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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 7:53 p.m.

Cross talk: Federal agencies clash on cellphone cancer risk

Two U.S. government agencies are giving conflicting interpretations of a safety study on cellphone radiation: One says it causes cancer in rats. The other says there’s no reason for people …


East Valley School District says teacher’s video of PE class routine, parent’s complaint unfounded

East Valley School District officials say a middle-school physical education teacher did nothing wrong by recording video of students doing a gym exercise with his personal cellphone.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Does cellphone-sweeping ‘StingRay’ technology go too far?

New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas are among scores of police departments across the country quietly using a highly secretive technology developed for the military that can …


FBI again finds itself unable to unlock a gunman’s cellphone

The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman’s encrypted cellphone to learn what evidence it might hold.


Crossing a Honolulu street? Don’t text to avoid a fine

Of all the beautiful scenery to see in Honolulu, officials want to make sure residents and tourists get a good look at the street.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Verizon will keep serving eastern Montana customers for now

Verizon says it will give hundreds of rural customers in eastern Montana more time to switch plans or find a new provider after members of the state’s Congressional delegation objected …


Oregon’s cellphone, distracted driving law brings bigger fines, jail

Oregon drivers soon can be pulled over for not only texting and talking on their cellphones, but also for navigating, using social media and any other “hands-on” cellphone and electronics …


How Apple plans to change the way you use the next iPhone

Apple Inc. plans to transform the way people use its next high-end iPhone by eliminating the concept of a home button and making other adjustments to a flagship device that’s …


BBB Tip of the Week: Take steps to keep your cellphone secure

Mobile phones also can leave us vulnerable to cyber thieves looking for a way to steal your personal data. Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest offers the following tips to …


Apple update addresses dangerous wi-fi flaw

Apple has released a software update to iOS and macOS that you should download right away.


Put down your cellphone. Holding devices while driving will be illegal beginning July 23 in Washington

Washington drivers will soon be prohibited from holding cellphones or other electronic devices while driving.


UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017, 7:43 p.m.

Trump’s use of private cellphone raises security concerns

President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising …


Coming soon: Hold the phone, get a ticket

The law will take effect sooner than intended after Inslee vetoed a section that would have the measure take effect in 2019; instead, the new law will be in place …


Distracted drivers to face new penalties in Washington

Holding a phone while driving in Washington state could become illegal in 2019 if Gov. Jay Inslee signs a distracted driving measure passed by the Legislature.


Comcast enters wireless business with $45-a-month service

Comcast Corp. unveiled a wireless service that offers unlimited data on Verizon Communications Inc.’s network for cheaper than plans from nearly every other competitor.


Authorities target distracted drivers in statewide campaign

Authorities across Washington state will begin cracking down on drivers using their cellphones behind the wheel.


State Senate votes to ban holding phones while driving

A bill that bans holding an electronic device while driving to reduce distracted driving incidents passed in the Washington state Senate Monday.


Distracted driving law needs an update

Common sense says a driver shouldn’t be holding a phone. So if you’re wondering why people aren’t being pulled over as they poke at them, it’s because the Legislature has …


About half of Spokane households still have a landline phone

Lee Ann Mauk spent nine days without power after Spokane’s 2015 windstorm. She couldn’t turn lights on, take a hot shower or keep food frozen. But through it all, her …


Want to track cellphones? Get a warrant, lawmakers say

Law enforcement cellphone tracking devices are coming under scrutiny in several states, where lawmakers have introduced proposals ranging from warrant requirements to an outright ban on the technology.


Brooklyn raid yields more than $10M in fake smartphones

Police in New York City raided two warehouses in Brooklyn that yielded three arrests and the seizure of more than $10 million worth of counterfeit electronics.


Four changes shoppers will see as they buy on their phones

Shoppers buying on their phones this holiday season will see new ways stores are making it easier and faster as they try to lock in sales before people swipe to …


Mount Rainier National Park weighs cellular service proposals at Mount Rainier

Two cellphone carriers have applied for permits to install telecommunications equipment on the main visitor building at Mount Rainier National Park.


Google releases app to digitize boxes of old photo prints

Google wants to make digitizing your old photo prints as easy as opening an app.


Report of different Samsung phone model exploding

A Samsung phone user in France says her Galaxy J5 smartphone caught fire and exploded. The model is different from the Galaxy Note 7 that has been recalled worldwide.


Amtrak bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7

For anyone still carrying a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone, add all Amtrak trains and property to the list of places where your device is no longer welcome.


Google’s Pixel phone: Not much new, but still a standout

Google’s ambitious new smartphone, the Pixel, doesn’t offer a lot that’s new. Yet it’s still one of the best out there.


Samsung setting up booths at airports to exchange Note 7s

The Department of Transportation’s ban on the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 could be leaving some users in a lurch if they try to bring the phone on any flight going …


Samsung halts sales of Galaxy Note 7 after new troubles

Samsung says it’s halting sales of the star-crossed Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after a spate of fires involving new devices that were supposed to be safe replacements for recalled models.


Google unveils Pixel phone, VR headset, smart speaker

Google launched an aggressive challenge to consumer electronics giants like Apple and Samsung on Tuesday, introducing a new line of smartphones called Pixel and other gadgets designed to showcase a …