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US Wi-Fi Report – July 2014

OpenSignal: “Public Wi-Fi has transformed the way we stay connected, enabling a whole generation of start-ups to be created in cafes and other ad-hoc workspaces. Cafes are now seem almost as likely to publicly advertise their Wi-Fi network as they are the quality of their coffee. As we grow more demanding of Wi-Fi, expecting to be able to watch television or skype friends on publicly accessible connections, knowing that a certain location offers Wi-Fi is no longer enough. We know which cafes have Wi-Fi, we know which stores have Wi-Fi, and we know that the hotels we visit have Wi-Fi; what we don’t know is how fast that Wi-Fi will be.”

Tablets join the Navy toolkit for managing maintenance procedures

Kris Osborn – Defense.org: “The Navy has begun a new pilot program to put tablets on board a destroyer in order to reduce paperwork and more efficiently streamline maintenance procedures, service officials said. Roughly 20 wireless tablets will soon arrive on board the USS Laboon, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer currently pier side in Norfolk, Va., Rear Adm.Continue Reading

Security Vulnerabilities in Automobiles Subject of Investigation

Andy Greenberg – Forbes: “…This fact, that a car is not a simple machine of glass and steel but a hackable network of computers, is what Miller and Valasek have spent the last year trying to demonstrate. Miller, a 40-year-old security engineer at Twitter, and Valasek, the 31-year-old director of security intelligence at the SeattleContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Cell phone book club vision excites school librarian Njabulo Tazibona in Zimbabwe

Via LLRX.com - Cell phone book club vision excites school librarian Njabulo Tazibona in Zimbabwe: How he can make it reality A follow-up from David Rothman’s article earlier this month, Cell phone book clubs: A new way for libraries to promote literacy, technology, family and community - he shares that while U.S. librarians mull over LibraryCity’s proposal forContinue Reading

Cramming on Wireless Phone Bills: A Review of Consumer Protection Practices and Gaps

News release - Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV, Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, August 1, 2014 “Today’s hearing is about a practice known as “cramming,” where consumers get charged on their phone bills for goods and services they never agreed to purchase. The companies that put these bogus charges on phone bills know that consumers don’tContinue Reading

FTC Recommends Mobile Industry Changes to Combat Mobile Cramming

News release: “In a report issued today, the Federal Trade Commission staff recommends steps that mobile carriers and other companies should take to prevent consumers from being stuck with unauthorized charges on their mobile phone bills, an unlawful practice known as mobile cramming. The report focuses on the multi-billion dollar business known as carrier billing, whichContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Cell phone book clubs: A new way for libraries to promote literacy, technology, family and community

Via LLRX.com - Cell phone book clubs: A new way for libraries to promote literacy, technology, family and community Young people are heavy users of cell phones, but most do not know they can read library e-books for free on their phones. In this cutting-edge essay, David Rothman tells how libraries could use “cell phone book clubs” toContinue Reading

FCC to ISPs: Inaccurate Disclosures Violate Transparency Rule

“Providers of broadband Internet access services must disclose accurate information about their service offerings and make this information accessible to the public.  This requirement, known as the Open Internet Transparency Rule, has been in full force and effect since 2011.  The Transparency Rule ensures that consumers have access to information that helps them make informedContinue Reading

Where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are – Pew

“Four states account for half of the nation’s wiretapping activity, according to a new report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. Nevada leads the nation in the number of wiretaps when population is factored in, according to the annual list of where federal and state judges have authorized law enforcement to monitor phone communicationsContinue Reading

Wireless Substitution: Estimates From National Health Interview Survey, July–December 2013

Stephen J. Blumberg, Ph.D., and Julian V. Luke - Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics: “Preliminary results from the July–December 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that the number of American homes with only wireless telephones continues to grow. Two in every five American homes (41.0%) had  only wireless telephones (also knownContinue Reading

EPIC Defends FOIA Victory in Federal Appeals Court

“EPIC has filed a brief in response to an appeal by the Department of Justice in EPIC v. DHS, concerning the government policy to disrupt cellular networks. EPIC won a major FOIA victory when a federal district court ruled that the DHS could not withhold “SOP 303,” a government procedure to shut down cellular phone service. EPIC sought theContinue Reading

Is Your Android Device Telling the World Where You’ve Been? – EFF

“Do you own an Android device? Is it less than three years old? If so, then when your phone’s screen is off and it’s not connected to a Wi-Fi network, there’s a high risk that it is broadcasting your location history to anyone within Wi-Fi range that wants to listen. This location history comes in theContinue Reading