Tag Archives: cell phones

All Of This Is Now In Your Back Pocket

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Virgin Atlantic Now Allows Cell Phone Use

But only on flights between NYC and London. So far. Passengers on certain Virgin Atlantic flights are now able to use their cell phones to make and receive phone calls at 35,000 feet, the airline announced Tuesday. The British airline’s new service could be a blessing for business travelers who want to stay connected during eight-hour flights across the ocean. …

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Fort Lee: No Texting While Walking

Texting while walking is now a ticketing offense in Fort Lee, New Jersey. “It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they are going and they are not aware,” said Thomas Ripoli, chief of the Fort Lee Police Department. Ripoli said the borough, which is home to approximately 35,000 residents, has suffered three fatal pedestrian-involved accidents this year. He hopes …

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Stop Butt-Dialing 911

New York City says their emergency services are being swamped by over four million “accidental” calls annually. An astounding 38% of some 10.4 million calls to 911 during 2010 involved such accidental or false alarm “short calls” of 19 seconds or less — that’s an average of 10,700 false calls a day. Most of the calls — commonly referred to …

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Stolen Cell Phones To Be Disabled

The FCC has leaned on North American cell carriers and forced them to agree to permanently disable any phone that has been reported stolen. The proposed system is already in use across Europe. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said in a statement late Monday that major cellphone carriers and the Federal Communications Commission have agreed to set up a database of …

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Smart Phone App: Report A Taxi

Gothamist points us to this handy app.

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Is That Your Tattoo Ringing? Or Mine?

Nokia has patented a funky tattoo ink that will vibrate to alert you of incoming calls on your cell phone, which presumably must be nearby. The tattoo would be made of ferromagnetic ink and would be able to detect a magnetic field generated by your phone in order to “transfer a perceivable stimulus to the skin,” according to the U.S. …

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New Yogurt Ad

Copyranter sez: “Scan this code with your smartphone, and it’ll splooge you in the face. I used to like Voskos yogurt.”

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Grade Pending Is Delicious

The NYC Department of Health has launched an app in which users can can filter and search for nearby restaurants by their latest cleanliness grade. Would anybody seriously consider a “C” grade joint that popped up in the results?

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Open Thread Thursday

What’s your favorite phone app? Shazam? Grindr?

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Grindr Wins Tech Award

Grindr has won the TechCrunch award for Best Location App. Geeks clearly don’t mind what it’s used for. Yay, nerds! (Via JMG reader Osman)

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New Phone App: What Went Wrong

A new phone app sends a form to the person who dumped you. Didn’t he just tell you to stop calling?

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Grindr Hacked In Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: A popular “meat-market” smartphone app that spawned a sexual revolution in Australia’s gay community has been compromised by a Sydney hacker, potentially exposing intimate personal chats, explicit photos and private information of users. The location-aware Grindr app enables gay men to meet other gay men who may be just metres away, making use of their …

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Cell Phone Stops Lincoln Center Symphony

New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert brought Mahler’s Ninth to a screeching halt when an audience member allowed his iPhone to continue ringing. The iPhone marimba ring kept going — and going — until concertgoers pointed out the area where the guilty party sat, a witness said. Finally, a man reached into his pocket and turned off the phone. Gilbert …

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Texting While Walking

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Verizon Will Charge You To Pay Your Bill

If you think you’ve heard it all, hang on to your thinker. Verizon is about to launch a $2 charge for customers who pay their bills online or over the phone. Beginning on Jan. 15, Verizon will charge all customers a $2 “convenience fee” for paying their cellphone bill online or over the phone, according to documents obtained by Droid-Life. …

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NYC Sees Wave Of iThieves

Thefts and robberies are soaring in NYC and the crooks are focusing on handheld electronics. An eCrime wave is sweeping the city with iPads, smartphones and other pricey devices now more popular with Big Apple thieves than even cold hard cash, cops say. Half of the nearly 16,000 robberies in New York over the first 10 months of this year …

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PAKISTAN: Phone Companies To Block Texts Containing “Gay” & “Homosexual”

Pakistan’s blogosphere is having a field day over a new government directive ordering phone companies to block more than 1700 words from text messages. Among the banned words are gay, lesbian, and homosexual. Also: Jesus Christ. Operators have been directed to start blocking text messages containing these words from November 21. The move has been greeted with ridicule and derision, …

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New App For OWS: I’m Getting Arrested

Product description: Alert your lawyer, loved ones, etc … that you are being arrested with a click. I’m Getting Arrested enables anyone, with one click, to broadcast a custom message to SMS numbers in the event they are arrested. Inspired by a real Occupy Wall Street incident. Free to the other 99%. Android only, so far. The guy behind it.

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Blackberry Outage = Fewer Car Crashes

Observers carefully note that last week’s Blackberry outage “coincided” with a reduction in traffic accidents. The National reports that traffic accidents in Dubai dropped 20 percent compared to historical averages during the blackout. In Abu Dhabi, accidents dropped by 40 percent, and there were zero fatalities. If you’re thinking that this isn’t a significant enough sample to show that smart …

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