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New Cameras Have One Goal: Catch Drivers on Phones

Australia's New South Wales may be the first to employ the technology

(Newser) - Australia's most populous state is trying to get people to put down their phones while driving by rolling out cameras to prosecute distracted motorists. New South Wales Roads Minister Andrew Constance says his is the first jurisdiction in the world to use such technology to punish drivers distracted by... More »

They Were Flying From NY to London. Then, Smoke

Fire on Virgin Atlantic flight may have been caused by phone charger

(Newser) - Passengers had just settled in for the flight over the ocean from New York to London when they found out they were touching down on the wrong side of the Atlantic: in Boston. The BBC and AP report the Virgin Atlantic plane bound for Heathrow out of JFK was forced... More »

We're Growing Little Skull Horns Because of Our Phones

Peer-reviewed research finds spikes at back of the skull, just above the neck

(Newser) - It sounds like a crazy tabloid headline—humans are growing little horns in the back of their skulls. Except it comes not from a tabloid but a peer-reviewed study in Scientific Reports . Australian researchers say more people, young ones especially, are showing up with what's known as an "... More »

Madonna: My Daughter Doesn't Have My Drive

The Material Girl talks kids, career in 'Vogue'

(Newser) - Madonna spoke candidly about her kids during a recent interview with Vogue , saying that she gave her older kids phones at 13—and that was "a mistake" she's not planning to make with her younger kids, including now-13-year-old David, who doesn't yet have a phone. Giving her... More »

The Suspect Had a Bow and Arrow. The Victim, Just His Phone

Aussie man's device saves him during attack in New South Wales

(Newser) - Ways you can use your cellphone to keep safe: Set up a list of "in case of emergency" contacts, turn on the "locate my phone" feature so you can be tracked down if you ever go missing, hold your device up like a shield if someone ever goes... More »

Pope Who Says He's a Tech 'Disaster' Has a New App

'Click to Pray' lets users keep on top of pontiff's prayers, as well as add their own

(Newser) - First we had a drive-thru for Ash Wednesday ; now there's a Pope Francis-sponsored app for praying. The pontiff who once called himself a techie "disaster" launched "Click to Pray" on Sunday, a six-language app for both Android and iPhone that he hopes will keep Catholic constituents around... More »

He Wanted to Charge His Phone. In the Plane's Cockpit

The man on the IndiGo flight was 'offloaded'

(Newser) - It's a story that forces Business Standard to state the obvious: "Passengers are prohibited from entering the cockpit of a commercial flight." But what's obvious to most apparently wasn't to one man "offloaded" from a plane in India on Monday after police and airline... More »

Party Takes Tragic Turn as Teen Tries to Get Phone

Imogen Roche fell 5 stories off a Manhattan fire escape

(Newser) - A party in Manhattan turned tragic Sunday night when a 15-year-old girl fell five stories to her death from a fire escape. Authorities say Imogen Roche was trying to get into a locked room through a window of a Tribeca apartment to retrieve her cellphone around 11pm when she slipped... More »

American With a Cellphone? This Ruling Affects You

Supreme Court says warrants generally needed to track location data

(Newser) - It's being described as a landmark decision in favor of privacy: The Supreme Court ruled Friday that the government in most cases needs a warrant to track a person's location by grabbing data from cellphone towers. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the four liberal-leaning justices and wrote... More »

Apple May Alter Phone Lineup Like Never Before

It's rumored to be killing iPhone X before first birthday

(Newser) - Apple's most expensive iPhone ever might also be its shortest lived. A report from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities—dubbed "the king of Apple analysts" by Mashable —predicts Apple will end production of the iPhone X after shipping 18 million devices in the first quarter of 2018,... More »

WH Goes After Staffer, Guest Phones in 'Security' Push

Employees, guests banned from bringing in personal devices starting next week

(Newser) - The White House has a new policy banning personal cellphones at work, but aides tell Bloomberg it has nothing to do with unauthorized leaks to the media. Beginning next week, both staffers and guests will be limited to government-issued devices in the West Wing in response to cybersecurity concerns, press... More »

3 Quotes That Explain Apple's iPhone Battery Confession

It is indeed slowing down older phones

(Newser) - Apple on Thursday copped to something users have long suspected: It slows down older iPhones. While conspiracy theorists have suggested it was part of a planned obsolescence gambit, Apple says it is, on the contrary, trying to make sure older phones continue to work. The admission came after Geekbench , a... More »

Suit: Doc Took Test on Phone During Woman's Surgery

Woman says doctor told her later that he was taking a language test

(Newser) - A suburban New York City woman has sued a doctor, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her, per the AP . The Journal News reports 70-year-old Mary Edwards of Port Chester filed a lawsuit Monday in state Supreme Court against Dr. Eric Fishman and... More »

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 »

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