CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2009 |
State prison officials have confiscated 4,130 contraband cellphones this year, more than all those seized in the previous three years combined, according to an internal report released Thursday. The findings sparked concern among legislators that the proliferation of cellphones in state lockups is a growing security problem. More than 100 illegal phones were discovered at the California Institution for Men in Chino, including 10 in August, according to the report from Matthew Cate, head of the state prisons system.
June 23, 2009 |
A thirst among shoppers for stylish cellphones that can do more than make calls and take grainy snapshots has helped Apple Inc. ring up sales of more than 1 million units of its high-end iPhone 3G S just three days after the device went on sale, the company reported Monday. "Even with a down economy, food, shelter, clothing and now smart phones are becoming an essential part of people's lives," quipped Ken Dulaney, an analyst at Gartner Inc.
June 13, 2009 |
The Internal Revenue Service could make it easier for employers to give workers cellphones by simplifying its record-keeping rules. The agency said this week that it was considering adopting one of three methods that would relieve employers of some record-keeping requirements that have been in place since 1989. Phone companies have been urging the IRS to relax the rules for years, saying they are too burdensome.
June 6, 2009 |
Ladies and gentlemen, weighing in at 4.79 ounces, is the new contender for Coolest Phone in the Universe -- the Palm Pre. Can the Pre, which goes on sale today, beat the 4.78-ounce reigning champion, the Apple iPhone? Here's a comparison of the two phones' major features: -- Price Both phones have a basic cost of $199, but the Pre requires a payment of $299 upfront with a $100 mail-in rebate. Winner: Tie, as long as you don't mind waiting for the Palm rebate.
May 10, 2009 |
The head of the Boston-area transit authority said Saturday that he would ban all train and bus operators from even carrying cellphones on board after a trolley driver told police that he was texting his girlfriend before a collision Friday. About 50 people were hurt in the underground crash in downtown Boston, though none of the injuries was life-threatening.
May 5, 2009 |
For the moment, Apple Inc.'s iPhone has been unseated from its throne. Research in Motion's BlackBerry Curve replaced the iPhone as the best-selling smartphone among consumers in the first quarter, the NPD Group said Monday. The iPhone came in second, with two other BlackBerry models -- the Storm and the Pearl -- right behind.