Mobile phones didn't really take off until the late 1990s, but the first of the things made a telephone call on this day in 1973. According to historical sources, Motorola DynaTAC inventor Martin Cooper placed that first mobile call to a rival inventor at Bell Labs. While the conversational details are lost to history, the first guy probably said something like "I'm kind of breaking up here, did you say 'seven,' seven p.m.?" And then the next guy likely said something along the lines of, "Gah, crap, I can't hear you at all. Just text me and I'll put it on my calendar. You still there? Hello? Hellooooo?" [...]
Do you get all bent out of shape with Facebook's privacy settings and tracking? Because Facebook turns you into a marketing tool, and exposes your information to people you might not wish? Well, TOSS THAT IPHONE, pal! As you likely knew or suspected, the all levels of government are using cell-phone carriers early and often to find out where you are, who you're talking to and what you're talking about. ("Thousands of times a day"; Sprint alone gets on average 1500 requests a day.) And lots of this activity is warrantless or for "emergency" use—and lots of it is extremely broad, collecting data from an entire network tower. [...]
I don’t own a cell phone. I never have. When people learn this fact they usually react with an exclamation of shocked disbelief, as if I lead some sort of unfathomable existence of unmitigated depravation. As if the human race didn’t manage to somehow get along just fine until about 1995, when suddenly everyone—not just the doctors and drug dealers—seemed to get a cellular. But those of us old enough to remember the Time Before Cell Phones can attest to the fact that the early adopters of this technology were mostly assholes. As a single girl in New York throughout the 1990s I can tell you that, back then, [...]
Old news, but always worth repeating: "Mobile phones can harbour 18 times more living bacteria than a flush on a men's toilet, according to research for consumer group Which?. A hygiene expert who swabbed and analysed 30 handsets for the study found seven had warning or high levels of environmental bacteria. One harboured levels of bacteria, including faecal coliforms, high enough to give its user a serious stomach upset."
Cell phones: Everyone knows their radiation is rotting your brain and turning your testicles into shriveled shells of lazy, mutated sperm. But what if there was actually a positive aspect to the whole thing? What if, for instance, your iPhone kept you from developing the horrible symptoms of Alzheimer's disease? Take it away, Science!