Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:29 AM Nov 18 2016
Mobile // 

It's not just your cell phone that contains tons of information about you. The grime of daily life that coats it - that all-too-familiar greasy gunk - is basically just another unflattering selfie.

Alexandra Ossola
at 10:24 AM Apr 15 2016

If your cell phone or computer stops working, you can repair a circuit or replace a chip. You know where you can't do that so easily? In space.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 11:02 AM May 19 2015
Hacks // 

For many of us, our smartphones are an integral part of our being, containing not just everything we need to communicate but depths of personal information, from our daily schedules to our finances. While last summer the Supreme Court ruled cell phone information is private and therefore protected, that's irrelevant to anyone trying to steal the sensitive bits stored on one. As Rose Eveleth reports for BBC Future, Seth Wahle, an engineer and biohacker, demonstrated that it's possible to steal information off of a phone with a microchip embedded in his hand.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:46 AM Mar 25 2015
Drones // 

Secretly, a lot of drones are cell phone parts disguised as flying machines. Advances in cellular technology, like miniaturized powerful batteries, cheaper smaller cameras, and sensors like accelerometers have all found their way from our pockets to the skies. Now, a new drone eye wants to shed cell parts like a vestigial tail, and instead make drones fly on sight alone.

Alexandra Ossola
at 08:25 AM Mar 5 2015
Mobile // 

Fumbling for a cell phone that rang during a meeting can be pretty embarrassing, and tapping out an email on a smartwatch is always a frustrating experience. To make mobile devices even simpler to control, a team of German and American computer scientists has created a patch called the iSkin that turns your epidermis into a digital interface. Just place the patch on your preferred body part, and with a few simple taps, you can answer calls, raise or lower music volume, or type on a bigger smartwatch keyboard without having to grope for the phone in your pocket or bag.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 07:37 AM Jun 26 2014
Science // 

This morning the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a unanimous 9-0 decision on Riley v. California that police cannot, with few exceptions, search a cell phone without a warrant to do so. The whole opinion is structured as a critique of warrantless data collection, based on norms that precede cell phones, and much of the case delves into just how different 16 gigabytes of information on a phone is from pictures in a wallet or a handwritten book of phone numbers.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 03:30 AM Apr 23 2013

Ever wonder why the people taking cell phone videos of gunfights aren't themselves hit by bullets? Turns out, there's no good explanation other than dumb luck, because according to the laws of physics, they should be totally screwed.

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