GPS stalkers, lethal cell phones, incognito issues, and more: Tech Q&A

An Apple employee holds an iPhone Apple XR.

An Apple employee holds an iPhone Apple XR.
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Cell Phone Dangers

Q: Can you settle an argument between my wife and me? Do cellphones cause brain cancer? I say yes; she says I’m crazy.

A: There has been a significant rise in cell phone use, and there’s a significant rise in diagnoses of brain tumors. So is there a connection? If you’ve ever taken a stats course, you know the difference between “causation” and “correlation.” None of the studies suggest that you should worry about cell phones causing abnormal growths in your body. That said, staring at a screen for hours on end can have its effects, and major neurologists have been critical of phones’ long-term impact

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