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08.19.14 Sophie Weiner

An order issued by NYPD administrators earlier this month instructed cops to stop using personal cell phones when on duty. The order told officers “that any video or audio created by any device, including a personal device becomes a record for legal purposes and is therefore subject to applicable evidentiary laws.” The notice was sent out one day […]

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07.08.14 Sophie Weiner

Avast Software recently bought 20 iPhones and Android phones and wiped them by using their basic factory settings. Then, they looked at all the stuff still there. This included family photos, nude selfies (male and female), texts, emails and contacts. Within these, they were able to discover a ton of information about each individual user, […]

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06.25.14 Sophie Weiner

After several high profile cases in which defendants were arrested based on information found on their cell phones, the Supreme Court has ruled that police officers must obtain a warrant in order to search the mobile devices. Justice John Roberts said in his ruling: Modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience. With all […]

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11.06.13 Kyle Chayka

Apple may have sold five million iPhone 5s in the first weekend after launch, but if you really want to invest in a booming business — choose weed. ArcView Market Research Report released yesterday predicts that legal cannabis sales in the United States — including both medical and recreational weed in Colorado and Washington, the two states where it […]

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05.03.13 Andy Cush

These photos were captured by three smartphones as they orbited the Earth onboard the Antares rocket last month. The gadgets were in space as part of NASA’s “PhoneSats” project, a mission that sought to test whether a piece of consumer electronics could serve as the “main flight avionics” –that is to say, the brain–of a […]

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02.22.13 Eugene Reznik

Students at the University of Surrey in the UK taking a Practical and Biomedical Bacteriology course imprinted their smartphone screens onto petri dishes with grow media to see what kind of bacteria was lurking. Three days later, they found #art. The colorized result are not just alluring abstract designs, there are narrative and performative elements […]

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01.03.13 Andy Cush

“The smartphone is the 21st-century pet, and we are just making that crystal clear with Hatch,” says the creator of your new favorite app, of the way we shower attention on our iPhones. “A great pet relationship is already there, and we’d like to bring that out.” And how do they play on doing that? […]

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08.15.12 Joshua Rivera

If your smartphone recorded a crime, and a cop asks you to hand it over, do you have to give it to them? Yes and no. If you happen to be at the scene when a crime occurs, and record the incident using your phone, police would naturally want it. And with a court order, […]

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06.21.11 Bucky Turco

As a rider of NYC’s elevated subway lines, I’m all too familiar with the obnoxious antics that riders exhibit by way of their cell phones, but it’s usually only a temporary mental splinter that comes to an eventual end once the train rolls into an underground station. Unless of course they’re “blasting.” That’s the term […]

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