Mobile, Laptop & Other Gadgets

SCOTUS cell phone case may hold big repercussions (Q&A) – CNET

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2014

The US Supreme Court building. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The US Supreme Court came out strongly in favor of personal privacy last month, unanimously declaring that law enforcement must first obtain a warrant before searching someone’s cell phone. But one of the lawyers who helped argue the case says many questions about you, your smartphone and privacy remain. Key legal issues involving mobile devices have yet to be decided, such as…

‘Tower Dumps’ Used to Track Australian Mobile Phone Users – Mashable

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2014

SYDNEY, Australia — Australian police have been using a controversial tactic to obtain mobile phone data, known as a “tower dump”, to assist with criminal investigations. Mobile phone users, whether they are being investigated or not, have been caught up in the practice which allows law-enforcement agencies to retrieve information from cell towers, Fairfax Media reported. This information dump can include identity, activity and location data from a phone, even…

‘Tower Dumps’ Used to Track Australian Mobile Phone Users – Mashable

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2014

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — Australian police have been using a controversial tactic to obtain mobile phone data, known as a “tower dump”, to assist with criminal investigations. Mobile phone users, whether they are being investigated or not, have been caught up in the practice which allows law-enforcement agencies to retrieve information from cell towers, Fairfax Media reported. This information dump can include identity, activity and location data from a phone, even…

TSA Beefs Up Cell-Phone Checks at Overseas Airports – TIME

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2014

Electronic devices that don’t switch on won’t be allowed on the plane The Transportation Security Administration will ask U.S.-bound travelers at certain overseas airports to power up their cell phones and mobile devices as a part of enhanced security measures amid new security concerns. Owners of devices that cannot turn on will not be allowed to bring them onto the plane, the TSA announced in a statement Saturday. The owners…

Can tablets with keyboard covers substitute for a laptop? – The Seattle Times

Posted: Saturday, July 05, 2014

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. — It took some travels across the country for me to appreciate a tablet with a keyboard cover. I’ve long asked: “Why not just get a laptop?” I didn’t see any benefits in turning a tablet into something it is not. The device I warmed up to isn’t Microsoft’s newly released Surface tablet; rather, it’s the first tablet from Nokia, whose phone and tablet business Microsoft bought in…

Digital Whiz-Kids Create High-Quality Music for Jihadi Groups – NBCNews.com

Posted: Saturday, July 05, 2014

Islamist militants sweeping through Iraq don’t just wield riches and huge caches of weapons – they’re marching to battle to slick, professional-sounding recordings aimed at inspiring their fighters, winning new young followers and terrorizing the population. These fiery, sometimes gruesome and unusually polished productions have become a staple accompaniment to the growing number of videos produced and shared on social media by groups such as the Islamic State of…