A device that can make and receive telephone calls over a radio link whilst moving around a wide geographic area.

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Can ionizing radiation be seen in videos taken on a mobile phone?

This article1, among other things, claims that mobile phones can be used to detect radiation: ... the presence of scintillating pixels – white dots that flashed on and off briefly in the mobile ...
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Are the methods and conclusions of the study “Clear connection between wireless devices and cancer, experts say” sound?

The article, no longer linked at Science Daily, by is summarized: A metabolic imbalance caused by radiation from your wireless devices could be the link to a number of health risks, such as ...
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Does turning off cellular data when connected to WiFi extend a phone's battery life?

The claim has been repeatedly made on the internet (example: 1, 2, 3* )that when a mobile phone is connected to WiFi, disabling cellular data can extend battery life, as it stops the phone from ...
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Do Samsung phone batteries contain secret chips and antennae for stealing data?

This YouTube video is one of several showing that, if you open a Samsung mobile phone battery, it contains a "secret chip" and antenna, and suggests it can be used for transmitting your secret data to ...
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Was it possible that hackers used Nokia 1100 in some way for fraud?

TL; DR; version: Is it possible that hackers were somehow able to "reprogram" a specific Nokia 1100 phone to make it receive SMS messages sent to another person's phone number? A couple of years ...
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Do reverse phone lookup services work?

This morning I received a phone call from an unknown caller. I punched the number in Google to see if any hits came up. Unfortunately all I got was the long list of services that show up promising to ...
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Does white background increase battery consumption of a smartphone? [duplicate]

Here is a page with tips on how to decrease power consumption of a smartphone (in Russian). One of the tips is to use black background for Google search. I wonder whether it actually decreases ...
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Is Tetris by Electronic Arts the best selling video game on mobile?

According to Wikipedia, Tetris by Electronic Arts is the best selling video game ever made. With 100 million downloads, it sold 17.46 million copies more than the next best selling game, Wii Sports ...
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Does mandatory registration of SIM cards reduce terrorism?

Like a number of other countries, Pakistan is no longer allowing the usage of unregistered SIM cards for mobile telephony: ...
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Do smartphones and computers cause skin to age via “tech neck”?

I was watching a health program on TV last night that was looking at skin aging, and they flashed up a panel showing various causes of skin aging. Along with the usual culprits of sunlight, smoking ...
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Is there any legitimate reason as to why airplane mode should be used? [duplicate]

On many devices such as smartphones there is an option for "airplane mode". When enabled all wireless forms of communication are turned off. The idea is this is somehow safer to the airplane, but is ...
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Does extremely low frequency radiation from mobile phones and tablets have adverse health effects?

Is ELF (extremely low frequency) radiation emitted by the electrical appliances' battery's current considered to have adverse health effects, or is this radiation too low to be considered? I'd like ...
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Are the top ten flashlight apps maliciously stealing data and sending it to China, India, and Russia? [closed]

There's an interesting report from a company called SnoopWall that is detailed in this YouTube video from a Special Report with Bret Baier with Fox News. In the report "Cybersecurity Expert" Gary ...
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iOS app listening to my calls, or giant coincidence? [closed]

I was speaking to my insurance agent yesterday afternoon taking care of some life insurance changes, and my agent congratulated me on my recent wedding (July) and inquired about my upcoming honeymoon ...
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Are smartphones, keyboards, and tablets more contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus than a public toilet seat?

Source: How clean is your iPad? – a “Which?” hygiene investigation We use them every day while eating lunch or a snack, but new Which? research has revealed tablets, smartphones and keyboards may ...
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Is the Craigslist rant saying people stay in restaurants on average a hour longer a hoax?

According to a craigslist post supposedly created by an anonymous NYC restaurant, customers take almost twice the time today to eat than 2004 because of mobile phones, food photos and fussiness. I ...
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Is using a phone while driving more dangerous than driving while drunk?

There have been numerous studies that show how using a phone while driving is more distracting than other non-driving tasks and even worse than driving while intoxicated. Here was a study done in the ...
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Are there signification health risks with long term use of headphones on a cellphone?

Does using headphones / earphones plugged into a cellphone for taking calls / listening to music pose a significant health risk in the long run in terms of radiation exposure? Also it depends what ...
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Are the location of brain-tumours linked to which ear you use a cell-phone with?

In the meta-analysis Cell phones and brain tumors: a review including the long-term epidemiologic data, they find that: The results indicate that using a cell phone for > or = 10 years ...
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Is the risk of explosion increased by calling and charging a cell phone at the same time?

I have often heard that charging a cell phone and calling in the same time may cause the cell phone to explode. Here is a Facebook page that has pictures of what is claimed to be one such example. ...
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Do cellphone towers cause health issues?

Yesterday I got a request to install a cellphone tower on my building. The company is going to pay me fair amount but I heard that cell tower radiations cause some serious health issues. Are they ...
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Does a mobile plugged in to the charger produce more radiation?

I've been hearing this a lot lately, but I can't seem to find anything to disprove (or prove) this claim. I know that a weak signal means the phone produces more radiation (which makes sense), but a ...
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Is Swype faster than typing?

Many articles on IT websites claim that Swype is faster than typing on smartphones (zdnet, ghacks, etc). Wikipedia relates the following claim : "The creators of Swype predict that users will achieve ...
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Is there a difference in radiation produced by a cell phone during a call? [closed]

Is there a difference between the radiation levels of cell phones during a call compared to simply being turned on? I don't understand the fundamental technology very well but I'm trying to look into ...
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Can mobile apps monitor your sleep cycles?

There's already been a question about devices that can help you monitor your sleep and their possible benefits, but I'm interested specifically in the apps for mobile devices that claim to be able to ...
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Can mobile phones be tracked when they're switched off?

Seeing as mobile phones aren't sending signals when it's switched off: Does mobile send signals when it's off? Is it possible to track a mobile phone when it's switched off? NSA growth fueled ...
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Does wifi stunt cress growth?

A couple of weeks ago there were reports of an experiment by schoolchildren that appears to demonstrate that wifi router radiation adversely affects cress. There's been time now for the leading ...
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Graphene “heat sink” sticker for your mobile phone battery

This product (Japanese language) is claimed to cool down your smartphone, etc, battery by two degrees centigrade - see the photo a little way down the page. It claims to be a graphene-based material, ...
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Radiation dangers with GPS/navigation cellphone apps [closed]

From Wikipedia: Some national radiation advisory authorities... have recommended measures to minimize exposure to their citizens... Do not use telephone in a car without an external antenna I'd ...
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Are there mobile phones in North Korea?

Is it true that there are no mobile phones in North Korea? I have heard opposing views saying that there is a working mobile network that many people use and views that say there isn't any of them in ...
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Does a mobile phone send signals when it's off?

I've heard that mobile phones send signals to the tower even when the mobile goes off so your location can be detected. Is this possible?
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Wi-fi is more power-efficient than 3G?

Everyone is saying that Wi-Fi is more power-efficient than 3G on smartphones. But, I don't think so, because two radios are turned on at the same time, the 3G radio is still active when enabling ...
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Is there an iPhone app that can make corn kernels pop?

I have seen a video on YouTube that clearly shows corn kernels popping when a certain iPhone app is used and the kernels are placed on the iPhone. A friend of mine at work said it is fake. Now, I ...
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Do mobile phones interfere with bees communication? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mobile phones are the cause of the demise of the bees? I've heard from my biology teacher that mobile phones interfere with bees communication. The claim is that the ...
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Does a cell phone emit 1000 times more radiation when its battery is low?

Found this gem on G+: The rest seems all extremely circumstantial except the very last item. The 'radiation' they're talking about, I'm assuming, is electromagnetic radiation - which would be ...
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Does immersing a wet phone in rice prevent it from dying?

There is a tale spreading around about people who have supposedly resuscitated their cell phones using bags of rice after dropping them in water or otherwise getting them soaked. The supposed science ...
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Are train passengers exposed to dangerous levels of cell phone electromagnetic radiation?

This article warns of cell phone radiation on trains: Train passengers exposed to cell phone electromagnetic radiation (Better Nutrition) Passengers on packed trains and subways may be exposing ...
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Have cell phones ever been used as microphones by a government?

Besides what a government can obviously do: listen to live conversations, know my approximate location, read my SMS and look at my unencrypted internet traffic, people claim that some phones could be ...
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Do protective covers for mobile phones offer significant protection from serious physical damage?

Simple question, would those costly silicon and plastic covers protect my phone from damages if it were to fall to the ground? Due to commenters request - let's limit the question to iPhone covers ...
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Does a mobile phone charger that is plugged in but has no phone attached to it use energy?

Obviously, I am talking about simple charger without any indicator lights etc. If yes, why does it use energy when the circuit is not closed? Examples of the claim: ...
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Does the presence of a cellphone affect sperm count or heart rate?

A doctor from my girlfriend's family was talking to her over the weekend. She explained to me that he was talking about how there is proof that cellphones decrease sperm count when being stored in a ...
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Can smartphone Apps detect EMF?

There are a couple of Android apps to detect EMF (for ghost hunting and for hazard-protection). I tried a free one which did not work. Some I can't seem to download. Has anyone tested them (against a ...
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Are the iPhone 4's manufacturing costs $178?

Here it is alleged that the iPhone 4 has a large mark-up from manufacturing. Are these figures true? What is the evidence behind this claim? NB: I mean the manufacturing costs. Not including ...
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Is speaking on phone during lightning harmful?

I have heard many people say that speaking on cell phone while it is lightning may damage the ears. A week before my room mate was speaking on the phone during lightning, and suddenly threw the ...
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Did a Blackberry service outage reduce traffic accident rates in Dubai and Abu Dhabi?

A report from The National has been widely cited on the Internet recently: A dramatic fall in traffic accidents this week has been directly linked to the three-day disruption in BlackBerry ...
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Mobile towers pose serious hazards? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do mobile phones have anything to do with brain cancer? Today we had a seminar about wireless technologies and were told that mobile towers pose serious health hazards. ...
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Can blocking the aperture of a mobile phone speaker cause damage?

A friend was sitting near another's ringing mobile phone, stoically ignoring the noise. When I advised him to cover the dynamic with a finger, he replied that it may break it. Is it really so? I ...
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Is it risky to use a cell-phone in a hospital?

Cell phones are forbidden in a lot of hospitals because they interfere with the medical instruments. I've found studies that prove both that it's dangerous and both that it's not: No, it's not ...
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Is it bad to turn on a cell phone and electronic devices during a commercial flight? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are personal electronics a risk to commercial aviation? Flight attendants usually asks for cell phone to be switched off throughout the flight, and other electronic ...
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Is this new study on cell phone / cancer connection legitimate?

Insanely related: Do mobile phones have anything to do with cancer? I was just sent THIS article, which claims that a new study does show a link between brain cancer and cell phones: This new ...