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

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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 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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Can a Blackberry phone app detect nearby plasma TVs?

There is a rumor in Africa that thieves can detect whether you have a plasma TV in your house by using an app on their phone, even if the TV is on stand-by mode. Is this true?
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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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Does mobile 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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Did Apple ever invent any technology on its own? [closed]

In a wake of Apple suing everyone over shape of rectangles, many people claim, that Apple, never really invented anything on it's own. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​It's clear that a company ...
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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 ...
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Test for microwave leaks by putting a cell phone inside and calling it?

I heard as long ago as 2003 that trying to call a cell phone while it's inside a microwave (with the microwave off, of course) was a way to test if the shielding of the microwave was intact. I recall ...
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Does frequent cell phone use reduce the sperm count of men? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the presence of a cellphone affect sperm count or heart rate? Is cell phone use harmless or is there a chance that it lowers the sperm count of men? New ...
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Are mobile phones causing the demise of bees?

So someone I know posted a link to this Inhabitat Blog article on Facebook. Scientists may have found the cause of the world’s sudden dwindling population of bees – and cell phones may be to ...
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Does home-WiFi expose you to less radiation than using the 3G on your cell-phone?

Are there any studies that compare WiFi and cellular data usage, in the home, over time? Mainly I've heard that WiFi uses more battery (so it should emit more radiation) but OTOH it feels like ...
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Were radio frequency radiation levels raised to accommodate mobile phones?

When I was at university (in Australia) a lecturer mentioned that the Australian standard for radio frequency radiation levels were deliberately raised to accommodate mobile phone technology. So that ...
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Can products that claim to to reduce electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones be substantiated?

There are some products, stickers that you put onto your mobile phone for example, that claim the following Boost your natural defenses in the presence of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) ...
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Can you unlock a car using a cell phone?

I have heard that it is possible to unlock a car using the remote key-fob over a cell phone network. Scenario: Adam locks his keys in his car. He uses his cell phone to call his wife, Betty, who is ...
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Do mobile phones cause heart troubles?

Almost everytime I have my mobile in my shirt pocket, someone is quick to point out that I shouldn't keep it near my heart. Is there any link between a mobile phone and heart troubles? Is it true?
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Are cell phones dangerous to use at the gas station?

All over the world there are signs similar to this, is there the slightest bit of support for the danger of using a cell phone at the gas station? Related to: Are Personal Electronics Really a Risk ...
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Do mobile phones have anything to do with brain cancer?

Is there evidence for a correlation between the use of mobile phones and the occurence of brain cancer? If yes, is there also evidence for causality?
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Is talking and driving more dangerous than any other type of distraction?

Are there any studies that demonstrate that talking on a cell phone is more dangerous than any other type of distraction? Yes, it seems clear that talking on a cell phone is a distraction, but for ...