Cell Phone Reception and Tower Search
: "...searchable databases of over 130,000 cell phone tower locations registered with the FCC, and over 43,000 cell phone carrier comments submitted voluntarily from real customers using their service all over the U.S. ...and with our graphical tower location search, users can pinpoint nearby tower locations. Even to the exact rooftop with satellite imagery and the help of Google Maps!"[e.g. Casper, Wyoming]
You can also search for dead spots
, and see how your neighbors really, truly feel about their reception.
Poor localization causes a simple, if slightly inflammatory, text message to go awry
The Nokia Morph
concept phone is currently featured in The Museum of Modern Art “Design and The Elastic Mind
” exhibition (warning: flash interface). This 'self-cleaning' shape-shifting mobile follows Nokia's other recent phone concept, the environmentally-friendly Remade
, unveiled at Mobile World Congress
earlier this month.
"Thanks to tremendous progress achieved by the General Packet Radio System (GPRS), the wireless communication protocol, it is now possible for Africans to send articles and images (still and moving) about events taking place in their countries without using a computer and without having internet connection. Under those circumstances, the bigger the number of people expressing their opinions through that technology, the stronger becomes democracy, and the more valuable is the contribution to good governance efforts in Africa" - Voices of Africa
, Mobile stories and videos from Africa. Quote above from article Mobile Reporters in Africa
The son of industrial designer Hartmut Esslinger
(creator of the distinct styling of the Apple IIc
and subsequent products, as well as founder of frog design
) shares memories and photographs
(auf Deutsch; Google cache
) of Apple's early attempts at an iPhone.
For four months, the Kuykendalls, the Prices and the McKays say they’ve been harassed and threatened by mysterious cell phone stalkers who track their every move and occasionally lurk by their homes late at night, screaming and banging on walls.
Police can’t seem to stop them. The late-night visitors vanish before officers arrive. The families say investigators have a hard time believing the stalkers can control cell phones without touching them and suspect an elaborate hoax. Complaints to their phone companies do no good – the families say they’ve been told what the stalkers are doing is impossible
"Is Wi-Fi going to turn out to be the tobacco, asbestos or Thalidomide of the 21st century? It's looking that way."
Woman choses to live in a Faraday cage
to ameliorate the symptoms caused by electrosmog
. It's funny that she looks so much like a beekeeper
in her fancy hat, given the recent kerfuffle (from another UK paper) about mobile phones wiping out the bees
. Coming soon: faraday undies
The mobile content market is big
but the mobile service companies control the bottleneck
of data to your phone and may well be holding the industry back
. A NZ site has launched offering a platform for mobile content producers to sell direct to mobile content consumers globally: Voeveo
Your cell phone is a 'roving bug.'
But of course, you
have nothing to hide.
: the Science Museum asks us the question "should we upgrade our mobile phone?" "No
" and "no
" say the Times and the Observer, but we still do: on average every 18 months. What's the problem? Well it isn't just the lead, arsenic, beryllium and brominated fire-retardant
cases (pollutants all) disappearing into our land fills (which are not covered by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive [WEEE
] in Europe). Coltan also goes into our phones. It occurs mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and as such our demand for upgrades has been contributing to a war
(despite mobile phone companies' claims to the contrary, coltan is not regulated like timber). If we must upgrade, we can at least recycle or
hack our old phones
This is not resolved!
When a young man on a double decker bus in Hong Kong asked an older man to lower his voice whilst talking on the phone, the young man invariably became the receiving end of a torrent of half coherent phrase and insults about his mother. Naturally, you can watch it unfolding here since the entire event was captured by another passenger with his cell phone
This video has become one of the most viewed clips on youtube, spawning remixes, rap, reenactments, new school yard sayings, and yes, t-shirts
And they say youtube is just a site for narcissistic kids and tv show clips. NSFW if you have co-workers who can understand Cantonese. And it's not the subtitle's fault, this guy really does rant off for a bit.
You just can't drink and dial. No, really, you can't.
Not if you're dialing on this phone (scroll down to "Voice of Reason".)
. Need more help?: See also...
Safety of In-Flight Cell Phone Use
Airlines are currently preparing to allow use of cell phones for in-flight calling. A Carnegie-Mellon study raises interesting questions about potential interference with critical avionics.
In the UK, people are sending 100 million
SMS messages with their mobile phone every day, at prices that are far higher than you would expect. Now, some people have started an online campaign
to try and influence the mobile phone operators to drop their prices.
(more SMS statistics)
The World’s First Cell Phone Feature Film
. Sony Ericsson sponsored the film by providing W900i cell phones. The cheap medium allowed for a very loose shooting style, with multiple cameras constantly rolling, freeing the actors to experiment and improvise.. the footage looked "fabulous" when blown up to 35mm.
Surreptitious cell phone
Stalkers are no longer limited to just your call history. For a small fee and with a few minutes access to her cell phone the author was able to track his girlfriend's cell phone location within a hundred yards or so and the cell phone provides no trace that it was happening. Traceamobile.com
appears to be one site offering such a service. Mologogo
was discussed here previously but does not appear to be surreptitious. (Appears to be limited to UK for right now.)
is now available worldwide, for free. A quality web browser for your Java enabled cellphone.
Psst... I know you called your girlfriend last night. No, not the one you live with. The naughty hottie that she doesn't know about. I know this because I paid a website
$110 to buy your cell-phone records, which they delivered in two hours. Did you know that your private phone records are for sale?
Did You Pet Your Phone Today?
An examination of the effects of ubiquitous communication.
Track any Java/GPS enabled phone through a convienent Google Maps based interface with mologogo
The use of a mobile phone up to 10 minutes before a crash is associated with a fourfold increased likelihood of crashing
according to a forthcoming article in the British Medical Journal. There is no safety advantage in 'hands-free' devices. The authors interviewed 456 drivers in hospital ERs in Perth, and then accessed, with consent, their phone records. The authors had wanted to carry out the study in the United States, but the phone companies would not release customer billing records, even with a customer's consent
. [Article pdf free for the next few days, but BMJ will charge for it after next week I think.]
No "beeper violations"
or loosened ties in this
White House, mister.
The Crazy Frog / Axel F Song
(previously mentioned on the Blue
) is about to make history by being the first ringtone / pop music crossover to successfully invade the British charts. How successful? A little band named Coldplay
also have a new single out; as it stands, Crazy Frog
is outselling their effort by a factor of 4 to 1.
People, this is serious. Prepare for some major league irritation to descend upon us. The success of this single will only spawn a legion of imitators, and that can only lead to the dark side. As Malcolm McLaren
, ex Sex Pistols manager puts it: "Listen to this song and you can hear the death knell of the traditional music industry."
for your WAP phone or PDA
. Alternatively, why not just download the whole thing
and carry it with you?
Don't pay for an MP3 ringtone -- or worse, a MIDI file that's been floating around on the net for years. Provide the sound file, and this site will automatically format it to play on your phone, free of charge. If you are a nerd like me, this is your big chance to get some polyphonic video game themes
on your cell phone with a minimum of fuss.
Be advised that your phone must be able to receive text messages and download ringtones to get your free ringtone goodness.
Camouflage Cell Towers
hidden in trees, buildings, and crosses
Jenna Jameson, further pushing into the mainstream and "coming" to a cellphone near you, is now going to sell her "moan tones" for $2.50 a pop.
Best bit of the article? "If you can get her to say my name then I would buy it. I need that kind of personal attention," said New Yorker Julian McCullough.
Ongoing mobile phone cam coverage from the
rainy mud Lowlands Festival
taking place this weekend.
Who's the teenage supersleuth with the superpowered cell phone who catches all the crooks?
When mobile phones
get attacked. Articles posted on The Guardian
today are reporting that mobile phones running on the Symbian OS
in Moscow are being targeted by a non-malicious virus/worm named Cabir
Only 49 phones have been infected so far by the worm which propagates via Bluetooth. The creators are 29A labs
, a "group of virus writers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia who pride themselves in creating "proof of concept malicious viruses,"
Countdown to impending doom in..5..4..3..
Let's say that you have a cell phone, and you need to sound as if you're somewhere else, or you need to get the long-winded person you're talking with off the phone.
Ban on Camera Phones in Iraq
Q: What do you do if your troops take pictures of physical and sexual abuse in American-run prisons in Iraq?
A: Ban cameras, of course. What the people can't see don't happen.
Are cell phones the next sexual revolution? The Nippit 3000 chip — although barely a micron in diameter — projects a high-intensity ultra-sonic electromagnetic "sound cone" that is inaudible to the human ear but fatal to any sperm cell within a range of six meters, or about 18 feet.
Can this be real? When can I get one? (via SND)
What if you received Chris Rock's old cell phone number and his celebrity friends kept on calling you? "amazing entertainment" :D [via Gulfstream
is the new craze (according to the BBC
) of sending random strangers within range unsolicited messages on their mobile phone via Bluetooth
How much do you like your cell phone?
(NY Times link - alternate here
) Bronx resident reaches into train toilet to retrieve dropped phone, becomes trapped, is rescued by jaws of life.
As if verbal and physical threats in the schoolyard
aren't enough. Give a bully a mobile phone and voila, another way of torturing another kid. But which is worse? Being picked on to your face or being bombarded with nasty text messages?
It seems that kids have a pretty rough go of it nowadays. It makes me glad I'm almost a grown up.