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  • Testing While Texting Takes Off in East Africa

    29 September 2014, 5:04 pm by: emily

    A dumbphone-based SMS service makes it easy—and affordable—to study for Kenya's high-stakes tests. takepart reports.…
  • North Korea Issues Cellphone Etiquette Guide

    29 September 2014, 4:00 pm by: emily

    Though only 10 percent of North Korea's population use Koryolink, the wireless carrier for the country that launched in 2008, the government has published guidelines on proper phone etiquette. As Slate points out:…
  • Mobile phones 'safe to use during flights'

    27 September 2014, 12:48 pm by: emily

    Airline passengers will be able to use their mobile phones throughout flights after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) ruled that they do not pose a risk to aircraft safety. The Telegraph reports.…
  • Owning a mobile phone in once-reclusive Myanmar is about to get a lot easier and cheaper

    26 September 2014, 4:02 am by: emily

    The mobile revolution in Myanmar, a country that was once one of the most reclusive in the world, is kicking up a gear after Telenor confirmed it will launch its much-anticipated mobile service in the country this weekend. [via TheNextWeb]…
  • Saving the Lives of Cameroonian Mothers and their Babies with an SMS

    25 September 2014, 4:10 am by: emily

    A project sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) uses mobile technology to increase access to healthcare services to communities “when they most need it.” [via IPS News].…
  • How Your Phone Can Tell If You're Depressed

    23 September 2014, 3:16 am by: emily

    Researchers at Dartmouth College have figured out how to use smartphone sensor data to track users’ moods, which they think could be used to identify symptoms of depression. Motherboard reports.…
  • A Radar Gun that Catches Driver Texting Is in Development

    18 September 2014, 4:32 am by: emily

    ComSonics, a Virginia-based company, is developing a radar gun-like device with which police officers will be able to detect drivers who are texting. The gadget uses the telltale radio frequencies that emit from a vehicle when someone inside is using a…
  • Access Websites Using Only SMS, Without Being Connected to the Internet

    17 September 2014, 3:09 pm by: emily

    For those in countries where Internet Service Providers and cellular carriers play hide-and-seek with respect to offering broadband internet, the Cosmos Browser for Android lets you browse the Web using only text messaging (SMS). The need to connect to the…
  • Why most people aren’t downloading apps anymore

    16 September 2014, 11:09 am by: emily

    In August, a widely reported report from comScore, a measurement firm, concluded that the majority of smartphone users in the United States download precisely zero apps in any given month.…
  • Chinese City Sets Up ‘No Cell Phone’ Pedestrian Lanes

    15 September 2014, 1:35 pm by: emily

    The Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too caught up in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.…
  • How the Humble Text Message Can Help Democratize Healthcare

    10 September 2014, 3:38 pm by: emily

    For many Americans living below the poverty line, getting adequate healthcare is nearly impossible, resulting in low-income communities being underserved by the health care system. Understanding how to better serve these neighborhoods is a point of concern for…
  • Penalty for driving while texting in Long Island—a disabled cell phone

    10 September 2014, 3:18 pm by: emily

    Motorists popped for texting-while-driving violations in Long Island could be mandated to temporarily disable their mobile phones the next time they take to the road. arstechnica reports.…
  • Most apps are 'failing on privacy', claims report

    10 September 2014, 2:08 pm by: emily

    The vast majority of popular apps are guilty of basic failings over user privacy, a report has warned. [via the BBC]…
  • Off-the-grid texting device GoTenna attracts antisurveillance crowd

    8 September 2014, 4:30 am by: emily

    A gadget for text messaging without cell service sees a spike in interest from the pro-privacy crypto and Bitcoin communities -- even though that wasn't its creators' intention. c/Net reports.…
  • Sony's latest smartphones can stream PlayStation 4 video games

    3 September 2014, 12:21 pm by: emily

    The family of Z3 devices can be combined with a PS4 controller to play console games. Owners will be able to attach the new devices to an existing PS4 controller via a special mount to play titles powered by the console's processors. Until now this "remote…

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