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  • US Military Bans Huawei, ZTE Phones

    05/05/2018 6:40:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    AFP via Yahoo Finance ^ | 05/05/18 | Jim Hoft
    Washington (AFP) - Personnel on US military bases can no longer buy phones and other gear manufactured by Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE, after the Pentagon said the devices pose an "unacceptable" security risk. Concerns have heightened at the Pentagon about consumer electronics being used to snoop on or track service members. "Huawei and ZTE devices may pose an unacceptable risk to (military) personnel, information and mission," Pentagon spokesman Major Dave Eastburn said on Friday. "In light of this information, it was not prudent for the Department's exchanges to continue selling them," he added, referring to the military-run shops on...
  • Your Location Data Is Being Sold—Often Without Your Knowledge

    03/04/2018 7:26:37 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4 Mar 2018 | Christopher Mims
    ...Marketers spent $16 billion on location-targeted ads served to mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers in 2017... .The data required to serve you any single ad might pass through many companies’ systems in milliseconds—from data broker to ad marketplace to an agency’s custom system... There are plenty of ways to track you without getting your permission. Some of the most intrusive are the easiest to implement... The spy in your pocket... Your telco knows where you are at all times, because it knows which cell towers your phone is near. In the U.S., how much data service providers sell...
  • U.S. security panel deals major blow to Broadcom's bid for Qualcomm (CFIUS)

    03/05/2018 2:16:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | March 5, 2018 | By Koh Gui Qing and Sonam Rai
    By Koh Gui Qing and Sonam Rai (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Sunday ordered Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) to delay its March 6 shareholder meeting, a highly unusual request that will allow time for a national security review of the deal, but that also cast new doubt on Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd's (AVGO.O) $117-billion bid for its U.S. semiconductor peer. The intervention highlights growing U.S. concerns about safeguarding semiconductor technology. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews deals for potential national security concerns, does not typically review mergers before companies have clinched an agreement. CFIUS asked...
  • The electric vehicle revolution has a cobalt problem

    02/20/2018 6:29:48 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | February 19, 2018 | Rob Nikolewski
    The road to an imminent electric vehicle future has hit a speed bump — one made of cobalt. An essential ingredient in lithium-ion batteries that power millions of smartphones as well as plug-in electric cars, cobalt is in heavy demand.
  • The next generation of smartphone cameras could see through walls

    01/25/2018 6:51:04 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 33 replies
    PC authority ^ | 24 Jan 2018
    ...One extreme example is the single-pixel camera, which relies on a beautifully simple principle. Typical cameras use lots of pixels (tiny sensor elements) to capture a scene that is likely illuminated by a single light source. You can also do things the other way around, capturing information from many light sources with a single pixel... To do this you need a controlled light source, for example a simple data projector that illuminates the scene one spot at a time or with a series of different patterns. For each illumination spot or pattern, you then measure the amount of light reflected...
  • What Will Advanced Cell Phones Be Like in the Year 2027?

    06/30/2017 2:38:06 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 42 replies
    Self | June 30, 2017 | PJ-Comix
    This week the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Apple iPhone was celebrated. A lot has changed in cell phone technology since 2007. By our current standards, cell phones before the iPhone were crude. The Motorola RAZR was the hip phone back then along with the Blackberry for business. Things changed rapidly after the introduction of the iPhone. I remember visiting Venezuela at the end of 2011 and laughing over the fact that Blackberries were their most popular "advanced" phone since they were already obsolete in the states. I think I first became aware of how much iPhones and...
  • Optometrists Feel Threatened By Technology, So Guess What Do They Do

    06/13/2017 10:07:49 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 64 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 13, 2017 | George Leef
    One of the many holes in the “social contract” theory of government is that the power of the state is so often harnessed by interest groups to protect themselves against competition. Nobody ever agreed to that, but it happens all the time, inflicting losses on the consuming public. A recent instance of this is the aggressive lobbying campaign being waged by the American Optometric Association (AOA) against innovations that now make it possible for Americans to get accurate eye exams and lens prescriptions over the Internet. By using such innovations, millions of Americans who need vision correction could save substantial...
  • Indiana Toll Road asks drivers to 'Put the Phone Down'

    04/11/2017 11:02:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WNDU 16 ^ | February 27, 2017 | Travis Robinson
    When you're driving, there's a good chance you've seen someone on the phone, and maybe you've even been that person. Fifty-seven percent of American drivers admit to being on their phone while driving. Indiana Toll Road construction for the 80/90 Push project is just about halfway done. They expect to be finished July fourth, but in order to do that, they need workers to stay safe. So they're trying to cut down on those numbers. It really is difficult to put a dent in those numbers because we're all on-the-go. On top of that, you probably haven't met anyone who...
  • Report: Pedestrian Deaths Spike in 2016 Because People are Distracted by Their Smartphones

    03/30/2017 7:38:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    MRC TV ^ | March 30, 2017 | Monica Sanchez
    Pedestrian deaths saw a significant spike in 2016, reaching a staggering total of 5,997, the highest total ever recorded since the U.S. began tracking the measure more than two decades ago. The reason? People are distracted more than ever by texting and using their smartphones. According to preliminary state data gathered for the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), pedestrian fatalities surged 11 percent from 2015 to 2016, continuing an upward trend. Pedestrian fatalities surged 10 percent from 2014 to 2015. According to the Associated Press,
  • Fire at Samsung SDI China plant caused by faulty batteries

    02/08/2017 12:29:04 PM PST · by House Atreides · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 8, 2017 | Sijia Jiang and Hyunjoo Jin
    ...The fire broke out at the Samsung Electronics Co Ltd affiliate's factory in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin earlier on Wednesday and has been extinguished, a Samsung spokesman said, adding that there were no casualties or significant impact to the plant's operations. ...The local fire department, however, said on its microblog that the fire was caused by batteries inside the facility. The "material that caught fire was lithium batteries inside the production workshops and some half-finished products", the Wuqing branch of the Tianjin Fire Department said in a post on its verified Sina Weibo account. It added it had...
  • Obama boosted White House technology; Trump sees risks

    01/01/2017 3:16:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2017 4:27 PM EST | Julie Pace
    As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting U.S. president ordered his team to upgrade the White House’s aging technology for his successor. New computers were purchased and faster internet was installed. Not included in the modernization plans? A courier service. But that delivery method of a bygone era may be in for a comeback under Donald Trump. Despite his voracious use of Twitter, the president-elect appears to be leaning toward old tech to ensure the security of sensitive messages. “It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by...
  • Multi-Touch Repair Program for iPhone 6 Plus

    11/18/2016 12:00:18 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Apple ^ | November 18, 2016
    Apple has determined that some iPhone 6 Plus devices may exhibit display flickering or Multi-Touch issues after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device. If your iPhone 6 Plus is exhibiting the symptoms noted above, is in working order, and the screen is not cracked or broken, Apple will repair your device for a service price of $149. Apple will contact customers who may have paid for a service repair related to this issue either through Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange reimbursement. If you have not been contacted...
  • Appeals Court Delivers Devastating Blow to Cellphone-Privacy Advocates

    05/31/2016 4:12:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    The Intercept ^ | May 31, 2016 | By Jenna McLaughlin
    COURTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY are grappling with a key question for the information age: When law enforcement asks a company for cellphone records to track location data in an investigation, is that a search under the Fourth Amendment? By a 12-3 vote, appellate court judges in Richmond, Virginia on Monday ruled that it is not — and therefore does not require a warrant.The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld what is known as the third-party doctrine: a legal theory suggesting that consumers who knowingly and willingly surrender information to third parties therefore have “no reasonable expectation of privacy” in that information...
  • Microsoft is giving up on consumer smartphones, too

    05/25/2016 1:02:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 47 replies
    ReCode ^ | MAY 25, 2016, 5:00A | BY INA FRIED
    The company is taking a $950 million charge to unwind the last vestiges of the Nokia deal. div class="c-entry-content"> Microsoft is further scaling back its flagging phone business, exiting the consumer market and cutting another 1,850 jobs.As part of the move announced Wednesday, Microsoft will take a $950 million charge and cut what little remained of its Finland-based phone hardware business, unwinding the last of its disastrous $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's phone unit. Last week, Microsoft announced separately that it was selling what was left of its low-end "feature phone" business.The company has been scaling back its phone ambitions...
  • This city embedded traffic lights in the sidewalks so that smartphone users don’t have to look up

    04/25/2016 10:43:06 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/25/2016 | Rick Noack
    Few nations in the world take red traffic lights more seriously than Germany.Foreign visitors frequently wonder why crowds of Germans wait for traffic lights to turn green when there are no cars in sight.That is why officials in the city of Augsburg became concerned when they noticed a new phenomenon: Pedestrians were so busy looking at their smartphones that they were ignoring traffic lights.The city has attempted to solve that problem by installing new traffic lights embedded in the pavement — so that pedestrians constantly looking down at their phones won't miss them. "It creates a whole new level of...
  • California Assembly Bill 1681 - Banning secure encrypted smartphones for sale in California

    03/10/2016 10:42:30 AM PST · by MeganC · 101 replies
    State of California Legislative Information ^ | JANUARY 20, 2016 | Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-9)
    In the interests of brevity here's the dangerous part of this bill that's being discussed in California today: b) A smartphone that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2017, and sold or leased in California, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.
  • EU representative in Israel caught smuggling gold, drugs

    02/04/2016 4:53:03 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 2/4/2016, 4:38 PM | (Arutz Sheva Staff)
    A very unusual case of smuggling took place on Thursday, as huge quantities of gold, steroids and smart phones were found in the car of a European Union (EU) representative in Israel, as he drove into the country from Jordan. Dozens of kilograms of gold, hundreds of smartphones and a full package of steroid drugs were discovered by customs inspectors in the car as it tried to pass through the Allenby Border Crossing from Jordan, reports Channel 2. The EU diplomat was detained and later released, and his driver - an Arab resident of the northern Atarot neighborhood of Jerusalem...
  • I am Looking at getting either an Apple 6s or a Samsung Galaxy S®6 any suggestions?

    01/24/2016 4:21:53 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 76 replies
    24 Jan 20126 | US Navy Vet
    Any Comments/suggestions/stories?
  • The 2-Year Phone Contract Is Dead

    01/19/2016 3:15:13 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 54 replies
    The Fool ^ | January 18, 2016 21:16 UTC | Adam Levy
    You won't be getting a subsidy on your new smartphone in 2016. AT&T (NYSE:T) and Sprint (NYSE:S) are the last two of the four major wireless carriers to do away with the two-year phone contract and subsidy model. Now, any new contract requires customers to pay for their new smartphone upfront or in installments separate from their service bill. Verizon (NYSE:VZ) killed off smartphone subsidies in August, and T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) is now three years removed from its Uncarrier initiative that kicked off this whole trend. Ultimately, wireless carriers could be better off for it, and big phone companies like Apple...
  • Techno-skeptics’ objection growing louder [Agreement between grass roots left & right?]

    12/26/2015 7:38:04 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/26/15 | Joel Achenbach
    Astra Taylor's iPhone has a cracked screen. She has bandaged it with clear packing tape and plans to use the phone until it disintegrates. She objects to the planned obsolescence of today’s gadgetry, and to the way the big tech companies pressure customers to upgrade. Taylor, 36, is a documentary filmmaker, musician and political activist. She's also an emerging star in the world of technology criticism. She's not paranoid, but she keeps duct tape over the camera lens on her laptop computer - because, as everyone knows, these gadgets can be taken over by nefarious agents of all kinds. Taylor...