cell phones

Boat fire

A Charging Cell Phone May Have Caused the Deadly California Boat Fire

Witnesses and people who know the diving boat that caught fire off the Southern California coast have a theory
Alex Lubben
cell phones

UK Restaurant Chain Offers Free Meals for Diners Who Put Their Phones Away

Teenagers at the dinner table will just have to piss off their parents the old-fashioned way.
Bettina Makalintal
The Weakest Link

‘This Is a War’: Prisons Want Cell Phone Jammers to Stop Inmates from Communicating With the Outside World

Prisons want jamming technology to stop criminal activity, but critics warn there would be dire consequences if jamming was allowed to propagate.
Cara Tabachnick

Study Says Students Would Rather Go Without Food than Without Their Phones

Research into smartphone addiction is still in its preliminary stages, but folks: It's looking bleak.
Jelisa Castrodale
emergency alerts

Why FEMA Is Sending a ‘Presidential Alert’ to Your Phone Today

The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System will issue a test of the Presidential Alert, used for major, nationwide emergencies.
Kaleigh Rogers
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Drunk Guy Tries to Bust into a Cockpit Saying He 'Needs' to Charge His Phone

C'mon man, take a nap or something.
Drew Schwartz
The VICE Guide to Right Now

FEMA Is Testing Presidential Phone Alerts from Trump You Can't Opt Out Of

The "presidential alerts" work just like tornado and flood warnings, and they'll reach nearly every cell phone in America.
Drew Schwartz

Actually Talking to People May Be More Meaningful Than You Think

"It's not so much that technology and nonverbal communication is bad, but that verbal communication is unique."
Glynis Ratcliffe
Port Out Scam

Admin of Forum Where Users Trade Stolen Instagrams: Hacking Is ‘Not Our Problem’

Members of a forum where people trade stolen Instagram and other social media accounts react to Motherboard’s investigation.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

The SIM Hijackers

Meet the hackers who flip seized Instagram handles and cryptocurrency in a shady, buzzing underground market for stolen accounts and usernames. Their victims' weakness? Phone numbers.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Photos That Show How a Relationship Plays Out on Cellphones

Photographer Res was surprised when their phone began playing a large part in their relationship. They document the process here.
tech harm reduction

Our Brains Need Phones That Only Let You Do One Thing at a Time

We can't multitask, but our devices demand that we do.
Shayla Love