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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the latest Phone unlocking bill, and why we've just become underwhelmed. Then we move to Nokia as we've got some new rumors of a metallic Nokia Lumia 928 for Verizon. Then we move to the iPhone 5S and some weird rumors of the device supporting fingerprint scanning and NFC. We later talk about our unboxing of the HTC One, along with some issues that retailers are already reporting. We then end today's show talking about the leaked Samsung Galaxy S 4 and also Samsung's probable move away from AMOLED technology. All this and more after the break. ...

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    Smartphone owners in the United States have made their voices heard: when it comes to network-unlocking handsets, they don't want the carriers getting the final word. While until recently, an exemption to the DMCA let users unlock their own phones without fear of legal repercussions, a recent reevaluation of those exemptions removed the protection for unlocking. In an effort to bring unlocking back, concerned users signed a petition requesting the White House to do something about the situation. After crossing the 100,000 signature threshold, the petition was guaranteed a response, and ...

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    Last time the United States reconsidered which exemptions it would grant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the right to carrier unlock your smartphone, previously protected under an earlier round of exemptions, was taken off the table. While jailbreaking is still kosher, you're now only able to legally unlock your phone by asking your carrier nicely. In an effort to see this situation change, a petition was started to force the White House to, at the least, acknowledge and comment upon the situation, with the goal of pushing it towards action to restore unlocking protections. Last ...

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    Last month, the expiration of DMCA exemptions for protection of users choosing to unlock their smartphones vanished, after it failed to be re-approved during the most recent round of exemption considerations. We talked about just what this meant at the time, and the potential impact it could have on the mobile market. While it's another three years before the exemption is set to be reevaluated, a petition has been underway on the White House's We the People site asking the administration to take action before then. The petition seeks to have the White House either overrule the Librarian of ...

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    Unfortunately, the DMCA reaches into our pockets and handbags -- even if you're not in the United States much of the rules impact your life. You see, the DMCA is essentially a roll-up of two international treaties having to do with copyright protections and fair use, and codified into U.S. Law. Other countries have similar laws all based on the same core treaties. Today is the day when the Librarian of Congress' new Digital Millennium Copyright Act rules go into effect. Depending on which news source you read, the sky is either falling, or everything is smooth sailing.  We talked a ...

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    Most manufacturers are offering official tools to unlock the bootloaders of their devices your devices. The process still isn't that easy, finding the tool is anything but convenient, and it's probably only the really high-end users that will go through the unlocking process. What's more, there are still many devices that don't have "official" unlocking mechanisms and have to be unlocked by methods developed by the "community". The reasons to unlock your phone or tablet really boil down to just a few: you want to add something, you want to remove something, or you want to change ...

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    Under pressure from the community, HTC announced they would begin to offer tools to unlock the bootloaders on "their" phones. Over the past six months they've made significant inroads and have "allowed" the unlocking of a great deal of "their" devices. I know I'm being liberal with the quotation marks, but once you buy the phone, isn't it your phone? Neither HTC nor AT&T force you to call your mom for exactly 15 minutes every seven days, nor do they tell you that you can't call your mom more than once a week. Absurd, you say? Why would a carrier or a manufacturer force you to do ...

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