Cell Phone

  • 'Dropped' calls may measure rainfall: Study July 27, 2014

    London: We know that cellphone calls break up and crackle when it rains. But did you ever think that tracking this disruption in cellphone signals could help you calculate the amount of rainfall? Now researchers in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in West Africa, have done just that. Scientists demonstrated that cell...
  • 'Mobile phones have made India more democratic' May 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Mobile phones have further strengthened the democracy in India, says Robert Jeffrey, the co-author of 'Cell Phone Nation', a book on social impact of mobile telephony in India. "Until about 10 years ago, phones in India were meant for important people with important work to do. Not for the...
  • Sexual assault case: Tarun Tejpal booked for using mobile phone in prison February 28, 2014

    Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal has been booked for possession of a mobile phone inside prison premises, an official said on Friday. Tejpal is one of the seven inmates at Vasco's Sada sub jail, located 35 km from Panaji, who were found with a mobile phone during a surprise raid Sunday (February...
  • Israeli restaurant: Turn off phone, get 50 per cent discount November 21, 2013

    Abu Ghosh: A restaurant owner in an Arab village outside of Jerusalem says he is on a mission to save culinary culture by making diners a simple offer: Turn off your cellphone and get a 50 per cent discount. Jawdat Ibrahim says smartphones have destroyed the modern dining experience. He hopes...
  • Smartphones to account for more than 60 per cent of cellphones by 2019: Report November 12, 2013

    Stockholm: The number of smartphones is forecast to triple to 5.6 billion globally by 2019, accounting for more than 60 per cent of cellphones. Sweden's Ericsson AB, the world's largest maker of telecommunications networks, says in a report Monday it expects smartphone traffic to grow tenfold in the next six years,...
  • Now charge your gadgets as you move November 1, 2013

    Researchers have developed a new device that turns human motion into power for electronic devices such as cell phones, cameras and tablets. The mobile generator 'Genneo' can charge a device with any type of movement so a user could purposefully shake it or just leave it in a pant pocket while...
  • Mobile manners: 11 dos and don'ts for cellphone users July 23, 2013

    Washington: Cellphones are ubiquitous and research shows that although most users think they have good mobile manners, many people report being irritated or annoyed by the use of the phones in public places. Clearly there's a lack of understanding of what is and isn't acceptable in terms of cellphone etiquette. Following...
  • Excerpt: 'Cell Phone Nation' February 15, 2013

    Robin Jeffrey and Assa Doron's book Cell Phone Nation (Publisher: Hachette; Price: Rs 499; Pages: 293) analyses how mobile phones have revolutionised business, politics and ordinary life in India. An excerpt from the book: Romance, marriage and the mobile Arranged marriage, sanctioned by both sets of parents, remained a deep-seated institution in...
  • The secret of happiness lies in your mobile phone's power button January 28, 2013

    London: The secret to being happy lies in turning off your mobile and concentrating on your friends and family rather than text messages and emails, a leading expert on happiness has claimed. Professor Paul Dolan, of the London School of Economics, believes that the popularity of smartphones has seen people constantly...
  • SC questions Khaps stopping women from carrying cell phones January 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Khap Panchayats on Monday came in the firing line after the Supreme Court took serious note of their directives denying women the right to carry mobile phones. The apex court questioned the directive as going against the law. The court has also given khaps time till February 25...
  • Blocking mobile phone services can't stop us: Taliban November 23, 2012

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban on Friday ridiculed the government's move to suspend mobile phone services at select locations to prevent terror attacks, saying it would have no impact on on their activities. "We do not carry out bombings through mobile phones. The Taliban cannot be stopped by jamming mobile phone...
  • Living It Up: Is radiation from mobile phone towers dangerous? November 1, 2012

    On this episode of Living It Up, find out how to protect yourself from mobile phone tower radiation. ...
  • New mobile tower radiation norms from today September 1, 2012

    Mumbai: India has the worst cellular tower radiation norms in the world. But from Saturday new guidelines are being implemented. Cellular towers will have to reduce the amount of radiation they emit to 1/10th of the current level. But is the new limit sufficient to reduce serious health risks, given...
  • Why cell phone bans on drivers don't work August 25, 2012

    Washington: Banning the use of mobile phones while driving may be ineffective as people who talk on their cell while being behind the wheel might already be unsafe drivers, a new MIT study has claimed. You can take the driver away from the cell phone, but you can't take the...
  • Northeast exodus: Bulk SMS, MMS banned August 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Following rumours leading to the mass exodus of the Northeast people from various cities, the Ministry of Home Affairs has banned bulk SMSes and MMSes for 15 days starting Friday. More than five SMSes or MMSes from one number cannot be sent in one go. MMSes have been...
  • 17-year-old boy is the fastest texter in US August 9, 2012

    New York: A 17-year-old boy who says he has "abnormally fast thumbs" has been named the fastest texter in America for the second year in a row. "It feels incredible," said Austin Wierschke of Rhinelander, Wis., after winning the sixth annual US LG National Texting Competition in Times Square on...
  • Pak bans mobile phones during official meetings July 18, 2012

    Islamabad: Fearing information leaks, the Pakistani government has barred the use of mobile phones during official meetings. The National Telecom and Information Technology Security Board cautioned that mobile phones could be used for dubious purposes if not handled carefully by senior officials, reported Dawn. The board noted that there are now...
  • Texting kills 5,000 people every year in the US May 21, 2012

    Washington: Texting and talking on cell phones behind the wheel kills more than 5,000 people every year on US highways. Teen drivers seem to be especially susceptible to distraction, a study says. A 2009 study focusing on drivers of larger vehicles and trucks has concluded that texting raised the risk of...
  • Not possible to curb cell phone use in jail: cop April 24, 2012

    Jodhpur: A top Rajasthan police official on Tuesday said it was not possible to put an end to use of mobile phones in prisons, but efforts were on to rope in service providers to curb their use by inmates. Reviewing the security arrangement in Jodhpur Central Jail in Jodhpur, Director...
  • Safety board proposes ban on cell use while driving December 14, 2011

    Washington: US safety investigators called on Tuesday for a nationwide ban on texting and cell phone use while driving, a prohibition that would include certain applications of hands-free technology becoming more common in new cars. The National Transportation Safety Board recommendation covers portable devices only but still goes beyond measures proposed...
  • Cellphones may be new tool vs Somalia famine September 21, 2011

    New York: Cellphones may bring relief to famine victims in parts of Somalia controlled by al Shabaab insurgents as donors seek new ways to circumvent the hard-line militants, a senior US official said on Tuesday. Rajiv Shah, head of the US Agency for International Development, or USAID, said that despite al...
  • Now, a T-shirt that can charge mobile phones June 21, 2011

    London: Imagine plugging your mobile into your T-shirt to charge its battery. It may sound a bit utopian but it's now a reality, thanks to scientists who've developed such a garment which uses loud music to power up a cell phone. A team at telecoms giant Orange has unveiled the new...
  • India @ 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai June 1, 2011

    Catch all the top stories of the day with Rajdeep Sardesai on India @ 9. ...
  • How to avoid cancerous cell phone radiation June 2, 2011

    CNN-IBN's Amrita Tripathi gives you a few tips on how to avoid risk of radiation exposure from cell phones. ...
  • Cell phones may cause cancer: WHO June 1, 2011

    The WHO overturns its previous findings, says mobile phones can cause cancer. ...
  • US man seeks cancer warnings on cell phones May 24, 2011

    After battling with brain cancer, Alan Marks wants cell phone warnings to be mandatory. ...
  • Motorola splits into two firms January 4, 2011

    New York: Motorola breaks into two entities Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions on Tuesday. Motorola's mobile unit includes handsets and set-top boxes that will continue to do business under the name Motorola Mobility, while the remaining Motorola changes its name to Motorola Solutions. It will sell...