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French lawmakers ban smartphones in schools

Paris - French schoolchildren will have to leave their smartphones switched off or at home as the new academic year begins in September, after lawmakers voted for a ban on Monday.

More data emerges about radiation risks and smartphones

San Fransisco - Every so often a report is raised about the risks of smartphones, especially when placed against the head for long periods of time. Some data is contradictory, but a new report raises a risk that has apparently been withheld from the public since 2009.

World's first 'battery-free' phone could change communications

Researchers have developed the first phone that doesn't require an electrical power supply. The prototype device is capable of harvesting energy from the air. It generates enough power to communicate using existing apps such as Skype.

The 2020 Olympics may have medals made from electronic waste

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are hoping to source the gold, silver and bronze needed to make medals for the games from millions of discarded smartphones and other small consumer electronics.

iPhone 7s coming in 2017: Novelty design or blast from the past?

A brand new redesign of the iPhone keeps all the best features of the previous models intact while looking back at the all-glass body that made the iPhone 4 so popular. That's just one of the rumours circulating around Apple's upcoming 2017 iPhone 7s.

'Find My iPhone' helps cops find kidnapped Pa. woman, bust her ex

East Stroudsburg - Thanks to her mother's iPhone tracking app, a Pennsylvania woman who was allegedly kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend was rescued, police say. The woman met her ex-boyfriend,18, in East Stroudsburg to discuss custody of a child.

Alberto Garcia charged for secretly filming girlfriend's daughter

Chicago - Alberto Garcia, 27, is being accused of hiding his cellphone to videotape his girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter in the bathroom at the home they shared.

New Hampshire passes cellphone ban while driving

New Hampshire, The Granite State is the latest state to ban drivers from using their mobile devices while they are behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Video: High school student slams teacher to the floor in class

Paterson - A 62-year-old New Jersey high school teacher who confiscated a cellphone from a 16-year-old ninth-grader during a physics class got slammed to the floor for his effort to instill discipline in class.

How flip phones could return in a big way

A decade ago, flip phones ruled the world. The Motorola Razr was the best-selling clamshell phone, selling more than 130 million units during its four-year run from 2003 to 2007, when the iPhone was introduced.

Government spy planes being used to collect cellphone data

In the last few days, an aerial spy network used by the Justice Dept and US Marshalls to collect cellphone information has been exposed.

What you need to know about the iPhone 6

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed a completely redesigned iPhone this morning. The iPhone 6 sports larger screens than its predecessor, reaching a maximum 5.5 inches for the iPhone 6 Plus. The new A8 processor is reportedly 25 percent faster than the A7.

Bill passed in California will require cellphone kill switches

The California state Legislature passed a bill on Monday that would require kill switches to be added to smartphones, in a move that will make The Golden State the first in the country to create such a requirement.

Survey shows land lines becoming a thing of the past

The reliable old telephone land line is quickly becoming a relic. A new survey states that 4 out of 10 American homes have only cell phones.

Acquisitions and venture capital signals rise of OTT app market Special

The $19 billion acquisition of text messaging app WhatsApp by Facebook earlier this year did more than cement some new billionaires and expand Facebook’s every growing portfolio, it validated the Internet communication market.

Review: Samsung Galaxy S5 — A new device or just a slightly updated S4? Special

The Samsung Galaxy S5, the new "Next Big Thing" from Samsung seeks to continue the success of the Galaxy S line, but does the S5 have enough over last year's S4 to warrant the purchase?

California senate kills cellphone kill-switch law

San Francisco - State Sen. Mark Leno blamed Thursday's defeat of his proposal to require a "kill-switch" on cellular telephones on intense industry lobbying but promised to bring his bill up again this year.

Mugger in Central Park too fussy for flip phone

New York - Kevin Cook, 25, of Brooklyn was held up at gun point in Central Park for his phone on Saturday. When the mugger saw what was on offer, he gave the vintage flip phone back to his victim.

What's next? Introducing a purse that charges your phone

Have you ever had an issue wanting to use your cephone, only to discover the battery is dead or extremely weak? If you buy the Everpurse that won't happen because it allows you to charge your phone without batteries or external cords.

Call for ban of mobile phone use in cars

London - The charity group Brake are calling for a ban on hands-free mobile phones for drivers in the UK. The charity is asking for a total ban of mobile phone use in cars.

Nokia harnesses power of lightning to charge cellphones

Nokia has joined forces with scientists from the University of South Hampton, one of the top 15 research universities in the UK. They have harnessed the energy of a lightning bolt to charge a mobile device in a trial run.

Use of smartphones has changed some behaviors Special

Minneapolis - Are smartphones to blame for people not buying candy bars or reading the latest celebrity gossip while waiting in the checkout lane?

Ontario's top court: Holding a cellphone while driving illegal

Toronto - In a pair of decisions, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled the prosecution need not prove a cellphone was actually being used by a driver before a conviction can be entered for distracted driving. Merely holding one is sufficient.

Are smartphones making people less impulsive?

Almost everyone has done it at one time or another- impulse buying. It may be something as small as a pack of M & M's or as large as a television.

Video: ION glasses 'link your moments', made in Spain

Elche - Two Spanish entrepreneurs have come up with a Google Glass-style technology, with a "hipster fashion sensibility." The Bluetooth-driven ION glasses will interact with your smartphone or tablet and keep you up to date, wherever you are.

iOS 7 release can be previewed on iCloud Special

The iOS 7 release is expected to hit iPhone 5 and some earlier versions of iDevices later today. Most speculation is that the update will hit the general public around noon central time.

Brooklyn robber stopped by saggy jeans

Brooklyn - Joel Donaldson, who allegedly assaulted a woman and stole her phone, was caught – thanks to his poor choice of clothing.

VoIP mobile service RingCredible seeks to lower consumer costs Special

With the constant increase in wireless fees, combined with the current instability in the Canadian Telecommunications sector, RingCredible seeks to lower consumers cell phone costs by introducing a wireless VoIP service.

The new iPhone will be released next month

It is being reported that Apple will unveil the next variation of the ever-popular iPhone smartphone sometime next month.

Apple to announce next iPhone Sept. 10

It seems like Apple has a date scheduled to unveil the new iPhone, putting all the rumors to rest so we can start speculating for next year.
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