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Study of Cellphone Risks Finds ‘Some Evidence’ of Link to Cancer, at Least in Male Rats

For decades, health experts have struggled to determine whether or not cellphones can cause cancer. On Thursday, a federal agency released the final results of what experts call the world’s largest and most costly experiment to look into the question. The study originated in the Clinton administration, cost $30 million and involved some 3,000 rodents.The experiment, by the National Toxicology Program, found positive but relatively modest evidence that radio waves from some types of cellphones could raise the risk that male rats develop brain cancer.“We believe that the link between radio-frequency radiation and tumors in male rats is real,” John Bucher, a senior scientist at the National…

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China Mocks Report It Tapped Trump’s iPhone (and Plugs Its Own Competitor)

BEIJING — China on Thursday ridiculed but did not exactly deny an article in The New York Times detailing how Chinese intelligence agents eavesdropped on cellphone conversations President Trump had with friends in hopes of gaining insights into the administration’s policies.A spokeswoman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, suggested that “some people in the United States” were competing for “the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay,” and even used a familiar Trump trope, warning the newspaper that it risked being called “fake news.”She went on to warn that the most secure way to avoid telephone intercepts was not to use “any modern communication devices.”Almost certainly…

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‘Presidential Alert’ Goes to Millions of Cellphones Across the U.S.

At 2:18 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, cellphones across the United States emitted the ominous ring of an emergency presidential alert.It was the first nationwide test of a wireless emergency alert system, designed to warn people of a dire threat, like a terror attack, pandemic or natural disaster.“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System,” it read. “No action is needed.”Two minutes later, televisions and radios broadcast test alerts. There was no notification plan for landlines.The president — or someone he designates — would make the decision to send a real alert in case of a nationwide catastrophe, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency would…

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For 9 Hours, Cubans Got Internet in an Unusual Place: Everywhere

If you walk through Havana, you’ll usually see groups of people huddled around certain plazas, parks and side streets with their cellphones held up to their faces. These people are online.In order to post a picture to Facebook, send an email or read the news, Cubans must buy an internet access card for about a dollar from Etecsa, the state-run telecommunications company, and then find a public hot spot — but that all seems set to change.On Tuesday, the Cuban government tested wireless internet directly on mobile phones nationwide for nine hours. The internet was free for the duration of the test, but Etecsa plans to sell…

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Tech Tip: The Mobile Virtual Network Operator Will Connect You Now

AdvertisementTECH TIPWhat’s a M.V.N.O.? It’s typically a smaller wireless carrier that offers inexpensive service plans but gets its network signals from a bigger company.Aug. 15, 2018Q. How does the service and coverage compare for the smaller wireless carriers like Consumer Cellular, TracFone and others that never get mentioned because it’s always the same big networks like AT&T and Verizon getting reviewed?A. While AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon do indeed grab most of the attention, many of the smaller wireless carriers actually get their network service from one of the Big Four and resell it, often in the form of low-cost or prepaid plans. (U.S. Cellular is the…

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Tech Tip: The Security of Cellular Connections

AdvertisementTECH TIPThat free Wi-Fi network may not be so free if it is unsecured and someone hijacks your data. Your phone’s cellular data connection offers more protection.Aug. 10, 2018Q. How secure is my LTE internet connection when I’m connected to my mobile provider, compared with Wi-Fi?A. On a typical 4G LTE network connection, your data is encrypted and your identity is authenticated and protected. Wi-Fi networks, on the other hand, can vary widely when it comes to security. It’s possible to connect to an open public network where anyone who knows where to look can intercept your information, or you can be on a password-protected wireless network…

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Campaigns Enter Texting Era With a Plea: Will U Vote 4 Me ὤF ?

Peer-to-peer texting broke onto the national scene in 2016 when Senator Bernie Sanders used it to organize volunteers during the Democratic primary, and Democrats in particular seem to be racing ahead with their plans to use the technology.Volunteers for Stacey Abrams, a Democrat running for governor of Georgia this year, have sent more than 1.2 million text messages. Senator Doug Jones, the Democrat who prevailed in last year’s special election in Alabama, set up “texting banks” that sent 1.4 million texts to voters during that race. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose long-shot primary campaign defeated Representative Joseph Crowley, a 10-term incumbent in New York, used the texting app Relay…

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Could You Make It Through Dinner Without Checking Your Phone?

When Marc and Kara Lyons take their family out for a nice dinner, they typically hand their two sons cellphones to play games and watch YouTube videos. Sometimes, the parents grab the devices back to check their own email and text messages.But on a recent night at Hearth, an Italian-inspired restaurant in the East Village, the boys, 5 and 7, colored on blank white paper with crayons. Their parents discussed the highlights of their trip to New York from their home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to celebrate Mr. Lyons’s 40th birthday.The reason for the tech-free dinner? The cellphones were stashed in a small decorative box on their…

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Tech Tip: How to Unlock Your Phone for Overseas Travel

AdvertisementTECH TIPIf you want to use a local data plan when traveling to another country, you might be able to get your carrier to free your phone for use on another network.July 9, 2018Q. What does it mean for a mobile phone to be “locked” in regards to international travel? Does that mean it will not work overseas? A. In this situation, a “locked” phone works only on the network of the wireless carrier that activated the device and not on the network of a competing domestic company. Locked phones can “roam” onto international networks, but without the proper service plan from your carrier, the charges for…

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Largest Cellphone Carriers to Limit Sales of Location Data

The nation’s top cellphone carriers — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint — all said Tuesday that they would sharply limit arrangements that give marketers and other businesses access to cellphone customers’ location data, after disclosures that the information was used to track people without their consent.Verizon announced its change in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, who has been investigating location privacy issues. He had asked Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile to audit their relationships with companies that buy and sell access to consumer location data, known as location aggregators.“As a result of this review, we are initiating a process to terminate our existing…

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