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  • Local FL Police Tap Cell Phones

    03/07/2014 5:35:25 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 6 replies
    Florida Watchdog ^ | March 6, 2014 | William Patrick
    So named 'Stingray', because, well, it is a sting.
  • Calls on Airliners Are Annoying, but Must We Legislate Them?

    02/16/2014 12:05:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | February 16, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    I have found the issue that can bring America together. Republicans and Democrats, urban hipsters and country folk, corporate scions and infrequent fliers -- they all seem to agree: The federal government must not allow mobile phone use on planes. If the Federal Communications Commission allows airlines with properly equipped planes to open the cellphone gates on commercial flights, even Washington agrees there will be revolts in the friendly skies. On Tuesday, by a bipartisan voice vote, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed a bill, the Prohibiting In-Flight Voice Communications on Mobile Wireless Devices Act, to the House floor....
  • Foxconn Weighs Plan for U.S. Plant-Taiwanese Manufacturer Would Make Displays at U.S. Facility

    01/27/2014 1:58:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 26, 2014 | Lorraine Luk
    TAIPEI— Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. 2317.TW -0.12% , which assembles gadgets for Apple Inc. AAPL -1.82% and other global technology firms, is evaluating a plan to build an advanced display manufacturing plant in the U.S., its chairman said. Terry Gou, speaking to reporters at the company's 40th anniversary gathering on Sunday, said Hon Hai, also known by the trade name Foxconn, plans to relocate capital-intensive and high-tech manufacturing to the U.S., its largest market....
  • The Net Neutrality Lobby Is Like a Frog

    01/18/2014 11:22:05 PM PST · by Pontiac · 21 replies
    WSJ On-Line ^ | 1/17/2014 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    What the net-neut obsessives refuse to recognize is that anticompetitive intent isn't worth worrying about if an anticompetitive result isn't possible. If AT&T were "double-dipping," or charging sender and recipient for the same data, as some allege, its rivals would quickly copy its innovation and compete away any excess revenues. If AT&T were to degrade websites that don't pay up, its rivals would pounce and steal AT&T's dissatisfied customers.
  • Foxconn to invest US$40 million in Pennsylvania

    11/25/2013 9:06:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    DigiTimes ^ | November 25, 2013 | Ninelu Tu and Adam Hwang
    Taiwan-based Foxconn Group will invest US$40 million in Pennsylvania, the US, over two years, according to group president Terry Guo. The investment is in line with the US government's Advanced Manufacturing in America policy, Guo said. Foxconn will invest US$30 million in Foxconn East America, a subsidiary based in Harrisburg, to expand an existing R&D team to set up an advanced manufacturing facility for high value-added products for applications including automobiles, medical care and environmental production, Guo said. The expansion will recruit about 500 employees. In addition, Foxconn will invest US$10 million in Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh specifically for...
  • Greenland votes to allow uranium, rare earths mining

    10/25/2013 11:22:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:19pm EDT | (with Reuters)
    Greenland’s parliament voted on Thursday (24 October) to end a decades-long prohibition on mining for radioactive materials like uranium, further opening up the country to investors from Australia and China eager to tap its vast mineral resources. The move will not only allow the mining of uranium deposits, but also of rare earths, minerals used in 21st century products from wind turbines to hybrid cars and smart phones and that are currently mostly extracted by China. With sea ice thawing and new Arctic shipping routes opening, the former Cold War ally of the West has emerged from isolation and gained...
  • Contract vs. Prepaid wireless, what to do ?

    10/16/2013 6:24:05 AM PDT · by kyperman · 75 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 2, 2012 | Brian X Chen
    Prepaid phone plans, where you pay the full price for a cellphone and then pay lower monthly rates without a contract, seem to offer what most budget-conscious people want. So why haven’t they really caught on?
  • Running Into Facebook

    10/05/2013 7:49:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 5, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    As the baseball playoffs approach, beware: As some fans in Boston found out the hard way, snapping too many cell phone photos may be bad for your camera. Or at least your beer. Still, despite the chance of losing your phone or your beverage, we love to snap and share. Everything. It was that noted wine drinker Socrates who opined that the unexamined life is not worth living. But how many friends would he have had on Facebook, anyway? Americans don’t have Socratic problems. Our lives are over-examined. Few of us go anywhere without a smart phone these days. Whether...
  • A Quest to Save AM (Radio) Before It’s Lost in the Static (caused by cellphones and other devices)

    09/10/2013 1:30:11 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | September 8, 2013 | By EDWARD WYATT least one man in Washington is tuning in. Ajit Pai, the lone Republican on the Federal Communications Commission, is on a personal if quixotic quest to save AM. After a little more than a year in the job, he is urging the F.C.C. to undertake an overhaul of AM radio, which he calls “the audible core of our national culture.” He sees AM — largely the realm of local news, sports, conservative talk and religious broadcasters — as vital in emergencies and in rural areas. “AM radio is localism, it is community,” Mr. Pai, 40, said in an interview....
  • Put that phone down and just walk

    07/13/2013 7:18:30 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 13, 2013 | Renée Loth
    THE TOWN of Fort Lee, N.J., has outlawed texting while jaywalking, issuing scores of $54 tickets to pedestrians who send or read messages while drifting out of crosswalks. Tiny Rexburg, Idaho, bans texting while crossing the street. Last year the Utah Transit Authority created a $50 civil fine for distracted walking across its transit tracks. Even in Nevada, where “Anything Goes” should be the official state song, legislators filed a bill this year making it a crime to read, write, or send data while crossing a public way.
  • 23 Pictures That Prove Society Is Doomed (the smartphone generation)

    06/20/2013 7:27:36 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 148 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | June 19, 2013 | Dave Stopera
  • Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal

    06/07/2013 10:14:17 AM PDT · by BBell · 49 replies ^ | 6 June 2013 | Jonathan Watts
    Nicaragua has awarded a Chinese company a 100-year concession to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, in a step that looks set to have profound geopolitical ramifications. The president of the country's national assembly, Rene Nuñez, announced the $40bn (£26bn) project, which will reinforce Beijing's growing influence on global trade and weaken US dominance over the key shipping route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The name of the company and other details have yet to be released, but the opposition congressman Luis Callejas said the government planned to grant a 100-year lease to the Chinese operator. The national...
  • Suspicious Signals - Government Disables Your Cellphone

    06/17/2013 10:55:11 AM PDT · by guyshomenet · 15 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 6/17/2013 | Guy Smith
    If your cell phone stops working, don’t blame your battery. The government remotely disabled it. Central to society is the constant question of who is in control. Our quaint republic is rather unique in that we believe, and actually once enforced, the right of individual self-determination. In short, you were in charge of you and any problems you created for yourself were yours to deal with. Despite being widely popular, certain insecure individuals with weak mental constitutions wanted a perpetual nanny once they were too old for their original keepers, and found pliable politicians to allegedly protect them. In return,...
  • EU to end mobile (cellphone) roaming charges next year

    06/15/2013 5:44:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:39PM BST 13 Jun 2013 | Christopher Williams
    Roaming fees for voice calls, texts and internet access will effectively be completely scrapped under the proposals, which are part of a broader effort to create a single European telecoms market. The group of 27 European Commissioners voted in Brussels on Tuesday to drive the package through in time for the European elections in May next year, to come into force as soon as 1 July 2014. … They expect the death of roaming charges to typically wipe 2 percent off mobile operators’ revenues … The reforms are designed to encourage radical consolidation of European mobile network operators. A source...
  • Tech companies urge U.S. to ease secrecy rules on national security probes (PRISM: A Love Story)

    06/11/2013 11:14:34 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-12-2013 | Craig Timberg and Cecilia Kang
    <p>Technology companies stung by the controversy over the National Security Agency’s sweeping Internet surveillance program are calling on U.S. officials to ease the secrecy surrounding national security investigations and lift long-standing gag orders covering the nature and extent of information collected about Internet users.</p>
  • Obama: No warrantless wiretaps if you elect me (2008)

    06/10/2013 6:58:01 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    CNET ^ | 1-08-2008 | Anne Broache
    "My job this morning is to be so persuasive...that a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Barack," he told a crowd of about 300 Ivy Leaguers--and, by the looks of it, a handful of locals who managed to gain access to what was supposed to be a students-only event. For one thing, under an Obama presidency, Americans will be able to leave behind the era of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney...
  • Keep Your Hands off My Cell Phone

    06/09/2013 6:34:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | June 9, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    Scary. Unacceptable. This is not America. Those are some of the comments that I have heard about the revelations regarding government snooping on our cell phones. The statement that one man made that something is wrong with you if you don’t think something is askew here -- that would be about right. If you are not upset about this situation then you are clueless. There is a dangerous extension of government that no true American could possibly endorse or accept. Our government has no right to randomly rummage through our cell phone or email records. If you think that the...
  • Apple banned from selling popular models of iPhone & iPad after judge rules firm 'violated patent'

    06/05/2013 1:22:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    A U.S. trade agency says it is banning imports of Apple's iPhone 4 after finding the device violates a patent held by rival Samsung Electronics. Because the phone is assembled in China, the import would end Apple's ability to sell new iPhone 4 devices in the U.S. The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington issued a final ruling Tuesday in Samsung's suit against Apple. The panel issued a limited import ban and a cease-and-desist order for AT&T models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G.....
  • Heroic Theatergoer Smashes Cell Phone, Gets Thrown Out

    05/16/2013 4:55:24 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 27 replies
    The ^ | May 16,2013 | TonyBeard)
    We can't count the number of times we've wanted to enact vengeance on some inconsiderate audience member whose cell phone goes off during a performance. But, like most people, we just bottle that fury up deep down inside and take it out on the break room vending machine later. Not Kevin Williamson. Last night the National Review writer was in attendance at the marvelous new musical Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 when one theatergoer's incessant cell phone use finally drove him over the edge... into vigilantism. The stellar production—a swinging cabaret-type musical adaptation loosely adapted from Leo...
  • Samsung testing 5G wireless technology that can download entire movies in seconds

    05/13/2013 3:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | May 13, 2013 | Staff
    Samsung on Sunday announced that it had developed a core component of its 5G network by solving a problem that has stymied the wireless industry, Yonhap News reported. Using the 28GHz waveband, Samsung says it has achieved download and upload speeds of tens of gigabits per second (Gbps). Current 4G LTE networks top out at around 75 megabits (Mbps). In practice, that speed would allow wireless users to download a full HD movie in seconds. Samsung executives see the technology enabling a wide range of rich applications. Samsung used 64 antenna elements in order to accomplish the high-speed data transfer,...
  • Glyphosate ("Roundup") Responsible for Modern Human Diseases

    04/26/2013 11:32:02 PM PDT · by Renfield · 66 replies
    Entropy ^ | 4-18-2013 | Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff
    Abstract: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, is the most popular herbicide used worldwide. The industry asserts it is minimally toxic to humans, but here we argue otherwise. Residues are found in the main foods of the Western diet, comprised primarily of sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Glyphosate's inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and...
  • Guest MINDSETTER™ Steven Artigas: Time to Disable the Cellphones

    04/17/2013 10:40:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies ^ | April 16, 2013 | Steven Artigas
    I was almost sideswiped by another driver on Interstate 95 today. He missed me by a couple of inches and I looked over with alarm as he passed to see him looking down into his lap and not out the windshield. No proof, naturally, but it's a safe bet he was texting on his cell phone. If fact, I had been watching him in my mirror as he approached from behind in the passing lane, and his directional control was marginal, to say the least. Who among us has not been witness to an inattentive driver using a cell, whether...
  • Let's play oddsmaker

    04/02/2013 5:40:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Week ^ | April 2, 2013 | Marc Ambinder
    Sometimes, the best way to get a handle on the unpredictable is to label it with a completely random numerical value. Oddsmaking is a combination of magical thinking, intuition and sheer chance. With that in mind, here are the odds that Vegas bookmakers might want to give to the following world events: 1. North Korea starts a war with South Korea: 10% My biggest fear is that the West believes that North Korea does not actually feel threatened and is simply posturing. But that assumption has almost never, ever held water for any conflicts. It's been a huge blind spot;...
  • Nuance launches mobile voice ads: Annoyance or gold mine?

    04/01/2013 10:13:59 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 3 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 4/1/2013 | Larry Dignan
    First, if you follow the link, you'll find that this does not appear to be an April Fools prank. Nuance on Monday launched Voice Ads, a voice enabled ad platform that allows a consumer to talk to brands. Companies get a new monetization vehicle and consumers presumably will get a say in brand advertising delivery. snip"Nuance, which is using its voice technology in mobile, health and auto applications, is obviously hoping to get on the ad gravy train. Voice Ads promise to give marketers an avenue "to deepen the relationship with their consumers." The theory is that you'll chat with...
  • D.C. police say ecoATMs, which give cash for used cellphones, are a problem

    03/25/2013 8:19:03 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 25, 2013 | Cecilia Kang
    Here’s an easy way to get some cash: Drop a used smartphone in any of the 13 ATM-like kiosks at shopping malls around the Washington region and, within minutes, the machine will spit out as much as a few hundred dollars. The process is so simple that local police fear these ecoATMs are fueling one of the nation’s most pervasive criminal trends — cellphone theft. The kiosks have become a particular thorn for police in the District, where 40 percent of all forced robberies last year involved a cellphone, the highest percentage in the nation. In a recent investigation, D.C....
  • CIA Chief Tech Officer: Big Data Is The Future And We Own It

    03/23/2013 5:36:21 PM PDT · by opentalk · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 21, 2013 | Michael Kelley
    On Wednesday, the CIA's chief technology officer detailed the Agency's vision for collecting and analyzing all of the information people put on the Internet. The wide-ranging presentation at GigaOM's Structure:Data conference in New York City came two days after it was reported the spy agency is on the verge of signing a cloud computing contract with Amazon — worth up to $600 million over 10 years — that involves Amazon Web Services helping the CIA build a "private cloud" filled with technologies like big data.… "You're already a walking sensor platform," Hunt said, referring to all of the information captured...
  • Lawmaker looks to rein in program after free cell phones sent to dead people

    03/11/2013 5:16:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 11, 2013 | Barnini Chakraborty
    WASHINGTON – Dead people don’t need cell phones. That’s the message Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas wants to send Congress, after he says a controversial government-backed program that helps provide phones to low-income Americans ended up sending mobiles to the dead relatives of his constituents. Griffin has introduced a bill that targets the phone hand-out program, which has ballooned into a fiscal headache for the government. “This program demands reform,” Griffin told on Monday. “There is a lot of waste in it and we need to be asking ourselves, ‘Where do we draw the line? Do we give everybody...
  • It's Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking

    03/04/2013 2:17:25 PM PST · by FewsOrange · 15 replies
    The White House ^ | 3/4/13 | R. David Edelman
    This is the Offical White House Response to the Cell Phone unlocking petition Official White House Response to Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal. It's Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking By R. David Edelman Thank you for sharing your views on cell phone unlocking with us through your petition on our We the People platform. Last week the White House brought together experts from across government who work on telecommunications, technology, and copyright policy, and we're pleased to offer our response. The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their...
  • Six Men Charged With Terror Offences

    09/25/2011 11:24:01 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies - SKY NEWS ^ | 6:18am UK, Monday September 26, 2011 | David Crabtree, Midlands Correspondent
    SNIPPET: "A seventh man, aged 20, was arrested on Thursday and continues to be questioned." SNIPPET: "Irfan Nasser, 30, from Sparkhill, and Irfan Khalid, 26, from Sparkbrook, are accused of travelling to Pakistan for terrorism training, including bomb making, and weapons and poison making; as well making a martyrdom video and planning a bombing campaign. Ashik Ali, 26, from Balsall Heath, and Rahi Ahmed, 25, from Moseley, face charges related to planning a bombing campaign in the UK, including constructing a home-made explosive device for terrorist acts and stating an intention to be suicide bombers. Two other suspects - Bahader...
  • The Best Farming Tool Ever May Just Be a Cellphone (African Farmers get the iCow app)

    02/04/2013 4:50:36 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies via Yahoo! News ^ | February 3, 2013 | Andri Antoniades
    ... FastCompany reports that cellphones are giving farmers in African countries remote access to critical banking services that were previously unavailable to them. The ability to pay their bills, move money and make insurance adjustments empowers these farmers with a new ability to keep their finances stabilized— despite being miles from any financial institution. But the phones are accomplishing more than administrative duties. According to CNN, they’re also allowing rural residents to easily broker deals, and share weather information and market prices with each other. With a simple text, a farmer can find out the prices of specific crops in...
  • Phone unlocking ban could could hit you in the wallet

    01/28/2013 10:07:36 AM PST · by J05h · 29 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Mark Sullivan
    As of Saturday, your options for owning an unlocked phone become far more limited. You can ask your carrier to unlock it—and good luck with that—or you can pay a premium to manufacturers like Apple or Google for a new unlocked phone. You just can’t unlock your phone yourself—at least, not legally. That decision was made not by voters, the courts, or even Congress. It was made by one man, 83-year-old Congressional Librarian James Hadley Billington, who is responsible for interpreting the meaning of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Billington decided last October that unlocking your phone yourself is...
  • Law makes 'unlocking' devices to switch carriers punishable by fines and even prison

    01/27/2013 9:08:24 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 34 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 26, 2013 | John Clark
    A new law that makes it illegal to 'unlock' your cell phone and switch carriers goes into effect today and will carry fines between $2,500 and $500,000, and in some cases, prison time. The change made by the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act will make it illegal for consumers to unlock mobile devices without the permission of their carrier. The lock feature on mobile devices essentially allows carriers a way to prevent customers from switching to a new plan with a different company. Unless your phone came unlocked and are grandfathered in...
  • Mobile phone ads with Lenin spark anger in Poland

    01/08/2013 6:48:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2013 9:12 AM EST | Vanessa Gera
    Vladimir Lenin is not considered funny in Poland. A Polish mobile phone operator that used a cartoon image of the Russian communist revolutionary found itself barraged by angry feedback and responded this week by stopping its advertising campaign. Older Poles remember the late Soviet leader for shaping a communist regime that killed millions and imposed mass terror in the Soviet Union. A communist regime was later imposed on Poles against their will by the Soviets after World War II. The company, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa S.A., counted on younger Poles having shaken such associations, and recently started using a drawing of...
  • Your Cellphone Is Spying on You - How the surveillance state co-opted personal technology

    12/20/2012 11:49:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies
    Reason ^ | Dec. 17, 2012 | Ronald Bailey
    Big Brother has been outsourced. The police can find out where you are, where you’ve been, even where you’re going. All thanks to that handy little human tracking device in your pocket: your cellphone.  There are 331 million cellphone subscriptions—about 20 million more than there are residents—in the United States. Nearly 90 percent of adult Americans carry at least one phone. The phones communicate via a nationwide network of nearly 300,000 cell towers and 600,000 micro sites, which perform the same function as towers. When they are turned on, they ping these nodes once every seven seconds or so, registering...
  • (Obama's Amerika) Africa Boasts More Cellphone Users Than All of North America

    12/20/2012 9:37:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    DVICE ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | Nathaniel Wattenmaker
    Africa boasts more cellphone users than all of North America The silver lining of being a developing continent is that you can skip entire stages of technological progress, like going directly from no phones to cellphones without suffering through land lines in between. Africa, for example, now has more mobile subscribers than the United States or Europe, and that means big things for African economies. Like we've mentioned before, beyond its wild growth, the African cellular telecommunications market is a hotbed of innovation. Areas like telemedicine and cellphone-based money-transfer schemes don't just make life easier, they help people live healthier...
  • Palm City's iVox Solutions lays off about 120 employees

    12/07/2012 12:53:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Indian River Press Journal ^ | December 6, 2012 | Paul Ivice
    PALM CITY — Because the contract with its biggest client expired, call center iVox Solutions LLC is laying off about 120 employees on Friday. The workers have known about it for several weeks, iVox Chief Operating Officer Chris Stapleton said. Still, "it'll be a tough day because we really care about our employees," he said. Stapleton said at least some of the layoffs should be short-lived. The company, founded in 2003 as Old Cell Phone Corp., a vendor of used cellphones, will begin training Monday of 20 employees, who were not laid off, for an outbound call project for a...
  • Tech help needed

    10/16/2012 8:50:28 AM PDT · by conservativesister · 20 replies
    Is there a difference between using a "hotspot" and having your phone become a hotspot? Is there a difference between phones/carriers or just carriers. I had an AT&T HTC phone, my friend had an AT&T I-Phone and got coverage where I could not. I need to have an internet connection for may laptop at an upcoming event and am considering getting a hotspot. Please offer info/suggestions/etc. (Serious please) yeah right!
  • Mexican billionaire making millions from government program that gives poor free cell phones

    10/11/2012 9:21:09 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | October 10, 2012
    The richest man in the world, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, is making millions in profits from a government program that supplies poor Americans with free cell phones. Mr Slim, who is worth an estimated $69billion, owns the parent company of both the service provider and phone producer which creates the phones used in the Lifeline program. The government program was originally enacted under President Reagan's administration in an effort for poor Americans without access to phones to have a way to contact prospective employers, arrange for healthcare, and be in touch with their children's schools. Republicans have since attacked...
  • Cell Phones and College Tuition (Why are cell phones getting cheaper and better but not college?)

    10/10/2012 7:43:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/10/2012 | Steve Baker
    In 1978, my college tuition was about $1,200 per year. In 1985 my first cell phone also cost me $1,200, and its sole function was that it could make phone calls -- at about a buck per minute. (Motorola's first cell phone hit the market at $3,995!) But something interesting happened to both products on the way to the year 2012... Today, my daughter (and her parents) are staring down college tuitions in the range of $22,000 to $40,000 per year to prepare for her declared career interest. My new iPhone has moved in exactly the opposite direction -- purchased...
  • The Particulars of Polls

    10/01/2012 3:45:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | October 1, 2012 | Michael Barone
    As a recovering pollster (I worked for Democratic pollster Peter Hart from 1974 to 1981), let me weigh in on the controversy over whether the polls are accurate. Many conservatives are claiming that multiple polls have overly Democratic samples, and some charge that media pollsters are trying to discourage Republican voters. First, some points about the limits of polls. Random sample polling is an imprecise instrument. There's an error margin of 3 or 4 percent, and polling theory tells us that one out of 20 polls is wrong, with results outside the margin of error. Sometimes it's easy to spot...
  • Alaska woman falls off 60-foot cliff while texting

    09/28/2012 5:57:03 AM PDT · by vet7279 · 37 replies ^ | September 27, 2012 | foxnews
    The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports she slipped as she was texting on her phone at the same time she tried to toss a cigarette butt over the cliff edge. Read more:
  • Oakland police radio culprit: cell towers

    08/21/2012 11:56:16 PM PDT · by thecodont · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 10:32 a.m., Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | Matthai Kuruvila
    Oakland officials say they and federal investigators have discovered a major source of disruption to the city's police radio communications system: interference from cell phone towers. Specifically, officials said, cell phone towers operated by AT&T Wireless have been interfering with the city's public safety communications frequency and causing radio failures among police and firefighters on city streets. AT&T, notified by the city of the problem last week, is cooperating and has partially disabled 16 towers. A company spokesman said the impact on customers will be minimal, affecting only those on the company's oldest phones. The towers constantly interfered with the...
  • Rep. Kucinich calls for radiation warnings on cell phones

    08/06/2012 11:24:07 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August. 6, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich has introduced a bill that would require cell phones to warn consumers how much radiation is coming from their phones, saying that until science can disprove a link to cancer, the public should be told more information. His bill, the Cell Phone Right to Know Act, would also demand a study of cell phones and health, looking at a broad array of signals that smart phones now send out, ranging from the phone to bluetooth to WiFi. "Consumers have a right to know the radiation levels of cell phones and whether they are buying the phone with...
  • How to Use a [BUSTED] Cell Phone to Meet 5 Basic Survival Needs

    08/05/2012 4:11:03 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    The Art of Manliness ^ | June 14, 2012 | Manly Guest Contributor
    How to Use a [BUSTED] Cell Phone to Meet 5 Basic Survival Needs by A Manly Guest Contributor on June 14, 2012 · 69 commentsin Manly Skills This content series is brought to you by Dockers. Take the adventure of a lifetime! What’s this? Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart.Last week we talked about the many survival uses of the tampon. But unless he specifically packed one in a bag or car, a man’s unlikely to have one on him in a pinch. So today we’re going to explore the survival uses of an everyday item...
  • What You May Not Know About License Plate And Cell Phone Tracking

    07/30/2012 2:26:55 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 9 replies
    ACLU ^ | 7-30-2012 | Kade Crockford, ACLU of Massachusetts
    Today the ACLU is launching a nationwide effort to find out more about automatic license plate readers (ALPR). By snapping photographs of each license plate they encounter—up to three thousand per minute—and retaining records of who was where when, license plate readers are fundamentally threatening our freedom on the open road. You may have seen the recent New York Times op-ed that admonished us to start referring to our mobile devices as “trackers” instead of “phones.” Perhaps as ALPR technology spreads we should start saying “tracker” in place of “car,” too. We need statutory protections to limit the collection, retention,...
  • WBFF: Free Phone Frenzy - abuse of the federal Lifeline program

    07/18/2012 12:47:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 22, 2012 | Uploaded by RepTimGriffin
    Learn how to fight this abuse and find out more about Congressman Tim Griffin's bill to end it:
  • Kim Komando: 10 Commandments For Mobile Manners

    07/14/2012 11:13:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    The Kim Komando Show ^ | July 14, 2012 | Kim Komando
    1. Thou shalt give top priority to those who are with you. Listen intently when you are with friends, family members and coworkers. When you constantly check messages, you send the message that other people and things are more important to you.
  • Are Nokia and RIM Headed for Ruin?

    06/15/2012 6:26:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 06/15/2012 | Jeff Macke
    In an announcement falling somewhere between a suicide note and an expression of optimism for the future Finnish cell-phone has-been, Nokia (NOK) announced yesterday that it would be laying off 10,000 employees between now and the end of 2013. Obviously the negative part was the plan to lay-off nearly 20% of its existing work-force. The upside was that Nokia seems to truly believe the company will exist as a freestanding concern in 18 months. Unwilling to see the glass as anything but half-empty, Wall Street sent NOK shares down 16% Wednesday. Nokia shareholders should be used to such pain by...
  • Conn. Teen Facing Homicide Charges After Accident That Killed Jogger [16-yo girl on cellphone]

    05/15/2012 3:11:26 AM PDT · by ETL · 70 replies
    CBS New York ^ | May 14, 2012
    NEW CANAAN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A high school junior is facing homicide charges after being accused of running down a [] jogger in Fairfield County. Police said the accident was as simple as it was deadly. The cell phone was out in the driver’s hand and the car veered for just a moment over the white line at the edge of the road before a sickening impact that left 44-year-old Kenneth Dorsey dead. Now, the 16-year-old driver who hit him has been charged with negligent homicide. The juvenile was called in by Norwalk Police for an emotional reckoning. ..." [snip]...
  • Obama campaign nixes cell phones at some fundraisers

    05/14/2012 7:24:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 14, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    You have to turn off your cell phone on an airplane, but at least you get to keep it. That's not the case when high-flying donors pony up for first-class access to hear President Barack Obama at exclusive fundraisers -- his campaign takes the devices away. So much for live-tweeting or videotaping Obama's pitch. The Washington Post's David Nakamura -- the "pool" print journalist representing his colleagues and reporting back to them on Obama's trip to New York -- noticed the practice as the president wooed group of about 60 wealthy contributors Monday at the home of Hamilton "Tony" James,...