Cell Phones

The State of Things
11:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Your Love Affair With Your Smartphone

This diptych is based on the smudge patterns left behind on glass smartphone screens, which form interesting compositions even thought they are just artifacts of use. By artist parasolb/Kerry Crocker.
Kerry Crocker

A panel of artist discribe their new exhibit, Interface Interference

Many people tote smartphones around all day. But what is the nature of the relationship to smartphones and how do they change the perception of reality?

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FCC
8:54 am
Fri December 6, 2013

911 Is Receiving Inaccurate Location Data From Cell Phone Calls

9-1-1 dispatch centers often receiving inaccurate location information from wireless providers when distressed people call from cell phones indoors.
Credit Dave DeWitt

If you use a cell phone to call 9-1-1 from your home or office, there's a good chance the dispatch center will receive inaccurate coordinates to your location. That's according to a report from the Federal Communications Commission.

Wireless providers deliver location information to 9-1-1 centers with each call. Land line calls include a name and address. The FCC established location accuracy standards when people generally used land lines at home and cell phones on the road. But now, 70 percent of 9-1-1 calls come from cell phones.

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The State of Things
9:43 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Teenage Entrepreneur Wins Big In Tech Market

Jud Bowman; CEO of Appia
Credit https://twitter.com/judbowman / Twitter

State of Things host Frank Stasio speaks with Jud Bowman about his early success in the tech industry, and what he's up to now.

In the late '90s the Internet was king and everybody wanted a piece of it. Jud Bowman was a student at the North Carolina School of Science and Math when he had an idea for an Internet start up. It was called Motricity, and he managed to get investors onboard before things went south in the Internet market.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Judge Blocks Chapel Hill Cell Phone Ban; Towing Ordinance

A judge has found the Town of Chapel Hill's proposed cell phone ban and towing ordinance to be unconstitutional.

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Law
6:50 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Judge Blocks Chapel Hill Cell Phone Ban

The town of Chapel Hill's attempt to ban cell phone use while driving has been temporarily blocked by a judge's ruling.

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Law
9:47 am
Wed April 4, 2012

ACLU Seeks to Protect Cell Phone Records

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking a stand to protect cell phone records in police investigations.

Gurnal Scott: About 40 North Carolina police agencies responded to the national ACLU's question on how cell phone records were obtained. The ACLU said the responses were inconsistent ranging from getting court orders as a safety net to having no written policy at all. North Carolina ACLU spokesman Mike Meno says the intent is not to hamper how police track suspects.

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Law
9:20 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Chapel Hill Cell Phone Ban Fails

The Chapel Hill town council failed to approve a cell phone ban on motorists at last night’s meeting.

Leoneda Inge:  The vote was four-to-four, one council member was absent.  This was the first reading of the controversial ordinance that would ban motorists from talking on cell phones except in an emergency.  Councilwoman Penny Rich introduced the ordinance.  She says she’s glad there will be another vote.

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Law
9:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Chapel Hill to Vote on Cell Phone Ban

Town of Chapel Hill officials are scheduled to vote tonight on banning the use of cell phones while driving.

Leoneda Inge:  Members of the Chapel Hill town council have heard all sides of the cell-phone-while-driving debate.   An emotional Karen Turner came down from Asheville to speak at last month’s public hearing.   Her brother Joel Severson was killed on I-40 in an accident triggered by a driver who was texting.

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Law
1:50 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Chapel Hill Mulls Cell Phone Ban for Drivers

Drivers in Chapel Hill may soon have to refrain from talking on their cell phones. A proposed ban on the practice is being considered in a public hearing tonight. Penny Rich serves on the town council. She says a second draft makes the proposal more enforceable by making it a second offense rather than a primary offense. She says that means drivers won't be pulled over for speaking on cell phones, but if they commit another violation while using the device, they would be written up for both offenses.

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Business & Economy
6:23 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Second Area Code Coming to the Triangle

Triangle residents will soon have to dial 10 digits to make local phone calls. That's because almost all numbers with the 919 area code are used up. Switzon Wigfall is a Senior Operations Analyst with the North Carolina Utilities Commission. He says this is a result of the explosion of cell phone use.

Switzon Wigfall: "When you have school kids 7 and 8 years old with cell phones, you can see the multiplicity effect of all the applications that's taken place in telecommunication markets today. So, yes. As some point, you exhaust the numbers."

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