Modu Churi, who fled his village to escape the militant Boko Haram group last year, now earns a living by charging cellphones for displaced persons in northeastern Nigeria.
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The original caption to this 1989 photo read, "Cellular phones are being offered by many car manufacturers as optional equipment for drivers who can't bear to be out of touch, even on the road."
Protesters rally near the home of a girl who was raped in New Delhi on Oct. 17. The Indian government is trying to improve its emergency response system, particularly in cases of assault.
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Following the example set in Pakistan, the government of Bangladesh is having the mobile operator Grameenphone, which is majority-owned by Telenor, fingerprint SIM card customers. This is an FAQ on the biometric program.
The Fairfax County 911 Center in Virginia takes calls during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was relatively easy to locate callers when most people used landlines. But most 911 calls now come from cellphones, which can pinpoint a callers' location only within 100 to 300 meters.
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