Ever since Apple got into the e-book business, publishers have been determining their own prices for titles, meaning that e-books, in spite of having minimal overhead costs, are often sold for higher prices than their print counterparts. But it looks like the Justice Dept. antitrust investigation into this so-called “agency pricing” model is nearing an end — and may result in more affordable e-books for everyone. [More]
Comcast — and techs for just about every cable company — don’t receive much in the way of love, as people tend to focus on the bad experiences over the good, but there is finally an anthem that celebrates the trials, tribulations and victories of the men and women who install and fix (or at least try to fix) your cable and internet connections. [More]
For anyone who’s ever leaned over a toilet or a glass of water and heard the unmistakeable “kerplunk!” of your hard-earned money disappearing into a watery grave, you should be relieved to hear that new waterproof smartphones are on the way.
USA Today reports from the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the Panasonic Eluga and Eluga Power were on display. Running on Android, the Elugas look to be nice and thin, not some plunky piece of deep-diving plastic. [More]
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that according to “a person familiar with the matter,” the iPhone will soon be available to Verizon subscribers. The news is expected to be the subject of a mysterious event being held Tuesday at New York’s Lincoln Center. [More]
“Oh hell no!” Federal District Judge John F. Grady told a marauding group of car warranty robocallers who managed to annoy pretty much everyone over the past few months. The judge slapped two Florida companies with an immediate restraining order and froze their assets, which should be enough to finally end those maddening robocalls.