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  • Tech that opens eyes: How apps help connect the blind and seeing worlds

    09/12/2017 6:49:26 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 2 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 11, 2017 | Joseph Dussault
    Working Together - Single-purpose, assistive devices have given way to more accessible – and affordable – apps. Perhaps just as valuable is the glimpse into the capable lives of people with limited vision that apps like BlindWays offer. SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 —When asked how technology might improve the lives of people with vision impairments, Joann Becker presented a deceptively simple challenge. “Well,” the tech specialist recalls saying, “I’d like to be able to find my bus stop.” Navigating Boston’s transit system can be challenging for any commuter. But for blind riders, like Ms. Becker, each bus stop and train...
  • 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...
  • SPY-PHONE Samsung’s ‘peeping Tom’ smartphones can listen and watch what you do (trunc.)

    06/09/2017 12:09:36 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 38 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | June 8, 2017 | By Margi Murphy
    SPY-PHONE Samsung’s ‘peeping Tom’ smartphones can listen and watch what you do on the web while monitoring your emails to target you with ads The Sun can exclusively reveal that many Brits have no idea they've allowed Korean manufacturer Samsung to monitor them through their smartphone SAMSUNG phones use technology which can spy on what you’re reading and watching online – and monitor emails in your inbox. The phones switch onto spy mode after they are alerted by a “beacon” often embedded in web pages or sent as an ultrasonic signal hidden in telly or online adverts. SAMSUNG phones use...
  • How I Made My Own iPhone

    04/13/2017 11:24:13 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    youtube ^ | 4-12-17 | strange parts
    A like-new(but really refurbished) iPhone 6S 16GB made entirely from parts purchased in the public cell phone parts markets in Huaqiangbei.
  • Google discovers 'Israeli' spy app designed to hack smartphones

    04/08/2017 1:43:32 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 7 April 2017 | Sagi Cohen
    Security researchers at Google and Lookout have discovered an extremely sophisticated Android app capable of spying on users by hacking their smartphones' camera and microphone, as well as track calls, messages, internet history and more. Called Chrysaor, the spyware seems to be linked to Pegasus, a notorious program that was found to be targeting iPhone users in 2016 and is suspected of having been created by Israeli firm NSO Group Technologies. ....
  • 4 Year Old Uses Mom's Thumb To Unlock Her Phone And Call For Help

    03/22/2017 10:55:01 AM PDT · by bogusname · 14 replies
    A 4 year old boy, Roman, in Croydon, south London used his mom's thumb to call for help. He can be heard saying: 'Hello I'm Roman.' The call handler asks for his address - which he provides - and then asks him to go to his mother. He says: 'She's not waking up.' The woman on the phone then says to shake 'mummy' to wake her up, but Roman replies 'it's not working.' Paramedics were able to give life-saving first aid to the woman and she was taken to hospital after regaining consciousness at the home. She has since been...
  • 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....
  • FTC charges Qualcomm with monopolizing key smartphone chip

    01/17/2017 4:57:26 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | January 17, 2017 | FTC
    FTC alleges extracted exclusivity from Apple in exchange for reduced patent royalties The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in federal district court charging Qualcomm Inc. with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor device used in cell phones and other consumer products.Qualcomm is the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors – devices that manage cellular communications in mobile products. The FTC alleges that Qualcomm has used its dominant position as a supplier of certain baseband processors to impose onerous and anticompetitive supply and licensing terms on cell phone manufacturers and to weaken...
  • Peter Thiel Says The Age Of Apple Is Over

    01/12/2017 7:11:40 AM PST · by blam · 59 replies
    BI ^ | 1-12-2017 | Steve Kovach
    Steve KovachJanuary 12, 2017 Silicon Valley investor and Donald Trump transition-team member Peter Thiel says Apple is past its peak. Here's what he said in a Q&A with Maureen Dowd of The New York Times when he was asked to confirm or deny that "the age of Apple is over": "Confirm. We know what a smartphone looks like and does. It's not the fault of Tim Cook, but it's not an area where there will be any more innovation." Thiel is best known in Silicon Valley for his early investment in Facebook.(snip)
  • New Year’s Suggestions Regarding Your “Device”

    01/02/2017 8:14:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-01-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    New Year’s Suggestions Regarding Your “Device” Msgr. Charles Pope • January 1, 2017 • Most of us have those handheld “devices.” The antiquated cell phone has become a multifunction unit. It’s an internet portal, camera, computer, emailer, texting device, music and game center, GPS unit, and advisor (“Hey Siri!”). You might even use it to make a phone call! Devices, can’t live with them, can’t live without them.But we can learn to set proper boundaries and avoid the rudeness that can accompany their use. Too often, we allow the virtual to eclipse the actual and we pay insufficient attention...
  • Air Passengers Warned Not To Use Galaxy Note 7 (fire hazard)

    09/09/2016 7:00:27 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 19 replies
    skynews.com ^ | 09 September 2016
    Airline passengers should not turn on or charge their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights or stow them in checked baggage, US aviation officials have said. The warning comes a week after Samsung suspended Note 7 sales, following reports that a battery problem led to some devices catching fire during charging.
  • The Smartphone Platform War Is Over

    09/05/2016 5:39:45 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 186 replies
    Statista, the Statistics Portal ^ | August 22nd, 2016 | Felix Richter
    A picture truly is worth a thousand words:
  • Samsung to Recall 2.5 Million Galaxy Note 7s Over Battery Fires

    09/04/2016 3:04:29 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    The New York Times — Reuters ^ | SEPT. 2, 2016 | By PAUL MOZUR and SU-HYUN LEE
    HONG KONG — A ubiquitous source of power in most modern technology, lithium-ion batteries keep cellphones, laptops, electric cars and airplanes running. They are also the source of many problems, with some overheating, catching fire and even exploding. In a potentially damaging episode, Samsung, the world’s biggest maker of smartphones, announced on Friday that it would recall its Galaxy Note 7 model after discovering a flaw in the battery cell that could result in fires. The company will replace 2.5 million phones sent to stores and consumers, in one of the industry’s largest recalls. The recall puts Samsung, which has...
  • Samsung to Recall Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone over Explosions

    09/02/2016 2:48:35 PM PDT · by bkopto · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/2/2016 | Chriss Street
    Just four weeks after the Galaxy Note 7 “phablet” was unveiled to rave reviews, Samsung has suspended sales worldwide and is recalling the first deliveries due to a number of phone batteries that exploded while charging. With only 2.5 million delivered and potentially tens of millions of orders in the queue for the powerful and fully waterproof large format device, Samsung issued a total recall after 35 delivered phablets exploded while charging.
  • Social Security Administration Now Requires Two-Factor Authentication

    08/04/2016 8:11:41 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 53 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | 8/16/2016 | Brian Krebs
    The U.S. Social Security Administration announced last week that it will now require a cell phone number from all Americans who wish to manage their retirement benefits at ssa.gov. Unfortunately, the new security measure does little to prevent identity thieves from fraudulently creating online accounts to siphon benefits from Americans who haven’t yet created accounts for themselves. ... “People will not be able to access their personal my Social Security account if they do not have a cell phone or do not wish to provide the cell phone number,” the agency said. ... Also, as one reader already pointed out...
  • Pelosi Claims Government Created the iPhone, Not Steve Jobs or Apple

    06/09/2016 9:56:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 70 replies
    Pelosi Claims Government Created the iPhone, Not Steve Jobs or Apple Aaron Kliegman BY: June 9, 2016 10:45 am House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) claimed Thursday that the federal government created the iPhone rather than the technology company Apple or its former chief executive officer, Steve Jobs. “Anybody here have a smartphone?” Pelosi asked an audience at a Democratic National Convention Platform hearing in Washington, D.C. Pelosi then held up an iPhone for everyone to see, telling those in the room, “In this smartphone, almost everything came from federal investments in research.” She then listed elements of the...
  • This flexible, holographic phone is the wildest thing you’ll see all week (Video at Link)

    05/06/2016 11:02:00 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    BGR ^ | May 6, 2016 | By Brad Reed
    Image Source: Human Media Lab We’ve seen plenty of wild experimental smartphone concepts over the years but the new HoloFlex phone designed by Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab is something else. The phone combines 3D holographic images with a flexible display to create what might be a prototype for smartphones of the future.The Human Media Lab explains that the HoloFlex is “is capable of rendering 3D images with motion parallax and stereoscopy to multiple simultaneous users without head tracking or glasses.” All images on the device’s display are “rendered into 12-pixel wide circular blocks rendering the full view of the 3D...
  • Is your smartphone listening to you?

    03/02/2016 6:23:29 AM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 March 2016 | Zoe Kleinman
    It all began with a car crash. I was doing some ironing when my mum came in to tell me that a family friend had been killed in a road accident in Thailand. My phone was on the worktop behind me. But the next time I used the search engine on it, up popped the name of our friend, and the words, "Motorbike accident, Thailand" and the year in the suggested text below the search box.
  • 'World's Cheapest Smartphone' Goes On Sale For $4 In India

    02/22/2016 11:55:04 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    npr ^ | 2-18-2016 | BILL CHAPPELL
    Freedom 251 smartphone, which went on sale Thursday, has sparked intense interest in India and beyond. Priced at 251 rupees ($3.65), the 3G device is being called the cheapest smartphone in the world. But it's also sparking questions about how the phone works -- and whether it's legal. Made by a new company called Ringing Bells, the Freedom 251 has a 3.2 megapixel camera and a 4-inch screen; it runs on Android's Lollipop 5.1 operating system and has slots for two SIM cards. But the phone also looks very similar to Apple's iPhone 4 -- even down to icons that...
  • Apple iPhone ban? New York looks to outlaw sale of encrypted smartphones[$2,500 Fine]

    01/15/2016 10:38:03 AM PST · by Theoria · 78 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 14 Jan 2016 | Liam Tung
    A proposed bill in New York seeks to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked and proposes hefty fines for vendors failing to comply.The proposed law marks the latest effort by lawmakers to make it easier for law enforcement to access and read encrypted data stored on smartphones. Should the proposed bill successfully pass through New York's state assembly and senate, Apple and Google could face fines of $2,500 per device sold in the state after January 1, 2016, if a retailer knowingly sold a smartphone that could not be unlocked or decrypted by...