What does justice look like? If you’re anything like burglary victim Eliza Webb, justice looks a lot like mom. Webb’s car was burgled along with several others in her neighborhood, and her running shoes and sunglasses were stolen. But the thief left behind one really important thing: His cell phone. So Webb looked through it and found the number for the 19-year-old thief’s mom (was it under MOMZ or BIRTH PERSON or something?), and gave her a ring. Keep reading »
Just a wee suggestion, but if you’re going to talk about your plot to follow a dude home and murder him? Make sure all of your electronic devices are off. That’s the hard lesson learned by Florida man Scott Simon learned earlier this week when he accidentally butt-dialed 911 in the midst of discussing his plan to kill.
Simon can be heard chatting up his murder plot minutes before Nicholas Walker was shot while driving on I-95. The shooting, and the resulting car crash, shut down the highway for several hours. And while police don’t believe Simon pulled the trigger, they do think he collaborated with someone else to kill Walker. Earlier in the day, Walker and Simon got in an altercation — at a local Waffle House.
Simon’s been charged with first degree murder. [MSN] [Cell phone photo courtesy Shutterstock]
I arrived at the Paris airport, knowing only a handful of French words and phrases, holding a map of the city I picked up at the information desk, with the address of the place I was staying written on the first page of my otherwise blank journal. And … I had no cell phone to help me find my way.
I followed the signs with the little trains on them. Paid for my ticket with the Euros I had exchanged at the airport. Picked a Metro stop that appeared to be in the general vicinity of the apartment I was staying at and proceeded to lug my 50 pound suitcase up and down countless flights of stairs.
When I emerged from the Chatalet station with a kink in my neck and a numb right bicep, it was raining. I had no clue where I was. I was panic stricken. Keep reading »
Every phone I’ve ever owned has met a tragic and untimely death. Whether it’s the toilet, the concrete, the washing machine, a sandy beach, or a spilled glass of juice, I am an expert at breaking cell phones, so when I splurged on a fancy new Android a few weeks ago, I vowed things would be different. And for awhile, they were: I cradled it gently against my ear; I never touched the screen when my hands were messy; I tucked it carefully into its very own pocket in my purse. And then, a few days ago, I dropped it on the concrete while taking a nice, slow-paced stroll through the park. Looking down at that cracked screen, at all my hard work gone to waste, I had an epiphany: there must be 50 ways to break your cell phone. With apologies to Paul Simon, here they are… Keep reading »
If you’ve ever lost a cellphone to a toilet bowl, rainstorm, or a really important call in the shower, a new product might be able to help you out: Liquipel is a waterproof protective coating 1000 times thinner than a human hair. Customers get their phones treated as a preventive measure, and then, after that inevitable dip in the toilet, send them in to the Liquipel headquarters, where a special machine activates a plasma process and voila, the phone is dry and good as new. The process costs $59, which isn’t exactly cheap. Nevertheless, it’s catching on: the company says they’re currently processing 1,000 soggy phones every hour. [Reuters]
UPDATE, 2:40p.m.: Anti-street harassment group Hollaback! has announced that T-Mobile responded to the Change.org petition and provided the requested phone numbers to the NYPD. Thank you, T-Mobile, for doing the right thing. [Hollaback!]
T-Mobile has the ability to provide police with the phone number for a rapist who sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman inside a car in Brooklyn. But despite a police subpoena, T-Mobile has refused to hand over the phone number — which could possibly get this rapist off the streets — by claiming it would violate the “privacy” of their customers.
In the meantime, the rapist(s) (possibly looking like this or like this or like this) is still at large. An investigator for the NYPD told the Brooklyn Paper that two or three individuals may be involved. Keep reading »
Lenny Kravitz keeps it retro as always, even when it comes to his cellphone. I think giant handset attachments are the way to go. At least you know that person is on the phone. I’m tired of thinking people are having a psychotic break when they walk down the street with their headsets on. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »