Nov 23, 2013 — Tom Wheeler toned down his original statement calling the prohibition on using cellphones in-flight "outdated and restrictive," by saying it may ultimately be up to the airlines to decide whether in-flight phone use is a good idea.
Nov 21, 2013 — The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a change to allow travelers to make phone calls as they fly on jetliners in the U.S. The agency's new chairman, Tom Wheeler, calls the current ban on the use of cellphones during flights "outdated and restrictive."
Oct 29, 2013 — Law enforcement agencies across the country subpoena cellphone location data regularly. But civil liberties groups hope a series of state-level legal victories will usher in stronger protections for that often-revealing digital information.
Sep 17, 2013 — The administration sent a petition to the Federal Communications Commission asking it to come up with new rules to override a law scheduled to take effect in January. The law would make it a crime punishable by up to five years in prison to unlock your cellphone without permission from your carrier.
Sep 10, 2013 — A man in Churchill, Manitoba, saved his life by using the light from his cellphone to distract an attacking polar bear.
Jun 4, 2013 — Engineers for Australian cellphone provider Telstra say they recently found what was disrupting the mobile data network in several neighborhoods: a man's beer fridge. Technicians say an electric spark in the motor evidently created enough radio frequency noise to interfere with the network.
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.