Mar 22, 2013 — Six billion people around the world now own cellphones, while only 4.5 billion people have a safe place to use the bathroom, the United Nations said Thursday. Improving sanitation could help prevent thousands of kids from dying each day of waterborne diseases.
Feb 21, 2013 — Frustration over a change in federal copyright policy making it illegal to unlock a new cellphone has resulted in more than 100,000 signatures on a petition at the White House's website, meaning the executive branch must now respond to the call to overturn the policy.
Nov 8, 2012 — Exit polls and a separate survey of cellphone users show similarities between Obama voters and people who tap their mobile devices to get health information. Latinos, African-Americans and young people were big in both groups.
Oct 11, 2012 — By tracking nearly 15 million cellphones in Kenya, scientists mapped out how malaria spreads through the Texas-sized country. The findings pinpoint areas where efforts to control malaria would be the most effective. One day, the data may help guide alert systems for phones that remind travelers to use bed nets.
Sep 17, 2012 — About 15 percent of high schoolers with cellphones said they had sent sexually explicit texts or images, according to a survey in Los Angeles. More than half of the students reported knowing someone who sexted.
Aug 13, 2012 — After acquiring the cellphone maker for $12.5 billion, Google is streamlining its operations.
Apr 10, 2012 — Companies have agreed to create a national database for stolen or missing phones, which would then be deactivated. It's hoped that will make them less tempting.
Dec 13, 2011 — A bill before Congress that would allow some types of "robocalls" to be made to cellphones is getting an increasing amount of attention this week thanks to something that's very rare these days — bipartisan opposition from state attorneys general.
Oct 21, 2011 — When researchers dug into Danish cancer data, teasing out cases involving people who'd had cellphones with those who hadn't, they found no increased risk of brain tumors. Swedish researchers also noted in an editorial that national rates of glioma, a brain cancer, hadn't increased since the 1970s.
Oct 4, 2011 — The new phone, which has voice assistance, longer battery life and a better camera, will be launched on Oct. 14. Many of Apple's fans who had been looking forward to seeing a completely new device — the iPhone 5 — were disappointed by what many saw as an incremental improvement.