The image above shows what happened to test subjects when they were exposed to a cell phone receiving a call for 50 minutes. A portion of their brain became more active; burning more energy. What does this mean to us?
“We have no idea what this means yet or how it works,” said neuroscientist Nora Volkow of the National Institutes of Health. “But this is the first reliable study showing the brain is activated by exposure to cellphone radio frequencies.”
Hmm, that doesn’t sound reassuring. A few weeks ago, I was commuting on the SF to Larkspur Ferry and sat across from a lawyer who was working on a class-action lawsuit against cell phone providers to require them to disclose the amount of radiation we were exposed to on each phone. He said the iPhone was particularly dangerous, as the antennae issue meant that the phone was struggling to receive a signal more often than not, which meant it was working harder, which meant our gray matter was ingesting more radiation.
Brain imaging physicist Dardo Tomasi of Brookhaven National Laboratory, who co-authored the new brain-scan-based work, to be published Feb. 23 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed radiation emitted from a cellphone’s antenna during a call makes nearby brain tissue use 7 percent more energy. Apparently, that’s several times less activity than visual brain regions show during an engaging movie, but Mr. Tomasi goes on to state:
“The effect is very small, but it’s still unnatural. Nature didn’t prepare our brains for this.”
Sounds like a very good reason to invest in a headset to keep those rays further away from your brain, and while you’re at it, maybe it’s a good idea to occasionally unplug and put that thing into “airplane mode” at night to ensure your insides aren’t swaying to the sounds of the “dit ditta dit ditta dit” that you hear when you’re phone is next to radio.
Live long and prosper.
FREEDOM PHONE COVERAGE – 10/1/13Wall Street JournalIf You Want Free Cellphone Service, It’s Now AvailableBy Thomas GrytaOctober 1, 2013http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/10/01/if-you-want-free-cellphone-service-its-now-available/ ForbesFreedomPop Launches Free Phone Service With HTC EVO DesignBy Tomio GeronOctober 1, 2013http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-phone-service-with-htc-evo-design/ USA TodayHeard of free smartphones? How about free service?By John ShinalOctober 1, 2013http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/shinal/2013/10/01/free-smartphone-service-freedompop-verizon-wireless-sprint-att/2898609/ Fast CompanyOn its first birthday, FreedomPop debutes free phone plan By Alice TruongOctober 1, 2013http://www.fastcompany.com/3018690/tech-forecast/on-its-first-birthday-freedompop-debuts-free-phone-plan All Things DigitalFreedomPop Makes Its Move Into the Phone Business With Free and Low-Cost OptionsBy Ina FriedOctober 1, 2013http://allthingsd.com/20131001/freedompop-makes-its-move-into-the-phone-business-with-free-and-low-cost-options/ BuzzfeedBy Matthew LynleyFreedomPop, Unlike Apple, Sees An Opportunity In Cheap SmartphonesOctober 1, 2013http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattlynley/freedompop-unlike-apple-sees-an-opportunity-in-cheap-smartph?s=mobile GigaOmFreedomPop launches its smartphone VoIP service, giving away 200 minutes each monthBy Kevin FitchardOctober 1, 2013http://gigaom.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-its-smartphone-voip-service-giving-away-500-minutes-each-month/ The Huffington PostFreedomPop Launches Plan With Free Calling And TextBy Betsy IsaacsonOctober 1, 2013http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-plan-free_n_4024623.html MashableNew Mobile Service Offers Data and Minutes for Free — for LifeBy Emily PriceOctober 1, 2013http://mashable.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-free-phone/ TechCrunchFreedomPop Takes Aim At Carriers With Its New, Free Phone PlanBy Chris VelazcoOctober 1, 2013http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-takes-aim-at-carriers-with-its-new-free-phone-plan/ EngadgetFreedomPop intros a free plan: includes 200 voice minutes, 500 texts and 500MB of data per monthJoseph VolpeOctober 1, 2013http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-wireless-service/ Fierce WirelessFreedomPop intros $99 smartphone, $11/month unlimited talking, texting planBy Mike DanoOctober 1, 2013http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-intros-99-smartphone-11month-unlimited-talking-texting-plan/2013-10-01 CNETFreedomPop launches free mobile plan with 200 minutesBy Don ReisingerOctober 1, 2013http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57605465-94/freedompop-launches-free-mobile-plan-with-200-minutes/ PC MagazineFreedomPop Launches Free Phone Service With HTC EVO DesignBy Stephanie MlotOctober 1, 2013http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2425079,00.asp eWeekFreedomPop Phone Is First ‘100 Percent Free Mobile Phone Service’By Michelle MaistoOctober 1, 2013http://www.eweek.com/networking/freedompop-phone-is-first-100-percent-free-mobile-phone-service.html VentureBeatMore than free data: FreedomPop launches carrier-killing mobile service with free calls and textsBy Devindra HardawarOctober 1, 2013http://venturebeat.com/2013/10/01/more-than-free-data-freedompop-offers-free-calls-and-texts-with-new-mobile-service/ IntoMobileFreedomPop Launches Free Mobile Service, Affordable Plans For Heavy UsersBy Ian KerseyOctober 1, 2013http://www.intomobile.com/2013/10/01/freedompop-launches-free-mobile-service-affordable-plans-heavy-users/ Ars TechnicaNo contract, no fee: Free (500MB) smartphone plan offered by FreedomPopBy Jon BrodkinOctober 1, 2013http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/10/no-contract-no-fee-free-500mb-smartphone-plan-offered-by-freedompop/ Light ReadingFreedomPop Phones It In (for Free)By Dan JonesOctober 1, 2013http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=705892&f_src=lightreading_gnews GizmodoHeck Yes! The First Free Wireless Plan Is Finally HereBy Eric LimerOctober 1, 2013http://gizmodo.com/heck-yes-the-first-free-wireless-plan-is-finally-here-1429566597 TheNextWebFreedomPop is hitting US carriers where it hurts with its new free mobile phone serviceBy Josh OngOctober 1, 2013http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/10/01/freedompop-is-hitting-us-carriers-where-it-hurts-with-its-new-free-mobile-phone-service/ Digital TrendsFreedomPop launches free smartphone talk and data service (and a $100 HTC Evo)By Jeffrey Van CampOctober 1, 2013http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/freedompop-phone-launch/ Wireless WeekFreedomPop’s Freemium Phone Service Finally Gets its PhoneBy Ben MunsonOctober 1, 2013http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2013/10/freedompop%E2%80%99s-freemium-phone-service-finally-gets-its-phone TheStreet.comFreedomPop: Giving Away Free 4G ConnectionsBy Gary KrakowOctober 1, 2013http://www.thestreet.com/story/11723801/1/freedompop-giving-away-free-4g-connections.html Multichannel NewsFreedomPop Uncorks ‘Free’ Mobile ServiceBy Jeff BaumgartnerOctober 1, 2013http://www.multichannel.com/distribution/freedompop-uncorks-%E2%80%98free%E2%80%99-mobile-service/145829 Pando DailyCan FreedomPop become a sustainable business with a cheap smartphone and free services?By Nathaniel MottOctober 1, 2013http://pandodaily.com/2013/10/01/can-freedompop-become-a-sustainable-business-with-a-cheap-smartphone-and-free-services/ LifehackerFreedomPop Now Offers Completely Free Mobile Phone ServiceBy Melanie PinolaOctober 1, 2013http://lifehacker.com/freedompop-now-offers-completely-free-mobile-phone-serv-1434225783 Hot HardwareFreedomPop’s Free Smartphone Service Launches TodayBy Seth ColanerBy October 1, 2013http://hothardware.com/News/FreedomPops-Free-Smartphone-Service-Launches-Today/ Maximum PCFreedomPop Kicks Off Free Mobile Phone Service, Sells $99 HTC Evo DesignBy Paul LillyOctober 1, 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It was clear that Charles Jolley, CEO and co-founder of Strobe was onto something big. His mission to create an HTML5 mobile app development platform that would enable developers to create apps instantly and easily accessible across multiple platforms and devices was hotly anticipated. When the company opened the doors to a limited beta and allowed a few to take an early peak inside, they were flooded with requests for broader access. Apparently, it wasn’t just developers who were eager to get their hands on Strobe.
Yesterday, Charles announced that the team had been acquired by Facebook to help the largest social network in the world create “innovative mobile experiences.” It was a great pleasure and honor for us to work together with Strobe and we’ll continue to keep an eye on their progress.
A few stories emerged about the acquisition, as shown below.