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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 »

For Some, a Missed WhatsApp Call Had Scary Consequences

Company uncovered spyware that could hijack a phone via a missed call

(Newser) - Spyware crafted by a sophisticated group of hackers-for-hire took advantage of a WhatsApp flaw to remotely hijack dozens of phones, the company said late Monday. The Financial Times identified the actor as Israel's NSO Group, and WhatsApp all but confirmed the identification, describing hackers as "a private company... More »

Is Your Cell Phone Trying to Kill You? New Study Says 'Maybe'

Study links blue-light emission with two kinds of cancer

(Newser) - Love that blue light? You might want to back away, according to a sobering new study . An international team of researchers led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health has found that exposure to blue light at night may increase your risk of developing breast or prostate cancer, reports Science ... More »

Missing Phone That Prompted Brawl Found Soon After

In the meantime, 20 people went at it in a pizza restaurant

(Newser) - Before instigating a brawl over a missing cell phone at a pizza restaurant it's probably best to see if it's waiting for you in the lost and found. Someone likely learned that lesson this weekend in the Bay Area city of Newark, Calif., where at least 20 people... More »

Restaurant Sees 'Remarkable' Change After Diners Disconnect

They're actually talking to each other, says Marco Canora of Hearth

(Newser) - "We want people to have an experience that is calm," says Chef Marco Canora of his revamped Hearth restaurant in New York City. Apparently that means phones should be out of the picture. After noticing how often diners appeared more engaged in their phones than in their company... More »

Teen Electrocuted While Using Cellphone in Bath

Madison Coe was 14

(Newser) - A cautionary tale out of Lovington, NM, where a 14-year-old girl died while using her cellphone in the bathtub. KCBD reports it's unclear exactly how Madison Coe was electrocuted: It may have occurred as she was plugging the phone into a bathroom outlet or in the course of reaching... More »

Officials: Trump Has Been Giving Out His Private Number

Breach of protocol worries security experts

(Newser) - President Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the commander in chief's communications. Trump has urged leaders of Canada and Mexico... 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 »

Airplane Phone Restrictions: Safety or Manners?

'Many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes'

(Newser) - Overhearing some loudmouth's phone conversation is bad enough on the street or at a restaurant, but nobody wants to be sitting next to that person for the duration of a flight. And that may be the real reason the FCC continues to ban voice calls on phones, even though... More »

An Iconic Cell Phone Could Be Coming Back

New version of Nokia 3310 is rumored

(Newser) - Perhaps it isn't just flip phones that are making a comeback. HMD Global, the Finnish company that produces Nokia phones, reportedly hopes to make a splash in the tech world this month by reintroducing a model first presented in the Y2K era. VentureBeat reports the company plans to unveil... More »

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 »

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