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  • Cell-Phone Data Might Help Predict Ebola’s Spread

    25 August 2014, 1:10 pm by: emily

    Mobility data from an African mobile-phone carrier could help researchers recommend where to focus health-care efforts. [via MIT Technology Report]…
  • Swiss Post lets customers buy stamps by SMS

    21 August 2014, 4:11 am by: emily

    The Swiss Postal Office will introduce SMS-based mobile franking as a permanent service on 1 September, after a one-year pilot project in which customers bought postage for over 100,000 letters.…
  • Woman Wins $4.3M in Texting While Driving Case

    21 August 2014, 3:06 am by: emily

    A Florida woman who was severely injured in a crash caused by her then-boyfriend in 2010, who was allegedly texting while driving, has won a $4.3 million lawsuit. [via ABCNews]
  • South Africa’s solution to lousy mobile signal: Turn streetlights into cell towers

    20 August 2014, 10:37 am by: emily

    Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest city. It is also one of the most crowded and densely populated. As a result, mobile phone signal often suffers from too many people trying to connect to one cell tower. The dense built-up environment doesn’t do phone…
  • London Police Want to Make Phone Passwords Mandatory

    19 August 2014, 5:19 pm by: emily

    It sucks to lose your phone or have it stolen. Not only is it annoying and expensive having to replace the device, but even more worrying is what criminals can do with the personal data stored on it. [via Motherboard].…
  • United Airlines Lets Travelers Scan Passport Using its App

    19 August 2014, 5:10 pm by: emily

    United Airlines has updated its iOS and Android app to enable international travellers to scan their passports on their own within 24 hours of departure using their smartphone camera. It is the first U.S. airline to offer customers the ability to scan their…
  • One in three smartphone owners uninterested in apps

    19 August 2014, 4:05 am by: emily

    Demand for smartphone apps is waning, as users become more conservative about what they download. The Telegraph reports.…
  • How Movies and TV Shows Are Making Text Messaging Cinematic

    19 August 2014, 3:48 am by: emily

    In his latest video essay, film maker Tony Zhou from looks at how a range of movies and TV shows are addressing one relatively new problem: how to depict text messaging. Fabulous.…
  • World's first 'smartphone' celebrates 20 years

    18 August 2014, 4:14 am by: emily

    A new exhibition at London's Science Museum celebrates 20 years since the first 'smartphone', the IBM Simon, went on sale. [via the BBC]
  • This is what it looks like when a country gets mobile phones

    15 August 2014, 2:10 pm by: emily

    Just five years ago, mobile phone penetration in Myanmar stood at 1%. By 2013, it had already shot up to 13%. The government wants to drive that number north of 75%.…
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    4 August 2014, 1:36 pm by: emily

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  • Facebook’s Profit Propelled by Mobile

    24 July 2014, 5:29 am by: emily

    Mobile devices accounted for nearly two-thirds of the social networking company’s revenue, which rose 61 percent over the same quarter last year. [via The New York Times]…
  • Smartphones Surpass Computers for Internet Use in China

    22 July 2014, 3:27 am by: emily

    For the first time, more Chinese people are gaining access to the Internet with mobile phones than with personal computers, reports The New York Times.…
  • Will city-dwellers actually use a no-cellphones lane on the sidewalk?

    19 July 2014, 4:16 am by: emily

    Sidewalk collisions involving pedestrians engrossed in their electronic devices have become an irritating (and sometimes dangerous) fact of city life. To prevent them, what about just creating a “no cellphones” lane on the sidewalk? Would people follow the…
  • 99% of African digital music consumption will happen via mobile

    16 July 2014, 5:15 am by: emily

    Music distribution via ringtones and ringback tones is an unstoppable trend in Africa despite other emerging avenues such as online streaming, says an expert. ITWeb Africa reports.…

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