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article imageBrooklyn man's cellphone activates oven

By Andrew Moran     Aug 25, 2009 in Technology
Andrei Melnikov believed something had been activating his oven and finally realized that it was his mobile device that turned on his appliance.
In his Brookyln apartment, Andrei Melnikov and his superintendent came to the conclusion that something was wrong and awkward. Melnikov's ringing cellphone would turn on and off the oven and he called the situation "highly unusual," according to The New York Times.
The Maytag company and other experts have blamed the problem on electromagnetic interference, which happens when you put a ringing cellphone next to a stereo's loud speaker.
The New York Times, citing studies, have suggested that different brands of cell phones can activate different models of Maytag appliances.
However, it maybe only the make of oven that has this kind of effect on cellphones. Experiments were conducted on General Electric stoves and the cell phone did not activate the oven.
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