Saturday, April 9, 2011

Verizon Removing 1-Year Contract

Verizon Wireless confirmed that as of April 17th, they will no longer give the option to sign up for 1-year contracts. They are doing this to help simplify choices, and because most customers choose the 2-year contract anyway.

The 1-year contract was mostly for users who wanted to get a subsidized new phone every year and only pay a little more for it than the 2-year contracts. But on April 17, new customers and those who are renewing will be expected to go for the 2-year subsidy or pay full price.

Month-to-Month, prepaid, and 2-year contracts are going unchanged.

What do you guys think of this? Personally i didn't even know a 1-year contract was an option, too late now though i guess.

Friday, April 8, 2011

U.S. Border Agents are Allowed to Seize and Conduct Offsite Searches of Computers

Fair warning for anyone who plans to travel outside the country. Upon re-entry into the U.S., border agents have full authority to seize your laptop, netbook, tablet PC, and other electronic components without a warrant, but that's not all. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that border agents also have the power to send your confiscated electronics to an offsite location for forensic inspection.

This is the second such ruling in less than a year empowering the U.S. government to conduct offsite searches of digital devices without a warrant. The first ruling came in a court in Michigan last May.

As you might imagine, none of this sits well with privacy advocates. The American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) says that according to government documents, U.S. customs officials searched electronic devices belonging to some 6,600 travelers between October 2008 and June 2010, and confiscated more than 220 devices between October 2008 and June 2009.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Coming Soon! Firefox 5...

Firefox 4 may be only a few weeks old, but  believe it or not, Firefox 5 may released by the end of June. Users who want to gain access to the latest preview build can download a copy directly from Mozilla.

A list of features that may be expected include:

1.) Multi Tab Select. This will allow you to close a small group of tabs, or move a select few off the tab bar to create a new window.

2.) A Brand New Tab Page Layout.

3.) Add-ons will get standardized toolbar support.

4.) File Upload Indicator.

5.) The removal of a home button, in favor of a home tab.

6.) Built in PDF Viewer / MP3 Playback decoder.

7.) Taskbar Web apps. This will allow developers to include a drop down menu from the browser tab to allow for easier site navigation.

8.) Integrated Identity Management for easy website sign in.

9.) Social Sharing from the URL bar to Facebook, Twitter, and possibly others such as Reddit, and Digg.