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Those ugly logos on the back of your phone are set to disappear

In a victory for design, US “E-Label act” means they can be displayed in software instead

Flip over your smartphone or tablet. See those logos on the back? The ones that spoil its handsome looks, but that you’ve seen so many times you’ve forgotten they’re there?

Those logos are, thankfully, set for the chop. From 1973 until now, FCC logos and regulatory compliance numbers have been required by US law, but a new act just passed by the US Senate has changed all that.

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Don’t put a label on me, man

Quite simply, the E-Label Act means that this information can be displayed in a device’s software rather than on its physical hardware. It’s a victory for aesthetics, but it’ll also have a practical, cost-saving purpose, because manufacturers won’t have to pay to print them.

Sadly, the “CE” mark displayed on gadgets in the EU isn’t going anywhere just yet. Boo and indeed hiss.

[Source: Gizmodo]

Image credit: Fred on Flickr

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Tech journalism's answer to The Littlest Hobo, I've written for a host of titles and lived in three different countries in my 15 years-plus as a freelancer. But I've always come back home to Stuff eventually, where I specialise in writing about cameras, streaming services and being tragically addicted to Destiny.

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