Cell Phones Deployed to Help Measure Happiness

Add another “app” to our cell phone menu as researchers investigate the manner by which the environment influences our pursuit of happiness.Investigators from Princeton University are developing ways to use mobile phones to explore how one’s environment influences one’s sense of well-being.In one study, researchers found that cell ...

New research says: cellphone use+driving=death...not so much

You are more likely to kill yourself reading this article than you are talking on your cellphone and driving. That's our guess, but for almost 20 years, it has been a wide-held belief that talking on a cellphone while driving is dangerous and leads to more accidents. However, new research from Carnegie Mellon University and the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests that talking on a cellphone while driving does not increase crash risk.  

White House pledges to eliminate cellphone unlocking ban

The White House has bowed to public opinion, and said that it too believes cellphone unlocking should be legal.

No touch screen, no keyboard: enter Airwriting

German computer scientists have come up with a glove that allows phone users to write texts in the air.

Cellphone unlocking petition hits 100,000 signatures

The US government will have to reconsider its decision to ban cellphone unlocking, after an online petition reached the necessary 100,000 signatures.

Global mobile phone sales slide

Mobile phone sales worldwide fell last year for the first time since 2009, says Gartner, dropping 1.7 percent to 1.75 billion units.

Eric Schmidt and his daughter describe North Korea visit

Like the country itself, Google chairman was initially less than communicative about his recent trip to North Korea. Now, though, both he and his daughter have opened up about what Sophie Schmidt describes as  'The Truman Show, at country scale'.

Fewer than half of Americans always use a landline at home

Over a third of US households have ditched the landline in favor of a cellphone, a new survey shows.

Syria shutters internet as conflict intensifies

The internet is down in Syria, and mobile phone service has been disrupted,  as rebels continue to clash with government forces.

Fancy a phone equipped with radar?

Radar could start appearing in a far wider range of devices, including cellphones, thanks to the invention of a fingernail-sized chip package costing just over a dollar.

Anti-fog glass is glare-free and self-cleaning

MIT's created a new type of glass that's glare-free, self-cleaning and anti-fogging - useful for everything from car windscreens and scuba goggles to cellphones and solar panels.

Cellphones built to see through walls

Researchers at UT Dallas have designed an imager chip that allows mobile phones to see through walls and other objects.

Teens now text 60 times a day

The average teenager is now almost twice as likely to message on social networks as to socialise face to face, and is sending or receiving 60 texts a day.

Cellphone use in pregnancy linked to ADHD

Yet more evidence that cellphones are near-lethal devices; yet more evidence that pregnant women should lock themselves away in an isolation tank for nine months.

Phones could be powered by user's body heat

Dead cellphones could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new technology that can harvest enough juice for another call from the user's own body heat. 

GSM networks leak users' location

Security researchers have discovered it's possible to track a cellphone's location by listening to unencrypted broadcast messages from cell phone towers.

New cellphone battery technology promises ten times longer life

IPhone 4S owners bemoaning their feeble battery life may have some hope, at least, for the future: Northwestern University engineers have developed a cellphone battery that charges in 15 minutes and stays charged for more than a week.

Judge tosses most of SF cellphone warning law

A federal judge has thrown out most provisions of a San Francisco law requiring phone retailers to display the amount of radiation emitted by each device.

Long-term study of cellphone use finds no cancer link

In what's described as the largest ever study on the cancer risk of cellphones, Danish researchers have found no link between phone use and brain tumors.

Children absorb more cellphone radiation

A new study from the Environmental Health Trust has found that  children absorb twice as much microwave radiation from phones as do adults.