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Although many individuals think nothing of radiation emitted by cell phones, or even believe it to be true, there is a large amount of evidence showing how damaging cell phone use can actually be. In response to the released information and growing fear of cell phone radiation, a company has ironically released a mobile app which reportedly measures radiation levels emitted by smart phones.
Company Creates Radiation Detector App, Apple Bans it from App Store
The app was created by an Israeli company named Tawkon, and while not necessarily brand new, it is relatively unknown. The lack of popularity probably has much to do with Apple’s banning of the app from their online app store since Apple rules the smartphone market. The company instituted the ban because it felt the app would be confusing to customers, though the ban was likely due to the fact that the app could only decrease sales for Apple’s iPhone. Whether Apple’s decision was driven by profit or not, there are some valid questions and concerns regarding the app’s accuracy.
Using a complex proprietary algorithm, Tawkon estimates the amount of radiation emitted by cell phones at any moment. As a way to measure the amount of radiation being emitted and ultimately picked up by the user, the company considers factors like current antenna strength, and whether a headset is being used or speakerphone is currently selected. The problem, however, is that the app depends on radiation baseline figures provided by device manufacturers. The app itself has no way of actually measuring radiation emissions, so it must rely on the publicly posted radiation emission quotes by manufacturers in order to estimate a device’s radiation output at all times.
Even if the app does rely on the figures from manufacturers, the creation of the app is a step in the right direction. Cell phone use has been shown to cause numerous problems and health complications by altering important regions of the brain. Consequences ranging from a negative influence on fetal brains to the downfall of biological systems of birds, insects, and humans has been pinpointed as a result of these devices and their respective towers (cell towers). What’s most concerning, though, is the impact they have on young, developing minds and bodies. Tons of evidence shows why children should not be using cell phones.
Although completely limiting exposure is nearly impossible, taking steps to avoid exposure to cell phone radiation is important....
http://www.activistpost.com/2012/04/cellphone-radiation-detector-app-banned.htmlAlthough many individuals think nothing of radiation emitted by cell phones, or even... more
WASHINGTON — Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.
Full Asrticle: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/us/police-tracking-of-cellphones-raises-privacy-fears.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all%3Fsrc%3Dtp&smid=fb-shareWASHINGTON — Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of... more
Upon further review we take a closer look at what is at stake with the possible merger
http://www.thetechnofiles.com/2011/08/15/look-deeper-into-the-googlemoto-lovefest/Upon further review we take a closer look at what is at stake with the possible merger... more
Possibly the same corporations that control the media, own the phone companies and have other interests, besides truth. And all one has to do is look at the way they have “Fogged” the climate change issue. To see how they possibly work the message.Possibly the same corporations that control the media, own the phone companies and have other interests, besides truth. And all one has to do is look at the way they have “Fogged” the climate change issue. To see how they possibly work the message.Possibly the same corporations that control the media, own the phone companies and... more
"The only way Charlie Sheen's tour could be more over the top: if he had tag-team wrestling between Zsa Zsa Gabor and Anthony Robles. I knew that joke didn't have a leg to stand on." Stand-up comedian Chris Martin gets off on the wrong foot March 23, 2011 at McCormack's Irish Pub in Richmond, VA. Jesse Jarvis is the MC.
http://ChrisMartinComedy.com"The only way Charlie Sheen's tour could be more over the top: if he had... more
Important notification.Check out CNN as well for confirmation.
http://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2011/05/11/urgent-notification-from-bsnl-on-terrorism/Important notification.Check out CNN as well for confirmation.... more
Cellphones, Mobile Software
Researchers display evidence that iOS 4 records all your travels, again (updated)
By Vlad Savov posted Apr 20th 2011 11:03AM
If you didn't already think your smartphone knows too much about you, here's a handy reminder. A duo of UK researchers have uncovered a potentially worrying (and oddly enough, undocumented) feature in iOS 4: it asks your iPhone to record your location constantly, then timestamps that data and records it for posterity. The trouble with this unsolicited location tracking is that the hidden file that holds the data -- consolidated.db -- is relatively easy to uncover and read, making any desktops you've backed your phone up to and the phone itself even bigger privacy dangers than they would usually be. Some extra digging revealed this behavior has been known about for a good while (see Courbis link below), though mostly by people involved in computer forensics. Additionally, restoring a backup or migrating to a new device keeps the data logging going, which the researchers point to as evidence that what's happening isn't accidental. See a couple of visualizations of the extracted results on video after the break.
Update: The original text of this article was updated to reflect that this was already a known issue, albeit in limited circles. The ability to easily visualize the data is new.Cellphones, Mobile Software Researchers display evidence that iOS 4 records all your... more
Sometimes steps forward in one direction take us back in another direction. Such is the case in trying to keep our skyline beautiful and free of eye sores.Sometimes steps forward in one direction take us back in another direction. Such is... more
Budget Bistro is here to save the day! Informative and refreshing. We'll show you how to make a gourmet meal on a dime budget. With Host Eric Reinert, you will learn how to impress family & friends....and maybe a girlfriend/boyfriend or two!
1 lb. stripped chicken
3/4 lb. Pancetta (Italian bacon)
3/4 cups Italian Bread Crumbs
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 lemon juice
1/4 cup (4 tblsp) Butter
1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil
4 Bamboo skewers
Mix Bread Crumbs and Parmesan. Use olive oil to grease foil lined cookie sheet. Place strips of chicken in the remainder of olive oil. Mix chicken with oil. Roll chicken strips up with pieces of Pancetta in the middle then cover in bread crumb and Parmesan mixture then place on skewer. You should be able to put 7-9 on skewer. Place in pre-heated oven at 450 degrees. Cook for 25-30 minutes depending on how crispy you like. When you have a minute or two left cooking, mix butter and lemon juice and microwave. Microwave 5-7 seconds at a time to ensure a well heated but not boiled butter. Dip Panchinis in butter and enjoy!
Compliments of the Budget Bistro!Budget Bistro is here to save the day! Informative and refreshing. We'll show you... more
By KATE MURPHY
Published: March 30, 2011
In a culture where people cradle their cellphones next to their heads with the same constancy and affection that toddlers hold their security blankets, it was unsettling last month when a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that doing so could alter brain activity.
The report said it was unclear whether the changes in the brain — an increase in glucose metabolism after using the phone for less than an hour — had any negative health or behavioral effects. But it has many people wondering what they can do to protect themselves short of (gasp) using a landline.
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/03/31/business/BASICS/BASICS-articleLarge.jpgBy KATE MURPHY Published: March 30, 2011 In a culture where people cradle their... more
On the tails of a recent TED conference where Bill Gates stated that vaccines need to be used to reduce world population figures, he added more to this insanity last week with a keynote address at the mHealth Summit, an annual gathering whose supposedly focuses on improving health care through mobile technology.
Gates told an audience of more than 2,000 that if we could register every worldwide birth on a cell phone, we could ensure that children receive the proper vaccines. He also said the key to controlling population growth is to save the lives of children under 5; and the next big thing in technology is robots.
Gates said computing technology has been great for health care, and there are plenty of opportunities to use the cell phone in clinic settings. Although he noted that some places which need mhealth technology the most may not be able to fully benefit from it.
“We have to approach these things with some humility,” he said. “There’s not Internet connections back there. Often [patients are too sick] for some cell phone thing to do something for them.”
Gates said the key health care metric that we as a society should be trying to improve is one that is in the front of his mind all the time–the number of children who die before age 5. Today, he said the number is 8.5 million; in 1960 it was 20 million.
“About one-third [of that improvement] is by increasing income,” he said. “The majority has been through vaccines. Vaccines will be the key. If you could register every birth on a cell phone—get fingerprints, get a location—then you could [set up] systems to make sure the immunizations happen.”
Gates said he’d like to see a birth registration system, and because it’s a new technology, “we should let 1,000 new ideas blossom.”
He said vaccination rates in poorer areas, such as northern Nigeria and northern India, are below 50 percent, and mobile technology could make a significant difference.
“When I think about the biggest impacts, I think aobut patient reminders,” Gates said. He explained that technology could help remind people to take the TB drugs regularly or remind mothers to do certain things in their child’s first year of life.
He also said technology will be important in monitoring the supply chain (i.e. making sure there aren’t counterfeits among vaccinations and medications) as well as saving lives on the ground. “Malaria and TB are going to be the first things where you say, ‘Wow, without this mobile application, all these people would have died.’”
Gates told the audience that there is no such thing as a healthy, high-population growth country. “If you’re healthy, you’re low-population growth,” he said.
While most of us assume that saving the lives of children will contribute to overpopulation, Gates said the contrary is true.
“The key thing, the most important fact that people should know and make sure other people know: As you save children under 5, that is the thing that reduces population growth. That sounds paradoxal. The fact is that within a decade of improving health outcomes, parents decide to have less children.
“As the world grows from 6 billion to 9 billion, all of that population growth is in urban slums,” he said. “Slums is a growing businesses. It’s a very interesting problem.”
He said no matter what we care about—the environment, schools, nutrition, conflict—the issues are insoluble at 3 percent population growth per year. “Nobody can handle that type of situation, so the best thing you can do is avoid those deaths.”
He said we are in a tough time for foreign aid, and governments are cutting their budgets in response to the financial climate. “The U.K. is quite exemplary,” he said. “They set aside their aid budget and are on track to keep their commitment. It will grow while they cut the rest of their budget. I hope it doesn’t get cut here in the U.S., but I’ll say I’m quite concerned that it will be.”
Gates said he has resorted to pleading for money. “I’m a beggar now,” he said. “I go around and beg governments for the final [millions of dollars] needed to eradicate polio. The financial component may be why it doesn’t get done.”
When asked what’s next in our technological advancement, Gates said there’s no doubt it’s robots. “If you don’t want to go to a convention,” he said, “just send a robot. “When we look at something like infant mortality, there’s a certain level you can’t get below if you can’t do C-sections.” He said doing a caesarean section delivery requires a sterile environment, but Gates said it’s fairly routine, so it could be done by a robot.
He said that we are moving from computers sitting idle while we type; to those that can see us and have high-end applications; to computers that allow us to move and connect with other users in applications like Xbox.
“Computers are learning to see, learning to talk ,learning to listen, learning to move around,” Gates said. “The dexterity things are maybe five years behind.” But he said once a robot learns a task, “it doesn’t forget how to do it. It can do it 24 hours a day.”
Gates used an example in South Africa to illustrate how health education doesn’t always lead to behavior change. He said the Gates Foundation partnered with the Kaiser Family Foundation to educate young people about HIV, with several types of outreach, including billboards. When interviewed, there was no question that the young people understood what caused HIV, but there were not significant behavior changes, because in their minds, the disease was in the distant future.
“If AIDS killed you immediately, things would be better because you’d see these piles of bodies outside bars [and think], ‘I don’t want to go in there… looks suspicious.’ It’s these discontinuities that are the problem,” Gates said. “If all the poor people lived in your neighborhood we wouldn’t have problems with foreign aid.”
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with David Rockefeller’s Rockefeller Foundation, the creators of the GMO biotechnology, are also financing a project called The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) headed by former UN chief, Kofi Annan. Accepting the role as AGRA head in June 2007 Annan expressed his “gratitude to the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and all others who support our African campaign.” The AGRA board is dominated by people from both the Gates’ and Rockefeller foundations.
http://oilgeopolitics.net/On the tails of a recent TED conference where Bill Gates stated that vaccines need to... more
Microsoft is hoping that Windows Phone 7 gets them back into the mobile arena and today they revealed the manufacturers that will hopefully get them there.Microsoft is hoping that Windows Phone 7 gets them back into the mobile arena and... more
Cherry Mobile, a homegrown mobile player well-known for providing Filipinos with feature-packed phones at affordable prices, proudly introduces its first smart phone - the Cherry Mobile Eclipse.
http://www.purplepieces.com/cherry-mobile-eclipse-ties-up-with-twilight-saga-eclipse-movie/Cherry Mobile, a homegrown mobile player well-known for providing Filipinos with... more
The new iPhone was unveiled the other week. Suffice to say, it does pretty much everything you could want from a phone. Here's a timeline galleryThe new iPhone was unveiled the other week. Suffice to say, it does pretty much... more
Recently I took the Sprint HTC Evo 4G down to Philadelphia for a weekend, the closest 4G zone to New York City, to see what all the 4G fuss is and will be about.
First, Evo's drool-icious pool of future tech makes it a groundbreaking device — not quite the shock the original iPhone was, but close. Evo's 4G connectivity, front-facing camera, HD camcorder, and especially its multi-user mobile hotspot capabilities, are all features future high-end cellphones will emulate.
But my Philadelphia experiment has revealed to me that 4G will mean more than just faster Web browsing, faster video/music/photo uploads and downloads, faster pussycat kill kill. 4G speeds and the capabilities they enable will literally change our lives. Here are five ways 4G technology will change the way we use our phones.
1. 4G as Ultimate Tethering
Evo includes MiFi-like mobile hotspot capabilities for up to eight simultaneous users. Once Verizon and AT&T launch their 4G LTE networks next year, incorporating a mobile hotspot into phones will be the most emulated Evo feature. Shockingly, Sprint isn't charging extra for hotspot usage; you just have to sign-up for the carrier's Premium Data service. I have to assume Verizon and AT&T won't be so altruistic, especially since they'll lose their modem-card business. But it'll be worth it to not have to carry around both a phone and a wireless card on trips. A mobile hotspot in your 4G phone would also kill the need to pay extra for a 3G/4G iPad or whatever copycat tablet appears.
2. Sharing Your Phone's Connection Will Become Common
With 4G, we'll all become walking hotspots. If you have 4G connectivity, so can anyone around you. Sharing your 4G signal will be the next cool thing, especially as iPads and other tablets proliferate. I'm sure some hip expression or text-like acronym will spring up to indicate you either can offer 4G hotspot capability to a nearby friend or new friend (4G4U?) or beg a nearby 4G user to hooked you up (4GME?).
3. 4G Will Make Your Home Connection Redundant
But tethering won't only happen on the road. Right now, we pay for cable or DSL Internet connectivity for home and 3G for mobile Web connectivity. 4G is supposed to be 10 times faster than 3G, with average throughput of anywhere from 3 to 10 Mbps (compared to 3G's 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps). That's nearly as fast as most home broadband connections and, for a lot of folks, reason enough to sever one suddenly redundant $40/month bill.
4. The Emergence of Telehealth
Remember this term: telehealth. Along with 4G networks, all manner of new sensors are coming to help monitor your body. Everything that a doctor needs you to come to the office to check will be able to be monitored remotely and transmitted via 4G to your doctor. Sensors can be built into stuff you already wear — glasses, belt buckles, watches, bras, jewelry — to send constant body signals to your doctor (or, more likely, some kind of medical computer). Such a system would not only monitor your ongoing condition but also anticipate and react to problems ("You've fallen and we're sending someone to help you up") — sort of a personal OnStar system.
5. Video Chatting
The big new feature of iPhone 4 is FaceTime, Apple's version of mobile video chatting. iPhone 4 users will be able to use it only on Wi-Fi to start, and the reason for that is obvious: the feature would quickly choke 3G networks. Not so 4G. Evo's already got a 1.3 MP front-facing camera but Sprint hasn't turned on video-chat capability yet and video chatting over 4G is now a reality. Besides video chatting, the killer app may be virtual-reality gaming, raising narcissistic self-absorption to new heights.
What other life-changing apps will 4G enable? Who knows? Verizon doesn't. That's why last fall the carrier created the 4G Venture Forum (4GVF), an incubation project to figure out exactly what kinds of "products and services that will harness" the faster 4G networks. Check back in a year from now to see what crop had sprung from the 4G seed we've planted today.Recently I took the Sprint HTC Evo 4G down to Philadelphia for a weekend, the closest... more
The first cellphone that can pout
Ji-Dong Yim, a PhD student in interactive arts and technology, and Chris Shaw, Yim's doctoral supervisor, have collaborated to create
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/Video+first+cellphone+that+pout/2995916/story.html#ixzz0nFzm1Gn9
Callo and Cally, a pair of cellphone robots that use wireless networking, text messaging and other interactive technologies to communicate human emotions.
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/Video+first+cellphone+that+pout/2995916/story.html#ixzz0nFyZ10qlThe first cellphone that can pout Ji-Dong Yim, a PhD student in interactive arts... more
According to a survey released today, 1 in 3 American teenagers send upwards of 100 text messages on a daily basis. Scary or just a sign of the times?According to a survey released today, 1 in 3 American teenagers send upwards of 100... more
"Cat got your tongue?" my wife asked as we bumped along the freeway one recent afternoon. "I wonder where that phrase comes from?" she added a moment later.
link:http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14514306"Cat got your tongue?" my wife asked as we bumped along the freeway one... more