Researchers have used anonymized cell phone data to assess the feasibility of electrification options for rural communities in Senegal, demonstrating a potentially valuable approach to using data to solve problems of development.
Do you like privacy? You’re going to hate this news. A US federal court just ruled that law enforcement doesn’t need a warrant to obtain cell tower location data. This is just a year after the same federal court ruled that it did need a warrant, a move some called the biggest privacy wins in recent memory. Now it is a loss. More »
Quick thinking. While being held at knifepoint by her boyfriend, a genius Florida mother used Pizza Hut's delivery app to essentially order up some police. The boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson, had confiscated Cheryl Treadway's cell phone, but she convinced him to let her order a pepperoni pizza. Show More Summary
TweetI’ll tell you, they’ve been working on installing this generator-powered mobile cell phone tower(?) in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle near Fell and Masonic since Monday, so obvs the Recreation and Park Department knows what’s going on here: But what’s behind the cyclone fencing? It’s a NOTICE what says: “STAY BACK! Radio-frequency energy May exceed […]
As we all know SMS text messaging is a very popular and effective way to get your marketing message out to your audience. More reliable than email, text messages are read quicker than email and people tend to keep their cell phone number longer than they do any given email address. So it stands to […]
A federal court ruled police can obtain cell phone location records from carriers without first getting a warrant. A Florida man, Quartavious Davis, convicted of seven armed robberies in 2010 argued the cell phone records used to place him in the vicinity of the robberies were protected under the Fourth Amendment. Show More Summary
Like cell phones, watches, and thermostats, light bulbs have grown exponentially smarter in recent years. You can now replace your standard incandescent bulbs with a variety of connected lighting solutions that you can control with just a few taps on your smartphone or tablet. But with so many options flooding the market, which one is right […]
Mobile callers' cell-tower history is fair game for cops—probable cause unnecessary.
Do you like privacy? You’re going to hate this news. A federal court just ruled that law enforcement doesn’t need a warrant to obtain cell tower location data. This is just a year after the same federal court ruled that it did need a warrant, a move some called the biggest privacy wins in recent memory. Now it is a loss. Read more...
A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the public has no reasonable expectation of privacy when it comes to their cell phone location records. Cops don’t need a search warrant to get access to cell tower location records when investigating criminal cases because this information belongs to a third [...]
I called Richard Ryan late on a Thursday evening. His voice through the phone was scratchy and you could hear these faint “pops” every so often. This wasn’t the fault of some piss-poor cell reception. This was something else. “Sorry about the explosives going off in the background,” he said. Read more...
“Smartphone Life” by students at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts is a cleverly satirical animation that demonstrates how cellphone addiction not only makes people oblivious to the world around them, but the inattention of the obsessed actually causes dangerous situations in which people get hurt. via Kotaku Japan, RocketNews24
A federal appeals court said citizens have "no expectation of privacy" when a third-party company holds data, such as cell phone records.
For about a year now, we've been following the Quartavious Davis en banc appeal case, in which Davis's lawyers were challenging the use of historical cell phone location data (not real time GPS info) that was collected without a warrant...Show More Summary
A D.C. police officer and church pastor who has been charged with sexually assaulting two teenager girls will face additional charges after investigators found photos of one of the victims on the officer’s cell phone, a prosecutor said in court.Read full article >>
Twenty-one million people are currently victims of modern day slavery. And most Americans use or consume products produced by slave labor--everything from pet food to sushi to cell phone parts--on a daily basis. Continue reading ? The post Twitter chat: Are you benefiting from modern day slavery? appeared first on PBS NewsHour.
A popular new app called Periscope allows users to live stream video from their cell phones. However it's led to copyright concerns after users streamed the Mayweather versus Pacquiao fight.
Cell phone companies will often engage in loss leader sales to get people on renewable multi-year contracts. The logic is simple. Once someone is on a contract, they are very unlikely to switch, so a short term loss and mediocre service will produce a long term customer and thus a long term revenue stream. Insurance [Read more...]
For a time, toy companies did a bang up business in fake cell phone toys for tiny tots. Now? Little ones’ first exposure to mobile phones and mobile media is likely to be via the real thing. A recent study conducted by researchers in the pediatrics division at the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia has […]
Congress has a little under a month to reauthorize expiring provisions of the Patriot Act—including Section 215, the provision that is being used to allow bulk collection of cell phone data. But conflicts both within and between the two chambers put that reauthorization into question. Show More Summary