CYBER CORNER FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 26

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IN THE NEWS: HIGH COURT RULES IN TECH RELATED CASES

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two important tech-related rulings from the Supreme Court.

A unanimous Supreme Court says police may not generally search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants. The justices say cellphones are powerful devices unlike anything else police may find on someone they arrest. Chief Justice John Roberts says because the phones contain so much information, police must get a warrant before looking through them.

In another ruling, the Supreme Court said a startup Internet company has to pay broadcasters when it takes TV programs from the airwaves. In a 6-3 vote, the justices held that Aereo is violating the broadcasters’ copyrights by taking the signals for free. The company charged subscribers to watch the recorded shows on their smartphones and other portable devices.

IN THE NEWS: FREE WI-FI APPROVED AT NEW YORK CITY’S AIRPORTS

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Free Wi-Fi is coming to the New York City metro area’s major airports.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Wednesday approved a plan to offer free access at Newark Liberty International, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports, to a point.

Wi-Fi would be free for 30 minutes. Then travelers would have to pay $7.95 for the day. The Port Authority says the free service could be available as early as this fall.

The airport advocacy group Global Gateway Alliance says the plan is similar to many used at airports around the country, though some airports do offer unlimited Wi-Fi.

ON THE NET: US SOCCER

UNDATED (AP) — The U.S. resumes World Cup play today with a Group G match against Germany. There are several scenarios in which the U.S. could advance to the knockout round. The Americans will have to play without Jozy Altidore who is still recovering from an injury he suffered in the first match with Ghana.

The official Website of US Soccer has more information about the game, and profiles of the players and coaches. Of course there’s also a link to US Soccer’s online store to buy jerseys, hats and other merchandise to show your team spirit.

IN STORES NOW: ANDROID SMARTWATCHES

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — You can start wearing Android on your wrist.

Google is hosting its two-day developer conference in San Francisco. As part of a nearly three-hour opening presentation yesterday, Google gave more details about Android Wear. It’s a version of its smartphone operating system customized for wearable gadgets like smartwatches. And you don’t have to wait to buy one.

The company announced three new smartwatches running Android Wear. The LG G and the Samsung Gear Live are available for order now. A third one, Motorola’s Moto 360, is coming later this summer. The LG watch is listed at $229 on the Google Play store, while the Samsung goes for $199. Both are listed as shipping early next month.

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