The four major carriers and the FCC team up to put an end to cell phone theft, in-app purchases are now available to Android and Kindle Fire developers, and Windows Vista mainstream support ends today.
- Carriers Band to Fight Cellphone Theft: Both the FCC and the four major carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint) have teamed up to create a national lost/stolen phone registry to combat cell phone theft. The database (which will be maintained be each carrier), will track every phone that is reported stolen and will immediately cut off voice and data service to the phone. Within six months, each carrier is slated to go online with their individual database, and will merge within 18 month. Afterward, smaller carriers will be invited to join the database. [Wall Street Journal]
- Amazon's In-App Purchasing is Now Available to All Android and Kindle Fire Developers: Today, Amazon announced that in-app purchasing is now available to both Android and Kindle Fire developers. Digital content for purchase from within apps which include subscriptions and one-off transactions will now be available for developers to implement. [The Next Web]
- Windows Vista Mainstream Support Ends Today: Mainstream support for all editions of Windows Vista (including 32-bit and 64-bit versions) has ended as of today. Windows Vista will now join Windows XP in the extended support phase of its life, which will end five years from tomorrow (April 11, 2017). [GHacks]
- Nokia Lumia 900 Hit by Bug That Disables Data: It seems as if the Nokia Lumia 900 is experiencing a difficult launch. The Windows Phone is said to lose complete data and voice connection if the cellular link is restarted for any reason, even if it enters airplane mode. Fortunately, temporarily fixing this problem is possible, as users can simply boot the phone without a SIM, shut it down, and place the SIM back into the phone followed by booting it back up (however, the problem will eventually resurface). [Electronista]
- How Linux is Built: Linux is responsible for running many of our phones, popular websites, ATMs, and so much more. But many of us have no clue how Linux is built, until now. Based on the annual report "Who Writes Linux," the following video explains exactly what goes into creating one of the most popular and important operating systems of our time. [YouTube]
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