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April 4, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
You check in on Foursquare, post geotagged photos on Facebook and tweet every mundane detail of your life. You overshare. But do you really want the cops tracking your cellphone without your knowledge? A recent review of law-enforcement practices by the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that it's not uncommon for cellphones to be virtually tailed using either the phone's own GPS or cellular triangulation -- without obtaining a warrant or subpoena. "The overwhelming majority of the over 200 law enforcement agencies that provided documents engaged in at least some cellphone tracking - and many track cellphones quite frequently," the ACLU found.
April 22, 2014 | By Anne Colby
There's an ecological cost to staying connected and entertained. Computers, printers, televisions, cellphones, stereos, game systems and other electronics may contain lead, copper or other heavy metals or potentially toxic substances. When electronics have outlived their usefulness, it's important to dispose of them properly rather than just toss them in the trash to be placed into landfills. Los Angeles city and county residents may drop off their electronic waste free of charge at S.A.F.E.
September 16, 2003
Re "Once Upon a Time There Were No Cellphones ... " (Voices, Sept. 13): Nancy Smiler Levinson, in her stories regarding parents who ignore their children in order to talk on cellphones, says: "Once upon a time, parents offered conversation and attention to their children and granted them a measure of respect." I doubt that's true of the parents in her stories. Cellphones didn't suddenly change them from attentive parents to inattentive ones, or from thoughtful people into selfish ones.
April 14, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Stephen says there's a new mail carrier in his neighborhood, and she's fond of chatting on her cellphone. In fact, she spends so much time yakking away, Stephen says, she sometimes delivers mail to the wrong house. She also frequently uses the F-word, much to the consternation of parents in the neighborhood. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Stephen is curious: What's the U.S. Postal Service's policy when it comes to cellphones? I know how he feels.
October 17, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Measuring radiation exposure using current FCC guidelines underestimates how much radiation most people receive from their cellphones, researchers said Monday in a study published in the journal Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine. The authors of the study, including several members of Environmental Health Trust, a nonprofit organization devoted to identifying and controlling environmental health risks, pointed to several reasons why.  One is that the current assessment method bases evaluations of how much radiation people are exposed to from their phones on measurements taken using a quite large, liquid-filled plastic model of the adult human head (known as the Specific Anthropomorphic Mannequin, or SAM)
August 5, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
An Amber Alert in San Diego County Monday night prompted authorities to sent text alerts to cell phone owners across Southern California. The alert was part of a partnership between cellphone companies and the California Highway Patrol to send out urgent Amber Alerts via text messages. James Lee DiMaggio is suspected of killing Christina Anderson, 44, of Lakeside and kidnapping one or both of her children: Hannah Anderson, 16, and Ethan Anderson, 8. Amber Alert Q&A: Why it happens, how to turn it off Christina Anderson's body was found Sunday night in the burning rubble of a house and garage in the rural community of Boulevard in eastern San Diego County, authorities said.
May 31, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Cellphones are everywhere. Perhaps one place they shouldn't be is at hospital bedsides. According to a new study, cellphones used by patients and visitors are twice as likely to contain potentially dangerous bacteria compared with the mobile phones used by healthcare workers. Previous studies have focused on the threat of germs on the phones of healthcare workers but not others who visit hospitals. The authors of the study, conducted in Turkey, took swabs from 200 cellphones. About one-third of the phones belonged to healthcare workers and the rest belonged to patients and visitors.
March 6, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
California Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) said Wednesday that she plans to introduce a bill that would lift the ban on consumers unlocking their cellphones. "The ban on unlocking cellphones puts consumers in the back seat when it comes to choosing the mobile device and service that best suits them," Eshoo said in a statement. "Competition and consumer choice are equally fundamental to a vibrant mobile marketplace. " Eshoo's comments come just two days after the White House said it would support legislation to make cellphone unlocking legal.
February 23, 2011 | Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
A study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. found evidence that cellphones’ electromagnetic energy prompts unusual levels of activity in a user’s brain, raising concern that our national habit of jabbering into our 300 million cellphones might not be completely innocuous. But wait. Haven’t we been told that stimulating our brains with intellectual challenges, new experiences and copious social interaction is good for us? Why the ominous tone?
April 12, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais, Los Angeles Times
A state senator has introduced a bill to prohibit government entities from obtaining location information from cellphones without a warrant. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) proposed SB 1434, an amendment to the Penal Code, to clarify the use of information available on mobile phones. "Unfortunately, California's privacy laws have not kept up with the electronic age, and government agencies are frequently accessing this sensitive information without adequate oversight," he said in a statement.
April 9, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, Ga. - It was a quiet, nondescript moment deep in the pine trees at the end of a sunny practice round. It was a moment unspoiled by smartphones or smart alecks. It was the perfect Masters moment. At a spot where fans could cross the 18th fairway Wednesday afternoon, the marshals did not spot any oncoming golfers and dropped the ropes. But the fans didn't move. In the distance, they could hear a shuffling and a whistling, and so they waited. And waited. Finally, coming down the hill, with no caddie or entourage, accompanied only by his twirling golf club, was smiling former Masters champion Angel Cabrera.
March 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
If you're against letting airline passengers talk on cellphones, you've gained a powerful ally. The Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group for the world's business travelers, submitted its opposition last week to a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to lift a ban on voice calls on planes. The group, which represents about 6,000 travel managers, called onboard calls "detrimental to business travelers. " The association even quoted folk singer Pete Seeger, who borrowed heavily from the book of Ecclesiastes when he wrote "there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak.
March 26, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
Go to any corner in many a part of this city and you'll find a Hollywood dream. David Harwell's corner is North La Cienega Boulevard and West 3rd Street. There, he dances with a sign that reads, "CHECKS CASHED, MoneyGram, CURRENCY EXCHANGE. " On a nearby lamppost, he bungee-cords another sign, featuring his photo, name and the words, "Like me on Facebook. " So far, 26,000 people have done so . Harwell wants to build a fan base. He's a sign dancer now, but he wants to be an actor.
March 25, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency would lose its authority to collect and hold years' worth of telephone calling records but gain access to cellphone information it currently lacks under an Obama administration proposal aimed at quieting controversy over the spy agency's data archive. The plan, which would need congressional approval, would significantly curb what has been the most controversial secret program revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Currently, the NSA collects most landline calling records and stores them for five years in a database that it periodically searches using telephone numbers connected to terrorists abroad.  T he new proposal would end the NSA's practice of holding the massive amounts of calling data.
March 10, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
The California Highway Patrol sent out an Amber Alert on Monday over cellphones for a Long Beach boy allegedly abducted from his home by his mother. The victim was identified as Nicholas Johnston, 12, described as white with blond hair and blue eyes, 4-feet-8 inches tall and about 80 pounds. CHP officials say the boy was abducted on Thursday by his mother, Sri Johnston, 49, who is white with brown hair and brown eyes, about 5 feet tall and 125 pounds. She was last seen driving a tan 1998 Saturn four-door with California license plate 4AUU679.
February 28, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
You can't talk or text while driving in California. But if you want to use a map or some other app on your smartphone, that's OK. At least for now. The 5th District Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that the California Highway Patrol was wrong to ticket a Fresno man for driving and holding his smartphone to look at a map. The court was totally right. The Vehicle Code says a driver can't hold a wireless telephone while talking or listening on it. The law makes no mention of holding the phone to look at a map or do any other sort of functional thing that smartphones are now capable of. (There is a separate law that specifically bans texting unless using hands-free technology, so typing a text from behind the wheel will still get you a ticket.)
March 5, 2013 | By Andrea Chang and Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Despite a federal ban on unlocking cellphones that went into effect in January, the White House says consumers should be able to do so and has pledged to support legislation to make it legal. The Obama administration said Monday that consumers deserve the flexibility to unlock their phones and tablets, allowing them to use a device with a wireless carrier other than the one from which they bought it. Users unlock phones when they want to switch carriers or to use their mobile devices abroad without incurring massive roaming charges.
December 7, 2010
How in the world did Charles Manson get hold of a cellphone? Apparently the same way thousands of other inmates have. Cellphones, it turns out, are ubiquitous in California's correctional facilities. Guards have confiscated 8,575 of them this year, according to the California Department of Corrections, up from 1,400 in 2007. Manson is perhaps the best-known inmate to flout the rules, but the easy access to the outside world, unmonitored by officials, is a serious problem that extends well beyond one infamous criminal.
February 25, 2014 | By Jon Healey
How hard can it be for Congress to make it legal for consumers to switch mobile networks without having to buy a new phone? Too hard, evidently. The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill that was supposed to clear the way for consumers to unlock the phones they buy from wireless companies after they've fulfilled their contracts. But the measure, which was modest to begin with, has been rendered irrelevant by voluntary agreements on unlocking that the Federal Communications Commission obtained from the wireless companies.
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