The US Could Soon Ban the Selling of Carrier-Locked Phones

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: In the U.S., a complicated combination of corporate interests and pre-smartphone era legislation has resulted in more than two decades of back and forth about the legality of phone locking. It's looking like that battle could ramp up again next year. T...

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[Update: Lighting tweaks] Google Home 2.31 redesigns Media controls, can trigger Routines again

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Back in September, the Home app lost the ability to trigger Assistant Routines. Google Home 2.31 today returns that capability, while there’s a big revamp to media controls.more…The post [Update: Lighting tweaks] Google Home 2.31 redesigns Media controls, can trigger Routines again a...

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See America’s National Parks—Before They Were National Parks

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    In 1861, photographer Carleton E. Watkins lugged his custom-made oversized camera, designed to shoot on unusually large glass plate negatives, measuring 18 by 22 inches, to Yosemite in California. It was roughly 2,000 pounds of photography equipment that went with him, on the backs of mules...

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Google, Facebook and Twitter Threaten To Leave Pakistan Over Censorship Law

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Global internet companies Facebook, Google and Twitter and others have banded together and threatened to leave Pakistan after the South Asian nation granted blanket powers to local regulators to censor digital content. From a report: Earlier this week, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan granted the ...

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StartMail privatizes your email with a level of security you might not have known you needed

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For years, you've heard experts talk about having a solid VPN service to safeguard everything you do online. It's sound advice, especially when you consider what can happen if someone gains access to sensitive information, like your bank access details or online account logins. — Read the rest...

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Today’s Android app deals + freebies: Codex of Victory, Mars Power, DISTRAINT 2, more

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It’s Friday afternoon and that means it’s time to gather up all of today’s best Android app deals to head into the weekend. While you’re likely already inundated with the plethora of Black Friday deals going live today, we are going to take a short break to take a look at the day’s best price drops...

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