by Jules Wang | August 20, 2016 6:17 PM
Windows 10 allows for a simple PIN input for user authentication. Google thought it might be a good idea to also allow its Chromebooks to do that, just like its Android phones. Whatever the case, PIN unlock capabilities are now available in the latest developer update under the flag #quick-unlock-pin. According to Chromium evangelist François Beaufort, users will have to reboot, then hit up the Material Design settings to set up a PIN for the lock screen. Developers are still trying working with Android apps on Chromebooks. Source: Google+ Via: Engadget
by Jules Wang | June 14, 2016 5:50 PM
In the beta out for iOS 10, there's a change to the platform's operating procedure that may have you scratching your head just a bit. We are closing in on ten years of the whole "Slide to Unlock" paradigm where you would pull a tab across the bottom of the screen to access your home screen or your security measure. Touch ID complicated things with an almost-instant touch-to-sensor unlock. Nowadays on the iOS 10 developer preview, if you pick up your iPhone to check the lockscreen, you're prompted to "Press home to unlock". Furthermore, as BGR points out, if you just place your finger ...
by Adrian Diaconescu | April 22, 2016 4:52 AM
While LG’s proprietary Android skin has never been the worst out there, actually bringing a number of nifty software add-ons to the table and keeping stock modifications to a relative minimum, we’re certain some OS purists would still love to be able to load up a 100 percent vanilla Marshmallow package on the G4 or G5. Or maybe you’d just like to be free to customize the two phones’ UI at will. Well, that’s doable now without jumping through too many hoops, or downloading shady unlocking tools from obscure developer forums. To be fair, an official bootloader unlock guide has been ...
by Jules Wang | September 18, 2015 7:28 PM
Phone unlocking, to be clear, is legal in the United States if the phone in question is out of a service contract. Even though some companies have a hard time of coping with this reality, it's codefied law of the land here. But what AT&T accuses three former employees, one owner of an unlocked phone resale company and 50 unnamed people of doing definitely raises some eyebrows. In the case filed in Seattle US District Court, the ex-AT&T staff allegedly installed malware onto a Seattle-area's AT&T store's computers that was able to compromise the carrier's proprietary customer ...
by Jaime Rivera | March 12, 2013 7:00 PM
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. ...
by Stephen Schenck | March 4, 2013 2:52 PM
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 ...
by Stephen Schenck | February 21, 2013 10:38 AM
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 ...
by Stephen Schenck | February 5, 2013 1:06 PM
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 ...
by Joe Levi | January 26, 2013 11:38 AM
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 ...
by Joe Levi | August 30, 2012 10:55 AM
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 ...
by Joe Levi | May 18, 2012 12:14 PM
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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