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Could mobile phone data help bring electricity to the developing world?

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.

US Court Says Warrantless Mobile Phone Tracking Is A-OK

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 »      

A Woman Being Held Hostage Called for Help Via a Pizza Delivery Order

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

Word From Rec and Park in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle: “Radio Frequency Energy May Exceed Exposure Limits”

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 […]

How to Properly Collect an Opt In SMS Database (Part 1 of 2)

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 […]

Court: No Warrant Needed For Police to Snag Cell Location Data

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

The Best Smart Bulbs for Home Automation 

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 […]

Warrants not required for police to get your cell phone cell-site records

Mobile callers' cell-tower history is fair game for cops—probable cause unnecessary.

Court Says Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking Is A-Okay

21 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

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...

Court Rules Police Don't Need A Warrant To Get Your Cellphone Records

22 hours agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

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 [...]

Meet the Twisted YouTube Geniuses Who Destroyed the Apple Watch

23 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

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...

‘Life Smartphone’, A Clever Animation Demonstrating How Cell Phone Addiction Leads to Unacceptable Oblivion

23 hours agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

“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

Police no longer need a warrant for cell phone records, court rules

23 hours agoTechnology / Security : Zero Day

A federal appeals court said citizens have "no expectation of privacy" when a third-party company holds data, such as cell phone records.

Appeals Court Says Warrantless Phone Tracking Doesn't Violate 4th Amendment Because 'Third Party Doctrine'

23 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

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

Prosecutors said they will pursue child pornography case against D.C. police officer

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 >>

Twitter chat: Are you benefiting from modern day slavery?

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.

Periscope app causes copyright concerns

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.        

Renting, not buying membership

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...]

Babes in Mobileland: Study Shows Huge Percentage of Wee Ones Master Mobile Before Potty Training

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 […]

Bipartisan group of House members plot to strengthen NSA reforms

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

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