Tag Archive: illegal

E.U. regulators will decide if Apple’s Irish tax deal is illegal by Christmas

Apple’s tax practices in Europe have been the subject of investigation for some time now. However, European Union regulators say they’ll finally have a conclusion as to the question of whether Apple benefited from “illegal tax sweeteners” by the end of this year. According to Ireland’s finance minister Michael Noonan, the decision will be announced, “between […]

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The inside story on Jobs and Woz’s illegal phone phreaking

Prior to founding a tiny little company called Apple, Steves Jobs and Wozniak were “phone phreakers” — selling illegal blue boxes to help people make free long-distance phone calls. While both quickly turned their back on their law-breaking ways, Jobs noted that, “If we hadn’t made those little blue boxes, there might never have been […]

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The UK just made iTunes and illegal

The UK’s High Court has turned all of its computer users into outlaws overnight, in a new ruling that makes it unlawful to create a copy of copyrighted content, without the direct permission of the copyright holder. The new law means UK citizens can no longer create backups of their computer (because pretty much every […][Read More…]

Argentine authorities catch massive illegal shipment of Apple devices

An illegal shipment of gadgets worth almost $ 800,000, including 500 Apple products, has been seized by Argentine authorities. The products were on their way to Argentina from the U.S., with the aim of avoiding the import restrictions the country puts…Read more ›

Foxconn Employees Still Working Illegal 60-Hour Weeks

With the news of the 15-year-old worker dying at the Pegatron factory which makes the iPhone 5c, attention is once again turning to worker treatment at Apple’s suppliers/contract manufacturers. The news in this case is that Foxconn Technology Group —…Read more ›    [Read More…]

The Obama Administration Has Been Secretly Moving To Make iPhone Unlocking Illegal

It was only six months ago that the White House officially went on record saying that they thought cell phone unlocking should be legalized. The statement was issued in response to a 114,000+ signature petition, which rightfully argued that if…Read more ›    [Read More…]

Foxconn Admits It Forced Student Interns To Work Illegal Shift Patterns

Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that assembles almost all of Apple’s most popular devices, has admitted that it has forced student interns to work illegal shift patterns. Thousands of students from the Xi’an Institute of Technology were made to work overtime and night shifts at the plant in violation of company policies. And if they refused to […]

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Unlocking A New iPhone Is Now Illegal, But Jailbreaking Is Still Safe — What It All Means For You


It can be easy to get “unlocking” and “jailbreaking” confused, but the two terms mean totally different things. Unlocking refers to freeing your phone to work on any carrier instead of just the one you bought it on. Jailbreaking is the process of circumventing Apple’s security measures in iOS to install tweaks, hacks, and mods that aren’t allowed in the App Store.

The U.S. Library of Congress has ruled that it is  [Read More…]

It Will Be Illegal To Unlock Your Smartphone Yourself From Saturday, January 26


From Saturday, January 26, you’ll have to ask your carrier to unlock your smartphone if you wish to use it on another network. It will become illegal to do so yourself using unauthorized unlocking methods — even if your contract has run its course and you no longer have a commitment with the original provider.

Back in October 2012, the Register of Copyrights asked the Librarian of Congress to examine the  [Read More…]

[Review] Play Illegal Words in Words With Friends!

Is it illegal because it breaks the law? No. It’s illegal because you’re playing a fake word, silly! With this tweak you can play anything you want in the popular scrabble-like game, Words With Friends, by Zynga. Literally, you can playanythingthat you want to. This tweak is called MessWithWords and it’s by a developer known as Brian Fox. The tweak does not have any settings to configure, you can just install it and start playing  [Read More…]