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  • Campaign Text Came To My Phone From 2500 Miles Away

    10/29/2018 7:50:41 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 38 replies
    Multnomah County Democrats ^ | 29 Oct 2018 | George no last name
    Hi ****, I'm a volunteer with Multnomah County Democrats. Your vote is vital to this election. If you want help, find our candidate and measure endorsements at You can find the nearest ballot drop box at Please support our Democratic candidates. Vote like your rights depend on it — Because They Do! Thanks, *********
  • Facebook Wants To Spy On You Via Hidden Inaudible TV Ad Messages

    06/26/2018 4:48:32 PM PDT · by vannrox · 41 replies ^ | June 25th, 2018 | Mac Slavo
    Social media giant Facebook continues to ramp up the creepy factor. According to a recently filed patent, Facebook wants to spy on you by hiding inaudible messages in TV ads.Facebook has filed a patent for a system that hides audio clips in TV commercials. These sounds would be so high-pitched that they are inaudible to human beings. They would then trigger your phone to record all the background noises in your home. The patent application is called “broadcast content view analysis based on ambient audio recording.”According to The Daily Mail, these secret messages would force your phone to record the audio...
  • Supreme Court requires warrant for the collection of historic cell-site data

    06/22/2018 7:49:55 AM PDT · by TexasGurl24 · 44 replies
    Cell phones perform their wide and growing variety of functions by continuously connecting to a set of radio antennas called cell sites. Each time a phone connects to a cell site, it generates a time-stamped record known as cell-site location information (CSLI). Wireless carriers collect and store this information for their own business purposes. Here, after the FBI identified the cell phone numbers of several robbery suspects, prosecutors were granted court orders to obtain the suspects cell phone records under the Stored Communications Act. Wireless carriers produced CSLI for petitioner Timothy Carpenters phone, and the Government was able to obtain...
  • Signs of sophisticated cell-phone spying found near White House

    06/01/2018 2:07:39 PM PDT · by Innovative · 40 replies
    Mercury News ^ | June 1, 2018 | Craig Timberg | Washington Post
    A federal study found signs that surveillance devices for intercepting cellphone calls and texts were operating near the White House and other sensitive locations in the Washington area last year. A Department of Homeland Security program discovered evidence of the surveillance devices, called IMSI catchers, as part of federal testing last year, according to a letter from DHS to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, on May 22. The letter didnt specify what entity operated the devices and left open the possibility that there could be alternative explanations for the suspicious cellular signals collected by the federal testing program last year. The...
  • How can someone highjack my cellphone number

    04/19/2018 5:53:56 AM PDT · by killermosquito · 46 replies ^ | 4/19/2018 | killermosquito
    On three or four occasions my cell phone number has been hijacked in someway that I have received phone calls and text messages as though it would seem from myself. Yesterday, the text message I received from myself and the image associated with the non-person who used my cellphone number to send me a text message used an image which I have saved on the cell phone. WHAT THE HECK? ANY SUGGESTIONS?
  • Can Cellphones Cause Cancer? Experts Surprised By Latest Tests

    04/02/2018 6:35:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies ^ | March 29, 2018 at 6:21 pm | Staff
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) Can cellphones really cause cancer? Its been a question thats dogged researchers for years. However, a group of experts say the results of some tests are pretty surprising. Millions of people constantly call, text, click, take pictures and play on cellphones. Even the top cellular radiation researchers from around the world have a hard time untethering. But, they gathered recently in North Carolina to talk about cellphone concerns and whether they really do increase the chances of developing cancer. The panel voted that the results from years of testing on mice and rats were more significant than...
  • Modular Cell Phone Screen Replacement?

    03/26/2018 10:44:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    Self | March 26, 2018 | PJ-Comix
    Okay so what is the problem we fear most about our cell phones? Other than the battery blowing up in our pockets which is rare, the big fear is dropping your cell phone and breaking your screen. Sure, there are cases that help prevent that but it's not a perfect solution. The fact is that shattered cell phone screens is the biggest problem with cell phones. And when they break, it can cost you HUNDREDS of dollars to replace. The screens themselves aren't all that expensive: you can get a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge replacement screen for between $20 and...
  • Man pleads guilty to shooting postal worker for not giving him her cellphone

    02/23/2018 6:09:31 AM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    news4 ^ | Feb. 22, 2018 | SBG San Antonio
    Ahearn admitted to shooting the U.S. Mail carrier as she was delivering mail because she would not give him her cell phone. She is still recovering from the gunshot wound that pierced both her legs. Ahearn left the scene in her pickup truck, which had her purse, personal items and a "considerable amount" of mail. His co-defendent Sarah Richford, 27, followed him in a Toyota Venza. A United States postal inspector spotted the Toyota Venza at a restaraunt near the location of the shooting just two days later. The inspector tried to make an investigative stop, but Ahearn fired a...
  • How to test your smartphone's speed... And improve its performance.

    02/21/2018 9:56:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | 02/20/2018 | By David Nield
    Is your handset doing its best? Alvaro Reyes via Unsplash _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ After a year or two, your trusty smartphone may not race along at the same speed it used to. You might feel like it has slowed down a little, but before you go in for an upgrade, you should be more scientific about your hunch. To know for sure whether there's a drop-off, here's how to run some benchmarks and speed tests on your phoneand boost its performance if it falls short. Benchmark basics On personal computers, benchmarking has been around for years. Benchmarks are tests that measure the...
  • Student arrested with cell phone case that looked like gun

    02/21/2018 1:10:34 AM PST · by BBell · 16 replies ^ | 2/20/18 | David Harris
    A 15-year-old DeLand High School student was arrested Tuesday after he was caught with a cell phone case that looked like a gun, according to police. A student told school administrators that he saw with a pink backpack and what looked like a pink pistol in his pocket. The school was placed on lockdown and police started searching for the student. Officers found the student about 45 minutes and he was taken into custody.He told officers he ordered the cell phone case online for him and his girlfriend.
  • Suspicious Case of Mobile Phones Dying En Mass (Youtube video 3:02 min)

    12/20/2017 9:28:55 PM PST · by ransomnote · 12 replies ^ | Dec 20, 2017 | vlogger DAHBOO77
    This video is 3:02 minutes in length. I can't find another source of the information about hundreds of cell phones at a stadium in the UK "instantly" doing dead due to drained batteries but will post it here in case others have heard of this or have information about what could cause this.
  • California Health Officials Release Guidelines To Avoid Cellphone Radiation

    12/15/2017 9:29:14 AM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies ^ | 12/15/2017 | Susie Steimle
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) California health officials have a new message for cellphone users. For the first time ever, the California Department of Public Health is releasing guidelines about harmful cellphone radiation and how you can avoid it. Dr. Karen Smith with the California Department Of Public Health said, We recognize that there are a lot of people in the general public that have some concerns about their cellphones and whether using a cellphone is safe. Smith said, When you sleep, you keep the cellphone at least arms length away from your body. And also, not carrying your cellphone in...
  • Supreme court cellphone case puts free speech not just privacy at risk

    11/27/2017 10:24:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/27/2017 | Jameel Jaffer and Alexander Abdo
    The government contends that Carpenter lacks a constitutionally protected privacy interest in his location data because his cellphone was continually sharing that data with his cellphone provider. Privacy advocates are rightly alarmed by this argument. Much of the digital technology all of us rely on today requires us to share information passively with third parties. Visiting a website, sending an email, buying a book online all of these things require sharing sensitive data with internet service providers, merchants, banks and others. If this kind of commonplace and unavoidable information-sharing is sufficient to extinguish constitutional privacy rights, the digital-age fourth...
  • John Kelly's personal cellphone was compromised, White House believes

    10/06/2017 8:51:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/06/2017 | By JOSH DAWSEY, EMILY STEPHENSON and ANDREA PETERSON
    White House officials believe that chief of staff John Kellys personal cellphone was compromised, potentially as long ago as December, according to three U.S. government officials. The discovery raises concerns that hackers or foreign governments may have had access to data on Kellys phone while he was secretary of Homeland Security and after he joined the West Wing. Tech support staff discovered the suspected breach after Kelly turned his phone in to White House tech support this summer complaining that it wasnt working or updating software properly. Kelly told the staffers the phone hadnt been working properly for months, according...
  • Apple Fans Missing For iPhone 8 Release Day

    09/22/2017 9:29:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 80 replies
    CBS - LA ^ | September 22, 2017 7:43 AM | Staff
    PASADENA (CBSLA) There was something missing at Pasadenas Apple Store for the Friday release of the iPhone 8 a line of eager fans. Previous releases of the iPhone attracted hundreds of Apple fans waiting in the early morning hours at several stores across Southern California. The Apple Store has a ticketing system, but that never stopped eager iPhone fans from camping out overnight. But on Friday morning, all was quiet on Colorado Boulevard, except for employees inside the store handing out tickets. STORY: Apple Unveils 3 New iPhone Models The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus touts new features...
  • Cell Phone Problem/vanity

    09/02/2017 12:49:08 PM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 41 replies
    Another break from politics. I poked around on the net but could not find a discussion of my problem. Every once in a while my cell phone goes into a state where it will not answer calls. From the callers perspective it doesn't ring but acts like the phone is turned off. This happens not frequently but not infrequently#$%^&%^&% I thought that if my tablet was on, that it might tell the phone, via bluetooth, to let the tablet answer the phone. So yesterday I get out of the car, come inside, put the phone on the desk beside the...
  • How Google Is Secretly Recording YOU Through Your Mobile, Monitoring Millions Of Conversations

    08/22/2017 9:39:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    The Sun ^ | 08/22/17 | Margi Murphy
    DID you know that Google has been recording you without your knowledge? The technology giant has effectively turned millions of its users' smartphones into listening devices that can capture intimate conversations - even when they aren't in the room. If you own an Android phone, it's likely that you've used Google's Assistant, which is similar to Apple's Siri. Google says it only turns on and begins recording when you utter the words "OK Google". But a Sun investigation has found that the virtual assistant is a little hard of hearing. In some cases, just saying "OK" in conversation prompted it...
  • Calling the Moon: Startup to Put Cellphone Tower on the Moon

    08/11/2017 9:10:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies ^ | August 10, 2017 03:25pm ET | Tereza Pultarova
    German company Part Time Scientists, which originally competed for the Google Lunar X Prize race to the moon, plans to send a lander with a rover in late 2018 to visit the landing site of Apollo 17. (Launched in 1972, this was NASA's final Apollo mission to the moon.) Instead of using a complex dedicated telecommunication system to relay data from the rover to the Earth, the company will rely on LTE technology the same system used on Earth for mobile phone communications. "We are cooperating with Vodafone in order to provide LTE base stations on the moon," Karsten...
  • Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

    08/03/2017 3:14:14 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 93 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 2017 | Jeane M. Twenge
    One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phoneshes had an iPhone since she was 11sounding as if shed just woken up. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. We go to the mall, she said. Do your parents drop you off?, I asked, recalling my own middle-school days, in the 1980s, when Id enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. NoI go with my family, she replied. Well go with my mom...
  • Cellphone service could be spotty for rural eclipse-watchers

    07/30/2017 9:57:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies ^ | July 30 at 10:23 AM | Jim Salter | AP
    If you plan to livestream next months solar eclipse from one of the prime viewing spots... Were expecting a good experience but there will be times at peak where the network will struggle, said Paula Doublin, assistant vice president for construction and engineering for AT&T, the nations second-largest provider. Some communities are hosting eclipse-watch gatherings that are expected to draw tens of thousands of people. The 6,700 residents of Madras, Oregon, will be far outnumbered by visitors, and Verizon, AT&T and Sprint all plan to bring portable towers for its event. AT&T will deploy eight portable cell towers across the...