There are thousands of invisible signals bouncing around us all the time, and the world would be a very different place if we could see them. Visualizer extraordinaire Nickolay Lamm already showed us what the Wi-Fi noise would look like, and now he's back to illuminate the cell phone signals all around us. It's trippy.
Earlier this week a New York Times article claimed that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asked a group of lawyers visiting him to put their cell phones in the refrigerator—the idea being that it would act as a Faraday cage. But does it actually work?
As we're slowly getting back to normal in New York, cell service is still spotty (though better than feared) in a lot of areas. And apparently the only place in Alphabet City (the east side in southern Manhattan) to get service is this ONE corner. It's like a wireless internet watering hole, just without the…
AT&T's network sucked in 2008, glutted with iPhones and facing the menace of a 3G rollout. So like its competition, it put together a slapdash operation to build towers at any cost. Even a human cost, ProPublica reports.
Madeleine Morris survived Nazi-occupied France, and went on to happily marry a wonderfully trained musician. Then she went on a trip the country, where their car slammed into a ditch. Nine dropped AT&T calls later, they were both dead.
It's been several hours according to Verizon Wireless customers (some of whom work for your favorite tech site), but Verizon's LTE service shows no sign of going back up. All over the US there have been confirmed outages, with some also reporting their 3G network is down also.
AT&T Just started selling the ARMZ, a cellular tower that fits into a suitcase. It's meant to fill the air with cellular signals in the case of a disaster where existing towers cease to work or, well, exist.
Now I understand why AT&T representatives react so cheerfully when I call to complain about my reception. [Shoebox]
Good cell service is hard to come by, especially in NYC, but five bars won't do much good when you're DEAD. Some New Yorkers are convinced that the AT&T and T-Mo antennas on their roof are bringing the building down.
If sitting stone still in the one corner of your apartment that actually gets decent reception sounds like a terrible way to conduct a phone call, a Bluetooth headset can act as an extender for your cellphone's terrible reception
According to Bloomberg, one of Apple's senior engineers raised concerns a year ago over the potential for the iPhone 4's design to cause dropped calls.
We've received only one report, so take it with a hill of salt: A Gizmodo reader claims that, after Apple replaced his iPhone 4, he couldn't reproduce the sharp loss of signal. He says that the hardware seems slightly different: