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  • Who Owns Your Wireless Service? Crooks Do.

    08/09/2019 10:02:04 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 9 replies
    Krebs on security. ^ | 7 Aug 2019 | Brian Krebs
    AT&T in particular has had a rough month. In July, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of AT&T customers in California to stop the telecom giant and two data location aggregators from allowing numerous entities — including bounty hunters, car dealerships, landlords and stalkers — to access wireless customers’ real-time locations without authorization. Late last month, a federal judge in New York rejected a request by AT&T to dismiss a $224 million lawsuit over a SIM-swapping incident that led to $24 million in stolen cryptocurrency. And let’s not forget about all the times various...
  • Android Pie: Everything you need to know about Android 9

    08/02/2019 9:20:43 AM PDT · by fireman15 · 25 replies
    Android Central ^ | July 22, 2019 | Android Central
    The time of a new Android operating system is now upon us, with the venerable Android 8 (aka Oreo) setting in the west and the sparkling, new Android 9 (aka Pie) rising in the east. This latest iteration of the world's most popular mobile operating system tackles screen addiction and reimagines how we interact with Android with new gestures. It also refreshes the look and feel of Android to be more Google-like. Android 9.0 is an Editors' Choice, along with Apple's iOS 12.
  • Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.

    06/20/2019 7:33:12 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 20, 2019 | Isaac Stanley-Becker
    Mobile technology has transformed the way we live — how we read, work, communicate, shop and date. But we already know this. What we have not yet grasped is the way the tiny machines in front of us are remolding our skeletons, possibly altering not just the behaviors we exhibit but the bodies we inhabit. New research in biomechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls — bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing...
  • For two hours, a large chunk of European mobile traffic was rerouted through China

    06/07/2019 5:01:14 PM PDT · by Governor Dinwiddie · 15 replies
    ZDnet ^ | June 7, 2019 | Catalin Cimpanu
    For more than two hours on Thursday, June 6, a large chunk of European mobile traffic was rerouted through the infrastructure of China Telecom, China's third-largest telco and internet service provider (ISP). The incident occurred because of a BGP route leak at Swiss data center colocation company Safe Host, which accidentally leaked over 70,000 routes from its internal routing table to the Chinese ISP. The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), which is used to reroute traffic at the ISP level, has been known to be problematic to work with, and BGP leaks happen all the time. However, there are safeguards and...
  • This man went to court to prove his ‘cellphone’ was a hash brown. He won.

    04/27/2019 7:03:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2019 | Michael Brice-Saddler
    Justice is served: deep-fried and in a paper sleeve. A Connecticut judge’s decision has resolved a legal quandary that stupefied some and left others flat-out hungry: Could a police officer mistake a McDonald’s hash brown for a cellphone? In Jason Stiber’s case, the answer is “yes.” He was found not guilty Friday after successfully contesting the $300 distracted driving citation he received last year. “It was the case of the century,” Stiber’s attorney, John Thygerson, said with a laugh. “He was quite pleased. Obviously, he was quite pleased.” Stiber’s victory comes nearly 13 months after he was pulled over by...
  • Best cell phone carrier

    04/23/2019 5:07:33 PM PDT · by OregonRancher · 65 replies
    The Frustration Times | 2/23/19 | Self
    We've been with Verizon for years and have suffered with broken texts, missed calls, spotty notifications, and updates that don't. We are thinking about going with US Cellular. How about sharing experiences to help us out.
  • New Galaxy S10 phones bring it: 4 rear cameras, 1TB of storage, in-screen fingerprint scanner and 5G

    02/20/2019 12:01:53 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 110 replies
    C/NET ^ | February 20, 2019 | JESSICA DOLCOURT
    With the Galaxy S10, Samsung celebrates its 10th anniversary Galaxy S phone by going big and bold. How bold? Each of the four new Galaxy S10 models is more impressive than the last: there's the cheaper S10E ($750), the Galaxy S10 ($900), S10 Plus ($1,000) and Galaxy S10 5G, the brand's first 5G phone (price TBA, as are UK and Australian prices for the whole range). This is Samsung seeking to whip up excitement, roar back in sales and defend its title as the world's top smartphone brand. But the Galaxy S10 phones also represent a quest for perfection.
  • Exclusive: New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria

    01/08/2019 12:28:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/08/2019 | Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehghanpisheh, James Pomfret
    The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company’s suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm’s owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius. U.S. authorities allege CFO Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming the two companies were independent of Huawei, when in fact Huawei controlled them. Huawei has maintained the two are independent: equipment seller Skycom Tech Co Ltd and shell company Canicula Holdings Ltd. But...
  • 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 Carpenter’s 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 didn’t 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? It’s been a question that’s 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 phone—and 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 arm’s length away from your body. And also, not carrying your cellphone in...