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The Netherlands paves the way for carrier-free SIM cards

Imagine it: a world where a SIM card is fully integrated with your device; no need to swap it out when you change carriers or travel overseas. In fact, SIM cards could be easily built into any number of devices, vastly expanding the Internet of Things. This would also end carrier-locked devices, allowing customers true freedom of choice: Any device could be used with any carrier the user chooses.

In most of the world, carrier-free SIM cards are illegal. However, the Netherlands has just become the first country to allow them. A change in the Telecommunications Act means that residents … Read more

WhatsApp pooh-poohs report of security flaw

The people behind WhatsApp are rebutting a report contending that the app is vulnerable because your chats can be stored on an Android phone's SD card.

Earlier this week, DoubleThink chief technology officer Bas Bosschert posted a blog alleging that hackers could use a malicious app to tap into your WhatsApp conversations by uploading the database from the SD card to a Web site. To prove his point, Bosschert said he created an app that was able to snag and read the database files.

In response, a spokesperson for WhatsApp called the report "overstated" and issued the … Read more

Comcast to offer 'House of Cards' to Xfinity customers

Comcast Xfinity customers will soon be able to watch the first season of "House of Cards" without need of a Netflix subscription.

The series comes to Comcast courtesy of a deal announced on Monday with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment that gives the cable company rights to sell the initial season, Variety has reported. Though Netflix holds the streaming rights for "House of Cards," Sony is in charge of distribution internationally and through home video.

"House of Cards" will make its debut in the Xfinity Store by mid-April, according to a Comcast spokesman.

The new … Read more

Business Card Composer for Mac review

Business Card Composer for Mac provides the environment for creating highly detailed business cards, which include features that are not found often, such as QR codes and Google Maps printouts. This paid app comes with support for five types of cards and numerous templates for card layouts and graphics grouped by profession and degree of detail. One feature that stands out is the ability to generate unique graphics on the fly.

When started for the first time, Business Card Composer for Mac greets you with video tutorials, then lets you get started by choosing a project template. Each template supports … Read more

Business Card Shop for Mac review

Business Card Shop for Mac enables you to create professional business and personal cards with a high degree of detail. You can start from scratch, or you can pick template card designs spanning over a hundred occupations and over 30 general layouts. Card customization is intuitive, yet powerful, with support for layers, alignment guides, the grouping and locking of items, content placeholders, and many optional adjustments to every object on the canvas.

Business Card Shop for Mac features AddressBook integration to automatically insert your information. It supports all card styles, as well as the metric, imperial, and point measuring systems, … Read more

Really Francis? Here's where 'House of Cards' could use IT help

The second season of "House of Cards" starring Kevin Spacey as ruthless politician Francis Underwood arrived in one big batch of 13 episodes exactly two weeks ago, and we've all been binge-watching since. By the way, if you haven't yet made it all the way through season 2, this is about as far as you should read without risking spoilers. I'll say that again in all caps for you skim-readers out there -- SPOILER ALERT!!! That's better.

The web of intertwined intrigue and drama this season also introduced a new plotline in which fictional Washington Herald deputy editor Lucas Goodwin becomes ensnared in a plot to gain access to an AT&T server farm with the assistance of shadowy hacker Gavin Orsay. Goodwin believes Orsay is assisting him in tracking down evidence of Underwood's murderous habits. Unbeknownst to Goodwin, however, Orsay is a grudging informant for the FBI, which is entrapping Goodwin to send him off to prison and out of Underwood's hair.… Read more

Snow day chant: 'House of Cards,' now now now!

All the snow that's been pounding the East Coast lately is really getting to people. Take Thursday's Internet outburst related to the hit Netflix show "House Of Cards."

People took to the netwaves to try to bully Netflix into releasing the show a day ahead of its scheduled 3 a.m. Friday premiere time. The reason for the outcry? Apparently, viewers felt they couldn't survive a snow day at home without having Kevin Spacey's warm southern drawl keeping them toasty in front of their TVs. … Read more

Business Card Scanner review

Business Card Scanner is a handy app that lets you scan business cards and automatically create new contacts in the iOS Contacts app. It's not perfect, but it's still a great way to keep track of new people without worrying about keeping up with their business cards.

Business Card Scanner has a straightforward interface that's easy to figure out. Buttons let users select whether they want to scan a business card, scan a QR code, paste text, or open the in-app address book. Select the appropriate option and the app will take care of the rest, including … Read more

Forget roses -- use Uber to order skywriting on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is approaching, and we know what that means: another off-the-wall promotion from Uber.

The on-demand car service is adding the ability to order skywriting messages from its app for select cities on Friday.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. there will be an "UberSKY" option on the app for users in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Dallas. If you get a confirmation, an Uber rep will call you and take down your message, which can be up to 12 characters long.

The splashy Valentine's Day promotion is part of a … Read more

The 404 1422: Where we quit the pick-up tip (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- No more swipe and sign credit cards starting October 2015.

- Related: Bank of America mails credit card offer to "Lisa Is a Slut McIntire."

- Agree It app: now you can be a payday lender to Facebook friends!… Read more