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Obama To Sign Bill Making It Legal To Unlock Your Cell Phone

Reuters | Posted 07.26.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday to give mobile-phone users the right to 'unlock' their devices...

Zach Carter

Look At Chuck Schumer's Ancient Phone

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

DETROIT -- He is one of the most powerful people in Washington. A legendary political strategist. A prolific fundraiser with deep ties to America's we...

Constitutional Rights in the Digital Age

Nancy Leong | Posted 07.19.2014 | Technology
Nancy Leong

Just as cell phones are different from ordinary physical objects, the Internet is dramatically different from earlier speech mediums. And the Court should acknowledge those differences in determining the scope of First Amendment protection for speech.

How We Use Our Time

Richard Barrington | Posted 07.20.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

I'm a financial analyst, not a philosopher, and yet in my writings about money I often touch on the subject of time. Generally, this is because the tw...

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Fighting Illegal Logging With Your Cell Phone

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Recycling used cell phones to combat deforestation is an encouraging development -- hopefully one that will be replicated and scaled up around the world. However, efforts to combat the act of illegal logging must be paired with efforts to curb the demand for illegally harvested timber from importing countries.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

Smartphones, Dumb People

Carrie Kenny | Posted 07.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Carrie Kenny

I used to be able to attend to a conversation. Now I can have a conversation with six people at once via text while some real human is talking to me. But am I really paying attention to any of it? Nope. Now I'm mindless and rude.

Low-Cost and Free Cell Phone Options for Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 07.10.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

For financially challenged seniors who only want a cell phone for emergency purposes or occasional calls, there are a number of inexpensive no contract plans you can get. Or, depending on your income level, there are also free cell phones and monthly airtime minutes you may qualify for.

Pirates, the Printing Press and Global Democracy

Don Kraus | Posted 07.10.2014 | Technology
Don Kraus

Just as Gutenberg did not anticipate his press would promote literacy, mass media, and eventually enable the rise of Twitter, today's technological developments have immeasurable possibilities.

No Body at the Wheel (Synthetic Poetry in Demotion)

Omer Rosen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Technology
Omer Rosen

Drivers will only get more distracted by electronics as time is replaced by more time.

11 New Texting Abbreviations We Need to Start Using

James Napoli | Posted 07.07.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

We live life in shorthand, but so far the field has been fairly limited. And there is so much out there that can benefit from being reduced to a handy acronym for our convenience.

TSA Requiring Random Screening Of Electronics

AP | WILL LESTER | Posted 07.07.2014 | Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will be required to power on their electronic devices in order ...

This Will Make You Long For Your 1990s Cell Phone

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 06.27.2014 | Technology

Do you remember when "app" was short for nothing except "appetizer" and phones were things you made calls on? We do, and this jokey graphic from co...

Hang Up the Phone and Camp

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 06.27.2014 | Parents
Nancy Davis Kho

These little one week and two week intervals in which a child gets to operate wholly independently of Mom and Dad offer something priceless: a glimmer that not only might independence be manageable, it might even be desirable.

Smartphones: The New Cigarettes?

Chris Mahr | Posted 06.26.2014 | Technology
Chris Mahr

For the most part, we've started to wean ourselves off of cigarettes, armed with the knowledge that it was the nicotine telling us that we needed to smoke. Now it's time to similarly wean ourselves off of smartphones when it comes at the expense of our social interactions.

Is the Supreme Court Cellphone Ruling a Bad Decision?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 06.26.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Riley v. California may seem like an open-and-shut case because the Court unanimously found that when a person is arrested a cellphone may not be searched without a warrant. But the seemingly unanimous decision may have more fissures and cracks than most people think.

Texting Without Context

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 06.26.2014 | Technology
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Personal conversations -- either direct or over the phone -- are the most effective way to obtain important information and connect with other people. We are losing something vital.

Digital Privacy Rights Upheld in Landmark Cell Phone Case

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Crime
Brian Levin, J.D.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled today that police may not search information on an arrested suspect's cell phone without an additional search warrant. In two cases from both coasts, consolidated into a single opinion the Court held that the privacy interests in protecting the tremendous amount of personal information stored on cell phones outweighs the government's interest to its immediate access by police, even after a suspect is lawfully arrested. The cases decided today forced the Court to analyze a centuries-old constitutional amendment in light of modern technological advances.

What's This Charge? How to Protect Yourself From Cramming

Terrell McSweeny | Posted 06.16.2014 | Technology
Terrell McSweeny

Many of us -- myself included -- carry our mobile phones with us everywhere. But even as we have become so reliant on mobile phones, most of us don't pay close attention to our phone bills. And if you aren't reading your bill, it could really cost you.

6 Tips for Using Your Cell Phone Abroad

Go Ahead Tours | Posted 06.12.2014 | Travel
Go Ahead Tours

Traveling internationally without a data plan can be intimidating. So to keep your friends and family updated while you're on the road (or just to make sure everyone's reading your tweets), here are our tips for avoiding international fees while staying connected.

Turn it Off: Cell Phones and Concert Culture

North by Northwestern | Posted 06.02.2014 | College
North by Northwestern

My friends and I had never been to Wicker Park before. We were told that as fans of "hipster" culture, we would be right at home among the old record and book stores and trendy eateries.

The Biggest Worry About Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Will technology and science that make our species more transhuman be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots?