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Hey, FBI. Wanna track someone by cellphone? Get a proper warrant, says US appeals court

A US appeals court says data revealing the whereabouts of you and your phone is protected under the Fourth Amendment – meaning it is protected from unreasonable searches by the cops and Feds. As a result, the police will have to get a warrant to access citizens' cellphone location records, and will have to prove there is " …
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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

Recent legislation banning the use of handheld phones by drivers had basically no effect on the number of road accidents, according to a new study. “If it’s really that dangerous, and if even just a fraction of people stop using their phones, we would expect to find some decrease in accidents,” says professor Daniel Kaffine, …
Lewis Page, 21 Jul 2014
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Feds propose 50-state ban on mobile use while driving

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called for a nationwide ban on driving while using what it calls "personal electronic devices" – PEDs – by which they mean mobile phones and, to a lesser extent, fondleslabs. And when the NTSB says mobile phones, they mean handheld or hands-free, unless the hands-free …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Dec 2011
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Happy New Year text prematurely blows up suicide bomber

A suicide bomber's plan to detonate explosives in Central Moscow on New Year's Eve was foiled when she received an unexpected text message that caused her deadly payload to blow up too early, according to news reports. The message wishing her a happy new year came hours before the unnamed woman was to set off her suicide belt …
Dan Goodin, 27 Jan 2011
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Cell phone search needs no warrant, say Cal Supremes

California's high court said police don't need a warrant to read text messages stored on the cell phones of people taken into custody. Monday's 5-2 decision (PDF) relied on separate decisions from the 1970s by the US Supreme Court that upheld warrantless searches of cigarette packs and clothing taken from suspects after they …
Dan Goodin, 5 Jan 2011
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US politico calls for cancer warning on cell phones

There's no consensus among scientists whether mobile phones actually slow-cook human brains, but one US legislator is hoping her state will be the first frightened enough to assume they do. Maine state legislator Andrea Boland plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would require mobile handsets in …
Austin Modine, 22 Dec 2009
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Cops need warrant to search phones, say Ohio Supremes

Police officers must obtain a search warrant before snooping through the contents of a suspect's cell phone, Ohio's supreme court ruled on Tuesday. The issue of whether mobile phones fall under US Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures appears never to have been weighed by any other US state supreme …
Austin Modine, 16 Dec 2009

Your phone is winding me up

A UK firm has designed what’s thought to be the world’s first mobile phone with an integrated wind-up charger mechanism. Wind-up chargers for a wide variety of gadgets have been available for years. But TCL - the firm behind the wind-up handset - claims a greater amount of energy will be created by cranking power directly into …
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US researchers demand cell phone safety tax

A US senate subcommittee was told this week by cellphone safety researchers that more money is needed to research cellphone safety, ideally through a $1 tax on every mobile-phone bill. The usual suspects turned up to present evidence to the Subcommittee on Labour, Health, and Human Services, which was sitting to consider the …
Bill Ray, 16 Sep 2009
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Googlephone set for second US carrier

Sprint will be the second US mobile carrier to dream of electric sheep this October when it begins selling the HTC Hero running Google's Android operating system. While most wireless carriers have pledged support for the Android camp, T-Mobile's G1 and myTouch 3G (also manufactured by HTC) are the only phones currently …
Austin Modine, 3 Sep 2009

INQ launches 3G Twitter phones

INQ is taking Twitter to the masses with two “social mobile” handsets. INQ_Chat_3G INQ's Chat 3G: for BlackBerry types? The INQ Chat 3G and Mini 3G both support a 3G connection, as their names suggest. But while the flagship Chat is targeted to BlackBerry types on a budget, the Mini is an entry-level phone for the …
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LG 830 "Spyder" phones recalled for dropping 911 calls

US consumer safety regulators have issued a recall on some 30,000 LG mobile phones after a software error caused a stranded motorist's phone to drop its connection to 911 emergency services. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the recall involves LG 830 "Spyder" touch-screen cell phones sold in the US from September …
Austin Modine, 2 Mar 2009
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US teen cuffed for disorderly classroom texting

A text-happy Wisconsin teen who refused to stop messaging during a high school maths lesson was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct, and now faces a court appearance for her trouble. The unnamed 14-year-old girl was busted last Wednesday at Wauwatosa East High School. According to the rap sheet posted on The Smoking Gun …
Lester Haines, 19 Feb 2009
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Googlephone gets native MS Office viewers

Mobile-doc mavens Quickoffice have brought their handheld Microsoft Office viewers to the Googlephone. Quickoffice for Android will make its debut sometime this week when Google finally opens its Android (app) Market to mobile apps with price tags. Able to view Word and Excel files saved in Microsoft's Office 2003 format, the …
Cade Metz, 17 Feb 2009
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Google's Android Market accepts price tags

US and and UK developers can now include price tags when uploading mobile apps to Google's Android Market, the Chocolate Factory's answer to the iPhone App Store. Google says that priced apps will go on-sale sometime this week - but only in the US. On Friday, with a post to the official Android Developers blog, Googler Eric …
Cade Metz, 16 Feb 2009
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Google shoves ebook monopoly onto iPhone

Google has unleashed its incubating digitized book monopoly onto the iPhone (and iPhone-wannabes running its very own Android OS). Yesterday, the online ad broker announced a mobile version of Google Book Search, boasting that the new service offers over 1.5 million digitized books to Americans still interested in reading …
Cade Metz, 6 Feb 2009
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Motorola's navel gazing Android delayed

Motorola's first Android-based phone won't arrive in the US until the second quarter of next year. Europe will have to wait until the third quarter. To compensate, the company's going for a novelty twofer. What's more fatuously chic than yet another touch screen smartphone? Social networking, naturally. Motorola is spending $ …
Austin Modine, 21 Oct 2008
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Cancer doctor cites 'early' data on cell phone danger

The head of a leading US cancer research institute has sent out a warning to his staff to limit their cell phone use because of a risk of developing brain cancer. In a memo sent by University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute director Dr. Ronald Herbman yesterday, he cautions mobile phone users should not to let a lack of …
Austin Modine, 24 Jul 2008

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