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posted in April 2013

When Will the Old Phone Networks Die? Not Soon

4/8/2013
Old phone systems never die. They just fade away. The phone companies that run the copper-based POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) may want to do away with it in favor of more modern, flexible and profitable technologies, but it's not going anywhere soon.

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Smartphone Kill-Switch Idea is DOA

4/7/2013
An epidemic of stolen cell phones has San Francisco district attorney George Gascón demanding that handset companies put a remote "kill switch" into the devices. They're blowing him off. Experts say that there's little upside in the kill-switch for Apple, Samsung and the other handset makers and that the scheme is probably impractical.

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iPhone 5S Likely to Channel Steve Jobs' Influence

4/2/2013
The iPhone 5S, which reports say will begin production in the second quarter of 2013, was the last iPhone designed with Steve Jobs in charge. Look for incremental change. If you were expecting Apple to add a back button, you're probably going to be disappointed with the iPhone 5S.

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Free Cellular Data From Karma, Where Available

4/2/2013
If you're lucky to be where they have signal then Karma, an $80 LTE hotspot, is a great deal. Karma provides free LTE hotspot bandwidth on the Clearwire network. Bandwidth costs $14/GB and you can earn 100MB by signing up friends.

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