News in Short: America makes iPhone “jailbreaking” legal, Kindle enables social networking


U.S. passes law to legalize mobile device jailbreaking

In the U.S., pwners of Apple’s iPhone will be able to deliberately break electronic locks on their devices in order to download applications that have not been approved by Apple. 

In addition to jailbreaking, other exemptions announced are:

  • The allowance people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws.
  • The allowance of owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.
  • The allowance of certain film and education sub-sectors to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism, commentary and noncommercial videos. 

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Kindle’s latest software update has enabled improved font clarity, PDF pan and zoom, password protection, popular highlights, and Facebook and Twitter posts.

However, the new features of Amazon’s e-reader device seem “skeletal” and limited, according to a tester. More on that here.