In a bold (and welcome) move, AT&T will be instituting a new policy that will block stolen devices from connecting to its network, utilizing a new database that the carrier will manage.
As announced in April, AT&T is creating a stolen phone database to prevent devices reported stolen from accessing wireless networks. We will install this availability next week for AT&T phones on our network and are working toward a cross-carrier solution later this year.
Any stolen phone or cellular tablet device may be added to the stolen database, and only the person who requested that a device be added may have it reinstated.
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Now you can spy on your friends and loved ones with Retina-X Studios’ Mobile Spy for iPhone. After setting up the software, the application will record SMS and call activities and upload it to your private account. It also records GPS locations every thirty minutes as long as a signal is available. This is good news for worried parents, not so good for kids ditching school and trying to lie about it. A year’s subscription will cost you $99.97.
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If you have an odd name, you may get locked out of Facebook. Now that the social networking site has over 200 million users, they constantly update a blacklist of names that people cannot use, such as those are obviously fake, like Batman, or some that relate to current events, like Susan Boyle. Even though Facebook was set up to use real names, it sometimes makes mistakes, as in the case of Alicia Istanbul, who got up one day and found her account temporarily canceled. Unfortunately, it may take time and a faxed ID as proof to get your account back if you become a casualty.
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If your first site was on GeoCities, then let’s have a moment of silence as Yahoo has decided to retire the free service by the end of the year and is accepting no new accounts. Existing accounts still have access, but they would rather you upgrade to their paid Web Hosting service with a discount of 50%. GeoCities was bought in 1999 for $287 billion, but ComScore reports that traffic has fallen about 24% in the past year. Contact the help center if you want to close your account or have questions.
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