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Smaller wireless carriers in several US regional and rural areas are backing bills in Congress that would allow consumers to unlock mobile phones and tablets without a carriers’ permission, according to Bloomberg. The support is in response to a January 26 law that made it illegal to unlock phones in the United States. That law was supported by Verizon Wireless and AT&T, the country’s two largest phone providers.
A new effort to reverse the January 26 decision is underway and it has bipartisan support. In addition to the Competitive Carriers Association, which represents smaller wireless carriers like US Cellular and Bluegrass Cellular, other supporters of overturning the law include President Barack Obama’s White House, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VA) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA).
In another unusual move for Apple marketing: Phil Schiller slammed Google’s Android OS as a “fragmented” system in a Wall Street Journal interview. The interview came just 24 hours before Samsung is set to unveil their new smartphone. The new comments also come less than a week after Phil Schiller tweeted that Android users should “Be safe out there.” That tweet was in response to a report from F-Secure, which highlighted a number of security and malware issues in the Android operating system.
Schiller told the Wall Street Journal that Android users are often running old operating systems and that the fragmentation among Android devices was “plain and simple.” He also added that “Android is often given as a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn’t as good as an iPhone.” Additionally, he brought up Apple’s strong ecosystem as a benefit to users over what Android offers, something the company started touting with the introduction of the iPod twelve years ago. “When you take an Android device out of the box, you have to sign up to nine accounts with different vendors to get the experience iOS comes with. They don’t work seamlessly together.”
An Israeli firm called Skycure Security has published a report that highlights a potential vulnerability threat to iOS. The report demonstrates how malicious users could circumvent Apple’s malware protection via “mobileconfig” files.
As AppleInsider notes, “Mobileconfig files…are used by cellular carriers, Mobile Device Management solutions, and some mobile applications to configure certain system-level settings for iOS devices, including Wi-Fi, VPN, email, and APN settings.” Hackers could exploit a vulnerability in these provisioning profiles and get users to download the hacker’s own custom profile and promise that it would give the user access to illegally streamed media from a certain website, for example. Once the malicious profile is on a user’s iPhone, the hacker could route all that iPhone’s data through their own server.
Joshua Boggs, Adrian Moore and Ollie Browne are three developers who formerly worked at Firemint, the venerated studio behind iOS hits like Flight Control, Spy Mouse, and (after an acquisition by EA and a merger with Iron Monkey to become Firemonkeys) the recent hit Real Racing 3. They decided to leave the studio about six months ago and form their own team, called Loveshack Entertainment.
As Loveshack, the guys are working on a new game called Framed, which looks pretty good according to this concept trailer. The game is an interactive comic book page, where you can drag panels around the screen and line them up in the right order to make a certain sequence of events go down. Obviously, that video is just a concept, but we’ll look forward to seeing what the game looks like when it’s done — it’s due out sometime later on this year.
Sure, the Phillips Hue (a light bulb that can be controlled with an iPad) might seem slightly silly, but one dad found a really good way to use it: By helping his son play some Minecraft. Dad #1 Jim Rutherford set up a quick iPad app to easily and quickly sync up the Hue light with wherever the sun is in his son’s Minecraft game, and then the app automatically controls the light according to Minecraft’s schedule. In other words, the light makes it exactly the same brightness in the real world as it is in the game’s world.
It’s a very cool idea (and the app also has the added benefit of serving as a clock for the Minecraft game, as well as giving Rutherford some good experience for setting up the Hue). He’s now open-sourced the project as well, and you can find the code for it on git. It’s as neat a use for the Hue as any, and it’s a great way for father and son to bond (and code) thanks to an iPad.