Fears over the effects of radiation emanating from cell phone towers could put an end to a proposal to erect a new cell phone tower in a wooded area only 120 meters away from an elementary school in Port Coquitlam in the United States.
King County Council in the United States has set official guidelines relating to the recycling of old cell phones as well as other electrical items such as old computers, televisions and more. The new laws force contractors for the county to follow Basel Action Network rules relating to the safe and responsible recycling or reuse of old cell phones and other items of electrical waste.
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.
The United Nations scheme to keep a track of old cell phones and other discarded electronic items that often end up being shipped overseas for recycling by disreputable companies has received a boost thanks to a grant given by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Is Africa the dumping ground for old cell phones and other electronic items from the United States and the rest of the world? The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) believes that may well actually be the case. With more than 15 million tons of new e-waste being generated every year all over the world, the fear is that Africa is the target dumping ground for a large portion of it.
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.