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Addicted to Your Phone? Blame Your Personality

You might be impulsive and impatient: study

(Newser) - There's no denying that humans are mad for their cellphones, but some are clearly more attached than others—and scientists now have a clearer understanding of why. Generally speaking, people who constantly check their phones have a problem controlling impulses, period, and they're not so great at delayed... More »

Student Who Shared Teacher's Nude Photo Is Charged

Meanwhile, the district has some harsh words for Leigh Ann Arthur

(Newser) - The 16-year-old South Carolina student who grabbed his teacher's phone on Feb. 18, found a nude photo she had taken for her husband for Valentine's Day, snapped a photo, and shared it may have arrived at his own "day of reckoning." Leigh Ann Arthur, the Union... More »

Is That Mystery Number a Scammer? Galaxy S7 Knows

Thanks to partnership with Whitepages

(Newser) - About to buy the new Galaxy S7? Your contact list just got a whole lot bigger. Samsung and Whitepages are announcing a partnership that packs caller ID, spam and scam detection, and even a nearby business search directly into the native dialer, reports Engadget . This means that an incoming call... More »

This Is Why You Shouldn't Sleep With Your Phone

Put it on a nightstand, not under your pillow

(Newser) - A tip from the NYPD: "Don't put your cellphone under a pillow when sleeping or when charging your device"—unless you want to set your head on fire. Deputy Inspector Wilson Aramboles of the NYPD's 33rd Precinct shared that message on Twitter on Monday alongside photos... More »

Dad Stands Trial for Taking Daughter's iPhone Away

'I didn’t want the police department telling me how to parent my child'

(Newser) - A Texas father arrested for taking away his daughter's cell phone as a punishment will avoid jail but may suffer an even worse fate. In 2013, Ronald Jackson viewed a text he thought was "rude" on his 12-year-old daughter's iPhone 4, so he confiscated it, CBS DFW... More »

Distracted at Work? You Might Be a Genius

All those great ideas are clogging your brain, study suggests

(Newser) - The modern world is rife with distractions, but new research suggests those who find it most difficult to focus tend to be the most intelligent. "The difficulty to withstand multiple tasks and distractions in the office affects smart people in the same way as everyone else, if not more,... More »

Stolen Propane Tanks Put FBI on Edge

Missouri authorities probe tank thefts, cellphone purchases

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating reports in Missouri of stolen propane tanks and prepaid cellphones purchased en masse—developments that sparked concerns of a possible terrorist plot, KFOR reports. An estimated 65-70 tanks were grabbed from outside cages in three separate heists, two at Lee's Summit on the same day... More »

T-Mobile Offering Miniature Cell Towers for Your Home

But do you actually need one?

(Newser) - Starting Wednesday, T-Mobile customers can get their hands on their very own miniature cell tower to boost the signal inside their homes, USA Today reports. T-Mobile claims the new CellSpot— which plugs into customers' Internet routers—creates 3,000 square feet of full-bar 4G LTE coverage for all T-Mobile phones.... More »

Trump Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons

After his number is published, he turns it into a campaign ad

(Newser) - When Donald Trump gave out fellow candidate Lindsey Graham's personal phone number, Graham publicly destroyed his phone. When Gawker pulled the same stunt on Trump himself, he responded in much different fashion: Trump turned the phone's greeting into a campaign ad, as NBC's Frank Thorp demonstrates on... More »

Now Trump's Phone Number Gets Published

Gawker got hold of the Donald's digits, would like you to call him

(Newser) - Turnabout, revenge, payback: Whatever you want to call it, Donald Trump is feeling a bit of its burn today after Gawker obtained his cell phone number, and with no small amount of glee, published it. Since Trump outed Lindsey Graham's number , "opening up a direct, personal channel of... More »

2 Crazy Incidents Illustrate Broadway Menace: Phones

Including the guy who jumped on stage to charge his

(Newser) - Cell phones in theaters: After two high-profile incidents on Broadway, things seem to have reached a "tipping point," observes Variety . The first occurred when 19-year-old Nick Silvestri hopped up on the stage just before the start of Hand to God and plugged his phone into an outlet, not... More »

Driver Who Killed Cyclist Can't Text for 2 Years

Judge says owning a phone is a 'privilege,' not a right

(Newser) - In sentencing a driver who fatally struck a bicyclist, a Michigan judge doled out some typical punishments: two years of probation, community service, 90 days in jail. But he added an unusual one, reports the Lansing State Journal : no cell phone during the probation. And that's not just while... More »

Florida Teacher Jams Kids' Cellphones, Is Suspended

District unamused, suspends him for 5 days

(Newser) - A Florida science teacher has been suspended for running a signal jammer to prevent his students from using their cellphones in class. School board members in Pasco County approved Dean Liptak's five-day unpaid suspension yesterday. Liptak didn't contest the decision. Officials say Liptak activated the jammer in his... 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 »

NYC Relents, Lets Kids Bring Phones to School

City to end its ban on devices in schools starting in March

(Newser) - New York City's school teachers might want to check themselves into detention because the city is ending its ban on cell-phone-wielding schoolkids, clearing the way for some 1.1 million students to skip into class with iPhones in tow. Well, sort of: As the New York Daily News reports,... 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 »

Secret US Spy Program Tracks Cellphone Users

Planes carrying 'dirtboxes' trick phones into sending identifying data and location

(Newser) - The extent to which the US government spies on US soil continues to unfold. The latest revelation: Using Cessna aircraft over at least five metropolitan-area airports, the Justice Department oversees (albeit to an unknown extent) a program that indiscriminately accesses large amounts of cellphone data, including identifying information and people'... More »

Mystery 'Interceptors' Capture Our Calls: Experts

And they don't appear to be NSA installations

(Newser) - Security experts have been spotting so-called "fake cellphone towers" of unknown origin that could be spying on us. The "interceptors," as they're called, trick our phones into thinking they're regular cell towers; then, according to VentureBeat , they can listen to our calls or pave the... More »

New App Keeps Kids From Ignoring Mom's Phone Calls

Frustrated mom invents Ignore No More app for Android

(Newser) - Watch out, kids: When her teens ignored her calls checking up on their safety, mom Sharon Standifird "literally just started researching how to develop an app" that would paralyze their phones until they called her back, she tells CBS New York ; thus, Ignore No More was born. The Android-exclusive... More »

Parents, Look at Your Kid, Not Your Smartphone

Pediatrician pleads for parents to put down their phones

(Newser) - A pediatrician's plea in the Washington Post for parents to put down their smartphones and make actual human contact with their kids might be worth it for the opening anecdote alone. Jane Scott explains that a dad brought his 2-year-old boy into her office, each absorbed in his own... More »

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