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  • Godless Apps Seem in Google Play, 90% of Android Phones at Risk

    06/24/2016 9:26:33 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    OppTrends ^ | June 24, 2016 | Ali Raza
    A new family of malicious apps, most of which were available on the Google Play Store, all containing malicious codes have been detected by a group of security researchers. The Godless apps are believed to be able secretly to root 90 percent of all Android phones. AntiVirus provider, Trend Micro wrote in a recent blog post that they had discovered a new family of malicious apps. The apps called, Godless, contains a collection of the rooting exploits that can work on any device which is running the Android version 5.1 and below. This means that close to 90 percent of...
  • Germany to require ID for buying prepaid phones

    06/01/2016 11:03:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 01 Jun 2016 16:39 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Those who prefer their mobile phone to remain anonymous are in for a shock in Germany, as ministers agreed on Wednesday to require anyone buying a pay-as-you-go SIM card to present ID. “You could buy a prepaid phone today in the name of Donald Duck,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maizičre said after the weekly cabinet meeting. “Knowledge is power. And we want to oppose terrorist organizations powerfully,” he went on in a press conference defending the new anti-terror law that the rule falls under. […] “The new anti-terror package mixes up widely varying enlargements of powers for the security services...
  • Cellphone-Cancer Link Found in Government Study

    05/28/2016 12:16:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 28, 2016 | RYAN KNUTSON
    Multiyear, peer-reviewed study found ‘low incidences’ of two types of tumors in male rats exposed to type of radio frequencies commonly emitted by cellphones A major U.S. government study on rats has found a link between cellphones and cancer, an explosive finding in the long-running debate about whether mobile phones cause health effects. The multiyear, peer-reviewed study, by the National Toxicology Program, found “low incidences” of two types of tumors in male rats that were exposed to the type of radio frequencies that are commonly emitted by cellphones. The tumors were gliomas, which are in the glial cells of...
  • Fox’s Rosen: Sources Claim Bergdahl’s Taliban Collaboration ‘As Serious As You Can Imagine’

    06/04/2014 11:40:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 4, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Fox News reporter James Rosen claimed intelligence sources have told him not only that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl willingly collaborated with the Taliban, but that his involvement with the terrorist group may be “as serious as you can imagine.” Rosen spoke with Bill O’Reilly Wednesday night about his ongoing conversations with intelligence and Pentagon officials regarding both old and new investigations into Bergdahl’s likely desertion and possibly treasonous activities. “My reporting has shown that the intelligence community also undertook a separate [from the Army] investigation of Sgt. Bergdahl,” Rosen explained, “both his final period of active duty that culminated in...
  • What President Bush Has Not Told Us About Iraq - (successes the liberal media won't tell you!)

    07/05/2005 5:50:28 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 39 replies · 1,149+ views
    THE RANT.US ^ | JULY 5, 2005 | SCOTT GRAY
    Kofi Annan had what perhaps was the quote of the week recently. In an editorial displayed in The Washington Post, Annan said of Iraq: “In a media-hungry age, visibility is often regarded as proof of success, but this does not necessarily hold true in Iraq.” Most of Iraq’s successes have been away from the camera. They have been too far away for most Americans to see. President Bush has stated that “successes” abound in Iraq, but he has failed to elaborate. Therefore, I followed Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s advice and searched for the real facts about Iraq. We do see...
  • A 29-Year Study Has Found No Link Between Brain Cancer and Cellphones

    05/06/2016 11:39:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Thursday May 5, 2016 11:50pm | By Chris Mills
    A 29-Year Study Has Found No Link Between Brain Cancer and Cellphones If, and by how much cellphones increase the risk of brain cancer is a long and disputed argument. No one study is going to settle anything, but one statistical analysis of data in Australia hints at cellphones being reasonably safe. The study examines the incidence of brain cancer in the Australian population between 1982 to 2013. The study pitted the prevalence of mobile phones among the population—starting at 0 percent—against brain cancer rates, using data from national cancer registration data. The results showed a very slight increase in...
  • The government wants your fingerprint to unlock your phone. Should that be allowed?

    05/01/2016 7:17:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    L A Times ^ | By Matt Hamilton and Richard Winton
    s the world watched the FBI spar with Apple this winter in an attempt to hack into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, federal officials were quietly waging a different encryption battle in a Los Angeles courtroom. There, authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it. It marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open...
  • Apple remains in dark on how FBI hacked iPhone without help

    03/30/2016 5:56:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 117 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 3/30/2016 | Tami Abdollah
    The FBI's announcement that it mysteriously hacked into an iPhone is a public setback for Apple Inc., as consumers learned that they can't keep the government out of even an encrypted device that U.S. officials had claimed was impossible to crack. Apple, meanwhile, remains in the dark about how to restore the security of its flagship product. The government said it was able to break into an iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, but it didn't say how. That puzzled Apple software engineers — and outside experts — about how the FBI broke the digital...
  • Jury Acquits Woman Arrested for Protecting Her Dog From a Cop

    03/10/2016 11:18:52 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 106 replies
    Reason ^ | Mar. 8, 2016 12:42 pm | Jacob Sullum
    Last week a West Virginia woman who stood between her dog and a state trooper intent on killing him was acquitted of obstructing an officer by a jury in Wood County. It took jurors just half an hour to acquit 23-year-old Tiffanie Hupp after they watched the video of the incident that Hupp's husband, Ryan, shot with his cellphone. Trooper Seth Cook came to the Hupps' house on May 9, 2015, in response to a dispute between a neighbor and Ryan's stepfather. There Cook encountered Buddy, a Labrador-husky mix who was chained outside the house. The dog, whom Hupp describes...
  • Dad Arrested for Taking Daughter’s Phone as Punishment

    01/27/2016 12:09:03 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 72 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 1/27/2016 | Melissa Walker
    When Ronald Jackson found a text he thought was rude and inappropriate on his then-12-year-old daughter's phone in September 2013, he took the cell away. But the child's mother, Michelle Steppe, balked at his action -- and she called the police. Steppe and Jackson have not been a couple for years, and Steppe is now married to a Grand Prairie, Texas, police officer. When the police showed up at Jackson's door later that day and asked for the iPhone 4 back, Jackson refused. "At that point I decided the police don't interfere with my ability to parent my daughter," he...
  • 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...
  • Filming the police (at a safe distance) is not a crime

    01/02/2016 10:28:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 2, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    In some parts of the country this seems to be a settled question but it’s still cropping up in a disturbing number of places. We’re seeing incidents where court cases are popping up over instances where private citizens out on public property wind up in court with the cops after filming the activities of police on the streets. This can go one of two ways: the citizen is in trouble for doing the filming and faces charges or the cops are on the stand because of how they reacted to the filming. Neither should be showing up on the docket,...
  • LEAKED: The secret catalog American law enforcement orders cellphone-spying gear

    12/18/2015 6:31:45 AM PST · by walford · 33 replies
    Boing Boing ^ | Dec 17, 2015 | Cory Doctorow
    The Intercept has obtained a secret government catalog that law enforcement agencies use to source even-more-secret cellular spying devices, mostly variants on the Stingray/Dirtbox, which pretend to be cellular towers in order to harvest the subscriber details of all the people within range (up to an entire city, for the airplane-mounted Dirtboxes). The catalog details the capabilities and costs of the different devices in use in at least 60 law enforcement agencies in the US, most of whom will not admit to owning them (this can go to absurd lengths, such as lying in court, or police-on-police raids to confiscate...
  • Hundreds of migrants arriving in Norway had mobile phones containing images of executions

    12/14/2015 4:56:24 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 53 replies
    Hundreds of asylum-seekers entering Norway were discovered to have images of ‘executions’ and ‘severed heads’ on their mobile phones. The revelation comes amid heightened fears that ISIS is exploiting the migrant crisis to smuggle fighters into Europe, following last month’s attacks in Paris. Police admitted that the ‘explosion’ of refugees crossing into the country over the summer and in recent months meant that security checks were less thorough than required, and weren’t checking the background of those entering the country. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3359901/Hundreds-migrants-arriving-Norway-mobile-phones-containing-images-executions-severed-heads-dead-children-police-reveal.html#ixzz3uLYYe4UG Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Dozens of propane tanks stolen from 3 different metro locations

    12/11/2015 7:56:02 AM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 44 replies
    Fox 4 News Kansas City ^ | December 10, 2015 | Shannon O'Brien
    <p>KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Several Missouri law enforcement agencies have notified the FBI about a large amount of cell phone purchases from area Walmarts.</p> <p>Now, another incident has some people wondering if we are in danger of a terrorist attack in our area. A large number of propane tanks have been reported stolen from several locations is Independence and Lee`s Summit.</p>
  • Large Quantity of Cellphones Bought By “Immigrants” at Rural Missouri Walmart Sets Off Alarms

    12/09/2015 3:45:08 PM PST · by daisy12 · 146 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 9, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Two “foreign speaking” men set off alarms after they entered the local Walmart store in Lebanon, Missouri and purchased 60 cellphones. The purchase was made around 4 AM last Saturday morning. Police were called but released the men saying they didn’t have a legal reason to detain them.
  • Why your new ÂŁ600 smartphone is probably not as good as your phone from a decade ago

    12/03/2015 10:06:14 AM PST · by the scotsman · 31 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 2nd December 2015 | Christopher Williams
    'Ever suspected that your ÂŁ600, top-of-the-range smartphone is not as good for basic communications as the mobile you used a decade ago? Now there is official confirmation you are probably right. A study commissioned by the industry regulator Ofcom has found that for all the technology packed into flagship devices by Apple, Samsung and others, a handset costing a fraction of the price typically provides better signal performance for voice calls and texts. The research, conducted in controlled lab conditions on a selection of popular smartphones and non-smart phones currently on the market, found that on a 2G network the...
  • Will 2016 Be The Year Of Wireless Energy?

    11/19/2015 9:06:06 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 30 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 19-11-2015 | Maccie
    Wireless power has been a dream of mankind’s for decades, but the technology finally appears to be gaining some traction. Theoretically, numerous studies have shown that wireless power is possible through a variety of aerial transmission modalities. Yet the problem with wireless power has been getting the technology to work at a reasonable range. So far, commercial use of wireless power has been limited, but progress is being made. For instance, Samsung now has a commercially available wireless charger for its cell phones. With the charger, consumers do not need to plug their phone into the wall for it to...
  • Taxes And Fees On Wireless Phone Plans Surge To 18%

    11/17/2015 4:58:32 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/16/2015 | John Merline
    The cost of mobile phone service has been steadily declining over the past decade, as cellphone companies fiercely compete for business. But customers aren't seeing it in their phone bills, thanks to revenue-hungry federal, state and local governments.
  • This Android malware is so bad, you might be better off buying a new phone

    11/06/2015 9:18:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Mashable ^ | November 6, 2015 | BY STAN SCHROEDER
    We've seen Android malware that takes your photos and videos for ransom, and there's one that can mimic your phone's shutdown process and spy on you even though the phone appears to be off. But a new family of malware, detailed by security firm Lookout on Wednesday, is probably the scariest we've heard of: It's so hard to remove that, in some cases, victims might be better off just buying a new device. Lookout's researchers have found 20,000 samples of three pieces of malware, named Shedun, Shuanet, and ShiftyBug, which share a lot of the same code and use similar...
  • Sprint Signs Major Deal in Cuba

    11/04/2015 3:21:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 11/3/15 | Ramon Taylor
    Sprint became the first U.S. telecommunications company to provide direct roaming mobile phone service to foreigners in Cuba, after a striking a deal at the Havana International Fair. Sprint says it expects the number of visitors in Cuba to reach 5 million a year within the next decade. The U.S.-based firm Sprint signed a deal with Cuba’s state telecommunications agency Etecsa, with the objective to reach millions of tourists expected to visit the island in coming years. The move comes as Washington and Havana continue to explore business opportunities, since restoring diplomatic relations in July for the first time in...
  • Security flaw makes every Android device on AT&T and Verizon's wireless vulnerable

    10/17/2015 8:27:34 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Neowin.net ^ | Saturday, October 17, 2015 | By Manish Singh
    A newly found security flaw could be affecting every Android device on AT&T or Verizon’s wireless network, according to an advisory posted by the Carnegie Mellon University CERT database. The vulnerability in question targets LTE wireless networks and takes advantage of the way some US carriers have implemented the technology on their respective networks. Users on T-Mobile network are reportedly not affected. A group of South Korean researchers, on Friday, reported about a vulnerability that puts a large pool of Android devices -- every version of Android including Marshmallow -- in the United States at risk. If exploited, attackers...
  • Cell Phone WiFi

    08/31/2015 6:49:05 PM PDT · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 44 replies
    I'm thinking of upgrading my cell phone. My car has Bluetooth but my phone can't even take pictures. So I see these phones with Bluetooth and along with that most say WiFi. I have one of Sprints original contracts at $15 a month. Of course there is no internet. texting or whatever. So when a phone says WiFi what does that mean? Does the phone have some type of browser that can access a free WiFi independent of the phones phone software? Pardon my ignorance and thanks. And I'm looking at used phones, new phones require me to drop my...
  • StingRay surveillance prompts Baltimore attorneys to review nearly 2,000 cases

    08/29/2015 8:58:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Andrew Blake
    Attorneys in Baltimore are reviewing hundreds of convictions after an investigation revealed that police there have secretly used cell phone surveillance tools in nearly 2,000 criminal cases. Following a report in USA Today that exposed the extent of the Baltimore Police Department’s use of cell-tracking technology to locate suspects sought in connection with low-level crimes, lawyers in the city’s public defender office now tell the paper they plan to ask the court to toss out “a large number” of convictions.
  • 7 Points That Prove How Dangerous Cell Phones Are to Humankind

    08/08/2015 4:05:43 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 126 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 8/7/2015 | Bernie Suarez
    Is the cell phone or more specifically the modern day "smart phone" the most destructive invention in the history of humankind? I believe it may very well be and here is my argument. No other invention has permeated human activity like the modern day cell phone. Here is a list of things that you may not have thought of that cell phones are responsible for. When you get to the bottom of this list you may just realize that the cell phone is the electronics invention ''ace-in-the-hole'' for the globalists and their new world order plans. 1 - Cell...
  • Certifi-gate: Hundreds of Millions of Android Devices Could Be Pwned

    08/07/2015 12:23:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Checkpoint ^ | August 6, 2015 | by Check Point Research Team
    Check Point today released details about Certifi-gate, a previously unknown vulnerability in the architecture of popular mobile Remote Support Tools (RSTs) used by virtually every Android device manufacturer and network service provider. The Check Point mobile threat research team disclosed its findings at a briefing session at Black Hat USA 2015 in Las Vegas, NV this morning.What is Certifi-gate?Certifi-gate is a set of vulnerabilities in the authroization methods between mobile Remote Support Tool (mRST) apps and system-level plugs on a device. mRSTs allow remote personnel to offer customers personalized technical support for their devices by replicating a device’s screen and by...
  • FBI looks for man who held Clinton, Boxer fundraisers

    03/03/2007 2:00:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies · 2,664+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 3, 2007 | ROBIN FIELDS AND CHUCK NEUBAUER
    WASHINGTON // A Pakistani immigrant who hosted fundraisers for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is being sought by the FBI on allegations that he funneled illegal contributions to Clinton's political action committee and to Sen. Barbara Boxer's 2004 re-election campaign. Authorities say Northridge, Calif., businessman Abdul Rehman Jinnah, 56, fled the country shortly after being indicted on charges of engineering more than $50,000 in illegal donations to the Democratic committees. A business associate charged as Jinnah's co-conspirator has entered a guilty plea and is scheduled to be sentenced in Los Angeles next week. ...The case has transformed Jinnah from a political...
  • Personal details of 500 million Android users at risk: impossible to completely clear data

    05/23/2015 10:54:18 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/23/2015 | James Dunn
    Up to 500million Andriod users who use or have used Android software could be at risk from having personal information shared after tests revealed it's impossible to clear data from many devices. A report by Cambridge University showed that private text messages, images, videos and email details can be recovered, even after a total wipe - or factory reset - has been done. It means that people who have given away, sold or lost phones are now at risk from having their personal details and any private or sensitive information in messages or emails seen by whoever now has their...
  • The Computers are Listening How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text

    05/05/2015 5:22:43 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 21 replies
    The Intercept ^ | Today at 7:08 AM | Dan Froomkin
    Most people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now become part of their permanent record. But even as they increasingly use apps that understand what they say, most people don’t realize that the words they speak are not so private anymore, either. Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored. The documents show NSA analysts celebrating the development of what they called “Google...
  • Pet Peeve: Why Are Most Amateur Cell Phone Videos Still Recorded Vertical?

    05/02/2015 5:04:53 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 81 replies
    Self | May 2, 2015 | PJ-Comix
    I just saw an amateur video of actor Chad L. Coleman of "The Wire" and "Walking Dead" going berserk on a NYC subway. Well, I feel like going just as berserk watching that video. Why? It had nothing to do with Coleman and everything to do with whoever recorded the scene on his cell phone because once again it was VERTICAL. Why, oh WHY do people STILL record in the VERTICAL when it is obvious that turning the cell phone HORIZONTALLY allows for a much fuller field of vision in stark contrast to the NARROW band of the vertically held...
  • Lost in Cyberspace – As Seen in a Commercial

    04/18/2015 8:03:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Lost in Cyberspace – As Seen in a Commercial By: Msgr. Charles PopeFor most people, the word virtual has come to mean the Internet or the computer world, as in “occurring or existing primarily online.”  But the word virtual has an original meaning that is actually quite descriptive of a modern problem.Prior to its application to the computer world, the word virtual meant “being something in effect, though not actually or expressly being such.” In other words, if something is virtual it has aspects of the real thing but is not the real thing. In the sentence “The man is a virtual goldmine...
  • iPhone 6 hands Apple record share of Samsung's home market

    01/21/2015 4:48:37 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:55am EST | By Se Young Lee
    SEOUL, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Apple Inc is chipping away at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's dominant position in its home turf of South Korea - thanks to its new iPhone 6 series. Apple captured a record 33 percent market share in South Korea in November, the highest ever for a foreign brand, according to a monthly report released by Hong Kong-based market research company Counterpoint on Wednesday. In contrast, Samsung's share slipped to 46 percent after hovering around 60 percent for five months. Apple's gains in South Korea are telling, as November was the first full month that the...
  • Federal authorities indict alleged gang members, jail guards (Baltimore City)

    04/23/2013 6:37:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4/23/2013 | Ian Duncan and Jessica Anderson
    A cabal of corrupt corrections officers and members of the Black Guerrilla Family gang enjoyed nearly free rein inside the Baltimore City Detention Center, federal authorities allege, smuggling drugs and cellphones into the jail and having sexual relationships that left four guards pregnant. An indictment unsealed Tuesday names 25 people — including 13 women working as corrections officers — who face racketeering, drug and money-laundering charges. It alleges that Tavon White, an inmate known as "Bulldog," took control of the prison gang soon after his arrival in 2009 on an attempted-murder charge. He is accused of building a network of...
  • Researchers discover flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls, intercept text messages

    12/19/2014 7:11:31 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Friday, December 19, 2014 ˇ 10:26 am
    “German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available,” Craig Timberg reports for The Washington Post. “The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are the latest evidence of widespread insecurity on SS7, the global network that allows the world’s cellular carriers to route calls, texts and other services to each other,” Timberg reports. “Experts say it’s increasingly clear that SS7, first designed in...
  • Why the new 5G network will change your life

    12/04/2014 8:24:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The London Metro's Tech Blog ^ | December 1, 2014 | Rob Waugh
    You might only just have got your head round the idea of 4G, but a new network is just around the corner, and it could be 100s of times faster – and the new technology could lead to a world where everything from your car to your lightbulbs ‘talk to you’ via apps. When David Cameron first mentioned research into 5G, he suggested 5G-equipped devices could download HD films in a second – but the new network might be so fast it can download 800 films per second, according to University of Surrey researchers. ‘Latency’ – that annoying ‘lag’ when...
  • Americans’ Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program (DOJ Program)

    11/13/2014 4:39:00 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 35 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...
  • Energy Storage of the Future: Researchers Find Promising Properties in Lightest Materials

    11/07/2014 10:01:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Virtual-Strategy Magazine ^ | October 20, 2014
    Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently found that properties of graphene aerogel could be used to enhance energy storage for electric vehicles and other high-power energy storage applications. The research will appear as the cover article in the Nov. 14 issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Personal electronics such as cell phones and laptops could get a boost from some of the lightest materials in the world. Lawrence Livermore researchers have turned to graphene aerogel for enhanced electrical energy storage that eventually could be used to smooth out power fluctuations in the energy grid. The team found...
  • Most Awesome 1:23 ad you've ever seen (Vanity)

    10/24/2014 3:38:31 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 50 replies
    You've got to see this Ad and pass it on to your kids and grand kids. It's in a theater in Hong Kong among unsuspecting theater goers. Click on YouTube above or the Direct Link I will try to post in Comment #2 box. It's worth your time and could save a life...... probably yours.
  • Future Smartphones Won’t Need Cell Towers to Connect

    09/30/2014 10:44:32 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 40 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tom Simonite
    A new feature being added to the LTE protocol that smartphones use to communicate with cellular towers will make it possible to bypass those towers altogether. Phones will be able to “talk” directly to other mobile devices and to beacons located in shops and other businesses. Known as LTE Direct, the wireless technology has a range of up to 500 meters, far more than either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It is included in update to the LTE standard slated for approval this year, and devices capable of LTE Direct could appear as soon as late 2015. LTE Direct has been pioneered...
  • Stranger Danger and Guns ("What an idiot!")

    09/28/2014 1:44:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The New York Times Sunday Review ^ | September 28, 2014 | Nicholas Kristof
    EARLIER this month, my iPhone vanished. I looked up its location on an app called Find My Friends that my wife and I use, and I had a shock: The app said my phone was in a house 15 miles away, in a neighborhood that I’d never visited. I drove there. It was night. The house looked creepy. My wife stayed in the car, cellphone in hand, ready to summon the cavalry. I walked to the front door and rang the doorbell. Nothing. The lights were on, so I rang again and knocked hard. I spent five minutes ringing the...
  • Teen Safe Phone Ap

    09/28/2014 1:04:24 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 10 replies
    Self | 9/28/14 | Pontiac
    Anyone using the Teen Safe cell phone ap to control their teen's cell phone use. I would like to use something like Ignore No More but it is not available for iPhone, Android only.
  • Japan To Restart Two Nuclear Reactors

    09/14/2014 8:52:30 PM PDT · by jonatron · 8 replies
    Japan’s nuclear watchdog has given the green light for two reactors to restart but the operator still has to persuade local communities they are safe. sendai-plant Widespread anti-nuclear sentiment has simmered in Japan ever since an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 caused meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant, sparking the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl. The country’s nuclear reactors were switched off after the catastrophe. Two reactors were briefly restarted last year but all of Japan’s nuclear plants are currently offline. The go-ahead from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) for two reactors at the Sendai plant (pictured) in southern...
  • Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers Are Intercepting Calls All Over The US

    09/04/2014 4:58:02 AM PDT · by wtd · 27 replies
    business insider ^ | Sept. 3, 2014 | Jack Dutton
    Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science. Rather than offering you cellphone service, the [fake] towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts. [snip] Although it is unclear who owns the towers, ESD found that several of them were located near U.S. military bases.
  • Arrests Made in Mpls. Connected to Multimillion Dollar Cellphone Theft Ring

    08/12/2014 7:12:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/12/14 | Cassie Hart/AP
    Eighteen people were arrested Tuesday for their connection to a worldwide crime ring involving stolen cell phones and identities, which was centered in the Twin Cities. Many cell phones were bought with stolen identities from Minnesotans and sold for profits of up to 1,000 percent in places like China, according to federal investigators. Twenty people were involved in the sale of potentially tens of thousands of stolen phones, which could be worth tens of millions of dollars, according to officials. Some of the suspects appear to have a criminal history involving; theft, assault and using a fake name.
  • WTO Upholds ‘Rare Earth’ Ruling Against China

    08/12/2014 7:33:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 8, 2014 12:50 AM EDT
    The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated trade rules with restrictions on the export of “rare earths,” the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars and other high-tech products. […] China has about one-third of global deposits of rare earths but accounts for more than 90 percent of production. In 2009, it alarmed foreign companies by limiting rare earth exports in an attempt to boost its domestic manufacturing base. …
  • Why are Cell Phone Carriers Trying Not To Save Lives?

    08/09/2014 4:59:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2014 | Scottie Hughes
    Have you ever been frustrated with using your GPS system on your phone or in your car and found that the accuracy was often a block or more off? Or worse, in rural areas the streets may not even be shown at all. It might surprise you to learn that the 911 tracking system used by first responders to find people who are in the midst of a dire emergency may be even more inaccurate. Attempts to improve the 911 system to ensure that people needing emergency attention from police, fire or other first responders can be located quickly are...
  • Congress Passes Bill Allowing Unlocking Cell Phones

    07/26/2014 4:32:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Christine Rousselle
    A bill to permit the practice of "unlocking" a cell phone--meaning a consumer could use the same phone on different carriers--was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama. The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act passed with wide bipartisan support and was sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) in the House and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in the Senate. Unlocking a phone without the wireless carrier's permission was legal in the U.S. until a 2012 decision by the U.S. Copyright Office. That decision resulted in a grassroots campaign...
  • FTC: T-Mobile Customers Hit With 'Bogus' Charges

    07/01/2014 3:14:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | July 1, 2014 | Matthew Rocco
    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday filed a complaint alleging that T-Mobile US failed to remove unauthorized charges on its customers’ phone bills. The charges stem from text-message scams that send content like celebrity gossip to mobile devices. According to the complaint, T-Mobile received 35% to 40% of the total amount charged to users for the subscription, which costs $9.99 a month. T-Mobile continued to bill customers for those services years after becoming aware of the fraudulent charges, the FTC said. The nation’s fourth-largest wireless carrier received a high number of consumer complaints as early as 2012. In a...
  • 4 Things You Need to Know If the Police Try To Search Your Phone

    06/30/2014 3:38:15 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 45 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 06/30/2014 | Ashley Feinberg
    In a rare unanimous Supreme Court decision yesterday, all nine Justices agreed that, yep, searching your phone without a warrant is indeed illegal. So if a police officer ever does try to dig through your digital dirt unlawfully, this is what you need to do. The often controversial Chief Justice John Roberts summed the whole thing up with a few delightfully biting lines in the court's decision:
  • T-Mobile Query

    06/28/2014 7:27:35 PM PDT · by bboop · 28 replies
    self | 6.28.2014 | self
    Looking to get Android cell phone on T-Mobile, maybe Google Nexus 5. Any thoughts about T-Mobile network reliability or Nexus 5? Thanks.