Around the IT Industry 1/28-2/1

by Modis on February 1, 2013

RIM Reborn as BlackBerry

In the wake of floundering sales and faltering market share, RIM decided to rebrand their company under the name BlackBerry, which is what most consumers were calling them anyways. More than just a name change, BlackBerry is giving the world a new operating system to run on competitive new phones: the Z10 and the Q10. To woo new smartphone users in the face of their rebranding, BlackBerry is running a commercial during the Super Bowl on Sunday.

How Big is All That Digital Data Out There?

A recent report by IDC reveals just how much data is out there, and how much more data is being released into the cloud every day. From amusing pictures of cats to electronic documents, it’s all part of what we call big data. How much data is that? In the past year alone, we have created 2.8 Zettabytes (ZB) of data. For an idea of how much that really means, 1 ZB is enough to store 250 billion DVDs. Experts predict that our digital universe will reach 40 ZB by 2020.

Apple Releases iOS 6.1 to Mixed Reviews

Users generally expect more from a dot upgrade than a long list of security fixes, which made up the majority of changes in Apple’s release of iOS 6.1. But iPhone and iPad users who were hoping for much needed upgrades to the Apple Maps app were left disappointed, although Siri can now buy movie tickets for you through Fandango.

Library of Congress Uses DMCA to Render Unlocking Smartphones Illegal

Using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) as a basis for the decision, the Librarian of Congress has declared it to be illegal for consumers to unlock any smartphone purchased after Friday, February 1. You can still unlock phones purchased before this date, but afterward, your only legal option for an unlocked smartphone is to purchase it already unlocked. If your carrier grants permission for you to have an unlocked phone, by selling it to you that way, that’s the only way to stay legal from here on out.

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