Posts tagged with: FTC
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    When not busy trying to force Apple’s hand to needlessly undermine its own mobile OS encryption and device security, the US government occasionally gets a half-decent idea of actually acting in the service of the people. Case in point, a joint FTC/FCC examination of the way smartphone and tablet manufacturers, as well as wireless operators stateside, look for, identify and ultimately address vulnerabilities in products designed by them or supported on their networks. Though the two independent government agencies are in this together, the Federal Trade Commission aims to “better ...

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    Another way mobile tech consumers are being targeted for advertising these days — you know, other than being chased around with a tracker and then bombarded with ads every page they visit — is apparently with a "Unique Audio Beacon" that tracks your TV watching habits. Silverpush makes an SDK that has this beacon that tracks embedded audio codes in broadcast television audio signals and has the ability to take down what program or advertising you're watching. That's all okay if you're explicitly telling people you're doing this. The Federal Trade Commission, though, has sent letters to ...

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    Android continues to dominate the global smartphone market, accounting for something like four out of every five smartphones being sold. With smartphone use as pervasive a part of our lives as it's become, it's understandable that government regulators end up taking a close look at Android and Google's intentions for the platform. That kind of scrutiny has resulted in allegations of antitrust violations before, like we saw last year in Europe, with complaints about unfair Google Play Store practices. Now the US may be the next to challenge Google's control over Android, with a report ...

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    It's such a simple word, “unlimited.” Yet far, far too often when we're using it in the context of smartphones and mobile data, it means anything but. Instead, “unlimited” plans still bind you to restrictive terms of service (prohibiting things like running a server over your wireless connection), ban “excessive use,” or start throttling your speeds after a certain point. Here in the US, the FTC has had its eye out for carriers who advertise “unlimited” data but give their users something that falls short, with AT&T catching the agency's wrath last fall. Today we're ...

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    The smartphone industry is full of plenty of gigantic companies, with influence and buckets of money at their disposal. As such, it's easy to feel a bit like David in the face of Goliath, and even if you have a valid complaint against one of these juggernauts, getting your way can feel like squeezing blood from a stone. Luckily for smartphone users in the US, the Federal Trade Commission has got their back, and we've seen recent efforts from it trying to stem unauthorized purchases from the various app stores out there. The latest target to wander into its crosshairs is AT&T, as the ...

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    In-app payments are a lucrative form of income for developers, not to mention the companies behind the app stores and payment processing platforms that profit from every sale. But more than once we've seen in-app purchases put under scrutiny for the ease at which they can be made – and specifically, problems parents have when children, given unsupervised access to smartphones and tablets, run up unexpected bills. While a fair share of that blame arguably lies on the parents themselves, in the US the FTC has been going after companies it sees as not taking proper steps to prevent such ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple and how it's forced to reimburse $32.5 Million to parents affected by in-app purchases. Google Chrome is next as the browser will now compress data in servers to give you a more efficient and faster browsing. HP is next as the company has silently announced the VoiceTab 6 and VoiceTab 7 phablets and tablets respectively. Motorola follows the news as we talk about its plans to build a tablet under the Moto Maker service that we currently know for the Moto X. We end today's show talking about the Blackphone, and what this means to your ...

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    Here's a blast form the past: all the way back in March... 2011, that is, we were looking at the release of iOS 4.3 and talking about the changes being made to how it handled in-app billing. Before then, there was a 15-minute grace period after a user entered his or her password to authenticate a purchase, when subsequent in-app purchases wouldn't require password confirmation of their own. iOS 4.3 reversed that behavior, but not before Apple drew some complaints from parents whose children has been ringing-up in-app purchases on their bills. The FTC got involved, and now nearly three ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily a we talk about the Microsoft-Nokia deal, which just got approved by the FTC. Then we talk about Meizu and its new smartphone with a display that exceeds current standards. Samsung is up next as we go through the new color variants of the Galaxy Note 3, along with a possible lite version of the Galaxy Note 3 in MWC. Then we talk about the Oppo N1, its release, and what to expect of the CyanogenMod variant. We end today's show talking about the LG G Flex, and our first ever torture test. All this and more after the break. Stories: - FTC gives Microsoft-Nokia ...

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