Does your cell phone have near field communications (NFC) capability? If it doesn’t, you might want to consider ensuring that your next one does.
As a perfect, but terribly sad, illustration of why we at Sell Cell entreat our customers to never interact with your hand held cell phone while driving appeared in the Chicago area news yesterday. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by a woman who claims that her father was killed last December by a driver who was updating her Facebook page whilst driving. The story and allegation goes as follows:
Cell phones will be allowed in to the PGA Tour for the first time, it has been announced. Andy Pazder, the chief of operations of the prestigious golf championship, says that five tournaments have recently allowed the use of cell phones as an experiment, and has decided that the time has come now to make it an official policy.
The end might be in sight for mammoth cell phone masts causing a blot on the landscape. Those in the cell phone industry are looking into the possibility of creating much smaller antennae, which could be placed outside buildings, on lamp posts, or even carried by hand. As well as cutting out the unsightly blots on the landscape, the small solution could even put an end to slow data speeds and those ‘dead spot’ areas where cell phone transmissions break up.
Bullies who use cell phones or social media sites to target their victims will be the feeling the pinch themselves if the Georgia House Democrats have anything to do with it. Yesterday the party introduced the second of three legislative packages intended to provide an alternative to those of the GOP. This one, the Educational Opportunities package, includes an Act that allows parents to take leave in order from work in order to attend important school functions or to look after members of their family, an Act to repeal the taxpayer funded credit that is giving fifty million US dollars to private schools even though public schools remain chronically underfunded – and one, known as the End Cyber Bullying Act, which specifically targets those that use social media and cell phones to bully and intimidate their victims.
For most of us, our cell phones are a whole lot more than just something we make a call from. We use them as alarm clocks, as portable GPS, as our MP3 player, as a Twitter device, as a way to surf or update our Facebook page, as an e-reader or document editor – the list goes on. Because of this, and the constantly improving cell phone technology, Americans change cell phones a lot.
Smuggled cell phones inside prisons are becoming an epidemic in the United States, particularly in California where eleven thousand cell phones were seized from prisoners last year. Cell phones have been used to arrange attacks and extortions, and while cell phone jammers have been touted as a solution, they have the less than useful side effect of also jamming official emergency communications.
Cell phones are becoming essential items for catching criminals due to their own carelessness. Last week a man accused of killing his wife had the charge against him upgraded to first degree murder after it was found that in the process of committing the crime, he had accidentally sent a voicemail message to his wife’s cell phone which recorded the entire incident. Now a burglar has been arrested by police after accidentally dropping his old cell phone at the scene of the crime.
Film buffs obsessed with the 3D gimmick might soon be able to get their fix via their cellular phones. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HH1, which is situated in the city of Berlin in Germany, have invented a new compression technique for films in high definition which enables them to be combined with the new cell phone radio standard LTE-advanced, creating what has been termed as Multiview Video Coding, which could allow film fans to watch 3D movies on their cell phones.
The Strongsville Youth Commission (SYC) in Cleveland in the United States is big on recycling, particularly when it comes to recycling cell phones and other electrical goods. Katherine Nykiel, the leader of the Youth Commission, says that SYC members are passionate about the issue and about keeping such products out of landfills, and have formed a subgroup of the SYC, known as “Lean, Mean and Going Green”. The subgroup has itself recently joined forces with the city of Strongsville, Strongville’s Arborist Jennifer Milbrandt, and the RET 3 – a non profit organization devoted to recycling old cell phones and other electrical goods – to raise the issue’s profile with the local community, beginning with a “Recycle Your Electronics” event which was held on the fifteenth of last month at Strongville’s City Service Centre.