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US cellphone spy program turned prison jammers against us

US cellphone spy program turned prison jammers against us

Flying overhead in a Cessna aircraft, the Justice Department may very well be sending a cellphone dragnet over your city right now. This plane will use an amplified cell signal that'll override the next-most powerful signal in your area, tapping in to your phone's automatic aim to connect to the best signal in range. With this connection, the U.S. Marshals Service will summon registration data for the lot of the phones it's located, aiming to ping a single phone in the process. All other phone data is said to be dropped. But there's more to this equation than simple information gathering.

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US DOJ accused of stealing cellphone data via “dirtyboxes”

US DOJ accused of stealing cellphone data via “dirtyboxes”

A troubling new report suggest the Department of Justice has been engaging in a practice that gave them data from your smartphone, but it’s not what you might think. Rather than wiretaps and hacking, the DOJ is instead accused of flying overhead with a device that spoofed a signal tower your carrier would have. In fooling your phone into thinking it was simply searching for a signal, the DOJ was pinching the data from it. The reason given? The never-ending hunt for criminals.

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Samsung Rugby 4 flip phone to launch at AT&T

Samsung Rugby 4 flip phone to launch at AT&T

The world is full of smartphones, and while durable options exist, many find the good ol' flip phone to be a better option. Not all flip phones are durable, of course, but the Samsung Rugby 4 is, at least according to AT&T, which will be launching the phone soon and in preparation posted a slapdash "stress test" video. The push-to-talk phone will launch this coming Friday, October 10, bringing with it a construction that meets military standards, as well as things like an integrated compass and WiFi.

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London phone booths converted into solar-powered charging stations

London phone booths converted into solar-powered charging stations

It's the question of our age: what to do with all those unused pay phone booths now that almost everyone has their own cell phone? Well, two entrepreneurs in London may have found the perfect solution, and it's eco-friendly to boot! Six of the city's iconic red telephone boxes have been painted bright green and transformed into charging stations with solar panels on their roofs.

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Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Report: DoT planning to end in-flight calls

Despite all the technology which wants to let you use a cell phone on a plane, the Department of Transportation (DoT) doesn’t seem to be impressed. At a meeting of the International Aviation Club last week, DoT counsel Kathryn Thomson said they’d be taking the next step on what could end up as a formal ban on cell phone usage in-flight, attendees said.

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Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Senate OK’s phone unlocking bill, must sync with House

Through a unanimous consent agreement, the US Senate has passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. Should this bill be approved by both Senate and House in its final form, it would once again make it legal for mobile phone owners to have their devices unlocked after their contract with a carrier has expired.

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Cellphone-jamming motorist fined by FCC

Cellphone-jamming motorist fined by FCC

There are two types of drivers: those who use their cell phones while behind the wheel, and those who stare squint-eyed at them from a distance while experiencing various levels of distaste. Jason R Humphreys apparently fell into the latter group. On a daily basis for two years, Humphreys of Florida would fire up a cell phone jammer while commuting to and from work, neutralizing the phones of other nearby drivers and thereby ensuring that, temptation or not, nary a text message or phone call would be made while on the go.

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