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It is now legal to unlock a cell phone in the United States. As promised, President Barack Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act into law on Friday, the White House announced in a blog post. Previously, unlocking your phone — modifying its firmware — could be considered a violation of federal copyright law, although it was rarely enforced. If you want to celebrate by unlocking your device (without fear of a fine) here’s a handy tip sheet for all four big carriers’ policies and procedures.

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The Windows Phone app store is a lot better than when it launched, but that just makes its app holes more glaring — like Uber, which used to have an app (really a website in an app wrapper) until it pulled it from the platform last April. Well, good news for Windows Phone users who love on-demand car services: you can now download an official Uber app, as opposed to using the service’s mobile website. Like my colleague Kevin Tofel and his need for a decent Google+ client, I’m sure there are people whose last hurdle to adopting Microsoft’s mobile OS was the lack of a decent Uber app.

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