For transit riders, a smartphone will be the ticket — some dayNews from Chicago Tribune:
Paperless ticketing is finally expected to debut on Metra as early as this fall, enabling riders to buy and display virtual tickets on their smartphones and pay with a Ventra account or a credit or debit card.
But transit officials are backing away from earlier promises that CTA and Pace riders will be using the new Ventra mobile application to pay their fares by early next year. Those riders will have to settle for being able [...] Continue Reading…
UCLA’s Ishmael Adams arrested for robbing Uber driver of cell phoneNews from NBCSports.com:AP
Now we know a little bit more of the rest of the story. And, in the process, have what’s likely a first here at CFT.
While very few details were available at the time, it was reported late Monday afternoon that star UCLA cornerback Ishmael Adams had been arrested on a robbery charge and was sitting in jail in lieu of a $ 100,000 bond. Subsequently it was reported that Adams allegedly “used force” to take the [...] Continue Reading…
Burglar smashes through front door of Pembroke Pines cellphone storeNews from Local 10:
Victor: NOW AT 5:30 IT SURVEILLANCE VIDEO YOU FIRST SAW HERE ON LAMONT. A BURGLAR SMASHING HIS WRAY INTO A BUSINESS USING A SLEDGEHAMMER, AND THAT CROOK WORKED QUICKLY. Janine: THE OWNER SAYS HE STOLE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF ELECTRONICS AND HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW HE’S GOING TO REPLACE THAT MERCHANDISE. LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER NEKI MOHAN DRIVE IN PEMBROKE PINES WITH MORE. Neki: THIS BUSINESS OWNER, FAMILY MAN FEELS LIKE HE’S A TARGET, A SITTING DUCK. [...] Continue Reading…
Smartphone Sales Fall In China For The First TimeNews from Wired:Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article.
In China, the world’s largest smartphone market is getting smaller.
Smartphone sales fell 4 percent during the second quarter of 2015, according to new figures from Gartner, a market research firm. It’s the first time sales of the devices has fallen in China year over year, Gartner says.
“China has reached saturation—its phone market is essentially driven by replacement, with fewer first-time buyers,” said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. Gupta says that smartphone [...] Continue Reading…
How will China’s fast-growing smartphone brands ever make real money?News from Quartz:
Two Chinese brands are emerging fast in the global smartphone game.
OnePlus, from Shenzhen, is just a year old, but recently launched its latest smartphone in the US and UK to great excitement among gadget lovers. China’s biggest homemade smartphone brand is Xiaomi—now the world’s third largest smartphone vendor behind Samsung and Apple. But amidst growing fandom for both companies lies a greater question—how will they actually make money?
OnePlus and Xiaomi are betting on an untested business model. They [...] Continue Reading…
2 nearby cellphone stores burglarized in Orange County, deputies sayNews from WESH Orlando:
Two Orange County cellphone stores had their windows smashed and several items stolen in a series of overnight burglaries.
The Cricket store and Metro PCS store are approximately one mile apart on Goldenrod Road.
Shattered glass could be seen covering the sidewalk at both stores early Monday morning. Plywood has since been put up in place of the Cricket store window that was smashed.
Investigators said the burglars got away with phones from both stores, but it is unclear how [...] Continue Reading…
Cell Phone Contracts are DeadNews from TIME:Verizon Kills 2-Year Contracts: 8 Things That Will Change
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Underwear Blocks Wi-Fi and Cell Phone RadiationNews from Discovery News:
Well, here’s some news we can use. Half of us, anyway.
Following up on his Indiegogo campaign from a couple years back, British scientist and entrepreneur Joseph Perkins has finally delivered his Wireless Armour line of underwear, designed to protect men from the potentially harmful effects of electromagnetic wireless radiation.
Electric Underwear Warms Up Women Divers
Perkins’ invention is intended to address an [...] Continue Reading…
Samsung ramps up smartphone strategy, touts larger curved screen deviceNews from Fox News:
A product expert holds a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ at the product’s launch event in New York Aug. 13, 2015. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)
Samsung ramped up its smartphone strategy Thursday, unveiling its new Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 devices at a glitzy event in New York’s Lincoln Center.
Like the Galaxy S6 edge, the edge+ has dual curved edges, but comes with a 5.7-inch display, larger than its predecessor’s 5.1-inch screen.
“Today, the journey continues in the large screen category that Samsung [...] Continue Reading…
The FM radio hidden in your SMARTPHONE that few people can use – Daily MailNews from The FM radio hidden in your SMARTPHONE that few people can use – Daily Mail:
Many smartphones – including Apple’s iPhone – come with an FM chip installed but many are not switched on by the manufacturers
BBC and other broadcasters are pushing to have radio capability turned on
They say it would allow users to listen to broadcasts without data charges
It could also prove a vital way of getting information during emergencies
By Richard Gray for [...] Continue Reading…
Cell Phones in Africa: Communication LifelineNews from Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project:
April 15, 2015
Texting Most Common Activity, but Mobile Money Popular in Several Countries
In a few short years, the proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also allowed Africans to skip the landline stage of development and jump right to the digital age.
Cell phones are pervasive in the region. In 2002, roughly one-in-ten owned a mobile phone in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana. Since then, cell phone ownership has grown exponentially. Today, [...] Continue Reading…