(CNN)Cell phones are a literal pain in the neck -- and face, eyes, nose, ears and head. A new study analyzing national emergency room data shows injuries to those areas of our bodies have risen "steeply" over the last 20 years, especially among 13- to 29-year-olds. The study found most injuries occurred to people between the ages of 13 and 29 and were due to distracted driving, walking and texting with a cell phone. Cuts to the face and head were the most common injuries, followed by contusions -- bruising of the brain -- abrasions and internal organ injuries. Most people were treated and released instead of hospitalized. While these injuries may not appear to be of major concern, the study said, there can be long-term consequences. 'World first' cell phone detection cameras rolled out in Australia "Facial lacerations and subsequent scarring can lead to anxiety and lowered self-esteem," the authors wrote, especially when infection occurs, which can increase the need for scar … [Read more...] about Walking while texting and other cell phone related injuries are on the rise, especially for the young
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The rate of Americans hospitalized with cell phone injuries has tripled in just 10 years, a new study has found. Between 1998 and 2016, there were 2,501 cell-phone related ER visits recorded in a national database of 100 hospitals across the US. Extrapolated nationwide, researchers estimate over 76,000 Americans have been to the ER in the same period for injuries suffered after walking and texting, driving while texting, playing Pokemon Go!, or being physically injured by a phone. But the bulk of cases have come more recently: in 2007, there were nine new cases per million people. In 2016, the figure tripled to 29 people per million. Researchers at Rutgers University Medical School, who compiled the data, warn the number is set to climb as more people get cell phones and become attached to them. Rates have been soaring since the release of the first iPhone in June 2007. In 2007, there were nine new cases per million people. In 2016, the figure tripled to 29 people per … [Read more...] about Rates of cell phone injuries have TRIPLED since the first iPhone was released in 2007 – with thousands hospitalized after walking while texting, driving on the phone, and playing Pokemon Go!
(CNN) — Cell phones are a literal pain in the neck — and face, eyes, nose, ears and head. A new study analyzing national emergency room data shows injuries to those areas of our bodies have risen “steeply” over the last 20 years. The study found most injuries occurred to people between the ages of 13 and 29 and were due to distracted driving, walking and texting with a cell phone. Cuts to the face and head were the most common injuries, followed by contusions — bruising of the brain — abrasions and internal organ injuries. Most people were treated and released instead of hospitalized. While these injuries may not appear to be of major concern, the study said, there can be long-term consequences. “Facial lacerations and subsequent scarring can lead to anxiety and lowered self-esteem,” the authors wrote, especially when infection occurs, which can increase the need for scar revision and other cosmetic surgery. Repairing facial lacerations … [Read more...] about Cell Phone Related Injuries Are Rising Steeply, Especially For The Young
If you're concerned about the time your child is spending on a mobile device, you're not alone. In a survey released Thursday from Common Sense Media and Survey Monkey, about half of the parents who participated said that they believed their child might be addicted to a phone or tablet and were concerned about the impact these devices might be having on their children's mental health. The survey also found that about a third of parents also felt addicted to their devices. Cellphone addiction is not a formal diagnosis—not yet, anyway. The latest draft set of diagnostic codes maintained by the World Health Organization, ICD-11, does include a controversial designation for "gaming addiction." "Addicted" may seem like a strong word to use, Michael Robb, Common Sense Media's research director, told Newsweek. But for parents who are concerned, he suggested thinking about the basics. "Are they doing okay in school, are they sleeping enough, are they getting good nutrition, are they … [Read more...] about Children’s Mental Health In Danger Because Of Cell Phones, Parents Fear
WTF?! It has happened numerous times: a company leaves customer data exposed on the internet, and when discovered, apologizes for the "error" or "launches an internal investigation" and then moves on. When are firms going to get spanked really hard for exposing our personal information? Analysts at Fidus Information Security, a UK-based penetration testing firm, discovered an Amazon Web Services (AWS) bucket unprotected on the internet. The find contained more than 260,000 documents belonging to cell phone customers from most of the major carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. The vast majority of the files were phone bills dating as far back as 2015, which exposed subscribers' names, addresses, phone numbers, and call histories. Other sensitive documents were found on the vulnerable server as well, including at least one bank statement and a screenshot of a webpage containing subscribers' usernames, passwords, and account PINs. Fidus was not able to immediately identify … [Read more...] about Sprint contractor’s unsecured AWS bucket exposed thousands of cell phone bills
While smartphones have changed the way many people in the US access Internet-based services, "dumb" cell phones remain the dominant way that most people in the developing world (such as Africa) get access to Internet and cloud-based services. Many of those phones can run Java applications and browse the Web (or at least websites based on the Wireless Application Protocol), but they don’t have the power or bandwidth to support the kind of "apps" that Android and Apple iOS users are accustomed to. An Australian startup called biNu is aiming to change that by putting mobile apps in the cloud, and giving the users of cheap, dumb cell phones access to them through a local Java client. BiNu (named for the letters on phone keypads for 2, 4, 6, and 8) provides access to Facebook, Twitter, and Google search and translation, RSS news feeds, and a host of other Web-based applications localized into 16 languages (including Swahili, Arabic, Chinese and Hindi) through an Amazon-hosted virtual … [Read more...] about Cloud startup aims to make “dumb” cell phones smart
It's a question parents have debated for over a decade: At what age should their kids be allowed to have their own cell phones? The reality is that most kids have mobile cellular devices well before high school. John Breyault, vice president of public policy, telecommunications and fraud at the National Consumers League, commissioned a study in 2012 that found nearly 60 percent of parents said they offered cell phones to their children at ages 10 or 11. Since then, that average age has gotten even younger, and the prevalence of cell phones among teens and pre-teens has nearly doubled, said Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and senior director of research at the Consumer Electronics Association. "Today about 80 percent of teens between 12 and 17 own a cell phone, and about half of those own a smart phone," said DuBravac. "That's about twice the rate from just two years ago." Some carriers, like Sprint with its "WeGo" device, are marketing cell phones to kids as young as five: "It's not … [Read more...] about Kids with cell phones: How young is too young?
Photo: PRWeb Photo: PRWeb Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: PRWeb Swappa, the Trusted Online Marketplace for Used Phones, Launches New Phone Plan Comparison Service 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The Company That Made It Safe and Easy to Buy Affordable, Gently-Used Phones, Can Now Help Individuals Find the Perfect Cell Phone Service Plan to Fit Any Budget KANSAS CITY, Mo. (PRWEB) December 05, 2019 Swappa, known as the safe marketplace for buying and selling used phones, is pleased to announce a new service that will simplify the way consumers choose their phone plan. Visitors to the Swappa website will be able to view a complete list of phone plans and prices from the four major U.S. carriers in addition to plans from a wide variety of Mobile … [Read more...] about Swappa, the Trusted Online Marketplace for Used Phones, Launches New Phone Plan Comparison Service
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T-Mobile's launch of its broader 5G network on Friday, which includes the sale of the $900 OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren and $1,300 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, marks a big step for the next-generation wireless technology in the US, the first to cover a majority of the nation. Unfortunately for most people, that big step is right now more foundational than functional.If you're looking for this new low-band 5G network to completely change how you use your phone, you're going to be disappointed. In using the OnePlus device the past few days in New York, the experience was for the most part identical with T-Mobile's current 4G LTE nationwide network. My colleague, Jessica Dolcourt, found her test unit in Maui was also hit or miss, which demonstrates that dead zones are as challenging in 5G as they are in 4G.And T-Mobile knows this. While it has been hyping the first nationwide 5G network, which works outside as well as indoors -- unlike the super-fast, but super-limited 5G that Verizon has … [Read more...] about T-Mobile’s 5G network is here, but it’s not worth the upgrade yet