Will Hearing Aids Ever Be Hip?

A new generation of more affordable and stylish hearing aids could help preserve mind, life and limb for millions.

#apple-inc, #bose-corp, #cellular-telephones, #costco-wholesale-corporation, #ears-and-hearing, #elderly, #hearing-aids, #law-and-legislation, #medicare, #wireless-communications

How the Taliban Can Use Social Media to Tame Afghanistan

In the 1990s, they banned the internet. Now they use it to threaten and cajole the Afghan people, in a sign of how they might use technology to build power.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #cellular-telephones, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #mujahid-zabiullah, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #social-media, #taliban, #wireless-communications

The Nightmare of Our Snooping Phones

A Catholic official’s resignation shows the real-world consequences of practices by America’s data-harvesting industries.

#cellular-telephones, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #privacy

6 Things You Should Know About Traveling to Europe This Summer

Shifting flight schedules, varying hotel flexibility and new tech: A lot has changed since the last time you packed that passport.

#air-france, #airlines-and-airplanes, #american-airlines, #cellular-telephones, #content-type-service, #delta-air-lines-inc, #europe, #european-travel-commission, #hilton-worldwide-holdings-inc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #jetblue-airways-corporation, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #resy-network-inc, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations, #united-airlines

If You Look at Your Phone While Walking, You’re an Agent of Chaos

An experiment by Japanese researchers revealed how just a few distracted walkers really can throw off the movements of a whole crowd.

#cellular-telephones, #research, #roads-and-traffic, #science-advances-journal, #smartphones, #urban-areas, #walking, #your-feed-science

Pennsylvania Woman Accused of Using Deepfake Technology to Harass Cheerleaders

Three teenagers in a Bucks County cheerleading program were subjected to a campaign of harassment using altered videos and spoof phone numbers, police officials said.

#artificial-intelligence, #bucks-county-pa, #bullies, #cellular-telephones, #cyberharassment, #rumors-and-misinformation, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #text-messaging, #wireless-communications

In Prison for Tax Fraud, He Committed More Tax Fraud, U.S. Says

Abdel Soliman was serving a 41-month federal sentence when he used a smuggled cellphone to prepare tax returns for clients, diverting more than $470,000 in refunds, the authorities said.

#cellular-telephones, #frauds-and-swindling, #pennsylvania, #prisons-and-prisoners, #soliman-abdel, #tax-preparers-and-preparation

Amazon and Apple Shift From Intel’s Chips, Driving Industry Change

Amazon’s cloud computing business and Apple’s Macs are increasingly using the companies’ homegrown chips.

#amazon-com-inc, #ampere-computing, #apple-inc, #cellular-telephones, #cloud-computing, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-centers, #intel-corporation, #laptop-computers, #silicon, #smartphones, #software

New York Grandparents Are Kidnapped and Taken to Canada

Their captors demanded the return of cocaine worth $3.5 million. They were freed after the authorities used cellphone data to track them to a house in Quebec.

#brown-graigory, #canada, #cellular-telephones, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-enforcement-administration, #helm-james, #helm-sandra, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #moira-ny, #quebec-province-canada, #surete-du-quebec

Now You Can Use Instagram to Chat With Friends on Facebook Messenger

Facebook began integrating its Instagram and Messenger apps, allowing users of the services to directly communicate with each other.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #mobile-applications, #smartphones, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

‘Or I Will Stab You Right Now’: A Family’s Prison Extortion Nightmare

While serving time, Ryan Rust was beaten, stabbed and threatened with hot oil if his relatives didn’t pay up. After disturbing calls and texts, they bought guns for protection.

#alabama, #cellular-telephones, #extortion-and-blackmail, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rust-ryan

The Latest U.S. Tool to Fight Election Meddling: Text Messages

Washington sent offers to cellphones in Russia and Iran of rewards of up to $10 million for information on hackers trying to attack American voting systems.

#cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #elections, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #iran, #presidential-election-of-2020, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #state-department, #text-messaging, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wireless-communications

Brexit Border Bureaucracy Looms for Truckers, Pet Owners and Travelers

Next year businesses and travelers face mounds of new paperwork (and higher cellphone bills) as Britain builds up frontier controls.

#cellular-telephones, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris

A Bird? A Plane? No, It’s a Google Balloon Beaming the Internet

A commercial deal in Kenya marks the first application of balloon-powered internet in Africa, the region with the lowest percentage of internet users globally.

#balloons-aeronautics, #cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #hurricane-maria-2017, #kenya, #loon-llc, #telkom-kenya, #wireless-communications

The New Language of Telehealth

Telemedicine is teaching us new ways to communicate with our patients.

#babies-and-infants, #cellular-telephones, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #epidemics, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #masks, #senses-and-sensation, #telemedicine, #translation-and-interpreters, #voice-and-speech

Facebook Invests $5.7 Billion in Indian Internet Giant Jio

It was the largest bet by the social network on the developing market, where millions of people have gone online in recent years.

#cellular-telephones, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #e-commerce, #instant-messaging, #small-business, #social-media, #wireless-communications

To Track Coronavirus, Israel Moves to Tap Secret Trove of Cellphone Data

The information, intended for use in counterterrorism, would help identify people who have crossed paths with known patients.

#cellular-telephones, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #quarantines, #shin-bet, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

The Phones We Love Too Much

If you had to make a choice, would you choose your phone or your partner? Don’t answer that.

#cellular-telephones, #customs-etiquette-and-manners, #dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion, #psychology-and-psychologists, #smartphones