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Pope Urges Traffic Police to Show Mercy to Drivers

But he's against people using cellphones while driving

(Newser) - Pope Francis says police should exercise the Christian virtue of mercy—even when dealing with Italy's notorious traffic. At a meeting with officers in charge of the nation's roads Monday, he praised their work but urged them to show mercy in the situations they encounter daily, the BBC... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

NYPD Is Knocking Cellphones Out of People's Hands: Report

Abundance of cameras has made some cops in NYC jumpy

(Newser) - A civilian review panel tasked with investigating complaints against New York City cops has spotted a trend: NYPD officers knocking cellphones and other video recording devices out of the hands of concerned citizens. In a three-year analysis of complaints against city officers starting in 2014, the Civilian Complaint Review Board... More »

SCOTUS Taking Up Cellphone Tower Case

High court will consider whether police need warrants

(Newser) - In a new case about digital age technology and privacy, the Supreme Court will consider whether police need warrants to review cellphone tower records that help them track the location of criminal suspects, the AP reports. The justices agreed Monday to hear an appeal from Timothy Carpenter, who was sentenced... 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 »

Tilt of Your Phone Could Spill Your Data to Hackers

They could get your PINs and passwords by exploiting device sensors: study

(Newser) - Under the right conditions, hackers could theoretically exploit a built-in feature in smartphones to steal passwords and PINs, and it all comes down to the tilt users employ and the way they type, the Guardian reports. In a study published in the International Journal of Information Security , Newcastle University researchers... More »

People 'Crying on Platform' After NYC Subway Accident

13-year-old girl killed while trying to retrieve her phone

(Newser) - They've said it before and, sadly, they have to say it again: No phone is worth risking your life for. New York City transit authorities urged riders to stay safe Sunday after a 13-year-old girl was killed while trying to retrieve a dropped phone from the track bed at... More »

On Murdered Teen's Cellphone, a Voice Says, 'Down the Hill'

'There is no doubt in our minds that (Liberty German) is a hero,' say police

(Newser) - In her final moments, 14-year-old Liberty German did everything she could do to stay alive—and has given police chilling clues as to who murdered her and her best friend , 13-year-old Abigail Williams. "Down the hill," an ominous voice rasps on an audio recording from Liberty's cellphone... More »

Note 7 Recall Will Cost Samsung More Than $5B

Company aims to expand sales of less fiery phones

(Newser) - Samsung says the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 will cost the company about $3 billion during the current and next quarters, bringing the total cost of the recall to at least $5.3 billion. The Note 7 discontinuation will cost more than $2 billion during the October-December period and... More »

Fight Club Helped Me Decide to Keep My Galaxy Note 7

Mashable's Josh Dickey uses formula from movie to decide to keep Samsung phone

(Newser) - Samsung hasn't only recalled its Galaxy Note 7—it has stopped production entirely on the smartphone after replacement phones ended up catching fire, too. But for Josh Dickey, writing at Mashable , you'll have to wrest his Galaxy Note 7 "from my cold, possibly scorched hands" in a... More »

Last Time SCOTUS Heard a Case Like This, It Was 1885

Apple, Samsung battle has lasted years

(Newser) - The last time the Supreme Court heard a design patent case, it involved carpets—and there were only 38 states in the USA. The long-running Apple vs. Samsung battle over the latter company's alleged copying of iPhone design elements made it to the country's top court Tuesday, and... More »

Introducing the 'High-Five Selfie'

NC man's impressive feat starts Twitter craze

(Newser) - Still taking ordinary selfies? Prepare to feel as old-fashioned as a flip phone. The "high-five selfie" is the newest trend, thanks to a North Carolina man's Twitter post on Saturday. "Today is the proudest day of my life. I successfully took a picture of me high fiving... More »

How a 'Boring' iPhone Led to Samsung's Big Mistake

Samsung rushed things to get flashier phone to market quickly

(Newser) - In the race to sell smartphones, it turns out that Apple was the tortoise and Samsung was an exploding hare. Sources tell Bloomberg that Samsung rushed the Galaxy Note 7 to market to take advantage of what the company had discovered would be an unexciting iPhone 7 from Apple. The... More »

FAA: Don't Use Samsung Phone on Planes

Rare warning issued after battery fires

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration has taken what the AP calls the "extraordinary step" of warning passengers not to use Samsung's new smartphone in the air. Samsung has had to recall the Galaxy Note7 worldwide due to battery fires, and it appears that the only safe way to have... More »

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