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Pope Francis Rips 'Very Ugly Thing' He Sees at Mass

Specifically, worshippers with their cellphones

(Newser) - When the priest says "lift up your hearts" during Mass, you'd better put your cellphone down while you do it. That was Pope Francis' message Wednesday during his weekly address in St. Peter's Square, calling it a "very ugly thing" to see worshippers—even other men... More »

A Midflight Discovery by Wife, Then ... Chaos

Angry woman got flight diverted after finding out about husband's alleged affair

(Newser) - Pro tip: If you're going to investigate your husband's phone on the suspicion he may be cheating on you, maybe don't do it while thousands of feet in the air. A woman—who, authorities say, had had a few drinks—on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha,... More »

Her iPhone X Video Went Viral. Then Her Dad Was Fired

Brooke Amelia Peterson calls her preview an 'innocent little video'

(Newser) - Apple has fired an engineer after his daughter posted a video of a top-secret iPhone X . The Verge reports last week's sneak peek on YouTube of the latest iPhone went viral and got Brooke Amelia Peterson's dad sacked. Sites such as 9 to 5 Mac urged readers to... More »

iPhone X Is a Step Toward 'Invisible' Tech

Reviewers discuss Face ID, battery life, and the phone's legacy

(Newser) - It took only minutes for the iPhone X to sell out worldwide before any detailed reviews came in. Tech analysts don't think early adopters will be disappointed, except perhaps when it comes to cost. Forbes notes Apple's highest-priced iPhone yet—$999 for a 64GB model, $1,149 for... More »

Preorders In for iPhone X, but There's Already Controversy

Rumored production issues and too much hype regarding demand are the buzz right now

(Newser) - The iPhone X will officially ship on Nov. 3, but those vying for Apple's latest smartphone were able to try to preorder on Friday—and the first available batches sold out in mere minutes. CNET reports only a few models were left after just 10 minutes of opening the... More »

As of Today, You Can't Do This Anymore on Honolulu Streets

No more looking at phones, electronic devices while crossing; fine will go up to $99

(Newser) - Visiting Honolulu? Better get out of the habit of texting while walking, or at least while walking across a street. In a new law that took effect Wednesday, the Hawaiian city has banned looking at your phone (or any mobile electronic device) while crossing a street or highway. Anyone who... More »

Russia May Be Spying on NATO Soldiers Through Their Phones

Wall Street Journal reports on odd occurrences with the devices

(Newser) - Russia appears to be targeting NATO soldiers' personal smartphones in an effort to gain intelligence on military operations and troop strength, reports the Wall Street Journal . Though Russian officials deny such attacks, Western officials say they're sure Moscow is behind the odd things happening to phones because the hackers... More »

Leak Reveals Big Changes for iPhone 8

No more home button, for one

(Newser) - We now have the best idea yet of how Apple's iPhone will be updated in its 10th anniversary edition . The final version of iOS 11 leaked over the weekend, apparently confirming the pricey iPhone 8 will get rid of its home button in favor of a bezel-free display with... More »

Nokia's New Phone Replaces the Selfie With the Bothie

Is the world ready?

(Newser) - If we're being honest, the selfie is passé. Today's discerning Instagrammers require a new way to document their every waking moment. Enter the Nokia 8 and its "bothie." Nokia's attempt to compete with Samsung and Apple in the high-end smartphone market hits stores in Europe... More »

Smartphone Kids Are Radically Different, 'Seriously Unhappy'

Smartphones have left this generation on the edge of a 'mental-health crisis'

(Newser) - Despite generational differences, we're all pretty similar. We value things like independence, romantic relationships, and freedom. Well, except for the iGen—kids born between 1995 and 2012—who are experiencing a generational shift largely unprecedented in the past century, the Atlantic reports in a worrying look at the first... More »

Kim Kardashian in Hot Water Over Selfie Enhancer

She's being sued over LuMee smartphone case's similarity to another product

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian's company is being sued for $100 million over—what else?—a selfie product. Hooshmand Harooni says Kimsaprincess Inc. is using the technology he patented in 2013 and licensed to a company called Snap Light . The tech is basically a lighted smartphone case that helps users take better... More »

Honolulu Takes Big Step to Combat 'Smartphone Zombies'

Law bans looking at smartphone, texting while crossing the street

(Newser) - You won't find padded lampposts in Honolulu. That's because the Hawaiian city hopes to discourage pedestrians from "distracted walking" altogether, notably with one piece of legislation its mayor signed into law late last week, Reuters reports. Per the new mandate to combat "smartphone zombies," pedestrians... More »

No, a $1,400 iPhone Doesn't Make Sense

Tech writers disagree amid rumors of a pricey new phone from Apple

(Newser) - Apple is coming out with a new iPhone later this year, and the hottest rumor isn't so much about tech specs as price. For its 10th-anniversary phone, Apple is said to be considering a price tag north of $1,000, and perhaps as high as $1,400, for the... More »

How Smartphones Rob Bosses of Company Time

Survey finds most employees spend an hour a day playing on their phones

(Newser) - Everyone knows smartphones can steal hours from a day, but employees are turning to their mobile devices while on the clock, too. A new survey by staffing firm OfficeTeam finds that office workers spend an average of 56 minutes a day on their cell phones while at work, and another... More »

Suspect Tells Judge He Forgot His Phone Passcode; It Works

Meanwhile, another man got 180 days in jail for giving cops incorrect passcode

(Newser) - If authorities in Florida demand the passcode for your iPhone, giving them the incorrect one will net you 180 days in jail. But claiming you forgot? That's apparently a get-out-of-jail-free card. Christopher Wheeler is suspected of abusing his daughter, and detectives believe his phone contains images of her injuries,... More »

Inventor of Android OS Unveils Smartphone

Reviews say Essential Phone 'looks incredible' but isn't a game changer

(Newser) - The man who created the Android operating system unveiled a brand new smartphone Tuesday to compete with Apple and Samsung, Business Insider reports. Andy Rubin's Essential Phone—Essential is his new company—will sell for $699 and only in the US to start. It has a massive screen that... More »

Trump Is Said to Have a Single App on His Phone

Surprised to hear it's Twitter?

(Newser) - CNET thinks that President Trump should load his iPhone with apps to help out in a variety of situations: Candy Crush for "dull meetings," for instance. But Mike Allen notes for Axios that "top White House officials" have told him the commander in chief only has... More »

Smartphone's Trick: You Can Squeeze It

Pressure sensors on HTC U11 can be used to open apps

(Newser) - HTC may have just unveiled the new favorite phone of selfie lovers. Instead of having to fumble for a button to snap a photo, users of the new U11 can simply squeeze the phone to open the camera app, and squeeze again to take a selfie. But that's just... More »

'Damn Near Everybody' Uses Phones While Driving

Zendrive shares concerning numbers in largest distracted-driving analysis yet

(Newser) - An eyebrow-raising new study assesses the extent of distracted driving, with stats revealing just how many people use their cellphones while behind the wheel. "Damn near everybody … damn near all the time," Wired concludes after reviewing the Zendrive report, which the driving analytics company says is the... More »

Are Touch Screens Robbing Toddlers of Sleep?

New study finds a link between more screen time and sleep

(Newser) - It's been established that screen time in its traditional form—think television and video games—is linked to sleep problems in kids, note researchers in introducing their more specific study: one that, for the first time, looks at touch-screen use among very young children. What they found is a... More »

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