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Don’t Believe Everything You Read About the Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 is Google’s new flagship phone. Despite being superior in some ways to the iPhone, and costing only half the price, the Nexus has taken a bit of a beating in reviews.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Bowl Phone Sex

Prisoners in a New Jersey jail, like prisoners across the country, have built a subterranean system of communication to defy the harsh conditions of incarceration and keep themselves connected.

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Robert Scoble (CC-BY)

Verizon to Charge Customers for the Privilege of Paying Their Bills

Verizon Wireless has confirmed plans to charge a $2 “convenience fee” to customers who have the nerve to pay their bill with a credit card either online or over the phone. (Update: Verizon backs down.)

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



Courtesy of Apple

New iPhone: Don’t Judge the 4S by Its Cover

Apple announced Tuesday the first new iPhone in 16 months. It says the 4S is twice as fast, has a better camera and can communicate with you like a virtual manservant. But it looks just like the old version and that seems to have disappointed those of us who spent months fantasizing about a mythical “iPhone 5.” (more)

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Phone Wars

The world’s most successful technology companies are engaged in all-out war to power the plastic in your hand, so much more than a mere phone or computer.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Sprint Unveils First 4G Phone

America’s third-place carrier doesn’t get that many high-five opportunities, but somewhere Sprint executives are bruising their palms after announcing the EVO 4G, the first phone in America to run on a next-generation wireless network. (continued)

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Obama Renews Patriot Act Provisions

The president has signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the Patriot Act that would have expired Sunday, renewing the government’s authority to spy on phones and seize records and property of citizens.

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Flickr / Adam Pieniazek

Frustrated Subscribers Target AT&T

Thanks to the runaway success of the iPhone, AT&T has the largest wireless network in the country—and the lousiest. Fed-up subscribers, who pay the telco about $30 a month just for data (and another $40 or so for voice), are planning an assault this Friday called Operation Chokehold. (continued)

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Sprint

The Phone Made Out of Corn

The Samsung Reclaim is an odd little device that raises the question: Why isn’t everything made out of corn?

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When Life Gives You Corn, Make Corn-Based Cell Phones

Samsung and Sprint are coming out with a new cell phone for the green crowd. The “Reclaim” is made from recycled materials and corn-based plastic and comes in eco-friendly packaging complete with soy-based ink. It’s enough to make one long for the day when all electronics are manufactured sustainably and iPhones grow on trees.

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


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Global Graphica / Ivan Corsa

Can You Hear Me Now?: Terrorist Edition

In a reactionary move against technology and the beasts who wield it, the NYPD has announced it wants to jam cell phone frequencies in case of a terrorist attack, citing Mumbai as an example of how mobile phones allowed attackers in that Indian city to micromanage their assault in real time.

Posted on Jan 9, 2009 READ MORE


Johnny 5
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Robocalls Confuse Voters

Calls have been going out in Virginia and Pennsylvania, telling people to vote tomorrow, on Nov. 5, according to Jonah Goldman, director of Election Protection at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. Goldman says he doesn’t know who’s responsible, but similar misleading messages are being distributed via e-mail, FaceBook and fliers, often targeting young and minority voters.

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McCain Scares Kids for Halloween

John McCain’s robocalls, which are bombarding swing-state voters with the message that Barack Obama “worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers,” are reportedly scaring children who make the mistake of answering their phones. Sarah Palin, who may or may not realize she’s on a sinking ship, says she disapproves of the robocalls.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008 READ MORE


The President You Are Trying to Reach Is Unavailable

The satirist says the president doesn’t understand Hillary Clinton’s “red phone” ad. He just sends all those calls to voice mail.

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


Jenna and Ellen

Jenna Bush Calls Dad on ‘Ellen’

Ellen DeGeneres put Jenna Bush on the spot on Wednesday’s episode of “Ellen,” asking her if she couldn’t, you know, just pick up the phone and talk to her dad, “like, right now.”  So, the first daughter, in turn, put President Bush on the spot, nervously asking him if he was mad at her for the impromptu call.

Posted on Dec 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Obama Campaigners Work the Switchboards

If the Illinois senator beats Hillary Clinton and the others for the nomination, a good portion of credit will go to the volunteers now making phone calls in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, California and other places.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007 READ MORE


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America Is Watching You

The “Last Days of Democracy” author warns that Congress is about to aid the Bush administration with its Orwellian plans by granting retroactive immunity to the telecommunications giants for helping the government spy on Americans.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


Steve Jobs
intomobile.com

Consumer Takes iPhone Price-Cut Rage to Court

All those eager Apple aficionados who waited in line for days to get their grabby hands on the first crop of iPhones for $599 a pop, only to watch in despair as stragglers bought them but two months later for a whopping $200 less, may sympathize with an angry New York woman who clearly will not be placated by Steve Jobs’ scrambly attempt at refunding his way back into customers’ hearts.

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 READ MORE


Slippery Slope

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The Cult of Apple

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Driving while holding
Béatrice de Géa / LAT

Arnold Outlaws Handhelds-While-Driving

With the governor’s signature, California becomes the fourth state to ban drivers from holding cellphones while driving. The law goes into effect in July 2008, and motorists will still be allowed to use hands-free phone technology.

  • Cool tidbit: Schwarzenegger said he sometimes follows his 16-year-old daughter to make sure she’s not driving while holding a phone.

  • Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Another European Airline Scare

    Dutch authorities detained 12 passengers on a flight headed to Mumbai, India, after the plane was turned around under fighter escort.  The passengers were reported to have behaved suspiciously?using and exchanging cellphones midflight.  Later, authorities said the incident probably had nothing to do with terrorism and that the 12 passengers would be released today.

    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Driving with celling
    From dottocomu.com

    Cellphone Calls Mangle Driving Skills

    Driving while talking on your cell cuts by half the brain’s ability to recognize and respond to traffic conditions, according to a study. Says a researcher: “Twentysomethings on a cellphone have the same reaction time as 70-year-olds.”

    Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Palestinian Authority Officially Recognized—by AT&T

    Calls made to the Palestinian territories will carry their own designation, rather than appearing on AT&T bills as calls to Israel.

    Posted on Aug 9, 2006 READ MORE


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    From popularitydialer.com

    ‘Popularity Dialer’ Offers Phone Escape Route

    Have you ever hoped your cell phone would ring in order to extricate you from a boring date or an unpleasant meeting? Well, The Popularity Dialer, via a Web interface, will ring you up and supply half of a conversation you can use to make your apologies and get the hell out.

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Suspect May Argue White House OK’d Phone-Jamming

    The guy indicted in the jamming of Democratic phone lines on election day in 2002 is set to argue that his scheme had the approval of both the Republican National Committee and the White House.
    If true, this would be huge: a White House-led attempt to sabotage a Senate election in favor of a Republican.

    Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Report: NSA Sought Phone Records Before 9/11

    The NSA asked AT&T to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, allege lawyers filing a lawsuit on behalf of telephone company customers.
    This is huge because, according to a lawyer on the case, “The Bush Administration asserted this became necessary after 9/11…. This undermines that assertion.’‘

    Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


    USA Today Backs Off Phone Records Story

    The newspaper originally reported that AT&T, BellSouth and Verizon have been providing phone call data to the NSA. But now USA Today says it can’t confirm that either BellSouth or Verizon provided the data. (AT&T definitely appears to have done so.)

    Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Feds Getting Phone Data Without Warrants

    Officials from the Dept. of Homeland Security and the FBI are paying private data brokers to gather personal phone record information—circumventing the need to obtain warrants for such data.

  • It’s ironic that some federal agents are availing themselves of this potentially illegal service; other federal agents (from the FCC) are already investigating the practice. See “Feds Probe Sale of Private Phone Records”
  • And earlier: All Your Phone Call Records Are for Sale, Cheap

  • Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Gonzales Sidesteps Legal Issues of NSA Spying

    The attorney general, in defending the NSA’s collection of millions of U.S. phone records, claims it is constitutional—but conveniently ignores the fact that it appears to be illegal.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Did Telcos Use Scapegoat-for-Hire in NSA Case?

    Via Business Week, we learn that an entire niche industry has sprung up to provide the government with commercially purchased telecommunications records that the government isn’t allowed to purchase itself. (TPM Muckraker has a good sum-up.)

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    AT&T envelope
    From AMERICAblog

    Has AT&T Sent Out the Most Ironic Mailer Ever?

    You won’t believe the envelope that the phone company has apparently been sending out. If it’s not a hoax, the irony is so thick that not even an NSA eavesdropper could penetrate it.

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart and the NSA

    Jon Stewart Takes On the NSA

    “The Daily Show” host tees off on the recent report of the NSA’s phone call database. “It turns out that there was one specific type of domestic call the government was keeping tabs on. All of them.”

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Tony Snow
    From ThinkProgress

    Answering His First Question, Tony Snow Misleads Press

    Amazing. (Or maybe not.) The new White House press secretary (a former Fox News host) kicked off his tenure with a misleading statement about Bush and the NSA program.

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    BellSouth: We Didn’t Give Data to NSA

    The phone company says that, despite the claims made in the USA Today story, it never provided phone records to the NSA.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


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    Poll: Majority Disapprove of NSA Database

    The vast American populace can’t always be counted upon to show good sense, but in this case, at least, vox populi has gotten it right.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Feds Tracking ABC News Phone Calls in Leak Hunt

    A “senior law enforcement official” has told ABC News that the government, in trying to root out confidential sources, is tracking the phone numbers the news organization calls.
    Maybe we should just start calling him George “Big Brother” Bush.
    Update: An official acknowledges its “backtracking” of journalists’ phone records.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


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    Now Appearing: President Gore

    Al Gore addresses the nation as if he were president in this “Saturday Night Live” clip. Watch for the parody of Bush’s spying programs.

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney Reportedly Pushed NSA to Spy Domestically

    In the wake of Sept. 11, the vice president argued that the NSA should intercept purely domestic calls and e-mails without warrants, reports the N.Y. Times.
    The NSA ultimately decided against the idea, but this report leaves no doubt about Cheney’s regard for civil liberties.

    Posted on May 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Don’t Believe the Flawed NSA-Spying Poll

    The Washington Post loaded a poll so it would appear that most Americans support the NSA’s phone record collection program. Blogger Jane Hamsher did the original analysis on this sloppy poll, and Buzzflash sums it up.

    Posted on May 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Verizon Hit By Two Multibillion-Dollar Lawsuits

    The telecom giant faces two suits—one for $20 billion, another for $5 billion—for handing over customers’ phone records to the NSA.

    Posted on May 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Leslie Cauley
    Images: From "The Charlie Rose Show"

    Truthdigger of the Week: Leslie Cauley

    Truthdig salutes Leslie Cauley, the USA Today reporter who broke the blockbuster story about the NSA’s program to amass the records of every phone call made in America. Her scoop laid waste to President Bush’s assertion that his domestic spying targets only a handful of suspected terrorists living in the U.S. In the wake of her story, GOP Sen. Arlen Specter is calling for congressional hearings.

    Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Presidential Ears

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    Wag the Dog
    From thezreview.co.uk

    Wag the Dog?

    President Bush will deliver a rare (for him) television address, a Monday night talk on immigration reform.
    Is it too cynical to ask whether he’s wagging the dog to distract attention from the NSA phone record issue?
    Is it possible to be too cynical about Bush’s motives?

    Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Watching What You Say

    Before the USA Today story, The Nation magazine had loads of details on the NSA-telecom spying program: a lawsuit against AT&T; links between telecom officials and the White House; and a history of how these insidious relationships developed.

    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times: Bush’s Ever-Expanding Secret

    The Sept. 11 attacks “did not give the president the limitless power he now claims to intrude on the private communications of the American people,” the N.Y. Times says in an editorial about the NSA spying story.

    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    I Want to Spy on You
    hardnewsnow.com

    Bush: Spy Program Isn’t ‘Mining’ Private Info

    “We’re not mining or trolling though the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans,’’ Bush says, without directly addressing the NSA program reported in USA Today.

  • Meanwhile, GOP Sen. Arlen Specter demands that phone company executives testify before Congress about the data they provided to the NSA.
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    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Domestic Spying
    From wcsh6.com

    Bipartisan Furor Over NSA Program

    Many Republican and Democratic lawmakers are furious over the alleged NSA phone record collection program.

  • GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham: “The idea of collecting millions or thousands of phone numbers, how does that fit into following the enemy?”
  • Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy: “It is our government, it’s not one party’s government.”

  • Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Buzzflash: “Tyranny Creeps In…” at the NSA

    “The NSA’s gathering of phone call records of millions of Americans is “something that would make the late Leonid Brezhnev proud of Bush—and [Gen.] Michael Hayden, the Pentagon apparatchik, who saw it through,” Buzzflash writes in an editorial.

    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


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