Popular Mechanics Debunks Top 9 Tech Myths


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9 Top Tech Myths Debunked

 

 

Jailbreaking and Rooting are Illegal

” Smartphone owners can jailbreak their iOS devices and root their Android phones to get around the restrictions of manufacturers and carriers. But is this ominous-sounding practice legal? The word itself—jailbreaking—makes it sound like the process is illegal. In actuality, it’s more complicated: The technique both is and isn’t illegal under U.S. copyright law. Last fall, when the Library of Congress updated the rules for 2013 through late 2015, it decided that you can legally jailbreak your smartphone (though you’ll void your Apple warranty) but not necessarily your tablet, because, the Library says, “tablets” is an ill-defined category. What is definitely not legal is unlocking your phone. The Library’s ruling prohibits tinkering with your device so it works on different cellular networks without your wireless carrier’s permission, which is subject to as much as $2500 in fines, or…

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