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  • Tracfone Users? (vanity)

    06/27/2015 7:36:15 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 36 replies
    nowhere ^ | today | me
    Well, hope this is OK to ask. I have a Tracfone. I purchased it last year. NOW the dang bonus card is missing with the codes for the bonus. I haven't had to renew for about 3 months and just bought the $40 3 month card. There is a bonus code for June that gives you about 40 free minutes. Anybody got the code? It's the same for multiple users. Tracfone messaged me with the code for the 1 month card but I bought a 3 month card. And now my card is misplaced. Aaargh. TIA
  • Federal Court: Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Not An Illegal Search

    05/05/2015 6:55:40 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 13 replies
    CBS13 Sacramento ^ | May 5, 2015 3:48 PM | The Associated Press / Curt Anderson
    MIAMI (AP) – Investigators do not need a search warrant to obtain cellphone tower location records in criminal prosecutions, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a closely-watched case involving the rules for changing technology. The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning a three-judge panel of the same court, concluded that authorities properly got 67 days’ worth of records from MetroPCS for Miami robbery suspect Quartavious Davis using a court order with a lower burden of proof. In its 9-2 decision, the 11th Circuit decided Davis had no expectation of privacy regarding historical records establishing his location near...
  • The Truth About Smartphone Apps That Secretly Connect to User Tracking and Ad Sites

    05/04/2015 6:10:52 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 1 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | May 1, 2015 | Not Listed
    Security researchers have developed an automated system for detecting Android apps that secretly connect to ad sites and user tracking sites. There are essentially two starkly different environments in which to download apps. The first is Apple’s app store, which carefully vets apps before allowing only those deemed fit to appear. The second is the Google Play store, which is more open because Google exercises a lighter touch in vetting apps, only excluding those that are obviously malicious. But because Google Play is more open, the apps it offers span a much wider quality range. Many connect to ad-related sites...
  • Beyond the lithium ion—a significant step toward a better performing battery

    04/17/2015 2:27:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-17-2015 | Provided by University of Illinois at Chicago
    The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those...
  • Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'

    04/17/2015 2:21:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-17-2015 | Provided by Kansas State University
    Molybdenum disulfide sheets -- which are "sandwiches" of one molybdenum atom between two sulfur atoms -- may improve rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, according to the latest research from Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering. Credit: Kansas State University The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and his research team are improving rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The team has focused on the lithium cycling of molybdenum disulfide, or MoS2, sheets, which Singh...
  • Baltimore Police used secret technology to track cellphones in thousands of cases

    04/09/2015 1:47:57 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 9, 2015 | Justin Fenton
    he Baltimore Police Department has used an invasive and controversial cellphone tracking device thousands of times in recent years while following instructions from the FBI to withhold information about it from prosecutors and judges, a detective revealed in court testimony Wednesday.. The testimony shows for the first time how frequently city police are using a cell site simulator, more commonly known as a "stingray," a technology that authorities have gone to great lengths to avoid disclosing. The device mimics a cellphone tower to force phones within its range to connect. Police use it to track down stolen phones or find...
  • Court looks into Obama administration's plan to cut mobile communication when needed

    04/08/2015 8:07:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Pravda ^ | 08.04.2015
    The US Department of Homeland Security introduced a special plan - known as Standing Operating Procedure 303 - to block signals of cellular operators after cellular phones were used to detonate explosive devices during the bombings of the London subway system, Pravda.Ru reports. A federal appeals court wants to know why the government should be allowed to keep secret its plan to block cellular communication for the time of "critical emergencies." Standing Operating Procedure 303 is a powerful tool in the digital age ... The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in February sided (PDF) with...
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 and Edge lack compelling software; not enough to pull company out of tailspin

    04/02/2015 10:36:28 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 53 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Thursday, April 2, 2015 · 3:58 pm
    NY Times: Samsung finally seems to understand the many criticisms that have long been leveled at its phones: the plastic hardware looked cheap, the most promoted features were mostly useless and the software was too complicated,” Farhad Manjoo writes for The New York Times. “Samsung, according to Samsung, has realized the errors of it ways.” “The realization was born out of necessity. Samsung’s market share and profits in the smartphone business have plummeted over the last year. The company, which is based in South Korea, is in the unenviable position of getting squeezed from the bottom by the affordable phones...
  • WARNING: Cell Phone Users, you are BUSTED!

    03/13/2015 4:51:06 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 57 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 3/13/15
    Updated: If you want to see what your history has, go to here: https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/b/0/ and Login with your gmail username / password If you have an iphone with google maps installed (prior to version 3.2.1), then you can access the same information. More information on this is here: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/4388034?hl=en You can see on google maps EVERYWHERE you've ever went. I saw an article today while searching for videos, figured I'd try it myself. Sure enough, I can track my movements 24/7 for the last several years. Worst part is, so can the police and anyone else that has your login...
  • Teen drop-kicks mom, infant to the ground before stealing cellphone: NYPD

    12/04/2014 6:44:11 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    WPIX ^ | December 1, 2014, | Ashley Edwards
    THE BRONX (PIX11) – Police are looking for a teen who they say violently attacked and robbed a mother while she was carrying her infant in the Bronx. The 24-year-old woman was walking along East Tremont Avenue at about 12:45 p.m. Nov. 28 with her 3-month-old strapped to her chest, police said Monday.
  • Berkeley prepares new cell phone radiation safety law

    11/26/2014 3:25:35 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 26, 2014 | By Emilie Raguso
    The city of Berkeley is considering whether to require local retailers to give out radiation-related safety sheets to cell phone customers who make a purchase. Customers could be advised not to hold or carry the phone near the body while using the device, and directed to consult the manual to learn the “recommended separation distance” between the phone and one’s body.
  • AT&T stops adding Web tracking codes on cellphones

    11/14/2014 4:18:20 PM PST · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    Phys Org ^ | 11/14/2014 | Jack Gillum
    AT&T Mobility, the second-largest U.S. cellular provider, said Friday it is no longer attaching hidden Internet tracking codes to data transmitted from its users' smartphones. The practice made it nearly impossible to shield its subscribers' identities online. The change by AT&T essentially removes a hidden string of letters and numbers that are passed along to websites that a consumer visits. It can be used to track subscribers across the Internet, a lucrative data-mining opportunity for advertisers that could still reveal users' identities based on their browsing habits. Verizon Wireless, the country's largest mobile firm, said Friday it still uses this...
  • A Woman Was Hit by a Train Right in Front of Him. Watch Carefully to See How He Takes Advantage

    11/08/2014 9:53:37 AM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | november 8, 2014 | zach noble
    After a woman was struck and killed by a train in Boston’s Downton Crossing station late Thursday, the man captured by surveillance cameras above apparently took advantage of the situation, sliding his foot over the deceased woman’s phone, the Daily Mail reported. According to police, the woman’s phone flew out of her purse as she was struck. “Ninety-nine percent of all of the other people were concerned about what happened, running to the end of the train to see if they could help,” said Lt. Richard Sullivan told Boston Globe. “This gentleman had a different idea.” As surveillance video shows, the man looks...
  • Virginia police can now force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint

    10/31/2014 2:57:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    ZDNet Zero Day ^ | October 31, 2014 -- 13:59 GMT | By Zack Whittaker
    Virginia police can now force you to unlock your smartphone with your fingerprint Summary: A circuit judge likened police forcing smartphone owners to unlock their device with a fingerprint akin to providing a DNA sample or an actual key. Is nothing sacred anymore? A Virginia circuit court judge ruled this week that smartphone users can be compelled to give up their fingerprint, but not their passcodes, allowing police to search their devices. First reported by local Virginia news, the decision-making case in question surrounded a man charged with attempting to strangle his girlfriend. A video purporting to show the incident...
  • What happens when your friend’s smartphone can tell that you’re lying

    10/31/2014 8:45:14 AM PDT · by Baynative · 17 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10/31/14 | Gary Shapiro
    We are nearing a point where our smartphones will be able to recognize a face or voice, in real life or on-screen. And identification is only the most basic of the possibilities. Many app-makers are experimenting with software that can also analyze – able to determine someone’s emotions or honesty just by a few facial cues.
  • ‘Interceptor’ cellphone towers found near White House, Senate

    09/18/2014 12:18:10 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-18-2014 | Douglas Ernst
    Mysterious “interceptor” cellphone towers that can listen in someone’s phone call despite not being part of any phone networks have turned up near the White House and Senate. A company that specializes in selling secure mobile phones discovered the existence of several of the towers in and around the nation’s capitol. “It’s highly unlikely that federal law enforcement would be using mobile interceptors near the Senate,” ESD America CEO Les Goldsmith told the technology website Venture Beat on Thursday.
  • Arifa Bibi Stoned To Death In Pakistan For Possessing A Cell Phone

    10/04/2013 7:20:45 AM PDT · by heartwood · 30 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | Oct. 3, 2013 | Dominic Kelly
    A young mother of two has been put to death in Pakistan for possessing a cell phone. Arifa Bibi was sentenced to death by stoning by a Pakistani tribal court, and was executed on July 11 at the hands of her family. Her uncle, cousins and other family members threw stones at the woman until she died, all because she had a mobile phone. She was buried in the desert far away from her home village, and according to reports, her family was not permitted to be involved in her funeral.
  • By Documenting So Much Of Your Life, You’re Missing Your Life

    09/04/2014 4:38:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    It’s not often I get to cite Peter Frampton. Hell, it’s not often anyone gets to cite Peter Frampton anymore. His massive album “Frampton Comes Alive” was before my time, yet my ears are intimately familiar with the songs on it. “Baby, I Love Your Way” was a staple of junior high dances and couples skates, until such things were replaced by dry humping. So it’s nothing personal when I write that I don’t get much occasion to write about Frampton, he’s just mostly before my time. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still things we can learn from the...
  • Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

    09/01/2014 10:51:41 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 33 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 8/27/14 | Andrew Rosenblum
    Like many [ultra-secure phones], the CryptoPhone 500...features high-powered encryption. Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, says the phone also runs a customized or "hardened" version of Android that removes 468 vulnerabilities that his engineering team team found in the stock installation of the OS. His mobile security team also found that the [standard] Samsung Galaxy SIII leaks data to parts unknown 80-90 times every hour. [snip] To show what the CryptoPhone can do that less expensive competitors cannot, he points me to a map that he and his customers have created, indicating 17 different phony cell towers known as...
  • St. Paul police defend skyway arrest; charges dismissed

    08/29/2014 7:10:25 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 86 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-28-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    St. Paul police responded Thursday to criticism over officers' interaction with a man, including police use of a Taser, saying a video doesn't tell the whole story. Chris Lollie, 28, said he was sitting on a chair in a downtown skyway Jan. 31 when a security guard told him it was a private area and he couldn't be there. No signs were posted saying it was private, Lollie said. The guard called police. Lollie, of St. Paul, told an officer he was heading to pick up his children and didn't have to identify himself because he had done nothing wrong....
  • Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls

    08/17/2014 6:22:50 AM PDT · by G Larry · 30 replies
    CBS New York via Drudge ^ | 15 August 2014 | Alice Gainer
    Frustrated Mom says: “We need to develop an app that just shuts their phone completely down and they can’t even use it,”
  • Reality TV star and mother sentenced to 10 years behind bars for raping a boy, 13

    08/11/2014 1:35:47 PM PDT · by Controlling Legal Authority · 38 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 10 August 2014 | ALEXANDRA KLAUSNER and DAVID MCCORMACK
    A reality TV Star on TLC's Cheer Perfection has been sentenced to ten years behind bars for raping a 13-year-old boy. TMZ reports that Andrea Clevenger, 34, pleaded guilty to sexual assault and engaging in sexually explicit conduct with a minor at a court hearing on Thursday
  • Is this the world's first cell phone? Film from 1938 shows a woman talking on a wireless device

    07/26/2014 3:49:55 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 69 replies
    Mailonline ^ | 3/31/2014 | Mailonline
    <p>The mystery of how a woman could have been filmed while using a modern cell phone back in 1938 seems to have finally been solved.</p> <p>Black and white footage of a young female chatting into a wireless handset - said to have been filmed at a factory in the United States in the 30s - has attracted over 300,000 plays on YouTube.</p>
  • Study: Law banning cell phones while driving doesn’t reduce accident rate

    07/26/2014 11:43:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Most Americans admit to being fry-dipping, cell-phone-gossiping, mascara-applying distracted drivers. A 2011 poll, reported in USA Today, showed 86 percent of us eat or drink in the car, more than half talk on the phone, and about 40 percent admit to the offenses of setting the GPS or texting. Many Americans, even in a state as conservative as Texas, want to be saved from their bad behavior by a ban on cell phone use in the car. But are they really saving themselves? Though the laws are largely noncontroversial, they’re also hard to enforce, and increasingly look ineffective, according...
  • Two die trying to recover cell phone from toilet

    06/30/2014 4:39:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 55 replies
    XINXIANG CITY, China (KTRK) -- A cellphone dropped into a public toilet led to the deaths of two people and several injuries following a strange series of events. According to the South China Morning Post, a woman visiting with her husband's family in Xinxiang City, China went to use the public open-pit toilet. She then accidently dropped her brand new $320 cellphone into the sewage-filled hole.
  • GOTCHA! Truck Driver Busts Cop On His Cellphone, Speeding [VIDEO]

    06/29/2014 6:22:12 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 29 Jun 2014 | Chuck Ross
    A truck driver showed what can happen when police officers find out they’re being videotaped. Brian Miner was pulled over in Illinois last week after he honked his truck horn at a state police officer he claims was using his cellphone while speeding on a wet highway. “I pulled you over – the horn, I don’t know what that was about,” the officer told Miner, who recorded the traffic stop. “Because you were speeding and had your cellphone in your hand,” said Miner, explaining why he was honking. “Police officers can actually use technology when they’re driving,” said the officer....
  • Justice Dept Uses Lesbian Cartoon Characters To Teach Kids About Cell Phone Safety

    06/27/2014 11:11:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:34 PM 06/26/2014 | Chuck Ross
    The Department of Justice has spent $1.2 million on a website which depicts cartoon cellphones engaging in real-life dating scenarios, in an effort to help teens define their “digital line” as it pertains to relationship abuse. The website, ThatsNotCool.com, which is operated through the DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women, is perhaps the cheesiest government-funded ad campaign in recent memory. […] The first video featured on the site, titled “Password,” shows two female cellphone characters sitting on a city bench. One character is typing away on her body, which is also a cellphone keypad. “I should know your profile password,”...
  • Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones

    06/25/2014 10:17:06 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2014 | ADAM LIPTAK
    <p>In a major statement on privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.</p> <p>Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the court, said the vast amount of data contained on modern cellphones must be protected from routine inspection.</p>
  • Supreme Court bans warrantless cell phone searches, updates privacy laws (for 21st century)

    06/25/2014 7:59:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Updated: 10:37 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | By Stephen Dinan
    The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through people’s cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights. Police agencies had argued that searching through the data on cell phones was no different than asking someone to turn out his pockets, but the justices rejected that, saying a cell phone is more fundamental. The ruling amounts to a 21st century update to legal understanding of privacy rights. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the...
  • Volume violation? Cops say woman created public disturbance with loud cell phone chat

    05/28/2014 6:20:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    Equasha Brown, 34, of Iranistan Avenue in Bridgeport, was issued an infraction for creating a public disturbance last Wednesday night after she was heard talking loudly on her cell phone downtown within earshot of police headquarters, and refused to comply with an order to quiet down.
  • Your Phone’s ‘Tilt’ Sensor Allows People to Track You

    05/10/2014 3:36:15 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | may 9, 2014 | Elizabeth Kreft
    Never mind what you actually text or say on the phone — now even the way you tap, hold and move it can be tracked. A U.S. research team revealed your smartphone and tablet’s “tilt” and “swipe” motion sensor data — which cannot be blocked — can be used to track your movements and even determine your passwords.
  • Cops: Full-Body Scanner Trips Up Inmate Who Sought To Smuggle Phone Into Louisiana Jail

    05/08/2014 1:15:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.thesmokinggun.com ^ | 05-08-2014 | Staff
    A Louisiana inmate who sought to smuggle a cell phone into a new jail was thwarted last week when a full-body scanner revealed that the device was nestled in the man’s rectum, police report. While being processed into the Shreveport jail last Wednesday, Anthony Alvey, 22, was required to twice pass through a scanner (which has been used by jailers for the past year). The scans showed a “dark unidentified object” inside Alvey, according to a Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office report. Alvey, who was also subjected to a pair of strip searches, subsequently “admitted that he had a cell phone...
  • Cyclist Arrested For Videotaping Cop During Red Light Stop

    05/03/2014 7:10:46 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 56 replies
    The Gothamist ^ | May 2, 2014 | Ben Yakas
    Photographing and videotaping anything in public view—including federal buildings and the police—is legal in NYC as long as the documentation does not impede any law enforcement activity. Nevertheless, plenty of people—including journalists—continue to be arrested and harassed by camera-shy NYPD officers. - snip - While in the back of the car, Paybarah (the arrestee) says he asked the officers why he was arrested for taking video. One officer responded memorably: I was told by another officer while in the car that recording a police officer was illegal because people are using iPhones as guns and shooting cops through the camera...
  • Four Charged In Pepper Spray Attack At Cell Phone Store

    05/02/2014 7:55:36 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | April 30, 3014
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Chicago police detectives are trying to determine if four people charged with the robbery Monday of a cell phone store in the north side Edgewater neighborhood are responsible for any similar stickups. Nothing seemed amiss at first when two women walked into the Bestcom Wireless store at 6147 N. Broadway at about 5 p.m. Monday and began discussing the pros and cons of various cell phones and phone packages with the store’s manager. But police said that suddenly, one of the women pulled out pepper spray and used it on the manager.
  • Driver caught using cell phone jamming device

    05/01/2014 7:04:07 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 55 replies
    MyFoxNY ^ | 04-30-2014 | Luke Funk
    A Florida man is facing a $48,000 fine for using a "jammer" in his SUV to keep people around him off of the phone while he was driving. The Federal Communications Commission says that Jason R. Humphreys used a phone jammer in his vehicle during his daily commute on I-4 between Seffner and Tampa for about two years before he was caught. Metro PCS alerted the Feds of an issue in April of 2013. The company noticed that its cell phone tower sites had been experiencing interference during the morning and evening commutes. Agents from the FCC used direction finding...
  • A Florida Resident Drove Around with a Cellphone Jammer for Two Years Before Being Caught

    05/01/2014 3:05:10 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies
    Yahoo! Tech ^ | May 1, 2014 | Alyssa Bereznak
    Many states have banned talking on your cellphone while driving, but Florida is not one of them. So 60-year-old vigilante Jason R. Humphreys took matters into his own hands. As The Tampa Tribune reports, Humphreys brought a cellphone jammer along on his commute every day for two years. You know, to ensure that his fellow commuters remained focused on the road. Until two local sheriff’s deputies caught him in the act and slapped him with $48,000 worth of fines, which he must pay or otherwise respond to within a month.
  • $48K Penalty Proposed Against Individual in Cell Jammer Investigation

    04/30/2014 6:57:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    FCC ^ | 4-29-2014
    Washington, D.C. – A Florida man who allegedly jammed consumer cell phone service from his car for nearly two years and interfered with first-responder communications faces a possible $48,000 fine by the Federal Communications Commission. Jason R. Humphreys of Seffner, Florida, apparently interfered with these services while commuting along a section of Interstate 4 in Florida. In taking this enforcement action, the Commission noted that Mr. Humphreys’ jammer operation “could and may have had disastrous consequences by precluding the use of cell phones to reach life-saving 9-1-1 services provided by police, ambulance, and fire departments.” FCC Enforcement Bureau agents identified...
  • Hands Off My Cell Phone!

    04/30/2014 7:41:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Bob Barr
    America is known as “The Land of the Free,” but with the world’s highest prison population where more than 12-million arrests were made in 2012 alone, the statement’s accuracy is open to question. According to the Wall Street Journal, more than half of American men will be arrested at least once in their lifetime, and a 2011 study reported by TIME suggests that one out of three young adults will be arrested at least once by the time they turn 23. In an “arrest-first-ask-questions-later” system, innocent citizens routinely find themselves in front of a mug shot camera -- and as...
  • Supreme Court takes on privacy in digital age [Police search of cellphone]

    04/28/2014 11:32:06 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 28, 2014 | Mark Sherman
    Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal or is it an American's virtual home?
  • Verizon loses wireless phone customers, gains tablet users, posts $4B profit

    04/25/2014 7:26:52 AM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 3 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | 4/24/14 | Bill Hethcock
    Verizon Communications Inc. reported its fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit percentage growth in operating income, but lost cell phone subscribers, according to an earnings report released by the country's largest wireless carrier on Thursday. Verizon (NYSE: VZ) said it lost about 138,000 net postpaid phone customers in the first quarter, but more than offset that loss by adding 634,000 tablet users. The telecom titan’s profit more than doubled to $3.95 billion in the first quarter, and its revenue rose 5 percent to $30.8 billion, compared to the first quarter of 2013. New York-based Verizon is a major force in North...
  • Assessing the threat of cell-phone guns to law enforcement

    04/07/2014 3:26:42 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 43 replies
    .fox4now ^ | APR. 1, 2014 | .fox4now
    LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Have you ever heard of a cell-phone gun? It's one of the reasons Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott says his deputies were justified in snatching a Fort Myers man's cell phone. The man was using it to record deputies searching his car. But no one 4 In Your Corner asked -- from local fire arms experts to other police departments and even federal agencies -- seemed that concerned about the theat of cell phone guns as expressed by Sheriff Scott. "He wasn't doing anything to threaten the officer, and he wasn't doing anything to interfere with...
  • Beating caught on cell phone and posted to Facebook, one suspect arrested

    04/02/2014 10:10:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 70 replies
    WFSB ^ | Lisa Hutson
    WINTON TERRACE, OH (FOX19) - Three women are in custody and another remains at large for the stripping, beating and robbery of two women at Winton Terrace Saturday. Cell phone video recorded during the incident shows two women stripped naked, beaten and robbed. After the incident, the video was posted on Facebook.
  • Survey: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

    03/27/2014 6:16:19 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 83 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2014 | Staff
    STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Texting and driving is dangerous but a new survey finds talking on a cellphone while behind the wheel may be even worse. As WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane reported from Stamford, the National Safety Council’s annual report found 26 percent of all crashes are tied to phone use, but noted just 5 percent involved texting. play Safety advocates are lobbying now for a total ban on driver phone use, pointing to studies that headsets do not reduce drive distraction. Some motorists said they support the idea. “Everybody’s on a telephone. If people do cut you off, you...
  • Police Keep Quiet About Cell-Tracking Technology

    03/22/2014 11:58:37 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, March 22, 2014 | Jack Gillum
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police across the country may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a technology tool known as Stingray. But they're refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring files when they do. Police say Stingray, a suitcase-size device that pretends it's a cell tower, is useful for catching criminals, but that's about all they'll say. For example, they won't disclose details about contracts with the device's manufacturer, Harris Corp., insisting they are protecting both police tactics and commercial secrets. The secrecy - at times imposed by nondisclosure agreements signed by...
  • Stolen European passports on missing plane

    03/08/2014 8:32:29 AM PST · by bryan999 · 47 replies
    <p>MILAN (AP) — Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.</p> <p>Italy's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.</p>
  • Information Request

    03/06/2014 1:41:12 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 50 replies
    06 Mar 2014 | US Navy Vet
    It it time to upgrade my Cell Phone(Verizon). I want to Upgrade to a Smartphone. What ones are good and what ones do I need to stay away from?
  • Wireless Tax Burden Harms US Economy

    03/04/2014 3:07:59 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    ALEC ^ | 2-28-14 | Alec Rued
    Since the Federal Communications Commission approved mobile devices for public consumption in 1983, the use of wireless phones has increased by 25 to 35 percent per year. Today, mobile technology is dispersed across more than 90 percent of the U.S. population and the number of cell phones in America exceeds the number of individuals. Americans increasingly rely on this now ubiquitous technology. In fact, the Center for Disease Control reports that a shocking fifty percent of homes rely exclusively on wireless service. Less surprisingly, over 80 percent of participants in the TIME mobile survey believed they could not go a...
  • This Is the App That’s Fueling the Uprising in Venezuela

    02/24/2014 9:30:27 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    Defence One ^ | 9:31 AM ET 2-24-14 | Patrick Tucker
    Entrepreneur Bill Moore was in his Austin, Texas, office last Thursday, watching explosive growth for his company’s walkie-talkie app, Zello, inside Venezuela. Zello had become the favorite app of protest organizers there after recently hitting the mark as the most popular app in Ukraine. Over the past few days in Venezuela, the protests ballooned following rapidly rising food prices, controversy over President Nicolas Maduro’s economic policies, public dissatisfaction over crime and multiple other factors. Moore was finding that in Venezuela that popularity had a price. Shortly after 9 p.m., his Twitter feed blew up with messages from users inside the...
  • Smartphone "Kill Switch" Legislation Proposed

    02/17/2014 7:07:51 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 48 replies
    thedroidguy.com ^ | February 16, 2014 | Chad Buenaflor
    The rise in the number of mobile device theft all across the United States has prompted several Senators to introduce a smartphone kill switch on the federal level. This past Thursday, a proposed law called the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act was introduced by Democratic Senators Barbara Mikulski (MD), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Richard Blumenthal (CT), and Mazie Hirono (HI).
  • A Lesson From Ukraine On Cell Phone Metadata

    01/24/2014 2:40:59 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 Jan 2014 | Jeremy Hobson
    Today, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych promised to reshuffle his government and release protesters from jail. It’s a big step forward for protesters in Kiev who have filled the streets since November 21, when the president’s cabinet announced that it would abandon an agreement to strengthen ties with the European Union, and instead seek closer cooperation with Moscow. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but after violent clashes on Sunday that killed several protesters, something strange happened on Tuesday. A chilling text message showed up on cell phones in Ukraine earlier this week. “Dear Subscriber,” it read, “you are registered as...