Wide Open FrontierVille Out There

posted Sunday Jul 18, 2010 by Josh Henry

Its A Wide Open FrontierVille Out There

It seems that if you put Ville at the end of any app on Facebook these days, it will end up being extremely successful. FrontierVille on Facebook, is no exception. The Wild West-themed game that lets virtual pioneers tame a piece of wilderness has attracted 20 million players since its June 9 launch, making it the third most popular Zynga game after FarmVille and Zynga Poker. The game combines elements of FarmVille with a robust mission structure and a "living world," which means constantly keeping nature and varmints at bay ranging from bears to snakes. Sounds like a kid version of Red Dead Redemption to me but I guess I can see the appeal.

Other fun facts Frontierville since launch:

  • 6.3 million people have built their frontier cabins
  • 3.3 million people have built a general store
  • 2.3 million people got married
  • 1.1 million people have had a kid
  • 10 million people have clobbered a snake
  • 3.6 million people have scared away a bear

Chile First Country to Guarantee Net Neutrality

posted Sunday Jul 18, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Chile First Country to Guarantee Net Neutrality

We've talked about net neutrality since this show started over three seasons ago and have been following the developments in business, federal and international policies and laws regarding it. New to net neutrality discussions or need a brush-up on some of the topics? Here's some reference:

AT&T Won't Let the FCC Let Google Be

FCC: Google Explain Yourself

TV Is Everywhere, Hulu Is Not

Some Readers Won't Digest the FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

Comcast Plans To Screw Consumers More, Where's The Romance?

Republicans and Democrats Agree: Net Neutrality Up to Congress

All caught up? Good. Now, the consensus for the consumer community is that we all want net neutrality and the freedom to post what we want, where we want it, within the confines of ethical, moral and legal principles. ISPs, however, absolutely despise even the notion of such freedom and things of that sort. The politicians in the now amazing country of Chile and their Board of the Chamber of Deputies, though, have concluded that they absolutely love net neutrality!

Follow the break to see what they've done.

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