Cramming in work on a smartphone at the end of the day makes a people less productive the next day because they have difficulty to relaxing and falling asleep, an upcoming pair of studies from Michigan State University say.
Under a planned sole-source award, the FBI will buy 12 kits from Cellebrite USA, Inc., to obtain call histories, text messages, pictures, videos, passwords, location data and more – including deleted data – from Apple, Android, Blackberry and Microsoft devices.
The National Security Agency developed a way to spy on people through smartphone apps such as the game Angry Birds that transmit users' information across the internet, a Jan. 28 report from The Guardian says.
The Federal Elections Commission is debating whether political banner ads on mobile devices are exempt from the disclaimer notice generally required for political ads, a Jan. 16 FEC notice says.
On Jan. 17 the Supreme Court accepted for review (.pdf) two cases – one federal and one state – involving mobile phone privacy and police authority. The two cases involve slightly different technology but in both cases cellphones were taken from the suspects at the time of arrest to be examined without a warrant.
Researchers in Germany have developed a technology that treats cellphones as transponders to prevent cars from crashing into pedestrians.
The Air Force Research Laboratory outlined its pursuit of numerous mobile technologies in a recent broad agency announcement. One would allow mobile devices to authenticate Common Access Cards through near-field communication, the technology that allows devices to communicate when they touch.
The Consumer Electronics Show, now underway in Las Vegas, has historically been a platform for companies to make major announcements and for some to reveal niche, even quirky electronics for consumer tech gear heads. But the fact that several major mobile companies have introduced or are rumored to soon introduce wearable mobile technology may indicate a trend that actually has legs.
The mobile government community is bracing for a new requirement that all iOS mobile applications created after Feb. 1 be optimized for iOS7. Apple made the announcement in December, but some agencies have been running the newest operating system since it was released.
The researchers say they investigated smartphone use because "a surprisingly large proportion of smart phone owners do not use their devices in any especially 'smart' way, but continue using them mainly for calls and SMS."