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Number of teens texting while driving has doubled since 2010 despite warnings

By on April 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM.

Number of teens texting while driving has doubled since 2010 despite warnings

Despite increased efforts by companies such as AT&T (T) and others to prevent teenagers from texting while driving, a new statistic showed that the problem has become an epidemic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association revealed that the number of teens who use a mobile device while driving has doubled since 2010 to two out of every five, ArsTechnica reported. The agency also found that at any given time there are more than 600,000 drivers using a cell phone or some other electronic device, while almost half, or 48.6%, of all drivers in the U.S. have admitted to answering incoming phone calls, and one in four has admitted to placing a call. More →

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FCC Review Cell Phone Radiation

FCC will review cell phone radiation danger – and lawyers are already sharpening their claws

By on April 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM.

FCC will review cell phone radiation danger – and lawyers are already sharpening their claws

Well, that did not take long. Within a few days after the Federal Communications Commission confirmed it will review cell phone radiation guidelines, class action lawyers of a certain ilk have swung to action. Since the FCC previously issued guidelines about cell phone use in 1996, it is quite natural it will revisit the issue in 2013. But that does not mean you can’t put a sinister spin on the development. More →

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Smartphone Unlocking White House

White House supports petition to legalize cell phone unlocking

By on March 4, 2013 at 3:10 PM.

White House supports petition to legalize cell phone unlocking

A petition asking the Obama administration to reverse a decision made by the Librarian of Congress last fall to deny consumers the right to unlock their phones and bring them to different carriers recently garnered more than 100,000 signatures, prompting a formal response from the government. The White House on Monday came out in support of the petition, noting that consumers ought to be allowed to unlock their devices if they so choose. More →

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Cell Phone Brain Cancer Study

Lawyers lick their chops as new study links cell phones to lower brain cancer survival rates

By on February 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM.

Lawyers lick their chops as new study links cell phones to lower brain cancer survival rates

For the past 10 years, a diverse group of epidemiologists has tried to nail down an association between mobile phone use and brain cancer. This has not panned out. Several recent, large-scale European studies have indicated there is no correlation. However, every now and then a research paper still tries to approach the topic from a new and unusual angle and manages to keep the issue alive for awhile longer. More →

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Smartphone Unlocking Petition

Thousands sign White House petition to reverse phone unlocking ban

By on January 29, 2013 at 1:47 PM.

Thousands sign White House petition to reverse phone unlocking ban

It became illegal for consumers to unlock their mobile phones over the weekend due to a bylaw in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The ruling now requires consumers to get permission from their wireless providers before freeing their mobile phones for use on other networks. Under the law, first-time offenders can be fined up to $500,000 or be imprisoned for up to five years for unlocking a subsidized wireless phone without a carrier’s consent. News of the ruling spread like wildfire and enraged consumers from coast to cost. One 27-year-old app developer had enough, however, and he decided to make a stand. More →

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Smartphone Unlocking Illegal

Unlocking your smartphone will be illegal starting next week

By on January 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM.

Unlocking your smartphone will be illegal starting next week

The Librarian of Congress determined in October of last year that certain actions involving mobile phones were illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The rules were revised to state that while it is legal to jailbreak smartphones, it is illegal to jailbreak tablets and illegal to unlock phones without permission from your wireless provider. A 90-day window was put in place that allowed consumers to purchase a phone and unlock it, however that window closes on January 26th, TechNewsDaily noted. Most carriers lock their phones to prevent them from running on competitors’ networks. Starting next week, U.S. consumers will no longer legally be allowed to unlock their carrier-locked devices without permission, though some smartphones such as Verizon’s iPhone 5 and the Nexus 4 are unlocked to begin with.

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US Landline Usage Study 2012

Typical American without a landline: A 27-year old Latino living in Columbus, Ohio

By on January 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM.

Typical American without a landline: A 27-year old Latino living in Columbus, Ohio

The statistical study compiled by NHIS about landline and mobile phone usage in American households is a pretty fascinating read. The number of U.S. adults with a mobile phone but no landline rose to 34% in the first half of 2012. That percentage is ticking up roughly two points every six months — a fairly rapid clip. The number of adults with a landline but no mobile phone plunged below 8% according to the study, which was picked up by GigaOm. These numbers may explain why some of the pollsters using landline-only calls in the last election ran off the rails so spectacularly. So many Americans can no longer be reached via a landline phone that polling methods simply must be adjusted. More →

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Smartphones

Setback for U.S. lawyers: Cell phones still aren’t causing cancer

By on December 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM.

Setback for U.S. lawyers: Cell phones still aren’t causing cancer

A brand new study published in the prestigious Epidemiology journal shows that mobile phone usage still cannot be linked to gliomas, a broad range of cancerous tumors type that form in the brain or spinal cord. The study used glioma incidence statistics from four Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark) over a 20-year period. More →

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Cell Phone Evolution

Visualizing the evolution of cell phones over the past 25 years [video]

By on November 22, 2012 at 11:35 AM.

Visualizing the evolution of cell phones over the past 25 years [video]

Technology evolves faster now than it ever has before, and perhaps no better area of consumer electronics better illustrates that than cell phones. BGR’s recent feature on reinventing the Motorola RAZR shows just how dramatically cell phone technology has evolved, and that transition took place only over the past seven years. Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a showcase illustrating the evolution of the cell phone over the past 25 years and designboom was on hand to capture the great exhibit. A video and a few images follow below, but the entire 25-year visual history can be seen on designboom’s site. More →

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There are now roughly 6 billion cell phone subscribers in the world

By on October 11, 2012 at 8:27 PM.

There are now roughly 6 billion cell phone subscribers in the world

Worldwide Cell Phone Usage

There are believed to be more than 7 billion people on this planet, and the overwhelming majority of them own cell phones. According to the International Telecommunication Union, roughly 86 out of 100 people own at least one cell phone, totaling approximately 6 billion subscriptions. China alone accounts for 1 billion users and India is expected to hit the same milestone in the coming months, the Associated Press reported. The U.N. agency also reported that 2.3 billion people, or about one in three globally, were Internet users, however there were inconsistencies between rich and developing countries. The ITU notes that 70% of people who use the Internet are from wealthier and more industrialized countries, compared to 24% who are located in poorer and developing nations. More →

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Congress wants the FCC to review outdated cell phone radiation standards

By on August 8, 2012 at 10:35 PM.

Congress wants the FCC to review outdated cell phone radiation standards

Cell Phone Radiation Congress

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) introduced a bill in Congress last Friday that would examine force the FCC to investigate the potential side effects of radiation from mobile phones. The bill demands that the government “examine, label, and communicate adverse human biological effects associated with exposure to electromagnetic fields from cellphones and other wireless devices, and for other purposes.” On Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office also called for action, noting that the Federal Communications Commission set its maximum exposure limits more than 15 years ago during the early days of mobile technology. The GAO warns that federal cell phone radiation standards are outdated and may not protect public health. More →

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Apple owns 8.8% of cell phone market, 73% of cell phone profits

By on May 3, 2012 at 4:35 PM.

Apple owns 8.8% of cell phone market, 73% of cell phone profits

Apple owns cell phone profits

After posting the most profitable quarter in technology company history to close 2011 — and the second most profitable quarter among all companies, ever — Apple came back again in the first calendar quarter of 2012 and managed another monster quarter. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant earned $11.6 billion on $39.2 billion in sales during the second fiscal quarter of 2012, and its iPhone was responsible for an estimated 80% of all smartphone profits during the quarter. According to Apple watcher Horace Dediu, Apple’s share of all cell phone profits was nearly as overwhelming. More →

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No clear evidence that mobile phone’s increase risk of cancer

By on April 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM.

No clear evidence that mobile phone’s increase risk of cancer

According to the largest review of its kind, the British Health Protection Agency says there is no clear evidence that radiation from mobile phones poses a health threat, The Guardian reported on Thursday. Scientists found no convincing proof that radio waves from mobile phones cause brain tumors or any other type of cancer. They did caution that it was “important” to watch for signs of rising cancer cases, however, because they had too little information to assess the risk beyond 15 years of mobile usage. The study was conducted by the Health Protection Agency’s independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR). More →

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