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  • 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…
  • Informing The World's Illiterate Through a Mobile Device

    2 September 2014, 3:45 pm by: emily

    InSTEDD's iLab Southeast Asia (SEA), an innovation lab located in Phnom Phenh, takes on the illiteracy challenge. Joseph Agoada, Communications Advisor, InSTEDDc explains how they do it, for the Huffington Post.…
  • Why Apple’s mobile-payments system might actually work

    1 September 2014, 3:42 pm by: emily

    Despite a lot of investment and even more hype, mobile payments haven’t really taken off. While the idea of using a mobile phone or other device to quickly and securely pay for things sounds appealing, only between 3% and 7% of consumers in the US and Europe…
  • Apple Partnering With American Express On New iPhone Payments System

    31 August 2014, 3:44 pm by: emily

    According to Jason Del Ray at Re/code, Apple has reached an agreement with American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system.…
  • 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…

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