Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 2, 2014

By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-09-02 Print this article Print

T-Mobile fined $819K by FCC for cell phone issues with hearing aids; Mozilla improving security processes after exposing developer data; Intel to talk IoT, wearables, server chips at IDF; and more.


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The Federal Communications Commission has fined T-Mobile USA $819,000 for violating federal laws that require phone service providers to stock a minimum number of cell phone models that are compatible with hearing aids for consumers that need them.

The FCC explained that these rules have been around for over a decade, and stated that T-Mobile willfully and repeatedly violated the laws. T-Mobile did not dispute these charges, but did seek a lower fine.

Mozilla is enhancing its security procedures following two separate incidents in which developer information was unintentionally publicly disclosed.

The most recent incident& involves information disclosure on 97,000 developers. Denelle Dixon-Thayer, senior vice president of business and legal affairs at Mozilla, explained that the recent incidents have confirmed to Mozilla the importance of a review effort that got started last year.

This effort encompasses a full review of Mozilla's practices around data, including the various non-Mozilla projects that Mozilla supports.

Intel's Executive Vice President and CFO Stacy Smith recently spoke about company's efforts to be the provider of processors and related components for computer systems of any size.

The company's strategy to make this a reality will be on display at the Intel Developer Forum 2014, which will convene Sept. 9 through 11 in San Francisco.

At the conference the chip-making giant will address everything from wearable devices and the Internet of things to data center systems and PCs in what officials are calling "mega sessions."

Google has revealed that it has had a team in Australia for more than two years designing, building and testing customized drones that can drop consumer goods safely within a target area in a timely manner.

There are a few reasons why the company may have chosen Australia. First,there's plenty of open land and airspace to test these automated aircraft.

Also, there is less regulation to contend with in Australia than there is in the United States where the Federal Aviation Administration strictly regulates the use of drones in the nation's airspace.


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