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Canada’s New National Alert System Failed Spectacularly During Its First Test

Alerts didn’t make it to mobile devices in Quebec and Ontario.
Jordan Pearson
5.7.18
SIM Hijacking

‘I Lived a Nightmare:’ SIM Hijacking Victims Share Their Stories

Nine victims of SIM hijacking—an increasingly popular scam—share their stories.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.12.18
Broadband Land

This Interview Was Conducted on an Anonymous, DIY Cell Phone Network

Sopranica is a surveillance-free cellular network built by volunteers from around the world. It’s easy to use and free to set up.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.1.17
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The Supreme Court Phone Location Case Will Decide the Future of Privacy

Later this year, the Supreme Court will decide if police can track a person’s cell phone location without a warrant. It's the most important privacy case in a generation.
Stephen Vladeck
6.16.17
State of Surveillance

It’s Not Chill At All That Canadian Police Misled the Public For Years About Stingrays

And they need to answer for it.
Jordan Pearson
4.12.17
The Hermit Kingdom

Here’s What Making Cell Phone Calls in North Korea Sounds Like

An American academic has recreated “a taste” of North Korean cell phone service, “without the trip to Pyongyang.”
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.16.17
News

How Metadata Can Reveal What Your Job Is

With a little help from AI, of course.
Jordan Pearson
12.21.16
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Homemade Rotary Cell Phone Can Send Texts, Play FM Radio, and Make Calls

3D-printed device uses a small microcontroller many functions of a modern phone, however weakly.
Leif Johnson
11.7.16
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Local Police In Canada Used ‘Stingray' Surveillance Device Without a Warrant

This is bigger than we thought.
Jordan Pearson
8.9.16
iPhone

Court: Cops Need a Warrant to Open Your Phone, Even Just to Look at the Screen

Citing a major Supreme Court decision, an Illinois judge has ruled that turning on a phone’s screen is now considered a “search.”
Janus Kopfstein
4.24.16
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Meet Marty Cooper, the Forefather of Your Cell Phone

And hear his vision of the phone's future.
Xavier Aaronson
6.24.15
Motherboard Blog

Cure Loneliness With Hugvie, a Vibrating Pillow Robot

Hugvie is also equipped with its own heartbeat and a vibration system that adapts to the callers voice, becoming faster and more intense depending upon the volume and pitch of the conversation. Which makes me think of a few things people are likely to...
Kelly Bourdet
5.4.12
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