February 23, 2011 |
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?
July 28, 2011 |
The first-ever study comparing brain cancer incidence in kids who use cellphones with those who do not has found no difference, suggesting that children's long-feared vulnerability to brain cancer with early cellphone use does not exist. In a four-country study published this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers matched 352 children and adolescents diagnosed with brain cancer with 646 similar kids who were healthy, and compared their patterns of cellphone use. The children ranged in age from 7 to 19, and researchers asked how long they had been regular users of mobile phones, which ear they tended to favor, and whether they ever used a hands-free device.
April 12, 2012 |
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.
March 5, 2013 |
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.
October 3, 2013 |
Once they place a suspect under arrest, police in many parts of this country are allowed to search the contents of his or her mobile phone - including text messages, photos, video files and contacts - without a warrant. These searches can expose a wealth of personal detail that was inconceivable to the Supreme Court 40 years ago when it gave officers wide latitude to search people and their effects when taking them into custody. It's time for the court to adapt its doctrine to new technology.
November 22, 2012 |
TULSA, Okla. - Jim Thavisay is secretly stalking one of his classmates. And one of them is spying on him. "I have an idea who it is, but I'm not 100% sure yet," said Thavisay, a 25-year-old former casino blackjack dealer. Stalking is part of the curriculum in the Cyber Corps, an unusual two-year program at the University of Tulsa that teaches students how to spy in cyberspace, the latest frontier in espionage. Students learn not only how to rifle through trash, sneak a tracking device on cars and plant false information on Facebook.
May 30, 2004
"The Cellphone Sellout" (editorial, May 25) and "Coming Soon: A Cellphone Directory" (May 20) wrongly imply that telemarketers are eager to use a soon-to-be-published national cellphone directory to sell their products and services. In fact, businesses actively avoid placing marketing calls to cellphones. Per the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, passed by Congress in 1991, it is illegal to market to any electronic device if the recipient incurs charges. New Federal Communications Commission rules went into effect earlier this year that allow land-line phone numbers to be ported to cellphones.
June 1, 2008 |
About 1 million Little Tikes Chit N Chat toy cellphones, manufactured in China by Kids Station Toys International Ltd., are being recalled because the hinge on the cover can come off the phone, putting children at risk of choking. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the company have received three reports of broken cellphones, including one report of a child starting to choke. The toys were sold at department stores, children's stores and drugstores around the country between June 2006 and March 2008.
August 23, 2010
Musicians have long sought to collect royalties from radio stations that broadcast their recordings, but the courts and Congress have refused to extend copyrights to recorded musical performances. Instead, copyrights cover just the compositions. Now, under pressure from top lawmakers, negotiators for broadcasters and record companies are closing in on a royalties deal that would require local stations to pay a fraction of their revenue — as little as $100 for small and noncommercial stations or as much as 1% for large commercial broadcasters — to labels and artists annually.