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Yep, It's Rude to Use Your Phone at Dinner

Pew study identifies the latest trends in cellphone use

(Newser) - Most Americans—82% of us—say a friend's habit of burying his face in a cellphone has ruined a conversation. No surprise there, right? But even more Americans are guilty of the practice. A new Pew study of 3,217 adults finds 89% of people have used their phones... More »

95% of Androids Are Wide Open to Major Hack

Android owners could be in trouble if Stagefright bugs are exploited

(Newser) - "If you ever heard about the 'Heartbleed,' this is much worse," explains Android researcher Joshua Drake on the Zimperium blog , via Forbes . Six serious flaws have left 95% of Android phones vulnerable to data-stealing attacks that, in some cases, can be delivered via "silent" text... More »

Your Phone Can Actually Tell If You're Depressed

Small study finds usage, geographical patterns are revealing

(Newser) - If you lose your smartphone and it happens to fall into the hands of Northwestern University scientists, they'd likely be able to figure out how depressed you are. Those researchers are reporting on the results of a small study in which they used smartphone "sensor data" to discern... More »

Cops: Gun-Shaped iPhone Case Is a Very Bad Idea

Sen. Schumer says they're illegal

(Newser) - Police departments don't usually weigh in on tech accessories, unless they happen to be dead ringers for handguns. The NYPD and other departments have been issuing public warnings in recent weeks about iPhone cases designed to look like weapons, reports CNNMoney and the New York Times . “This cell... More »

6 Signs You May Suffer From 'Digital Amnesia'

Reliance on using digital devices to store info may be making us forget things: study

(Newser) - Are you suffering from the "Google Effect"? According to a Kaspersky Lab survey of 1,000 consumers ages 16 and older, no age group is immune to what's also known as "digital amnesia," a phenomenon that Kaspersky says occurs when we forget information because we'... More »

Teen Traces Lost Phone, Gets Shot Dead

Jeremy Cook had left his phone in a taxi and tracked it down with an app, cops say

(Newser) - Just because it's possible to trace a lost or stolen phone, it doesn't mean it's always a good idea to try, police in Canada say after an 18-year-old man found his phone but lost his life. Police in London, Ontario, say that after Jeremy Cook left his... More »

Wireless Group: Radiation Warnings Will 'Stoke Fear'

Industry association says Berkeley's cellphone warning violates First Amendment

(Newser) - Last month, the city council in Berkeley, Calif., unanimously approved a measure that would require all cellphones sold within the city to come with a warning notice that informs consumers about radiation exposure. But a wireless industry trade group is now suing the city, saying that the warning violates sellers'... More »

Our Attention Span Now Worse Than Goldfish's

Microsoft study says people concentrate for just 8 seconds

(Newser) - Your attention span is, uh... well... whatever, but it probably can't beat that of your average goldfish, a new study says. Microsoft reached this conclusion after surveying more than 2,000 Canadians and monitoring the brain activity of 112 people, Yahoo! Canada reports. In our age of buzzing phones... More »

Mom's Photo of Son Leads to Cancer Diagnosis

Julie Fitzgerald knew she saw something odd in his eye

(Newser) - A mom's photo of her 2-year-old boy helped her spot a rare cancer symptom and possibly prevent the disease from spreading to his blood and brain, WREX 13 and Fox 8 report. Illinois resident Julie Fitzgerald noticed earlier this year that her son Avery's left eye looked a... More »

We're Letting Our 6-Month-Olds Use Smartphones

Study: 14% of kids under one using mobile devices at least an hour a day

(Newser) - It's no surprise that America is letting its young use smartphones and tablets, but a new study reveals just how young is young. The answer: before our kids can "walk or talk," as a press release puts it. Philadelphia researchers surveyed 370 parents during a two-month period... More »

Smartphones to Warn of Huge Quakes

Crowd-sourced data could give us precious seconds, study says

(Newser) - Ah, the buzzing smartphone: It's a call, a tweet, a funny photo—or an earthquake? Yep, scientists say crowd-sourced data may one day relay warnings about impending quakes that have already begun elsewhere, LiveScience reports. In a computer-model study led by the US Geological Survey, researchers found that smartphones... More »

Buffalo Restaurant: Ditch Smartphone, Get a Discount

Italian place thinks people are missing the point of eating together

(Newser) - Leave the phone. Take the cannoli. An Italian restaurant near Buffalo is making a point about smartphones with a new incentive: Steer clear of them during dinner and get a 10% discount. The deal at Lebro's is good only on Sundays, and co-owner Lee Federiconi tells the Daily News ... More »

New Battery Could Charge Smartphone in 60 Seconds

Aluminum-ion battery is also greener, inventors say

(Newser) - Designers of a new aluminum-ion battery say it could charge a smartphone in about a minute and endure far more rechargings than today's lithium-ion batteries. Only problem is it has about half the voltage, Stanford University reports via the Telegraph . "Otherwise, our battery has everything else you'd... More »

Japanese Buying More Flip-Phones, Fewer Smart Ones

Owning a smartphone is pricey in the country

(Newser) - Remember the golden days of yore, when your phone was a lot smaller, used primarily for calling people, and opened with a satisfying flip? Well, it seems those days haven't died in Japan, where last year, the number of flip-phone shipments actually increased, a first in seven years, Reuters... More »

Your Dating App Could Bring Down the Entire Office

Report warns using same phone for work, play could expose company to hackers

(Newser) - As if online dating weren't fraught with enough pitfalls , an IBM study published yesterday found that 26 of 41 popular Android dating apps, or 63%, had "medium to severe" security vulnerabilities that could leave users open to hacks, Reuters reports. And almost half of the companies reviewed for... More »

Why You Shouldn't Hand an iPad to Your Toddler

Study finds that for children too young, mobile devices can harm

(Newser) - Tempted to hand your fussy toddler an iPad? You may want to think again: Research out of Boston University finds that, for children younger than 30 months, using smartphones and tablets for anything other than educational purposes can be "detrimental to ... social-emotional development," the Washington Post reports. At... More »

Delaware Wants to Put Your License on Your Phone

State looking into adopting secure smartphone app

(Newser) - Delaware is aiming to become the first state where you can just hand over your phone when asked for your driver's license. State lawmakers have asked the Delaware Department of Motor Vehicles to look into adopting digital licenses that can be accessed through a secure smartphone app. "We'... More »

Screens Mess With Our Sleep—Even If We Get 8 Hours

'Blue light' affects melatonin levels, which can have dangerous long-term effects: study

(Newser) - Your iPad or smartphone could well be hurting your sleep patterns, even if you're getting in a full eight hours of shuteye, researchers say—and the effects could be long-term. Over a five-night period, researchers in Boston had some subjects read for four hours a night on an iPad;... More »

Texting Puts 60 Pounds of Weight on Your Neck

Researchers warn of possible need for future surgery

(Newser) - Your Facebook-checking, constant-texting lifestyle may be taking a toll on your neck. Looking down at your phone can put a strain on your neck equivalent to the weight of 60 pounds, a study finds. To put that in perspective, 60 pounds is the weight of an 8-year-old or four bowling... More »

iPhone 6 Users' New Gripe: It's Pulling Out Their Hair

Is it the new #BendGate?

(Newser) - If users weren't already tearing their hair out over bending iPhones , now the device will do it for them. Apparently some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners are frustrated by phones that are pulling out their hair, Business Insider reports. The issue seems to be the tiny space between... More »

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