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The ‘National Day of Unplugging’ starts today at sundown and runs until tomorrow at sundown. During the 24 hour windows, participants will avoid their phones, laptops and other tech for the day. Some plan to read, play board games, spend time with family, or go to the park instead.
The day is sponsored by a Jewish organization called Reboot and this is the 5th year that the program is running. One of the organizers said that having a day like this is important so that we are “making sure people are in control of their tech, instead of it controlling them”.
Do you plan unplugging for this event, even if not for the full 24 hours? Let us know in the comments below.
Within hours of the release of Samsung’s Milk Music which was supposed to available for only Samsung Galaxy devices, modders have it running on others. The service offers Unlimited, ad-free music stations. The port to other devices is currently only partially functional. One of the functions that is currently missing is logging in, so you can’t save the stations you like. However, the music streaming portion of the service is working perfectly fine.
If you have an android device, you can get the service on it as long as you meet two requirements: Your device must be rooted, and you must be in the US (or using a VPN that makes it look like your in the US).
Full details and install instructions can be found here.
Today a judge ruled in favor of Samsung in the latest of a series of cases between the two companies which have been going on for 3 years now. Apple won the previous case and was awarded $900 million for patent infringements and damages to sales. In this round, Apple was trying for a complete sales ban in the U.S. on some of Samsung’s older products and phones containing certain features. The judge cited a lack of evidence from Apple that these features alone contributed to the sales of the phones for the reason of his ruling.
Some of the features that the companies have been battling over include the use of fingers to pinch and zoom on the screen, and design elements such as the phone’s flat black glass screen. Apple declined to comment on the matter but spokespeople for Samsung said the following:
We … agree with its observation that a few software features alone don’t drive consumer demand for Samsung products — rather consumers value a multitude of features
The phones that would have been banned through this case are no longer for sale in the U.S. anyways, but the ban could have effected some of Samsung’s future and current products which have similar features.
Respawn Entertainment, the company behind the much hyped and anticipated Titanfall has released info about DLC costs. The game will offer a season pass for $25 which will include access for three rounds of DLC. Respawn is saying that by purchasing the season pass, it’ll save you $5 over buying the packs individually. Based on that information, it means that the DLCs will cost $10 if you buy them piecemeal. Besides the paid DLC, developers have also said that Titanfall will receive free DLC packs.
The season pass is set to go on sale the same day that the game is released (March 11th for Xbox One and March 25th for the Xbox 360).
Congressman Jared Polis has responded to calls from other congressmen and senators to ban bitcoins by suggesting that USD should be banned. Polis said the following in regards to the proposal:
The exchange of dollar bills, including high denomination bills, is currently unregulated and has allowed users to participate in illicit activity, while also being highly subject to forgery, theft, and loss.
A later comment proved that his proposal was simply a joke, but intended to show that bitcoin shouldn’t be banned. A spokesperson said the following:
This is just a satirical version of Senator Manchin’s letter, meant to draw attention to the fact that BitCoins are not any more susceptible to the problems that the Senator points out than dollars
What the congressman is hoping to see is not a ban on the cyrpto currency but rather ways that the system can be improved, which likely includes some regulation. Users of the currency are split on this idea, with some supporting it’s regulation and others not wanting any regulation. Yesterday, Japan announced it’s plans to regulate the currency in the future, similar to how commodities are treated in the country.
Yahoo announced today that they are planning on getting rid of the ability to log in to their services via Facebook and Google. The change will be implemented gradually and effect all of Yahoo’s products, including Flickr and it’s Fantasy Sports products.
This change means that all users who currently sign into the products using these services will be forced to create a Yahoo ID. Yahoo made the following statement regarding the changes:
Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience, which includes our sign-in process for Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick’Em. This new process, which now asks users to sign in with a Yahoo username, will allow us to offer the best personalized experience to everyone
The social log in featured was first added under Yahoo’s previous CEO back in 2010 and 2011. By removing these features it will mean that Yahoo will have more access to user data.