A research team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has successfully developed a new chip that is designed to allow for faster artificial intelligence processing in mobile devices (especially smartphones and tablets), while at the same time significantly lowering the power consumption by up to 95 percent.
The United States National Institute of Health (NIH) has this special division called the National Toxicology Program, and just recently, its research team has released the results of its most recent studies on whether radiation levels from mobile devices are enough to actually pose a health risk to humans.
The launch of last year’s iPhone X was not only supposed to be a celebration of the ten year popularity of the iPhone, but also as a sort of ushering of a new era of ultra advanced smartphone capabilities. But according to the results of a survey recently conducted by Wall Street research firm Cowen, it appears that the number of mobile users who currently own iPhones and are planning to purchase a new iPhone model are nearing historically low levels.
In the last few years, phone makers may have grown to prefer the Mobile World Congress (which happens annually every February) as the venue for unveiling their best and shiniest new mobile devices, but that is not to say the yearly Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been forgotten. While it is true that CES has evolved to include all sorts of cool (and weird) new gadgets, a lot of mobile devices still make their debut in this event.
The United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has recently released its report regarding electronic device searches at the border for the entire year of 2017, and the numbers are particularly telling -- the agency has conducted border searches on a total of 30,200 phones and laptop devices in the last twelve months.
During the weekend, a couple of Apple shareholders -- namely, Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System -- had written an open letter urging the second biggest vendor of smartphone devices in the world to make a more pronounced effort to combat mobile addiction, especially among kids.
Smartphones have become one of the most widely used consumer products in the last decade or so, and Apple’s iPhone (originally released in 2007) has played a significant role in letting that happen. But in the last few years, there has been plenty of discussion about the potential danger of too much smartphone use, not only for adults, for also when it comes to kids.
Stanford University recently conducted a study in which they divided a total of 125 students and put them into three groups -- one wherein they were allowed to use their mobile device as they like, another wherein they were instructed to put their handset on the table within their line of sight but not touch the handset, and the last group wherein no phones were used at all. Each group was placed inside an unadorned room and left there for a period of six minutes.
Florida is one of the last states in all of America that have not yet enforced a full ban on texting while driving. But that soon could change, as the state’s lawmakers prepare to review a bill that proposes such a ban.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has recently released guidelines on mobile phone safety, and while the agency does not explicitly say that the use of cell phones is risky, it did advise caution for all handset owners in the Golden State. In the guidelines, the CDPH notes that several studies have already suggested that radio frequency signals from mobile devices may have links to some types of cancer, reduced sperm count, memory and cognitive issues, and even sleep disorders.