Facebook: The Next Generation

Facebook is announcing a new standalone iPhone app called Paper. Contrary to earlier rumors, it’s much more than just a news-reading app — it’s a complete reimagining of Facebook itself.

How to use your iPhone, iPad or Mac to borrow ebooks from the library
You don’t have to pay for ebooks on your mobile device or your Mac: your local library will lend you ebooks, digital magazine and audiobooks. Here’s a quick guide to getting set up.

How to use your iPhone, iPad or Mac to borrow ebooks from the library

You don’t have to pay for ebooks on your mobile device or your Mac: your local library will lend you ebooks, digital magazine and audiobooks. Here’s a quick guide to getting set up.

UNLOCKING YOUR SMARTPHONE WILL BE ILLEGAL STARTING THIS WEEK
The Librarian of Congress determined in October of last year that certain actions involving mobile phones were illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The rules were revised to state that while it is legal to jailbreak smartphones, it is illegal to jailbreak tablets and illegal to unlock phones without permission from your wireless provider. A 90-day window was put in place that allowed consumers to purchase a phone and unlock it, however that window closes on January 26th, TechNewsDaily noted. Most carriers lock their phones to prevent them from running on competitors’ networks. Starting next week, U.S. consumers will no longer legally be allowed to unlock their carrier-locked devices without permission, though some smartphones such as Verizon’s iPhone 5 and the Nexus 4 are unlocked to begin with.

UNLOCKING YOUR SMARTPHONE WILL BE ILLEGAL STARTING THIS WEEK

The Librarian of Congress determined in October of last year that certain actions involving mobile phones were illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The rules were revised to state that while it is legal to jailbreak smartphones, it is illegal to jailbreak tablets and illegal to unlock phones without permission from your wireless provider. A 90-day window was put in place that allowed consumers to purchase a phone and unlock it, however that window closes on January 26th, TechNewsDaily noted. Most carriers lock their phones to prevent them from running on competitors’ networks. Starting next week, U.S. consumers will no longer legally be allowed to unlock their carrier-locked devices without permission, though some smartphones such as Verizon’s iPhone 5 and the Nexus 4 are unlocked to begin with.

Hacking Phones Is the Easiest Thing Ever

In light of news of Rupert Murdoch’s goons hacking dead people’s phones in England, you might be wondering about just how easy it is for people to snoop on your voice mail. It’s very easy.

CNET’s Elinor Mills recruited hacker Kevin Mitnick for a demonstration, and within five minutes he dug up one of her old voicemailswith a simple script that allowed him to pretend his phone was hers. And that was actually even more work than what the News of the World creeps did—they just guessedpeople’s voicemail passwords or called up their phone companies and tricked them into resetting them to the default.

Phone hacking—or “phreaking”—used to be the electronic mischief-maker’s favorite pursuit; maybe, after the NOTW scandal, phreaking will experience a resurgence? Though tapping into voice messages seems so quaint these days, just consider how much interesting information could probably be found on the average iPhone!

Don’t Ban DUI Checkpoint Apps!

Thank you fearless leaders for keeping us in-check… . . points.