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 4, 2012 |
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.
October 17, 2011 |
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)
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August 5, 2013 |
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.
March 6, 2013 |
Thousands of people die in car crashes each year because drivers were too distracted by their cellphones to pay attention to the road. A pair of researchers from West Virginia University have a radical proposal for reducing that death toll - equip cars with devices that make it impossible to send a text message, check your favorite traffic app or dial home while the car is in motion. “Simply stated, handheld portable devices must be rendered unoperable whenever the automobile is in motion or when the transmission shaft lever is in forward or reverse gear,” they wrote in a Viewpoint essay in Wednesday's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
May 31, 2011 |
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.