Making the Business Case for Pong

It didn’t take long for mobile devices to make their way into the enterprise. 59% of businesses now support employee-owned smartphones in various ways, with 94% of Fortune 500 companies rolling out or testing iPads. For many companies, the iPad has proven to be a useful business tool that is both easy to manage and promotes productivity. However, many companies have found that more iPads in the workplace can mean a large amount of data consumption. If not monitored closely, organizations may experience an increase in overage charges when employees exceed their plan allotments.

Eating into one’s data plan can easily happen if your access to Wi-Fi isn’t reliable and you’ve got to depend on a cellular connection—particularly when working remotely away from your home or office. Companies have noticed iPad users exceeding cellular data plan usage. Why? As it turns out, many iPad cases can cause a cellular signal to become very weak because they inadvertently trip a “proximity sensor” that’s present in all Wi-Fi + Cellular iPads.

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Sheryl Crow’s Brain Tumor Caused by Cell Phone Radiation?

Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor called meningioma in 2011, and suspects that her cell phone use caused it.  Crow told Katie Couric on her new talk show Katie, “There are no doctors that will confirm that . . . . [But] I [used to spend] hours on the old archaic cell phones.”  Crow also disclosed that the tumor is near where she often held her phone.  While there is no definitive conclusion that cell phone radiation can cause a brain tumor, increasing scientific evidence supports Crow’s suspicions.

In May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified radio frequency (RF) radiation from cell phones as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”  The WHO made the decision after reviewing numerous studies on this subject, including the Interphone Study—a large, international study coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and completed in February 2012.  It showed an increased risk of a certain type of brain tumor, called glioma, from “heavy” use of cell phones—defined in the study as just 1,640 hours of lifetime cell phone use.  The Interphone Study also investigated the association between cell phone radiation and meningioma, the very kind of brain tumor that Crow suffers.  Although the study broadly concluded that “overall, no increase in risk of either glioma or meningioma was observed in association with use of mobile phones,” its categorized results revealed a nearly 4 times increase[1] in the risk of meningioma for short-term heavy users [2] who used cell phones primarily on one side of the head [1].  Crow’s comments indicate that she likely qualifies for the category of users with increased risk.

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Explaining the Effects of Cell Phone Radiation on the Brain

At Pong, we believe that cell phone radiation is a serious issue. While research is still being carried on to determine the effects that radiation has on our brains and bodies, we think it is important to follow the “precautionary principle” recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2011.

Recently, CNN began a series called “Our Mobile Society” in which the cable news organization examined the impact of mobile technology on our lives. While there are many fascinating ways in which mobile devices have changed how we communicate, work and share information, at Pong we care about protecting people from the potentially harmful effects of cell phone radiation exposure. Which is why were encouraged to see Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent and a practicing neurosurgeon, talking about cell phone radiation.

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