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  • I don’t know about you, but 10 years ago I thought mobile satellite internet access would be much cheaper by now.And faster. And easier. And better. (Much better.)It didn’t happen. Connecting from a mobile device via satellite carriers is expensive, slow, hard and limited.Which is surprising. Especially because satellite data is flying high in other realms.[ Further reading: How AR and VR will change enterprise mobility ] Homes, for example. ViaSat is offering unlimited-data, 100 Mbit/sec. downloads to homes for $150 per month. (That comes with some downsides: That price is for the first three months — it’s $200 per month after that; uploads are only 3 Mbit/sec.; and some customers grumble about various problems with the service. Still, it’s a way to get affordable, fast internet outside of cities. ViasSat is already investing in faster and more widely deployed service.To read this article in full, please click here

  • The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that access to historical cell-site records of a person's location based on their mobile phone will require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before searching a person's historical location records.This is the first time the high court has ruled on whether a phone subscriber has a legitimate expectation of privacy regarding a telephone company's records of their cellphone location data, according to Aloke Chakravarty, a partner in the Denver-based law firm of Snell & Wilmer.[ Free download: Mobile management vendors compared ] "This is a landmark case for privacy, and how the court will deal with emerging technologies going forward," Chakravarty said via email. "It creates a new lens through which to view a government's ability to obtain third-party records where a criminal defendant neither possesses the records, doesn't have a property interest in them, may not even know they exist, and he cannot personally even access them."To read this article in full, please click here

  • All browsers are equal, but some are more equal than others.That's true for a whole host of characteristics, whether it's their affect on notebook batteries or the size of the extension library, the speed with which engineers address security vulnerabilities or how well the browser deals with ad trackers.It's also true of how fresh each browser is at any given moment.Because the Big Four browser makers - Google, Mozilla, Microsoft and Apple - upgrade their wares (Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Safari, respectively) at different rhythms, some are usually fresher than others.[ Further reading: What's in the latest Chrome update? ]To read this article in full, please click here