By Kaity Berg, Contributing Writer April 16, 2018 It’s easy to get caught up in life abroad — so much that students often forget about the everyday dangers in their new cities. During my first year in London, we were briefly warned to be cautious of pickpockets. This, along with the warning that using pepper spray was illegal, were ingredients of the classic recipe of a “be safe” orientation. I never felt paranoid, though. It wasn’t something that was constantly on my mind. But as a junior in Paris, it’s a totally different story. During orientation, the NYU staff drilled into our heads that pickpockets are roaming the streets. They told us which metro stations to avoid because of the high risk of theft. They told us horror stories about what people have lost in the past — documents, passports, large sums of money. You name it, someone has lost it. For the first month and a half, I was terrified that someone was going to come up behind me, … [Read more...] about Où est mon portable?! (Where’s my phone?)
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As expected, the quiet cacophony began just after 10 a.m. Thursday. Phones, possibly millions of them across 20 Washington-area jurisdictions, beeped and buzzed in response to an emergency alert test issued by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The test of the Wireless Emergency Alerts system was meant to reach all cellphones in the region between 10 and 11 a.m. An estimated 5.2 million people were in the area that the alert was supposed to reach. It was not immediately clear how successful the exercise was. Sulayman Brown, Fairfax County’s assistant coordinator of the Office of Emergency Management and project manager for Thursday’s exercise, said the alert itself was only the first step. “Now we need people to take our survey and answer some questions,” Brown said of a questionnaire being sent to community alert networks. “That will give us some good data to look at.” Thursday’s test was the first of its kind in the … [Read more...] about In first test of D.C. area emergency alert system, some phones beeped and buzzed. Others stayed silent.
"We calculate that around 2,600 people die each year as a result of this use of the technology," said researcher Joshua Cohen of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Another 330,000 are believed injured. As CBS News Correspondent Sandra Hughes reports, in one high-profile case, supermodel Niki Taylor - a spokesperson for Nokia cellular phones - was critically injured when the driver of a car she was in reached for his cell phone and crashed. The cell phone industry is running ads about car phone use, but it also questions the Harvard findings. Both sides admit the data are sketchy because there's no uniform standard for reporting accidents involving cell phones. And industry officials argue aren't the worst distraction. Tom Wheeler of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association tells Hughes, "It ranges from your CD changer to your heater to talking to the person next to you or worrying about the kids in the back seat." Or eating, or smoking or drinking, the list goes on … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo 1 In 20 Crashes Linked To Cell Phones
By Robert McGarvey/MainStreet.com Have a ten-spot? You can have a cell phone and pay just $10 per month for unlimited talk and text from Republic Wireless. You prefer free? FreedomPop has a monthly plan for you: 200 free voice minutes, 500 MB of free data and 500 free texts. Want more? Pay $5 and that gets you unlimited talk, text and data. The catch? It's a big one: Data must travel not over cellular networks, but through Wi-Fi hotspots that have to be in the carrier's network, which in FreedomPop's case is said to include outlets such as McDonald's and Best Buy. If you're at a Phoenix Light Rail stop and want to check the arrival time of the next train via the NextRide website, forgot about it, with either Republic Wireless or FreedomPop -- there's no Wi-Fi at the station, meaning no data for you at those ultra-low rates. There's something of a small stampede to offer Wi-Fi-centric calling. Rumors are plentiful -- though unconfirmed -- that mighty Google has under development a … [Read more...] about How to cut your monthly cell phone bill to $10 or less
Today is the last day many owners of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone will be able to use the device. The phone is under a worldwide recall after several overheated and caused fires. Verizon and AT&T will roll out a software update Thursday to prevent the phone from recharging or connecting to cellular networks. Users who choose to keep them are warned the device’s battery can fail and catch fire, reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave. Chris Thompson is holding on tight to his Samsung Note 7, despite nearly two million of the devices being recalled in the U.S. and banned on aircraft. “I am very attached to it. It’s been the best phone I’ve ever had,” Thompson said. A defect caused the smartphone’s lithium-ion battery to overheat – and in some cases burst into flames – resulting in at least 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage. “A lot of us feel that there were not enough incidences … [Read more...] about As Samsung kills Note 7s, some users won’t let go of phone