Recycling cell phones via the local zoo might not seem like the most logical pairing, but that is what is going to be happening on 17th March, also known as St Patrick’s Day, this year at one zoo in the United States.
In recent weeks, I’ve come across a few different articles and blogs talking about people making a decision to not use a cell phone any more. This includes Silvio Berlusconi (Italy’s Prime Minister), who gave away his cell phone to evade being monitored by police.
Technology being developed in the city of Ottawa in Canada could improve the efficiency of cell phones. Today, many cell phones or other mobile devices can become unreliable if the network that serves them becomes overloaded, and with traffic on such networks expected to only increase, possibly by as much as thirty times over just in the next few years. Something clearly needs to be done. Fortunately, researchers in Ottawa believe they may well have found the answer.
The banning of cell phones and other technologies for drivers in Delaware in the US has gotten off to a positive start, according to local citizens and officials. The new laws banning the use of cell phones, along with computers, games, laptops, pagers and PDAs, came into force in Delaware on the second of January this year.
Those who fear technology is taking over may feel their point has been proven with the news that the country of Chile actually has more cell phones than human inhabitants. The country had a population of sixteen million, eight hundred thousand in 2009, yet the amount of cell phones in Chile stood at over seventeen million, six hundred thousand.
I was reading an article on Computer World that said that come mid-March, AT&T will be providing SMS and MMS alerts to their cell phone users, providing coupons and rewards based on where the user is located at the time. For instance, I am in town and near WalMart and my phone beeps with a text that says, “10% off George brand clothes at WalMart” or something to that effect.
More than a third of all adults in the United Kingdom and the United States play games on their cell phones, according to a new study. The study, commissioned by video game operator and publisher PopCap Games and carried out by Information Solutions Group, says that cell phones have surpassed personal computers and video game consoles as the number one gaming device over the course of the last two years. Two thousand, two hundred and forty five people were interviewed as a part of the study with more than half saying they have played a game on a cell phone at some point.
The Burlington Board of Health is getting into cell phone recycling. The Board has announced that it will be partnering with recycling company MassRecycle in a bid to encourage residents to recycle their old cell phones rather than simply throw them away and have them end up becoming landfill. People can bring their used cell phones and drop them off at the Health Office at Room 227 of 61 Center Street between nine o’clock in the morning and four o’clock in the afternoon. There are no fees for the service, and all old cell phones will be accepted, regardless of how old they are or what condition they may be in. All old cell phones dropped off at the Health Office will then be sent on to Charitable Recycling in Michigan, while MassRecycle will receive a donation for every old cell phone that gets sent on.
Taking a photo using cell phones can compromise your privacy and safety, according to hacker and computer security consultant Brad Haines. Haines warns that many people who take photos with their cell phones and then upload them on to the internet in order to share them with friends and family may be unaware that free software that is widely available online might allow strangers to track down where you are by using GPS information.
Students cannot get enough of texting one another on their cell phones – even in class. With four out of five teenagers in the United States believed to own a cell phone, this means around seventeen million teenagers, most of whom bring those cell phones into school according to Marketcharts.com.