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Google’s Duo video chat app adds voice-only calls
Duo, Google's answer to Apple's FaceTime (and more recently, the mobile replacement for Google Hangouts) is getting a new, handy feature that takes the "video" out of "video calling."Audio calls are coming...
Republican-led FCC drops court defense of inmate calling rate cap
Jason Farrar reader comments 11 Share this story The Federal Communications Commission's new Republican leadership has decided not to defend FCC inmate calling rules that place a cap on intrastate calling...
Verizon to redirect calls made from dangerous Galaxy Note 7 phones
EnlargeUniversity of Liverpool reader comments 51 Share this story Further ReadingRIP Galaxy Note 7: Samsung permanently ends productionThere are reportedly still thousands of Verizon Wireless customers...
Escape contract hell with a DIY 1G mobile network
A hacking convention was the obvious place for Brandon Creighton to show off his latest development -- a self-made 1G mobile network that brings the first generation of mobile phones back to life, should...
Government proposal could allow phone calls on flights
WASHINGTON-- Airlines could let passengers make in-flight phone calls using Wi-Fi under a proposal from federal regulators.Flight attendants and others have complained that the calls could be disruptive....
US flight regulators consider whether to allow or bar in-flight Wi-Fi calls
Travis Olbrich reader comments 32 Share this story The Internet-connected world could get even more connected as federal aviation officials are considering rules on whether fliers should, or shouldn't,...
Strangest calls to a sex toy helpline
News.com.au's Emma Reynolds takes us inside 'Lovehoney', Australia's largest online sex toy retailer. Jess has heard it all in her job taking customer queries on sex toys. STAFF at Australia’s only 24-hour...
Business News Roundup, Dec. 9
Los Angeles prosecutors have sued four national retailers, accusing them of duping shoppers into believing they got bigger discounts than they actually did. “Customers have the right to be told the truth...
Court blocks FCC attempt to cap prison phone rates
Jason Farrar reader comments 22 Share this story Once again, a Federal Communications Commission attempt to lower the price inmates pay for phone calls has been blocked in court. A ruling on Wednesday...
Cops arrest hundreds of people allegedly involved in IRS phone scam
EnlargeBrendan Smialowski / Getty Images News reader comments 75 Share this story Further Reading“I am calling you from Windows”: A tech support scammer dials Ars TechnicaHundreds of people in Mumbai,...
Five teenagers, one $44 phone bill
Annabelle Cali (17) with brothers and sisters Madison (16), Renae (16), Ethan (14) and Liam (14) and Mum Josephine and dad Ray Cali. Picture: Damian Shaw IT SOUNDS like a modern mission impossible: five...
Vodafone will now block scam calls before they even hit your phone
At some point we've all received a nuisance call encouraging us to claim PPI or informing us about a recent car accident we're suddenly worried we've repressed, but thanks to new barring technology, Vodafone...
Yes, you can hack cell phones like on Mr. Robot—just not the way they did
EnlargeNBCUniversalWarning: This piece contains minor spoilers for the most recent episode of Mr. Robot (S2E9) reader comments 0 Share this story Time and time again, Mr. Robot has proven to be a show...
Top analyst says Netflix to dive 18% on Hulu competition, super-rich valuation
Netflix shares will drop 18 percent over the next 12 months, according to Axiom Capital Management's Victor Anthony, who initiated the video- streaming leader on Monday with a rare sell rating. "We see...
Congressman to FCC: Fix phone network flaw that allows eavesdropping
SS7 allows an attacker to use just a phone number to gain access to calls and texts to and from that phone—and can be used to undermine the security of WhatsApp and Telegram.Petr Kolář (modified by Ars)...
Strike Force Works With FCC to Eliminate Robocalls
Carriers, developers, device makers and regulators have joined together to find a technical solution to robocalls, harassing, prerecorded calls pushed by scammers. AT&T, Alphabet, Apple and 30 other technology...
U.S. Democrat Pelosi gets 'obscene and sick' calls after hack
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Saturday she has been flooded with "obscene and sick" calls and text messages after a hacker linked to Russia posted personal contact...
Who Is Behind Scam Robocalls?
Over a five-month period, Pindrop Security collects and analyzes 100,000 fraudulent calls to a robocall honeypot called phoneypot. While most of us dread being the recipient of a robocall, Aude Marzuoli...
Good news—the robocalling scourge may not be unstoppable after all
D J Shin reader comments 13 Share this story New data shows that the majority of robot-enabled scam phone calls came from fewer than 40 call centers, a finding that offers hope the growing menace of robocalls...
New technology provides a solution for annoying robocalls
It's happens right now -- all over America. People just sitting down to dinner -- or watching TV-- and the phone rings.It's a robocall, or a telemarketer, or worse -- a con artist.Telephone scams cost...
Federal court says state law can’t ban political robocalls
Philippe Put reader comments 2 Share this story On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled (PDF) that Arkansas could not prohibit companies from making political robocalls to residences. The calls, he ruled,...
AT&T-Led Strike Force to Tackle Robocalling Problem
Following a call to action by the FCC, AT&T announced its CEO will chair a strike force designed to obliterate robocalls. AT&T will lead an "industry strike force" to address the problem of robocalling,...
DialogTech Rolls Out Analytics Marketing Platform
Dialog Analytics identifies if the caller reached a recipient or if the call went unanswered and automatically tags the call accordingly. DialogTech, a call attribution provider for data-driven marketers,...
FCC will let jails charge inmates more for phone calls
Jason FarrarThe Federal Communications Commission is trying once again to limit the prices prisoners and their families pay for phone calls, proposing a new, higher set of caps in response to the commission's...
How to set up your own VoIP system at home
Philippe PutThe landline phone may seem an anachronism to many, but if like me you work from home it can still be an essential business tool. Even if you're not a regular home worker, many people still...
Cold Call Opt-Out Now Available By Text
Mobile phone users can opt out of nuisance calls by text message for the first time from today. The "text-to-register" service allows members of the public to add their number to the "do not call" database...
Disney, Apple may not stop the bleeding: Traders
Apple Apple has struggled lately, and concerns about sales of its flagship iPhone have weighed on shares. The stock has fallen nearly 27 percent in the last year. "Why not short it here?" Adami asked....
Telecom players request DoT to stop app based calling
Comments By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:May 7, 2016 11:54 am COAI has requested DoT to take proactive steps to stop calls through apps Mobile operators’ body COAI has requested DoT to take proactive...
Seniorworld easyfone launched with SOS panic button at Rs 3,375
Comments By: Tech Desk | Updated: April 28, 2016 11:33 am Seniorworld easyfone comes with a dedicated panic button that triggers calls and SMS to 5 emergency contacts (Source: Seniorworld.com) Seniorworld.com...
“This is the IRS regarding your tax filings” says trio of overseas robocallers
"From the headquarters which will get expired in next 24 working hours."Ray TsangAs if political campaigns, shady telemarketers hawking home security systems, and the rest of the usual suspects aren't...
How to forward calls and texts to your Mac
Now it no longer matters if your iPhone is in another room when you receive a call or a text message. Provided that there's a Mac or other Apple device to hand, there's no need to rush to the iPhone to...
AT&T spreads Wi-Fi calling beyond the US - CNET
AT&T's Wi-Fi calling can now be used outside the US, as long as you have a recent iPhone. James Martin/CNET AT&T subscribers with an iPhone 6 or higher can now make and receive calls via Wi-Fi outside...
Need to check in with someone in Belgium? Calling and texting is free on most carriers
Brussels has been struck. Explosions at the city's international airport and a subway station have claimed an estimated 32 lives, and has left more than 230 wounded. The total number of victims has not...
Prison phone company says rate caps will make inmates angry and dangerous
Jason FarrarFurther ReadingIn blow to inmates’ families, court halts new prison phone rate capsCourt stays new rate caps but allows limits on various other fees.Prison phone companies are trying to stop...
Birds use language like humans, joining calls together to form sentences
The tits, which are known for their impressive vocalisations, use one call to invite fellow birds to ‘come here’ for when they are searching for a mate or have found food, while another call means ‘scan...
Wild gorillas compose happy songs that they hum during meals
Song of the jungleBernd Rohrschneider/FLPAGorillas sing and hum when eating, a discovery that could help shed light on how language evolved in early humans. Singing seems to be a way for gorillas to express...
How to seamlessly use two numbers on your iPhone
Welcome to the gig economy. Today, more than one in three employed Americans are working as freelancers. The jobs they do take many forms--independent consultant, small business salesperson, journalist,...
Google expands hands-free functionality with new Android Wear update
(Image: Google) Back in November, ZDNet's Kevin Tofel wrote about possible upcoming Android Wear updates that were found in a change log for version 1.4. It took a bit longer than thought, but Google...
Russian hackers claim bomb threats
A Russian hacker group called Evacuation Squad has claimed responsibility for the bomb threats against schools around the world. A RUSSIAN hacker group claims it is responsible for a series of hoax bomb...
Australian police suspect overseas hackers behind threats to schools
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Police in Australia investigating threatening phone calls that led to the evacuation of more than 30 schools in recent days said on Wednesday they suspected the hoax calls originated...
GCHQ-developed software for secure phone calls open to 'eavesdropping'
This also implies, in theory, that if it were used for sensitive communications by the Cabinet Office, voice calls that use this product could be intercepted and compromised by foreign hackers, without...
Almost no one uses the 'phone' in their smartphones, data shows
According to Deloitte, an increasing amount of people are no longer using their smartphones for what they were initially intended for - to make phone calls.Among the company's other predictions for 2016,...
EE and O2 mobile networks hit by mystery outage
Mobile network operators EE and O2 have both apologised to customers after a mystery technical issue left a number of users unable to make calls, with some reporting complete and sustained signal loss....
EE Phone Network Having Technical Issues
EE says it is experiencing technical problems with its calls and signals nationwide and is working to fix the issue. The company apologised and said its phone network would be up and running "as soon...
Techradar deals: The best Microsoft Lumia 950 deals for January 2016
Best Lumia 950 dealsThe Microsoft Lumia 950 is the smaller version of the all-powerful Lumia 950 XL, but despite a slightly slower processor it still packs in loads of the same great specs.That means the...
iOS Tips: How to use iPhone's Do Not Disturb feature
One of the great things about the iPhone - or smartphones in general - is that it makes it so easy to stay in touch with other people, be it by voice, email, text, or social media. But sometimes all that...
Bats found to produce longer and more intense calls when crowded by other bats
(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Tel-Aviv University has found that bats produce calls that are longer and more intense when among a crowd of others of their own kind as a means to hear themselves...
Why your phone crashes at Christmas
Skype is set to be on overload tomorrow. CHRISTMAS is a time to spend with the family. But for so many of us who can’t be with our loved ones in person, a Skype or phone call is the next best thing. So...
Cyber-Scammers Step Up Volume of Robocall Schemes During Holidays
NEWS ANALYSIS: The advent of the holiday season seems to increase the number of phone scammers trying to install malware on your computer. Today's call came the same way it has almost daily for the last...
The calls are coming from inside your Minecraft (Tomorrow Daily 282 show notes) - CNET
Calling all creepers...Verizon teamed up with a couple of agencies and a major YouTube star to create a gigantic in-game cell phone for Minecraft that can (sort of) browse the Internet and even make grainy...
Endless telemarketing calls, scams and how the big telcos could stop them
Robocalls from illegal telemarketing operations are more than just annoying, they're often scams that bilk Canadians out of tens of millions of dollars every year. Consumer advocates say phone companies...
Burner (for Android)
TV's The Wire familiarized most people with the idea of a "burner"—a disposable cell phone used by criminals to evade police surveillance. Even if you aren't running an illegal drug operation, there are...
Tech group rejects post-Paris calls for weaker data encryption
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading technology industry group, in its first statement since last week's Paris attacks, on Thursday sharply rejected calls to give U.S. law enforcement authorities backdoor...
Researchers show how to remotely listen to, record calls from Samsung Galaxy phones
Own a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge or Note 4? A determined, knowledgeable hacker could intercept your voice calls to listen in or even record conversations. A pair of researchers demonstrated exactly that...
Get ready for robocalls on your cellphone
The debt-collection industry argues that allowing automated calling will be good for consumers by using "modern dialing technology" to reach them "the way they want to be contacted," according to a statement...
Chimpanzee language claims lost in translation
Image: Wikipedia. Research published earlier this year claiming chimpanzees can learn each others' language is not supported, a team of scientists concludes after reviewing the study. The scholarship...
Daily Briefing, Oct. 30
Sure, there are plenty of dating apps that will help you find Mr. or Ms. Right (at least for a night), but what if you want both? Hello, 3nder, which Recode calls “The Tinder for Threesomes.” Redwood...
Budget bill rider would allow student debt collectors to robocall your cellphone
The House budget deal includes a provision that would let companies robocall Americans’ cellphones to collect any money owed to the government. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) Tucked into the congressional budget...
Here's the best new reason to report annoying robocalls and telemarketers
(solarbotics / Flickr) Every day, federal regulators get hundreds of consumer complaints about unwanted robocalls and telemarketing calls. Now, to better crack down on these advertisers, the Federal Communications...
'Butt dials' - a strain on the system
When San Francisco's Department of Emergency Management noticed a surge in 911 calls, it was desperate to know why. Had the city experienced a surge in crime? Violence? Fear? Or was there some other trend...
Apple just made a deal that could reinvent the App Store for a new generation
Workflow is somewhat of a visual programming tool that's easier than writing an app but probably too wonkish for the average consumer. Gillett said Apple might get under the hood, making it easier for...
Chinese Court Rules in Favor of Apple in Patent Disputes
A Chinese court has ruled in favor of Apple in design patent disputes between the Cupertino, California company and a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones...
New iPad 9.7 deals: where to pre-order Apple's new tablet
We've been waiting for some time for a new iPad, and Apple surprised us all a few days ago by announcing just that. So, if you're looking for somewhere to pre-order your new iPad 9.7, you're in the right...
New iPad: everything you need to know
Update: The new iPad from Apple is out today. You'll be able to order from around the world by the end of the day, and we expect to see if appear on the Apple website at 8AM PT (11AM ET, 3PM GMT) .Apple...
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