Autofocus could appear in Apple and Nokia phones

The developers of the world’s smallest autofocus lens for mobile devices say Apple and Nokia are considering introducing it.

Breakthrough allows full-duplex over existing wireless systems

Rice University researchers say they've developed a full-duplex wireless technology that could allow wireless phone companies to double the throughput on their networks without adding any more cell towers.

Devices powered by taking a walk

Two engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new energy-harvesting technology that they say can power a cellphone simply through walking.

Hands-free calls could be just as dangerous on the roads

You don't need to be fumbling over a text to be a dangerous driver - hands-free voice calls can be just as dangerous, a driving safety organization has warned.

Apple pays up for disputed Nokia patents

After an eighteen-month battle, Apple's finally caved in and agreed to pay Nokia license fees covering two wireless phone patents.

Distracted driving laws in disarray, says researcher

The current lack of consensus about distracted driving in the US has one advantage, say scientists at Temple University - it means it'll be easier to work out which laws make sense and which don't.

It's official: WHO classifies cellphones as cancer risk

After years of research and a great deal of argument, the World Health Organization has classified cellphones as possibly carcinogenic.

Conference hears 'overpowering' evidence on cellphone dangers

Cellphones disrupt DNA, impair brain function and lower sperm count, say scientists from Turkey, Russia and Israel, who present their results at a conference today in Turkey.

Cellphone use could lower male fertility

Men who are trying to have children should consider limiting their cellphone use, researchers warn.

Phone needs charging? Just yell at it

As if it weren't irritating enough to have to listen to people on their mobile phones, a South Korean team has just given people an excuse to yell into them even more loudly.

Cellphones could damage human tissues in totally new way

A theoretical biologist at the government's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico says that cellphone radiation could be interacting with human tissue in a completely new way.

Nanogenerator could power cellphone through the beat of a heart

Scientists have created what they say is the first practical nanogenerator, capable of powering a phone or iPod with the beats of the user's own heart.

Cellphones linked to bone weakening

We've worried about what cellphones have done to the art of conversation; we've worried about whether they cause cancer of the brain. And now, it seems, we have a new concern: their effects on our bones.

Half of used mobiles contain old owner's personal data

Cellphone users, at least in Britain, are happily handing over their personal information to complete strangers by failing to wipe their phones clean when they sell them.

Cellphone use alters brain activity

The debate over whether cellphones affect the brain rumbles on. The latest study shows a measurable effect on brain activity - but one which may or may not be harmful, say the team.

Startup creates first cellphone array camera

A Californian startup has created a high-resolution cellphone camera that allows the user to focus pictures after taking them.

New 'cellphone tower' is the size of a cellphone

Huge, hideous cellphone masts could be on their way out, says Alcatel-Lucent, which has developed a replacement technology that fits in the palm of the hand.

Cellphones tool of choice during mid-term elections

More than a quarter of cellphone users in the US used their mobiles to engage in political activity during November's mid-term elections.

Mine could ease US dependency on China for phone components

A US company has received permission to reopen a large rare earths mine, easing fears that the country was becoming too dependent on Chinese imports of the substances needed for mobile phones, solar cells and other technologies.

EU report warns of cellphone botnet danger

Smartphones could soon be used to launch distributed botnet attacks, a new EU security report warns.