Call screening has become a popular way of avoiding unwanted or nuisance calls on landlines, but the service has never been available on used cell phones – until now. T-Mobile has become the first wireless carrier in the United States to provide a caller ID feature.
Almost as many as 500 complaints were made about the used cell phone industry in just the last 12 months in the Chicago area in the United States alone, according to the Chicago version of the Better Business Bureau.
Much has been made of the benefits of “pinging” – a technique that is able to pinpoint the location of used cell phones by using cell phone masts – to catch criminals or help those stranded in remote areas, but the dark side of the technology has come out as the scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News International organization continues to deepen in the United Kingdom.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has signed an agreement with Crimestoppers in a bid to crack down on companies that blatantly flout the law in Scotland by carrying out illegal e-waste operations in the country, including the unethical or unsafe disposal of electronic items such as old cell phones.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was writing about how smartphones were not really catching on in the USA. Obviously, that is changing.
As the number of cell phone users rises in the USA, the way we dispose of our old cells becomes increasingly important. Of course, we should never throw them away; cell phones are e-waste – toxic waste – and can cause a lot of damage if not disposed of properly. There are a few different […]
The scandal over the hacking of used cell phones by journalists involved with Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is refusing to lie down and go away – and sources are speculating that the media magnate himself could end up in the firing line. News International, the United Kingdom subsidiary of Murdoch’s empire, handed 2007 emails to […]
Ghana is close to finalizing laws that will prevent the importation of electronic waste such as old cell phones into the country. The Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Ms Sherrey Ayittey, says that her department is currently working with two different ministries in order to ensure the law regarding electronic waste such as used […]
Ford has become the first automobile manufacturer to publically back the introduction of a nationwide ban of people using new and old cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. Rep Carolyn McCarthy, D-N Y, last month proposed legislation to make the use of cell phones while driving a crime in all states across the US, […]
For photographers and would-be photographers out there who carry an iPhone, this should prove interesting and perhaps even useful news: a new gadget has been released that allows people to use their Canon and Nikon lenses with their iPhones.