Yesterday, representatives from Google, Apple and others were called to be witnesses in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones, and Your Privacy.”
New and old cell phones alike will soon be able to receive alerts from the government in times of emergency with a new program that was announced by the US government on Tuesday.
A congresswoman in Honolulu wants to make it a crime to have used cell phones while crossing the road. Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi has sponsored a measure that will make it illegal to use a cell phone or any other kind of electronic device while crossing the street. The measure faces an initial vote today.
The issue of privacy with regards to used cell phones such as the Apple iPhone and some Google phones has hit the headlines recently thanks to the revelation that smartphones are not only capable of tracking their users’ location but actually stores that information – in an unencrypted form – for up to a year afterwards.
In 1973, Martin Cooper made the first cellular phone call, standing in front of a hotel on a busy New York street. Today, Mr. Cooper, a CEO for ArrayComm wireless software company, says he buys a new cell phone every two months. Why so often? He says that is what it takes to keep up with the technology.
Recharging an old cell phone can be a major pain for many people, but a technological breakthrough might just make it possible for people to recharge their cell phones – simply by talking to it. The astonishing new technology, being developed by researchers in South Korea, could see just the sound of a person’s voice being enough to power up a depleted cell phone.
According to ReCellular, one of the many cell phone recyclers whose prices we compare and present, the refurbished cell phone market is growing; possibly accounting for as much of one fifth of US cell phone sales.
The San Francisco bill to force cell phone companies to put radiation disclosure levels on new cell phones – given that it’s a little late to put them on old cell phones – has been put on indefinite hold, with a “watered down” version now more likely to end up being passed.
Apple’s iPhone is a major threat to the privacy of all the people in the United States who have one, according to a professor at Michigan State University.
The cell phone ban in Allentown in Philadelphia in the United States is no more. A Lehigh County judge has made the ban a thing of the past after declaring that the city had zero authority to impose it in the first place.