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  • Repairs begin on undersea cable

    12/21/2008 6:41:36 PM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 864+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Page last updated at 01:00 GMT, Monday, 22 December 2008 | na
    A French crew has begun to repair two undersea cables in the Mediterranean that were severed on Friday, disrupting internet and phone communications. A robot submarine will locate the ends of the cables on the sea bed and bring them to the surface to be re-connected. They were cut somewhere between Sicily and Tunisia, probably by an anchor. Egypt says it has been able to restore most of its communications by re-routing services, but other parts of the Middle East remain badly affected. Experts have warned that it may be days before the fault is fixed and that the knock-on...
  • Another undersea Internet cable damaged in Mideast: Indian firm (4th?)

    02/03/2008 11:18:41 PM PST · by Lorianne · 73 replies · 153+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 03 February 2008
    NEW DELHI (AFP) - - Another Middle East undersea Internet cable has been damaged, adding to disruption in Indian online services caused when several lines were cut earlier this week, a cable operating firm said Saturday. The Falcon cable was cut 56 kilometres (35 miles) from Dubai, between Oman and the United Arab Emirates, according to its owner FLAG Telecom, part of India's Reliance Communications. The company said on its website that a repair ship had been notified and was expected to arrive at the site in the next few days. The cause of the latest cable damage was not...
  • Americans’ Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program (DOJ Program)

    11/13/2014 4:39:00 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/13/2014 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of cellphones through fake communications towers deployed on airplanes, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations. The U.S. Marshals Service program, which became fully functional around 2007, operates Cessna aircraft from at least five metropolitan-area airports, with a flying range covering most of the U.S. population, according to people familiar with the program. Planes are equipped with devices—some known as “dirtboxes” to law-enforcement officials because of the initials of the Boeing Co. unit that produces them—which...
  • Japan's smartphone 'zombies' wreak havoc on the streets

    11/13/2014 9:29:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | November 12, 2014 | Alastair Himmer
    When the lights change at the Shibuya crossing in Japan's capital, one of the world's busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, hundreds of people with their eyes glued to smartphones pick their way over the road. Despite being engrossed in the latest instalment of Candy Crush or busy chatting with their friends on messaging app Line, most manage to weave around cyclists, skateboarders and fellow Tokyoites. But the growing ranks of these cellphone addicts are turning cities like Tokyo, London, New York and Hong Kong into increasingly hazardous hotspots, where zombified shoppers appear to be part of vast games of human pinball.
  • disposable phone numbers for online ads

    08/12/2014 5:15:47 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    myself | 8-12-14 | TZ
    have you used any of the companies that offer them for smartphones? thinking of trying it for selling some stuff on line. I've had problems in the past with ads being done/expired/completed and people still calling me weeks later and idiots repeatedly calling offering trades and lowball offers. which company's works the best for the price?
  • German Schoolboy Drops Phone on Fishing Trip, Drains Entire Pond to Look For It

    08/02/2014 5:49:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Saturday 2 Aug 2014
    There are people who definitely are a bit too attached to their smartphone, but this determined German schoolboy is in another league entirely. A boy enjoying a fishing trip with a group of friends accidentally dropped his iPhone over the side of the boat – so he decided to drain the entire pond. The 16-year-old took matters into his own hands after the angling club refused to let him use his diving suit to retrieve the device, sneaking back later that night armed with a powerful pump and two hoses. ‘I thought two pumps would drain enough of the water...
  • Hard Proof That Wiping Your Phone Doesn't Actually Delete Everything

    07/10/2014 1:30:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Mashable ^ | July 9, 2014 | BY PETE PACHAL
    Have you ever sold an old smartphone on eBay? You might be interested to know that the apps, photos and even Google searches on your phone can still be recovered — even if you performed a factory reset. The team at security software company Avast purchased 20 different phones on eBay and unleashed data-recovery tools on them to see what they could find. The results are persuasive evidence that resetting your phone back to factory settings doesn't mean your data is gone forever. From the 20 phones, Avast managed to recover 40,000 photos (including 1,500 family photos with children and...
  • Phones for outsmarting snoopers get pitched to mass market

    02/24/2014 1:59:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    yahoo ^ | 2/24/14 | Harro Ten Wolde
    BARCELONA (Reuters) - Following the U.S. snooping revelations, there is a growing interest in a range of mobile phone products with one central selling point: privacy. The latest contender is the Blackphone, which runs on a customised version of Google's Android software and encrypts texts, voice calls and video chats was launched in the Spanish Pavilion at the annual Mobile World Congress industry fair in Barcelona on Monday. It aims to tap into the market for so-called mobile security management (MSM) products which was estimated to be worth $560 million in 2013 and is expected to nearly double in size...
  • Smartphone "Kill Switch" Legislation Proposed

    02/17/2014 7:07:51 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 48 replies ^ | 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).
  • What Secrets Your Phone Is Sharing About You

    01/14/2014 7:09:37 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 68 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Dwoskin
    Fan Zhang, the owner of Happy Child, a trendy Asian restaurant in downtown Toronto, knows that 170 of his customers went clubbing in November. He knows that 250 went to the gym that month, and that 216 came in from Yorkville, an upscale neighborhood. And he gleans this information without his customers' knowledge, or ever asking them a single question. Mr. Zhang is a client of Turnstyle Solutions Inc., a year-old local company that has placed sensors in about 200 businesses within a 0.7 mile radius in downtown Toronto to track shoppers as they move in the city. The sensors,...
  • Metro PCS "Period Store" [TV Ad Unwittingly Mocks Obama's Lie]

    11/15/2013 12:00:46 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Vimeo ^ | circa October 2013 | Fiend, Inc.
    Shot in studio in Mexico City through The Richards Group.
  • Was ISRAEL behind the hacking of millions of French phones and NOT the U.S.?

    10/25/2013 12:22:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/25/13 | Nabdila Ramdani
    Israel and not America was behind the hacking of millions of French phones, it was claimed today. [Snip] But today’s Le Monde newspaper provides evidence that it was in fact Israeli agents who were listening in. France first suspected the U.S. of hacking into former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s communications network when he was unsuccessfully trying for re-election in 2012. Intelligence officials Bernard Barbier and Patrick Pailloux travelled from Paris to Washington to demand an explanation, but the Americans hinted that the Israelis were to blame. The Americans insisted they have never been behind any hacking in France, and were always
  • Vanity - RE: TN Phones - My State Rep's office just called me back.

    10/03/2013 12:03:26 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 11 replies
    October 3, 2013 | Self
    My TN State Rep's office just called me back. The phone offer has to be taken off website. The Community Health Alliance received $73 million from Federal Government in order to give phones to TN Obamacare enrollees in order to communicate with them. (You and I paid for this!) Not sure if they will be able to put the offer back up later. My Reps office indicated that the Community Health Alliance didn't get the proper OK to make the offer (not sure of all the details of this).
  • Obamacare Phones Offered to Health Insurance Buyers (I know this has been posted today twice)

    10/03/2013 11:43:45 AM PDT · by upbeat5
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 2, 2013 | Alex Pappas
    In Tennessee, those shopping on the new health insurance co-ops could end up with more than just some health insurance. They might even walk away with a free smartphone. The Nashville Business Journal is reporting that Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s Obamacare health insurance co-op, is using the prospect of a free phone to encourage folks to enroll:
  • GCHQ Intercepted Foreign Politicians' Communications At G20 Summits

    06/17/2013 5:22:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 17, 2013 | Ewen MacAskill,Nick Davies,Nick Hopkins,Julian Borger,James Ball
    Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.
  • Biometric Database tucked inside Gang of Eight immigration bill

    06/07/2013 4:44:05 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | May 31, 2013 | Conservative Action Alerts
    Biometric Database tucked inside Gang of Eight immigration bill by Conservative Action Alerts on May 31, 2013 ALERT: The Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration plan will destroy individual privacy via biometric database. American Conservative, Last Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed their markup of the Gang of Eight’s “immigration reform” bill – a version that not only preserves most of the bill’s original problems, but also contains 233 additional pages of rules. Senator Ted Cruz says that the bill only makes our current immigration problems “worse.” Sadly, he holds the minority opinion as he was one of only five Senate...
  • "National Security Agency" is collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily

    06/05/2013 6:36:41 PM PDT · by line drive to right · 40 replies ^ | June 5, 2013
    It was revealed today that the National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon. This top secret order was issued in April. The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
  • Dept. of Homeland Security: Laptops, Phones Can Be Searched Based on Hunches

    06/05/2013 2:01:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    CBS ^ | 6/5/13 | CBSDC/AP
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — U.S. border agents should continue to be allowed to search a traveler’s laptop, cellphone or other electronic device and keep copies of any data on them based on no more than a hunch, according to an internal Homeland Security Department study. It contends limiting such searches would prevent the U.S. from detecting child pornographers or terrorists and expose the government to lawsuits. The 23-page report, obtained by The Associated Press and the American Civil Liberties Union under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, provides a rare glimpse of the Obama administration’s thinking on the long-standing but controversial...
  • Question about Obama phones (vanity, privacy)

    04/06/2013 11:42:35 AM PDT · by MV=PY · 31 replies
    Me | 4/6/13 | Me
    First, I will assume that everyone here knows that your smart phone has a camera, a microphone, and a GPS system built in. Software running on the phone is capable of enabling/disabling those functions, gathering data from them and transmitting the data over wifi/cell connection to whomever wrote the software. Clearly the technology is in place for a wonderfully efficient personal espionage system. Further, we live in a culture in which normally honest people commonly break the law using technology because it’s easy to do (e.g. downloading music for free, thus stealing from artists). So: 1. I wonder if the...
  • Bend me, shape me: Flexible phones 'out by 2013' (Bendable Phones)

    11/30/2012 6:41:05 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 30 replies
    BBC ^ | 11/29/2012 | BBC
    Imagine treating your phone like a piece of paper. Roll it up. Drop it. Squish it in your backpack. Step on it - without any damage. Researchers are working on just such handsets - razor-thin, paper-like and bendable. There have already been prototypes, attracting crowds at gadget shows.
  • Straight Talk introduces cheap home phone service

    10/19/2012 5:17:23 PM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 23 replies
    Clark Howard Show ^ | 9-21-12 | Clark Howard
    Still stuck paying $35 or more for a home phone that you can't or don't want to give up? I have a new option that could lower your cost for the same service to $15 a month! Verizon and Straight Talk are teaming up to introduce Home Phone Connect, which promises unlimited local and long distance calling, voicemail, caller ID, three-way calling and more, all with no contract! This home phone service does not require an Internet connection. You basically purchase a $99 wireless base station that you put wherever you happen to get a good signal in your home....
  • How to Get the Government to Cover Your Cell Phone

    09/27/2012 11:09:01 AM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 6 replies
    Time (Money Land) ^ | February 8, 2012 | Brad Ruttle
    Last year, a federal program paid out $1.6 billion to cover free cell phones and the monthly bills of 12.5 million wireless accounts. The program, overseen by the FCC and intended to help low-income Americans, is popular for obvious reasons, with participation rising steeply since 2008, when the government paid $772 million for phones and monthly bills. But observers complain that the program suffers from poor oversight, in which phones go to people who don’t qualify, and hundreds of thousands of those who do qualify have more than one phone.
  • How to Get the Government to Cover Your Cell Phone Bill(s)

    02/09/2012 8:28:37 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | February 8, 2012 | Brad Tuttle |
    Last year, a federal program paid out $1.6 billion to cover free cell phones and the monthly bills of 12.5 million wireless accounts. The program, overseen by the FCC and intended to help low-income Americans, is popular for obvious reasons, with participation rising steeply since 2008, when the government paid $772 million for phones and monthly bills. But observers complain that the program suffers from poor oversight, in which phones go to people who don’t qualify, and hundreds of thousands of those who do qualify have more than one phone.
  • Here's Why Microsoft Should Kill The Windows Phone Brand (Rename it to something fun, like Mango)

    09/18/2011 8:41:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 09/17/2011 | Matt Rosoff
    Yesterday, I had an experience that shows why Microsoft should kill the Windows Phone brand and name its new phones something fun like Mango. I went to Radio Shack to buy a cheap audio cable. The clerk was excited because it had just become an official Verizon outlet as well -- the front of the store had a special Verizon awning, and there was Verizon advertising all over the place. As I paid, the clerk and I began talking about phones. He said he used to work at the Apple Store, and was well-informed about the upcoming iPhone 5 and...
  • Paris Hilton loses cellphones on plane to Manila

    08/15/2011 12:33:29 PM PDT · by Realman30 · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 08/15/11 | AP
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Paris Hilton is suffering a new bout of cellphone drama. The heiress-turned-TV star reportedly lost two mobile devices on a flight to the Philippines for a visit to promote a hotel resort. Television footage showed Hilton combing through a bag looking upset while she was surrounded by airline staff at the Manila airport late Sunday after arriving from Dubai. Manila radio station DZBB reported that airport and airline authorities are investigating. In 2005, hackers gained access to Hilton's Sidekick cellphone and famously splashed the private mobile numbers of her celebrity friends on line. The latest loss...
  • FREE PHONE SCAM ALERT: The Investigators: Government phone give-away

    08/09/2011 6:02:40 AM PDT · by GailA · 21 replies
    WMC News 5 Memphis ^ | 8/5-8/11 | Andy Wise
    MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC TV) - A rogue agent, representing a cellular phone company's participation in a federal government entitlement program, faked applications for the program, according to a company spokesperson. As a result, Virgin Mobile/Assurance Wireless shipped an untold number of Tennesseans and Mississippians free, unsolicited cell phones. "Our government's dealing with a debt crisis right now," said Bob Adams of Olive Branch, MS, a small business owner who received one of the phones. "It's the biggest news that you see, and we're struggling with a huge entitlement burden, and now we got our free government cell phones. So...
  • Free cell phones for the needy drawing both cheers and jeers (included with Medicaid or food stamps)

    08/03/2011 4:20:19 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Pittsburgh Live ^ | 8/01/11 | Rachel Weaver
    Free cell phones for the needy drawing both cheers and jeersBy Rachel Weaver, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW Monday, August 1, 2011 Sharron Walters could not afford one more monthly bill. But without a phone, it would be difficult for Walters, who relies on a wheelchair, to secure rides to and from her daily errands. She also could not keep in touch with her son, who lives out of town. Three months ago, Walters, 48, of Swissvale started using Assurance Wireless, a program of Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile that provides free cell phones and 250 monthly minutes to people receiving government support such...
  • FCC temporarily halts review of AT&T merger with T-Mobile

    07/21/2011 6:24:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7/21/11 | Cecilia Kang
    The Federal Communications Commission has stopped its 180-day review “shot clock” for AT&T’s proposed merger with T-Mobile, saying it needs more time to evaluate new information AT&T promises to deliver to the commission later this month.
  • National Emergency Alert System Set To Launch In NYC ( Drudge)

    05/10/2011 10:17:12 AM PDT · by Fighting Irish · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | May 10, 2011 | CBS
    ---snip----- NEW YORK, (CBSNewYork) – A new national alert system is set to begin in New York City that will alert the public to emergencies via cell phones. It’s called the Personal Localized Alert Network or PLAN. Presidential and local emergency messages as well as Amber Alerts would appear on cell phones equipped with special chips and software. The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the system would also warn about terrorist attacks and natural disasters. “The lessons that were reinforced on 9/11 is the importance of getting clear and accurate information to the public during...
  • Microsoft Opens Up About Mobile Tracking

    04/26/2011 1:53:57 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 6 replies
    Mobilmedia ^ | 26 April 2011 | Kendra Srivastava
    Microsoft recently responded to questions regarding its storage and use of location data on Windows devices, in marked contrast to Apple and Google as growing controversy over mobile tracking heats up. When asked by CNET if it stores location information on users' phones, Microsoft promptly responded with specifics about how it does so minimally and securely. The Redmond, Wash.-based company said only user-allowed, location-based apps collect location data from its phones. Those apps' data isn't stored on the phone itself, though, and so can't be hacked by third parties or synced back to the company. Of course this data is...
  • Barbarians At The Gate

    03/24/2011 4:40:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 24, 2011 | Staff
    Commerce: Lawmakers, bureaucrats and busybody groups have expressed reservations about AT&T's plan to buy T-Mobile. Why should a voluntary, peaceful agreement between private groups be any of their concern? AT&T, the country's second-largest wireless carrier, has agreed to buy T-Mobile, the fourth-largest, for $39 billion. The combined company would become the biggest wireless carrier in the nation, serving more than 40% of the cellphone market. But first, the deal must be OK'd by meddlesome legislators and useless regulators. The acquisition needs the approval of the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department, as well as the...
  • Cell phones are 'Stalin's dream,' says free software movement founder

    03/16/2011 1:56:57 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    NetWork World ^ | 3/14/11 | Jon Brodkin
    Richard Stallman: iPhones and Androids are 'Big Brother' tracking devicesNearly three decades into his quest to rid the world of proprietary software, Richard Stallman sees a new threat to user freedom: smartphones. "I don't have a cell phone. I won't carry a cell phone," says Stallman, founder of the free software movement and creator of the GNU operating system. "It's Stalin's dream. Cell phones are tools of Big Brother. I'm not going to carry a tracking device that records where I go all the time, and I'm not going to carry a surveillance device that can be turned on to...
  • Soros-funded Criminals Lobby Sparks Prison Revolt

    12/24/2010 3:36:10 PM PST · by detective · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | December 24, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    Convicted serial killer Charles Manson, whose deranged followers killed a pregnant movie actress and then stuck a fork into her stomach, was recently in the news when it was discovered that he had a cell phone that had been smuggled to him in prison. Far less attention was given to Georgia inmates who used contraband cell phones to organize and stage a “strike” in several prisons. This uprising struck a chord with members of the “progressive” community, including former Obama official and communist Van Jones.
  • Video:Is Your Cell Phone Spying On You?

    12/06/2010 1:49:20 PM PST · by greatdefender · 12 replies
    WESH 2 Orlando ^ | December 6, 2010
    It's possible that someone could listen to your conversations -- even when you're not on the phone.
  • Welfare Phones? Wealth Redistribution! (Vanity)

    11/04/2010 5:53:22 AM PDT · by ThePatriotsFlag · 32 replies
    Free ObamaPhones (cell) ... 60 FREE minutes! "FREE" here only if you are "income eligible" ... and if you are then it is FREE, but if you are not "income eligible" then "FREE" means "PAID FOR BY YOU AND ME". Look at the pics ... are they saying only blacks and Hispanics are "income eligible"? I wrote my congressman and senators and demanded this be shut down. It is a blatant example of racially driven redistribution of wealth (from my fixed retirement income to people who didn't earn it!). What do you think?
  • iOS 4 vs Android 2.2 - Fight: The two leading operating systems go toe to toe

    06/28/2010 9:51:07 AM PDT · by PugetSoundSoldier · 52 replies
    Pocket-Lint ^ | 24 June 2010 | Stuart Miles
    We've analysed whether the HTC Desire is better than the iPhone 4 but what about the two operating systems that power these leading mobiles? Does iOS 4 from Apple really pack a punch when it comes to smartphone supremacy, or is the real champion Google's Android OS? We look at the key areas of each OS to find out which truly is king of the ring. ... The functionality, flexibility and fun of Android 2.2 simply leaves iOS 4 in its dust. It might not be as straight forward, it might be easier to throw off kilter, it might not...
  • Report: Microsoft to unveil new line of phones next week

    04/06/2010 3:54:44 PM PDT · by illiac · 30 replies · 782+ views
    Seattle PI Blog ^ | 4/5/10 | Seattle PI Blog
    A number of news outlets, including, on Monday received mysterious cylindrical invitations from Microsoft to come to an event next Monday in San Francisco. All the invitations really said was, "It's time to share." Share what? Share what, Microsoft? The consensus online today was that Microsoft will finally be unveiling the long-awaited and much-skepticized Project Pink phones. Pink, as I've reported before, seems to be the codename for the next line of products coming out of Danger, the Sidekick smartphone maker Microsoft acquired in 2008. The Wall Street Journal reported that's indeed the case – that Microsoft will unveil...
  • Heard it on Fox: Rush caused congress phone lines to be overloaded

    03/16/2010 1:18:54 PM PDT · by GloriaJane · 68 replies · 2,870+ views
    Fox TV
    Neil Cavuto said Rush gave out the numbers for congress to his listeners and now the phone lines are overloaded.
  • Has anybody else been having a computer / phone outage?

    03/02/2010 7:47:35 AM PST · by Cowman · 20 replies · 537+ views
    self | 3-2-2010 | me
    Just wondering
  • Is Someone Listening To Your Cell Phone Calls???????

    11/19/2009 7:25:47 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 62 replies · 2,993+ views
    LiveLeak ^ | 9/19/2009 | Me
    Good grief!
  • (Vanity), Anyone farmiliar with bluetooth enabled cordless phones ?

    11/06/2009 2:19:18 PM PST · by Sonny M · 12 replies · 589+ views
    N/A ^ | 11/06/09 | Sonny M.
    Long story short. I am looking to get a new cordless phone that is bluetooth enabled. This way I can link my cordless phone and my cell phone (i.e. when at home, and without having to do call forward, I can get the cell phone calls on my home phone). I know the Vtech DS6321 is the newest model that I know of that does this, but has one drawback, or is missing one feature that I need. Call Blocking on the phone. My current cordless phone has call blocking on it (Panasonic KX-TGA740), but none of the other features...
  • The decline of the landline: Unwired

    08/14/2009 7:59:08 AM PDT · by unclebankster · 92 replies · 1,831+ views
    the economist ^ | Aug 13th 2009 | the economist
    As more people ditch landline phones for mobiles, America’s regulators need to respond IF YOU want to save money, cut the cord. In these difficult times ever more Americans are heeding this advice and dropping their telephone landlines in favour of mobile phones (see article). Despite some of the flakiest mobile-network coverage in the developed world, one in four households has now gone mobile-only. At current rates the last landline in America will be disconnected sometime in 2025. Good. Mobile phones offer individuals more freedom. Yet confronted by the inexorable march of progress, America’s telecoms regulators have failed to respond....
  • Poor in Colorado may get free phones

    07/15/2009 10:32:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies · 1,323+ views
    denver post ^ | 7/15/09 | David Migoya
    Thousands of low-income Coloradans reliant on public assistance could get a free cellphone under a plan before the state Public Utilities Commission. If approved, the plan by TracFone Wireless in Miami would make Colorado the 17th state it has settled into with free cell service for the indigent, a form of wireless welfare that proponents say taps into one of the last untapped markets for the telecom technology. "Our hope is to have it up and running by September," said Jose Fuentes, TracFone's director of government relations. "Historically, it's a very underutilized service, and we'd like that to change."
  • Nanogenerators to power future?

    03/27/2009 10:15:52 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 19 replies · 846+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/27/09 | Jennifer Harper
    Nanotechnology will tap into your HEARTBEAT and footsteps to charge phones - and most everything else. The researchers have also developed nano-powered biosensors to be embedded in humans as well.
  • Ties to cell phones run deep

    02/17/2009 6:49:20 AM PST · by lakeprincess · 11 replies · 523+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/17/09 | Jennifer Harper
    Disco phones, "green" phones set to ring their way into your privacy. But wait. Some people are opting to be buried with their cell phones.
  • Safety group: Ban cell phones while driving

    WASHINGTON — A national safety group is advocating a total ban on cell phone use while driving, saying the practice is clearly dangerous and leads to fatalities. States should ban drivers from using hand-held and hands-free cell phones, and businesses should prohibit employees from using cell phones while driving on the job, the National Safety Council says in a new campaign.
  • Emergency Phone Network Expands to Al Anbar Region

    10/19/2008 4:51:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 257+ views
    BAGHDAD — Iraqis have been able to take charge and save lives thanks to their Advanced First Responder Network (AFRN). AFRN works the same way the ‘911’ emergency phone service does in the United States, except they dial ‘104’ here. It serves as the backbone emergency communication link between Iraqi citizens and emergency services. The network has now expanded across the Al Anbar region, decreasing the amount of preventable deaths across Iraq. Installed in 15 major cities, more than 18 million people have access to the system. “Baghdad leaders depend on this network,” said Iraqi Maj. Gen. Saad, Ministry of...
  • Passports will be needed to buy mobile phones (UK)

    10/19/2008 11:19:06 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies · 594+ views
    Times Online ^ | 10/19/08 | David Leppard
    Everyone who buys a mobile telephone will be forced to register their identity on a national database under government plans to extend massively the powers of state surveillance. Phone buyers would have to present a passport or other official form of identification at the point of purchase. Privacy campaigners fear it marks the latest government move to create a surveillance society.
  • Drivers who cause fatal accidents while on mobile phones face up to 14 years in jail (Great Britian)

    07/15/2008 11:00:05 AM PDT · by Stoat · 43 replies · 185+ views
    Drivers who cause fatal accidents while on mobile phones face up to 14 years in jail Last updated at 11:09am on 15.07.08   Getting tough: The new sentencing rules target mobile phone use by drivers. Posed by model. Motorists who cause fatal accidents while texting or talking on mobiles could face up to 14 years in prison from today. Drivers involved in death crashes after drinking or taking drugs face similar penalties, as will those who were driving at greatly excessive speed over long distances. Under new sentencing guidelines sent to the courts today which come into immediate effect, there...
  • Deadbeat Dog Billed For Verizon Bill

    First off let me say that I have my own cell phone. I use it to text all of my buddies over on Dogster throughout the day. So it was with great concern I read about Andy Fanelli, a Lhasa Apso, getting hassled by Verizon for not paying his bill. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — More than 70,000 consumers complained about third-party debt collectors in 2007, but one Sacramento couple said they have good reason to bark about the bill they received. Steve Fanelli received a bill from AFNI collections claiming an Andy Fanelli owes Verizon Online $142.34. And although Steve Fanelli...