Tag: cell phones

by Josh Stearns

According to the Supreme Court, police need a warrant to search the cell phones of people they arrest. The unanimous decision, which was handed down last week, is being heralded as a major victory for privacy rights and a landmark case with¬†implications far beyond cell phones. The New York Times reports, ‚ÄúThe ruling almost certainly [...] more »

by Doug Ward

If you want to see a teacher fume, just bring up the topic of cell phones in class. Technology, especially social media and text messaging, competes for students’ attention as never before. When half of social media users say they check messages from bed, and 11 percent of those 25 or younger are willing to [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

While it is true that getting the right tech gadget for everyone can be a challenge this holiday season, we all know what we want for us. Wirecutter’s Brian Lam created a great gadget guide for the holidays and talked extensively about the pitfalls of buying gadgets for friends and family on the recent Mediatwits [...] more »

by Audrey Watters

As we noted in August, cell phones are in the hands of the vast majority of adults, and whether schools like it or not, they’re in the hands of most students. While many schools still see cell phones as a distraction rather than as an educational tool, it’s hard to deny that these devices are [...] more »

by Greg Graham

In the battle for the hearts and minds of students, the front line for educators has changed over the last couple of decades. Rather than the age-old struggle for access, the foremost concern today is one of attention. Sure, there will always be issues of access, but for the most part that battle has been [...] more »

by Dorian Benkoil

Hurricane Irene brought home for me how our media technology defines eras. On the eastern end of New York’s Long Island on Saturday evening, as the storm approached, my family and some friends were having a pizza party for my younger daughter’s birthday at Emilio’s, a local restaurant in Greenport. As the technology receded, then [...] more »

by Audrey Watters

Last week, a  study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that cell phones have become “near ubiquitous”: 83 percent of American adults own one. Over half of all adult mobile phone owners had used their phones at least once to get information they needed right away. And more than a quarter said [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

Deals like this don’t come along every day. The search giant Google has rarely strayed into this kind of massive buyout in the past (a few billion for DoubleClick comes to mind) and never for something like hardware. But now that Google has announced a $12.5 billion buyout of Motorola, a maker of smartphones and [...] more »

by Dorian Benkoil

Google’s $12.5 billion deal to purchase Motorola Mobility was foolish, savvy, naive or clever, according to various analysts commenting over the last two days. In fact, it’s probably all of those things, and how well it pans out will depend on how it’s executed. Let’s start with the reasons the deal looks foolish, then some [...] more »

by Jaron Gilinsky

This is the third of our on-the-ground reports from Cairo, Egypt, from Jaron Gilinsky. In this video report, Jaron considers the effects of social media on the Egyptian revolution. I wondered how Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak eventually knew about the hundreds of thousands of people in the streets calling for his resignation. Surely, he had [...] more »