AT&T Says Hackers Tried To Swipe Account Info

AT&T Says Hackers Tried To Swipe Account Info

According to AT&T, hackers tried to break into some users’ accounts and make off with some private information. The company calls the attack an “organized and systematic attempt,” but more importantly, a failure. [More]

Android Reigns As King Of The Smartphone Hill

Android Reigns As King Of The Smartphone Hill

Apple may be the media darling that grabs most of the headlines, but the sprawling monolith that is Android is the phone of the 99 percent. Or at least the 52.5 percent. Android devices garnered the majority of global market share in the third quarter, while the iOS market slipped from 16.6 to 15 percent in that span. Quickly-fading Symbian — the operating system for Nokia phones — plunged to 17 percent from 36.3 percent last year. [More]

Deciding Whether Or Not To Insure A New Phone

Deciding Whether Or Not To Insure A New Phone

There are some hard and fast rules about what is and is not worth insuring. Blackjack hands in which the dealer is showing an ace — no. Cars — yes, as is required by law. Health — only if you don’t want to go bankrupt. It’s a trickier proposition when it comes to smartphones. [More]

SoCal AT&T Cell Customers Suffer Weekend Outage

SoCal AT&T Cell Customers Suffer Weekend Outage

AT&T cell phone users in Southern California have an excellent excuse not to return calls received over the weekend, thanks to a nasty outage that eliminated that voice-chatting feature that some people still use. Data and text messages were unaffected. AT&T had its service back online for almost all customers by Sunday evening. [More]

Growth Of Texting Craze Starts To Slow

Growth Of Texting Craze Starts To Slow

Likely thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and the way they facilitate on-the-fly email and instant messaging — as well as widespread social network use — text messaging is no longer the growth cottage industry it once was. According to researchers, adults sent and received a median average of 10 texts per day this spring, the same figure as last spring. The previous fall, the median average was five per day. [More]

Senator Wants Wireless Companies To Do More To Disable Stolen Phones

Senator Wants Wireless Companies To Do More To Disable Stolen Phones

In an effort to discourage cell phone theft and fraud, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has asked wireless companies to do more than disabling a stolen phone’s SIM card. He wants the whole phone bricked so it can never be used again. [More]

Has Blendtec Finally Met Its Match With Super-Tough Cell Phone?

Has Blendtec Finally Met Its Match With Super-Tough Cell Phone?

Blendtec’s super-powered blenders have rarely failed at their “Will it blend” challenges, but the Sonim XP3300 Force, a super-tough cell phone that has survived everything from being encased in concrete to being dumped in -25 degree antifreeze, posed a unique challenge. [More]

With Wallet App, Google Wants To Get Into Your Pants

With Wallet App, Google Wants To Get Into Your Pants

Google becomes the latest company to try to turn your cell phone into a digital wallet, with today’s announcement of cleverly named Google Wallet. The app is designed to turn any Android-powered phone with compatible data capabilities into a substitute for your credit cards. Right now, that’s limited to just one phone, Google’s own Nexus S 4G. [More]

Do Not Pocket-Dial 911 If There Are Outstanding Warrants For Your Arrest

Do Not Pocket-Dial 911 If There Are Outstanding Warrants For Your Arrest

Today’s lesson: If you’re wanted for any kind of crime — or even if you just want to be a good, considerate citizen — find a way to make sure your phone doesn’t pocket-dial 911. Otherwise, you may end up like James Green of Bangor, ME, who was arrested this weekend on outstanding warrants after his phone courteously called local police and helped them track him down.

Science Says All Our Cell Phone Use Is Driving Bees Crazy

Science Says All Our Cell Phone Use Is Driving Bees Crazy

It turns out cell phones distract and annoy more than just drivers, moviegoers, golfers and teachers. According to scientists, bees get all kinds of crazy when cell phone signals scramble their senses. [More]

The President Will Text You When Terrorists Attack

The President Will Text You When Terrorists Attack

America’s TVs and radios have the Emergency Alert System to notify people of dire local and national situations. Soon, your cell phone will act as a portable alarm for danger, too. [More]

Survey: 88% Of Americans Think Cell Phones Should Be Compatible With All Networks

Survey: 88% Of Americans Think Cell Phones Should Be Compatible With All Networks

Even though you’ve been able to port cell phone numbers from one carrier to another for several years, many mobile phone customers find themselves having to buy new phones whenever they switch providers. Not surprisingly, a new survey by our benevolent benefactors at Consumers Union shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans not only want to be able to take any device to any carrier, but they also support legislation that would require it. [More]

Verizon Kept Quiet About 911 System Failing During Snowstorm

Verizon Kept Quiet About 911 System Failing During Snowstorm

After Verizon dropped an estimated 10,000 D.C.-area 911 calls during a January snowstorm, the FCC asked the company to find out what went on. The answer was that some key equipment malfunctioned, and the company mysteriously decided not to inform public officials of the issue. [More]

Google's Mobile Search Lets You Find Businesses That Are Open Right Now

Google's Mobile Search Lets You Find Businesses That Are Open Right Now

If it’s 4 a.m., you’ve been out all night and are in need of a burrito, Google is thinking of you. The search dynamo has added some heft to its smartphone search functionality, letting you sort businesses by whether they’re currently open, as well as distance distance and user rating levels. [More]

New York Drivers Caught Using Phone While Driving Will Be Punished With Points

New York Drivers Caught Using Phone While Driving Will Be Punished With Points

Adding some teeth and uniformity to a law against cell phone use while driving, the state of New York will tack two points onto the driving records of offenders in addition to making them pay a $100 fee. Previously, those who texted while driving were stuck with the points and fee, while drive-and-talkers got off with just a fee. [More]

Cell Phone Tax Rates Are Highest Ever

Cell Phone Tax Rates Are Highest Ever

Cell phones are crafty little tax machines for local, state and federal governments, now raking in their largest amount of taxes ever and posting sizable increases each year. [More]

Use iPod Touch As A Phone To Save On Bills

Use iPod Touch As A Phone To Save On Bills

The iPod Touch can be more than the oft-ignored stepbrother of the iPhone – with the right hacking touch, it can be a replacement for its much loved sibling. [More]

Purse-Dial On The Other Side Of The World, Pay Verizon $1,800

Purse-Dial On The Other Side Of The World, Pay Verizon $1,800

Travel tip: If you haven’t arranged for international phone service while traveling abroad, take the battery out of your phone so you can’t accidentally turn it on and dial. [More]