Jul 19, 2014

Teen faces jail, lifetime stigma in U.S. selfie porn case

A teenager in Virginia faces four months in jail and a lifetime on a sex offender’s list for texting videos of his erect penis to his girlfriend, his lawyer said Friday. The 17-year-old from the Washington suburb of Manassas is accused by police of ...

Jul 14, 2014

Samsung suspends China supplier following child labor allegations

Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest smartphone maker, said it suspended a supplier in China after finding evidence of illegal hiring. The supplier will be permanently cut from Samsung’s business if it’s found to have hired underage workers, the Suwon, South Korea-based company said ...

Google Android software spreads beyond smartphones

Jun 26, 2014

Google Android software spreads beyond smartphones

Google said Wednesday it would bring cars, watches and televisions into its Android empire. The technology titan laid out a sweeping vision for the operating system at the opening of a sold-out developers conference, in a keynote presentation streamed online to millions of people ...

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects cellphone privacy

Jun 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects cellphone privacy

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that police officers usually need a warrant before they can search the cellphone of an arrested suspect, a major decision in favor of privacy rights at a time of increasing concern over government encroachment in digital communications. ...

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Jun 25, 2014

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, was acquitted Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in a case that has shaken the British political establishment. A jury at London’s Old Bailey court cleared Brooks ...

Jun 21, 2014

Microsoft, Google OK 'kill switch' for phones

As as part of an agreement with mayors and police agencies, Google and Microsoft said Friday they plan to join Apple in offering theft-deterring “kill switches” in their smartphone operating systems. The companies confirmed the commitment, which was noted in a report Thursday by ...

Less booze, more text for American teens: study

Jun 13, 2014

Less booze, more text for American teens: study

American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they are texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, the government has said. Generally speaking, the news is good. Most forms of drug use, weapons ...

China group launches app to shame polluters

Jun 10, 2014

China group launches app to shame polluters

A Chinese environmental group on Monday launched a smartphone app that tracks and shames polluting factories, highlighting how the country is making environmental data more available and enabling public monitoring of companies that pollute. The app gives, where available, hourly updates on emissions reported ...

Jun 1, 2014

New phone app to nab crooks with 'thefties'

Mobile security startup Lookout is hoping to turn smartphones and tablets against gadget thieves with a new feature that — when possible — will snap a picture of the culprit. A new theft alert function that has been added to Lookout’s premium service for ...

May 26, 2014

Easier-to-use retro cellphones making a comeback

They fit into the smallest pocket, their batteries last all week, and their screens don’t shatter when you drop them: old-school Nokias, Ericssons and Motorolas are making a comeback as consumers tired of overly complicated smartphones go retro. Handsets like the Nokia 3310 or ...

May 24, 2014

Twitter blocks 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan after complaints

Microblogging site Twitter has blocked dozens of tweets and accounts in Pakistan after officials asked for access to “blasphemous” and “unethical” content to be stopped. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) submitted at least five requests from May 5 to 14 asking Twitter to block ...

Study to ask: Do mobile phones hurt teen brains?

May 20, 2014

Study to ask: Do mobile phones hurt teen brains?

British researchers are launching the largest study yet to investigate whether using mobile phones and other wireless gadgets might affect children’s brain development. The Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones project will focus on cognitive functions such as memory and attention, which continue ...