November 23, 2013 Tom Wheeler toned down his original statement calling the prohibition on using cellphones in-flight "outdated and restrictive," by saying it may ultimately be up to the airlines to decide whether in-flight phone use is a good idea.
November 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in the U.S. The agency's new chairman, Tom Wheeler, calls the current ban on the use of cellphones during flights "outdated and restrictive."
September 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.
September 10, 2013 A man in Churchill, Manitoba, saved his life by using the light from his cellphone to distract an attacking polar bear.
June 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.
March 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.
February 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.
November 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.
October 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.
September 17, 2012 About 15 percent of high schoolers with cellphones said they had sent sexually explicit texts or images, according to a survey in Los Angeles. More than half of the students reported knowing someone who sexted.
August 13, 2012 After acquiring the cellphone maker for $12.5 billion, Google is streamlining its operations.
April 10, 2012 Companies have agreed to create a national database for stolen or missing phones, which would then be deactivated. It's hoped that will make them less tempting.
December 13, 2011 A bill before Congress that would allow some types of "robocalls" to be made to cellphones is getting an increasing amount of attention this week thanks to something that's very rare these days — bipartisan opposition from state attorneys general.
October 21, 2011 When researchers dug into Danish cancer data, teasing out cases involving people who'd had cellphones with those who hadn't, they found no increased risk of brain tumors. Swedish researchers also noted in an editorial that national rates of glioma, a brain cancer, hadn't increased since the 1970s.