Today’s Top News. April.

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North Korea Bans 3G Data To Tourists.
North Korea is ratcheting up tension between itself and the West.
Last night, the rogue state closed the communication line that permits workers from both Koreas to travel to and from the Kaesong joint industrial zone situated in the North. North Korea also announced that it is targeting U.S. military bases in Hawaii, Guam, and the North American mainland.
The regime has also rescinded its offer of 3G SIM cards to tourists, a scheme it introduced last month
Side note: Perhaps this is something comedian Steve Carrell didn’t know about, in which case he may like to reconsider his forthcoming vacation to the Korean peninsula.
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South Africa police cell phones seized in Pistorius case.

South African police have seized 49 mobile phones belonging to officers after they were used to photograph athlete Oscar Pistorius soon after his arrest for murder, the police ministry said on Tuesday.
The phones – four official and 45 private handsets – were confiscated nearly a week after the Paralympian sprinter’s arrest for the Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend.
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Cut travel costs. No More SIM swaps.

Cellphones aren’t exactly old-school, but here’s what is: attempting the complicated dance of swapping out SIM cards as you cross borders or choosing among the confusing options for international SIM cards. In 2012, though, most big American cellular providers came out with reasonably priced international overseas data and texting plans. I once used SIM cards from around the world; my collection is now gathering (tiny amounts of) dust atop my bureau now that I’m a happy customer of AT&T’s international package.

Actual phone calls are still expensive, though, so be sure you’ve got money in your Skype or Google Voice accounts to call for that restaurant reservation.
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3 Years jail for AT&T who had exposed iPad owners’ email addresses.
The hack in 2010 exposed details of the then White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, as well as chief executives and military officials. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Images

A security researcher who exploited a flaw in AT&T’s security around iPad users to reveal details of 114,000 emails in 2010 has been sentenced to 41 months in prison, and ordered with a co-defendant to pay $73,000 (£48,000) compensation to the phone company.

Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer, who ran Goatse Security with co-defendant Daniel Spitler, was found guilty in November of one charge of identity fraud and one of conspiracy to access a computer without authorisation. He had faced a maximum of five years in prison for each charge.

The hack, carried out in June 2010 just two months after the iPad went on sale, exposed details of the then White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, as well as chief executives and military officials. Only email addresses were exposed. The exploit used the fact that AT&T had allocated sim cards for 3G-enabled iPads with successive numbers and no security checks to prevent anyone accessing the details. A printout of the details was then sent to the Gawker website.
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Communications.

Boingo Wireless: Provides Wi-Fi access at more than 600,000 hotspots in more than 100 countries, including at 60 major airports in North America and Europe.

Gogo: Provides inflight Internet access on more than 1,800 aircraft operated by nine carriers.

Skype: Provides voice, text and video over Internet protocol. Skype has “corporate programs that allow companies to purchase packages to provide travelers with a dedicated number or forward existing numbers to their Skype account to make international calls for a fraction of what they would have cost,” Moscovici said. The company operates as a division of Microsoft following its 2011 purchase.

Truphone: Provides “voice over Internet protocol on 3G phones,” Moscovici said, via a SIM card in an unlocked phone or apps for Android, BlackBerry and Apple iOS devices. Instead of calling long distance, the company said it allows travelers to use the Internet, local satellites and, in some instances, local phone networks for calls, text and data in 220 countries. Founded in the United Kingdom in 2006, Truphone opened offices in the United States last year.

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