Is your phone listening to your conversations?

May 17, 2019
Companies don't need to eavesdrop to target ads — we give them plenty of information.
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Cell phones are competition for an industry whose product is creating experiences for people to enjoy in the here and now, says Art Markman, University of Texas at Austin psychologist.
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The campaign to keep middle school students off their cellphones

Apr 17, 2018
"Away for the Day" aims to combat our country's tech addiction.
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Cellphones as logging detectors

Jul 15, 2014
An entrepreneur looks to fight illegal loggers, one used cellphone at a time.
This photo taken on November 13, 2013 shows a timber company worker carrying a chainsaw in the forests of Berau, East Kalimantan, in Indonesia. A new app looks to use cellphones to detect illegal loggers. 
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A day in the life of a payphone

May 22, 2014
New York City has about 10,000 public payphones. But who's using them?

One step closer to using your cellphone on your next flight?

Dec 12, 2013
Thanksgiving is over, but let's give a moment of thanks for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Police can your track cellphone's location, but you knew that already...didn't you?

Jul 31, 2013
If police want to track your movements using old calls you made on your cellphone, they can get the information from your cellphone company without a warrant.

How to protect your cellphone from hackers

Jul 23, 2013
Nearly half a billion mobile phone SIM cards might be vunerable to hacking. The vulnerability was revealed by a security researcher in Germany.

Solar phone chargers to come to NYC

Jun 18, 2013
It's happened to all of us. Your phone loses its charge in that one place you can't plug it in. Now, New York City is about to get solar chargers in many of those places.