The Center for Media Justice, Color of Change, and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute have filed complaints regarding the use of Stingray cellphone trackers by the Baltimore Police Department. The complaints filed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) accuse Baltimore Police of using Stingray devices that mimic cellphone towers to track cell activity and locations without a license, among other civil rights violations.
Nowadays, it’s fairly commonplace to be tracked when using the internet. Between location services, cookies, malware and more, users go about their business comfortably knowing that at least some portion of their online activity is being tracked. Another tracking method has been revealed by two researchers from Stanford University, and its not something that would immediately come to mind- battery status. Continue Reading
If you’ve been in the market for a charging cable for your mobile device, you’ve most likely encountered “quick charging” or “rapid charging” cables. Between the off-brand companies promising a faster charge and the oversaturation of cheap USB charging options, the lure of a fast recharge tempts many consumers into purchasing the “faster” and often times more expensive option.
While quick charging is in fact a reality and there are a handful of options that could charge your device faster than the charger than came with your device, there are a few caveats you should be aware of before charging exclusively with rapid chargers.
How does Rapid Charging Work?
Courts across the country have been debating privacy laws regarding cell phone data for some time now. Among the topic, one main question keeps reappearing: when law enforcement requests cell phone records from a wireless company, does this constitute a search under the 4th amendment? Or, to put it more bluntly, should law enforcement be required to obtain a warrant to access cell phone location data? Continue Reading
Tracking the spread of a disease can be incredibly difficult, especially if there isn’t much reliable data to work with. Scientists who study the spread of disease have typically relied on computer models that focus on the patterns of human movement and travel which are largely based on predictions and estimates. Now that an overwhelming majority of people carry cell phones, these scientists are turning to mobile phone records to gather more accurate data about population movements. Continue Reading
We’ve all heard the promise of wireless charging, but there have always been strings attached. Whether it’s a charging pad, a special case, or a designated area where your phone needs to be to receive a charge, there is yet to be a simple, uniform method of wireless charging. Continue Reading
If you’re looking for an innovative way to save money on your phone bill and don’t mind putting up with a few pesky ads, Australian Based startup Unlockd may have a solution for you. Continue Reading
Everybody knows that texting and driving is a lethal combination. In fact, about 1 in 4 car accidents in the US are caused by drivers that are preoccupied by texting. While texting and driving is almost as hazardous as drinking and driving, there’s been no way for police to consistently determine if cell phone use was the cause of the accident- until now. Continue Reading
We’ve all experienced “dead zones” where our phones just can’t seem to get a signal. Some of us have this type of area in our home and have come to expect a weak or non-existent signal underground or in large structures, but we know just how annoying and unpredictable they can be. This may be why one man had been getting away with jamming mobile phone service on the Red Line train in Chicago for the past 2 years until this past week. Continue Reading