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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 »

Apple Dumped Headphone Jack Out of 'Greed,' 'Stupidity'

Mashable columnist laughs off company's claim that 'courage' led to getting rid of iPhone feature

(Newser) - Apple presented its new smartphone Wednesday, and nestled in with the iPhone 7's much-ballyhooed features was the disclosure that the company is getting rid of the phone's headphone jack—news that wasn't exactly met with universal acclaim , or much acclaim at all. Chris Taylor is one detractor... More »

Eagle Snatches Hiker's Phone

It happened in a 'birder's paradise' in Alaska

(Newser) - Unalaska is described as a "birder's paradise" on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's website . But a Coast Guard officer had a decidedly different experience in this town nestled in the Aleutian Islands when a leisurely hike turned into a blitz against him by a bald... More »

To Unlock a Dead Man's Phone, Police Turn to 3D Printing

Michigan State University professor Anil Jain is on the crime-busting case

(Newser) - An unsolved murder and a locked mobile phone led police to Michigan State University, with an unusual request: Could computer science professor Anil Jain whip up 3D-printed fingers of the victim? Doing so would give them manufactured fingerprints that could unlock his phone and perhaps glean clues about who killed... More »

Judge: No, Your Cellphone Can't Be Used to Track You

First time a federal judge has thrown out evidence culled thanks to 'stingray' device

(Newser) - A surveillance device that "tricks" cellphones into revealing their location has been a civil rights concern since it debuted. Now, for the first time, a federal judge agrees that using such a tool to ID a suspect's home without a warrant is an "unreasonable" violation of the... More »

'Shady' $4 Smartphones Supposedly About to Ship

CEO says he feels 'vindicated' by Ringing Bell's Freedom 251 release, but others are still wary

(Newser) - Smartphones going for about $4 are said to be shipping this week in India, and the manufacturing company's head says he's pleased that they're finally coming out, even though the company will take a loss on each phone, the Guardian reports. Ringing Bells originally said it would... More »

Alicia Keys and Dave Chappelle Are Coming for Your Phones

More and more performers are locking up fans' phones during shows

(Newser) - While some fret about the government coming to take their guns, an increasing number of musicians and comedians are coming for your cellphones. The Washington Post reports Dave Chappelle, Louis CK, the Lumineers, Alicia Keys, Chris Rock, and Guns N' Roses are among the artists using a new device called... More »

Smartphones Are Giving Us ADHD-Like Symptoms

Participants were more anxious, bored, and inattentive during normal phone use

(Newser) - You may not have ADHD, but your smartphone could certainly be making you feel like you do, according to a study published this month. Researchers took 221 students at the University of British Columbia and split them into two groups. For one week, half the students turned their phones to... More »

Study Sees Link Between Cellphones, Cancer, but 'Far From Definitive'

Whether it's a harbinger or hype remains to be seen

(Newser) - The concern that cellphones may lead to cancer has been bounced around for years—and partial results from a $25 million government study purport to have found such a link, though with major caveats, the Wall Street Journal reports. Per the so-far results of the multiyear National Toxicology Program study... More »

Don't Even Think of Taking a Selfie in a WVa Voting Booth

It's technically illegal, and they'll (somehow) be watching

(Newser) - If you want to share your voting experience on social media, you'll have to find some way other than taking a photo in the voting booth in West Virginia: Natalie Tennant, the secretary of state there, says such selfies are forbidden, the AP reports. The Charleston Gazette-Mail points out... More »

Paris Survivor Says Cellphone Saved His Life

'My head would have been busted'

(Newser) - A man fleeing the violence outside Paris' Stade de France on Friday credits his cellphone with saving his live, NBC News reports. A man identified only as Sylvestre says he was at the stadium when a bomb went off nearby. "Everything exploded," he says. "I felt the... More »

Cops: Serial 911 Abuser Called to Report Lost Phone

Connecticut woman is accused of calling 911 at least 76 times since March

(Newser) - Calling 911 is reserved for emergencies only, a fact that a Connecticut woman is accused of blatantly ignoring. Michelle Davis, 43, was arrested after two calls made in October: one on Oct. 3 in which she complained about not being able to find her cellphone (and in which she was... More »

Stop 'Phubbing' Your Significant Other

'Phone snubbing' could be harming your love life: researchers

(Newser) - Cellphones may offer the ultimate communication convenience, but they could also be sabotaging our romantic relationships—via users who "phub" (phone snub) their partners, a new study finds. The study in the January 2016 issue of Computers in Human Behavior found that 46% of respondents reported feeling phubbed by... More »

Cops: Burglar Came Back for Stuff Left Behind

Namely, his car keys, car

(Newser) - If only Caleb Shay Funke had invested in a clap-automated key finder . The 22-year-old showed up at the scene of a home burglary in Twin Falls, Idaho, on Saturday and was arrested shortly thereafter for the crime—all because cops say he left his car keys in the house, the... More »

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 »

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 »

Mom's Cellphone Ring May Startle Fetus

Ultrasound imaging shows third-trimester babies startling at the sound

(Newser) - While many studies have investigated whether cellphone radiation is harmful, little is known about how the sound of a cellphone ringing might impact a baby in utero. So researchers in New York decided to dig, in part because resident physicians—who regularly use cellphones and beepers at work—seem to... More »

Feds Make Baltimore Cops Keep Spying Secret: Report

Data collected from Hailstorm device kept on the down-low, detective testifies

(Newser) - Baltimore police are under orders from the US government to withhold information about secretive cellphone surveillance technology from the public and even the courts, and are encouraged to seek dismissal of cases instead of divulging details about the program, according to a confidential document obtained by the AP. The agreement... More »

Inmates Use Cellphones to Scam From Behind Bars

NBC News investigates Georgia's problem

(Newser) - Some 13,521 cellphones were confiscated from Georgia's 57,000 prisoners last year—far more than the 628 nabbed from Texas' 149,000 prisoners, or the 10,427 taken from California's prison population of about 114,000. And they aren't just being used to phone home. An... More »

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