News


Happiness Is a Warm Text

Happiness Is a Warm Text

Feeling sad? Try a text message.
Kate Knibbs in Lifestyle



Finding a Role for Twitter in Courtrooms

Finding a Role for Twitter in Courtrooms

The trial of Anders Behring Breivik, accused of killing 77 people in Norway, is raising questions about the increasing use of Twitter in courtrooms.
Margaret Rock in Twitter



Parents Spy on Kids’ Facebook — Get Used to It!

Parents Spy on Kids’ Facebook — Get Used to It!

Parents are checking up on their kids’ Facebook activity, a lesson the kids may resent, but one that is likely good practice for adulthood.
Margaret Rock in Facebook



How Facebook Is More Dangerous Than a Loaded Gun

How Facebook Is More Dangerous Than a Loaded Gun

Facebook and Twitter are helping to spread democracy, but corrupt political regimes are also using social media to kill its citizens.
Kate Knibbs in Politics



Why Online Voting Isn’t So Safe

Why Online Voting Isn’t So Safe

A California student tried to win a college government election by hacking into classmates’ accounts, which may lead to federal charges and increased privacy for not only colleges, but national and state elections as well.
Sandy Fitzgerald in Crime & Punishment



Why Better Graphics Won’t Mean Better Games

Why Better Graphics Won’t Mean Better Games

The graphics of video game on smartphones could reach the level of home consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 by 2013, as gaming on mobile handsets continues to evolve.
Joe Arico in Apps & Games



Why Hackers Can’t Overthrow the Music Industry

Why Hackers Can’t Overthrow the Music Industry

Hacker group Anonymous is setting its sights on the music industry, promising a major shakeup in the works — but will its efforts yield real changes?
Kate Knibbs in Hacking



$200,000 Cell Phone Bill? FCC Says Not So Fast

$200,000 Cell Phone Bill? FCC Says Not So Fast

Nearly 30 million Americans, or one in six mobile users, experienced “bill shock,” a sudden and unexpected jump in monthly cellular bills, and the Federal Communications Commission is battling to combat the problem.
Margaret Rock in Verizon



Think Distracted Driving Is Dangerous? Try Distracted Flying…

Think Distracted Driving Is Dangerous? Try Distracted Flying…

An Australian pilot aborted a landing just 150 meters from the ground after a text message distracted him, highlighting how dangerous phones can turn even the friendly skies.
Kate Knibbs in Off-Beat



If You Go Out and Don’t Tweet, Did You Really Go?

If You Go Out and Don’t Tweet, Did You Really Go?

What did you do yesterday? According to a new movement, if you didn’t track it on your smartphone, it didn’t happen.
Kate Knibbs in Lifestyle