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Watch This Carrier Drone Let Another Drone Take Off From It

As if launching one drone alone wasn’t good enough, hobbyists at Flite Test have decided that what’s required is a drone carrier. Yep, this video shows one drone take off from the back of another.


In The US, It Is Now Legal To Unlock Your Phone

As of a few days ago, President Obama has approved and signed the “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act,” making it once again legal to unlock your phones to use on carriers of your choice. Sen. Patrick Leahy, the main supporter of the bill, confirmed the news via The White House Blog. Of course, you still have to completely own your phone, so month-by-month payment plans and other contract terms will keep your phone on lockdown.


Animation Explains Why It's So Important To Protect Net Neutrality

Maybe net neutrality is just something you hear about on the news and see in headlines. Maybe it’s something you don’t want to bother to understand. Or maybe you know how important it is but don’t know how to explain it to your friends why. This simple animation video by CGP Grey does all the explaining you need. It breaks down why net neutrality is important and why defending net neutrality is even more important than you think.


AT&T Brings Global LTE Connectivity To The Car

AT&T is joining the connected car fray with AT&T Drive. Announced today at CES, it gives automakers a global data platform for things like voice-controlled apps and in-car entertainment, similar to plans by Google and Apple.


US Mobile Service Provider Says It Can't Keep Subsidising Phones

The big carriers have long subsidised phones to lure customers in. But that could all be coming to an end, at least in the US, if AT&T’s chief is to be believed.


US Telcos Reject Anti-Theft Plan So They Can Sell More Insurance

Remember the idea to prevent mobile phone theft with a so-called kill switch that would disable the device remotely after it had been stolen? Well, lawmakers in the US are having the darnedest time getting a policy in place, in part due to carriers. Let me rephrase that: due to greedy carriers.


New FCC Chairman: I Want US Carriers To Allow Phone Unlocking

The newly crowned chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in the US, Tom Wheeler, is clearly an ambitious man: he’s on a crusade to get American carriers to allow phone unlocking.


Take Note, Aussie Telcos: This Is How You Solve Global Roaming Bills

Using your smartphone abroad sucks, or rather, it’s just annoying. You wish you had your phone abroad, but it’s complicated. Aussie telcos are starting to catch on and fix the situation, but beginning October 31st, US carrier T-Mobile will be offering free text and data in 100 different countries to customers on its Simple Choice plans. Boom.


US Court: Mobile Phone Tracking Without A Warrant Is OK

An Appeals court in the US has ruled that search warrants are not required by law enforcement agencies if they wish to seize mobile phone records. The ruling, from the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, claims that collection of such data doesn’t violate the Fourth Amendment — and doesn’t need to pass the probable cause test.


Giz Explains: Why Android Updates Are So Slow

If there is one complaint we hear from Android users more than any other, it’s the speed at which software updates arrive. Or don’t arrive. It’s especially tough on tech enthusiasts who read about all the advantages of the new update but can’t get it on their own devices for six months, if at all. Even brand new devices typically fail to launch with the latest version of Android.