California proposes ‘kill switches’ on mobile phones

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California could be the first state to mandate a way for consumers to disable lost or stolen mobile phones.

Legislators in California are expected to outline a proposal requiring mobile devices sold in the state to come equipped with “kill switches” that would disable them if stolen or lost, beginning Jan. 1, 2015.



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Mobile penetration in Africa hits 80% and is still growing

Mobile penetration in Africa is still growing at 4.2 percent annually.

People tend to have certain paradigms about the “developed world” and the “developing world.” Including, of course, media-fed images of Africa as a place of almost irredeemable poverty, deprivation, and pain. Many of our paradigms are, of course, illusions.



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Off Pocket takes your phone off the grid temporarily

Do you need to go off the grid for a little while? You can turn your phone off or you can just slip it inside the OFF Pocket. It’s a portable privacy pocket of sorts that makes your phone untrackable and unhackable. It can successfully shield 100dB of signal in the 800MHz to 2.4GHz frequency range. That includes cellular signals, GPS, and WiFi.



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Why Apple announces iPhone cost and availability when competitors don’t

It just makes sense to announce pricing and ship dates as soon as they’re known.

When Apple has a new product coming out, one of the nice things they do is tell you how much it will cost and when it will go on sale.  Apple’s competitors only sometimes do and that is especially true in the phone industry.

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83% of American adults own cell phones

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A third of American adults own smartphones.

83% of American adults own some kind of cell phone.  Cell phones have become a near-ubiquitous tool for information seeking and communicating and these devices have an impact on many aspects of their owners’ daily lives. In a nationally representative telephone survey, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that, during the 30 days preceding the interview:


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Restaurant forces customers to sign no cellphone contract before dining


I promise not to use my cell phone while eating…

A shout of OHHH MY GODDDD ARE YOU SERIOUS? SHE DID? The LED flash of someone Instagramming their entree, followed by look of smug gratification. Some jerk waving his phone around trying to get a cell signal Foursquare. Not anymore!

Buzzing DC eatery Rogue24 wants hype to be the only thing in the air, making patrons ink a contract that prohibits the use of phones and cameras during meals. What! Creeping fascism!

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The Connected States of America

When you think of a map of the US, you probably break it down by state or quadrants or party affiliation. But MIT, IBM and AT&T’s research teams decided to look at who was talking to whom, and the resulting map is pretty captivating.

The researchers organized anonymous data from AT&T mobile phones into interactive maps illustrating which areas place the most calls and texts, and who they’re communicating with. The colors represent areas that areas that communicate heavily locally, while the lines are for areas of the country that are in heavy contact remotely, like San Francisco and New York…

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