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I would say this is Not True Just going by the sentence you’ve highlighted: Health experts believe this increased exposure to 5G will have a devastating impact on our health. It’s already doubtful. Who are these so-called “health experts”? Why do they believe this? If we look at the National Cancer Institute's page specifically for cellular RF and its ...


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Norwegian science journalist Gunnar Tjomlid published an article [Norwegian language] in the online newspaper Nettavisen. Blogger Pepijn van Erp summarised it in English. In brief, the experiment was not properly controlled, not blinded, had publication bias, was misreported, had faulty statistical analysis, had bias in the methodology and relied on a ...


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This site calculates the use, in 2013, per year of your phone: How Much Electricity Do Your Gadgets Really Use? (Forbes, 7 sep 2013) It comes down to about 2kWh/year, assuming one full charge per day. This site gives typical wattage for different appliances, and allows you to calculate annual usage based on hours/day and days/year the appliance is used: ...


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Back in 2012 this probably wasn't answerable, now after Gazelle's research which was conducted in 2014 I can attempt to answer this. The good news: it prevents it from dying. The bad news: it isn't the most effective (more like least effective). Gazelle, an eCommerce company, which lets people sell their used cell phones and pays consumers for used or ...


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The pictures are not fake. They are real photos of a phone baked into a cake, and then removed. However, the "Imagine this scenario. You drop your phone..." text is just imagination, not what actually occurred in making the photos. The photos are frames from the video iPhone 5S Baked In Cake - Will it Survive?. In the video, the narrator, TechRax, ...


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It depends upon your definition of "off", "track", and "phone". Some phones will keep the baseband chip powered when the device has been shut down. In some cases, security agencies have "updated" the baseband sofware on a large number of phones in order to make them trackable when shut down. It's certainly possible to install OTA updates with almost ...


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Problem 1: "Table 1. Publications which reported positive findings on oxidative stress caused by RFR exposure of cellsin vitro." Problem 2: "Table 2. Publications which reported positive findings on oxidative stress caused by RFR exposure of animals and plants." Problem 3: "Table 3. Publications which reported positive findings on oxidative ...


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GSM Association in 2013 has published white paper, which strongly suggests that there is no evidence proving any reduction in crime or terrorism. The Mandatory Registration of Prepaid SIM Card Users Excerpts from summary: An increasing number of governments have recently introduced mandatory registration of prepaid SIM card users, primarily as a ...


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Link between Cell Towers and Cancer Elusive A quick search on cell phone towers and cancer provides many results, some state cell phone towers are dangerous because it can cause cancer, while some others state that tests regarding cell phone towers and cell phone usage are inconclusive with regards to cancer, though there are chances of increased risks in ...


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There is lots of academic research on what is called shape writing or vector typing that is relevant to your question. "Shape Writing on Tablets: Better Performance or Better Experience?" used Swype and found that: No significant difference was found in typing speed between the two input methods And also specific to Swype, the study "Swype vrs ...


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It's possible, but unlikely. It's possible Cakes cook from the outside in. If you are not careful you might pull out a cake cooked outside but raw inside. This happens when the oven is too hot. What to do if my cake seems ready from the outside (it's brown as it should be) however it's not done yet inside? [...] If you find that your cakes are brown on the ...


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Wrong assumptions can lead to wrong conclusions. that probably these closed numbers belonged to the people who died That assumes that each closed number belonged to one person (or maybe two numbers per person). In China there exists (existed?) what are called "Click farms". As per Yahoo Finance there can be hundreds of phones in one such Click Farm. ...


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Seeing this question pop up again, I want to share something. I did not write an answer before because I did not want to dig up an old question without a conclusive answer. While the claim is reported in Quartz, it is actually somebody else's. Tara Swart's ("a senior lecturer at MIT specializing in sleep and the brain," according to Quartz). So in addition ...


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This question reminded me of the xkcd what-if post which mentions that "If an unused charger isn’t warm to the touch, it’s using less than a penny of electricity a day", but without references. Searching more I found the reddit thread following the xkcd post, which has lots of links, including to pages 68 and on of the free (Creative Commons) book "...


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This is Enhanced 911 (easier-to-understand Wikipedia article): cell-phone network operators are required to transmit the location of a cellphone with a given level of accuracy to a 911 call center. It does not specifically require the use of GPS, but the accuracy requirements are such that GPS is generally used. Excerpting the WIkipedia page: The U.S. ...


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These articles state it can be done: Washington Post - NSA growth fueled by need to target terrorists The Atlantic Wire - How the NSA Is Using Cell Phone Data to Drone Civilians (In Pakistan) By September 2004, a new NSA technique enabled the agency to find cellphones even when they were turned off. JSOC troops called this “The Find,” and it gave ...


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This conspiracy theory has been widely debunked already. It is obviously false to anyone familiar with the Near Field Communication (NFC) antenna, installed on Samsung Galaxy batteries. Here are some of the many sources that have quickly responded to these claims with explanations: Snopes While there is a coil “hidden” in the wrapping surrounding most ...


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Edward Snowden seems to think so: "Mr Snowden said [UK intelligence agency] GCHQ could gain access to a handset by sending it an encrypted text message and use it for such things as taking pictures and listening in." And via the UK's Express "Nosey Smurf is the 'hot mic' tool, so for example if it's in your pocket they can turn the ...


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No, wifi and cellphone radiation have not been shown to increase the risk of miscarriage. A recent peer-reviewed publication suggests a correlation between magnetic field exposure from all sources and miscarriages, but correlation does not imply causation and the frequencies tested are far smaller (40–1000 Hz) than wifi/cellphone EM frequencies (800–2600 ...


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On wired commercial networks text communication predated voice communication. As such it was voice that was added later. For mobile networks text communication was added on the basis of offering all the services offered in the public switched telephone networks. The first action plan of the Group GSM was approved in December 1982, requesting that, "The ...


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Resonant Cavity Resonance will turn out to be one important factor that could cause increased radiation at certain spots, so let's take a minute to understand this. The same effect that we observe in resonant cavity with microwaves is observed with mechanical waves in closed pipes (such as a clarinet). This is because this effects derive from the "wavy" ...


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possibly attributed to cover up of deaths? No, because as the Bloomberg article you link to points out, the likely explanation is that people are canceling extra phone plans. They may no longer be able to use extra phones due to changing economic conditions or travel restrictions.


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In this study on body movement during sleep there's a quote that says: (...) in both infants and young adults body movements occur preferentially in REM sleep1 So apparently there's a relation between the sleep cycle and body movement, with movement occuring during the lightest stage. This study tried different methods of detecting body movement ...


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Some phone lookup services work pretty much well. The most evident application and service is Truecaller Just like Whatsapp and Facebook, Truecaller was part of the internet revolution. Some people say it is the largest mobile phone community for mobiles. Truecaller can: find contact details globally given name or telephone number When a user registers ...


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The basic idea of GSM is that a mobile phone scans for base stations and that are applicable and then syncs with the base station that has the strongest signal. In 2010 the relevant equipment cost 1,500$. The server can tell the phone to disable encryption. With intact encryption, GSM encryption can by cracked by open source software: Cracking A5/1. ...


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TL;DR answer: It seems like Nokia 1100 made it easier to spoof someone's phone number, but it wasn't as easy as media presented it. You still had to copy someone's SIM card. I don't see how such a thing would be possible for many reasons (how was it even possible to modify the software of such a closed platform where not even firmware upgrades were simple? ...


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Plausible Not a scientific paper, but Q&A from Health Physics Society describes experiment with disassembled CCD and CMOS sensors. [...] it is true that both the charge-coupled silicon devices and the metal-oxide semiconductors may produce visible light scintillations in response to ionizing radiation. Just as visible light will set free ...


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Tech Digest Seems to disagree. The research also revealed that 41% of those with a broken mobile admit they have not bothered fixing it because they are still able to make and receive phone calls, while over a quarter (27%) said they are worried about how much they will have to fork out to fix their mobile. Another 31% are waiting out their contract (even ...


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The claim is largely supported by a 2015 report by GSMA (an international consortium of mobile operators). The report does not appear to be peer-reviewed. Bridging the gender gap: Mobile access and usage in low and middle-income countries The report is based on interviews, focus groups, market research and usage data from 11-35 countries. In Figure 4.2, ...


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