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  • 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...
  • 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 Kelly’s 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 Kelly’s 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 wasn’t working or updating software properly. Kelly told the staffers the phone hadn’t 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 Pasadena’s 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 phone—she’s had an iPhone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d 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 I’d enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. “No—I go with my family,” she replied. “We’ll 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 month’s solar eclipse from one of the prime viewing spots... “We’re 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 nation’s 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...
  • Texas Teen Electrocuted After Cell Phone Accidentally Falls in Bathtub

    07/10/2017 11:11:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 84 replies
    KCBD ^ | Monday, July 10th | Amber Stegall, Presley Fowler
    A 14-year-old girl from Lubbock died early Sunday morning after being electrocuted in a bathtub. Madison Coe's mother and grandmother tell us she was in the bathtub, and either plugged her phone in or simply grabbed her phone that was already plugged in. It happened at her father's house in Lovington, NM. Madison just graduated 8th grade from Terra Vista Middle School in Frenship ISD. "It is with heavy hearts that Frenship ISD mourns the loss of Madison Coe. We wish to share our heartfelt sympathy with her family and friends as we carry the burden of this tragedy together,"...
  • Why Verizon is losing more cellphone customers than ever

    04/22/2017 7:05:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/22/2017 | Brian Fung
    For the first time, the nation's largest wireless provider is losing customers faster than it can replace them. It's a major milestone for Verizon, which on Thursday reported a net decline of 289,000 cellphone subscribers over the past four months. Even though Verizon usually loses some cellular customers every quarter, it has historically lured enough back to be able to report growth in that part of its business. But recent months have seen hundreds of thousands of customers defect to competitors such as T-Mobile and Sprint, analysts say. Things could have been even worse if Verizon hadn't suddenly reintroduced unlimited...

    03/29/2017 12:38:55 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 75 replies
    The Verge ^ | March 29, 2017 | Dieter Bohn
    The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the nicest phone I’ve ever held. It’s a beautiful combination of glass, metal, and an absolutely massive screen in a body that’s much smaller than you might expect. And that might not be enough to make it stand out anymore. There are two versions of the S8: the standard Galaxy S8 with a 5.8-inch screen and the larger S8 Plus with a 6.2-inch screen. Both are available for preorder on March 30th and will be shipping in the US on April 21st. Pricing, as always with Samsung, is up to the carriers — but you...
  • Cellphone Radiation Exposure Fact Sheet Draft Released By California Health Officials

    03/03/2017 4:32:03 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    CBS SF News ^ | Joel Moskowitz
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After keeping it hidden for years, California’s Department of Public Health has released a draft document outlining health officials’ concerns about cellphone radiation exposure. The previously unpublished document was released this week after a judge indicated she would order the documents be disclosed in the case Moskowitz v. CDPH. Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D., who is the director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, sued the state in 2016 under the California Public Records Act to get the document released. The document is dated April 2014, but Moskowitz...
  • I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

    02/22/2017 9:07:21 AM PST · by bryan999 · 39 replies
    A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if someone has physical possession of your phone or laptop, and can intimidate you into giving up your password. And a few weeks ago, that’s precisely what happened to a US citizen returning home from abroad. On January 30th, Sidd Bikkannavar, a US-born scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory flew back to Houston, Texas from Santiago, Chile. On his way through the airport, Customs and Border Patrol agents pulled him aside....
  • Does anyone use Verizon cellular phone service with their regular cordless phones at home?

    01/22/2017 1:00:12 AM PST · by EinNYC · 50 replies
    Verizon Wireless | 1/22/17 | Me, myself, & I
    I have been working on ways to economize. One glaring monthly cost is paying $100 to Verizon for my landline service, which is a ridiculous amount of money. I don't find cell phones to be physically comfortable to talk on for long period of time, and I like the features of my cordless phone (for example, it can block 250 unwanted callers, like telemarketers, etc.). So I wanted a way to keep my comfortable feature rich cordless phone but at a much more affordable rate. I called Verizon and found that they have a plan wherein you can use a...
  • Harassing calls on my cell

    01/18/2017 2:50:12 PM PST · by A Cyrenian · 64 replies
    I'm getting calls on my cell phone from numbers that don't exist. When I try to look up the number on the net I'm seeing "someone has spoofed the caller id". These calls started right before the election and have continued since. I have added the number as a contact and then block that caller but they just switch to a different number. I never answer the call, I select don't accept option on my phone. Are you getting these and do you know of a way to stop them?