cellphones

Here's why your phone battery dies when it's cold outside

Wonder why your phone dies in cold weather? Blame the Lithium battery. It happens to all of us and it will probably happen today if you're in the cold parts of the United States.  In fact, it’s so cold in the Midwest that you can’t stay outside for more than 10 minutes without experiencing...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 2:33pm

Why didn't I get an emergency presidential alert text when everyone else did?

It's a club you may not have been eager to join, but it still feels weird to be left out: In the hours after President Trump delivered his first "Presidential Alert" text message — a test of FEMA's new Wireless Emergency Alert system intended for every cellphone in the...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 5:41pm

This is why you received a text message from President Trump

You’re about to get (or just received) a text message from President Donald Trump and FEMA — but don’t freak out, because everyone else is getting the Trump text at the same time. Much like those "this is only a test" broadcasts you see on television and hear on the...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 1:55pm

California Department of Public Health says your phone might be dangerous

There are many about how longterm exposure to cellphone radiation can cause health problems. The California Department of Public Health recently published a set of guidelines to help people avoid exposure to radiofrequency energy. Since more and more people are glued to their mobile devices, there...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 5:38pm

Supreme Court agrees to decide major privacy case on cellphone data

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a major case on privacy rights in the digital age that will determine whether police officers need warrants to access past cellphone location information kept by wireless carriers. The justices agreed to hear an appeal brought by a man who was...

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 1:12pm

Geek Girl in Hollywood: In praise of unplugging

I didn’t turn on my computer this weekend. I mean, I checked my phone here and there, but I didn’t do it that much. I can hear the groans already. Yes, we know: Turn off your tech for a bit. You’ll feel better. The thing is, that’s pretty vague. “You’ll be able...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:13pm