New Study Found Tripled Brain Tumor Risk for Long-Term Cell Phone Users

A 2014 Swedish study involving 1498 malignant brain tumor patients and 3,530 controls (people without a brain tumor) found an increased risk of malignant brain tumor associated with long-term use of cell phones and cordless phones. The study analyzed data from two previous studies with patients diagnosed between 1997-2003 and 2007-2009 in Sweden. The pooled analysis showed a clear trend of higher risk with longer wireless phone use. Specifically, the risk was 3 times higher for people who used wireless phones for 25 years or longer. The results resonate with a 2014 French study which found that heavy cell phone users (with 896 hours or more cumulative call time, or about half an hour daily use for 5 years) were 2-3 times more likely to develop a glioma (the most common type of malignant brain tumor), compared to non-regular users.

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How Do Cell Phones Work?

With worldwide mobile subscriptions estimated to be around 7 billion in 2014, cell phones have become a universal and indispensable tool for modern life. With a cell phone, you can talk to anybody on the planet from almost anywhere. But do you really know how your cell phone works?

In the most basic form, a cell phone is essentially a two-way radio, consisting of a radio transmitter and a radio receiver. When you chat with your friend on your cell phone, your phone converts your voice into an electrical signal, which is then transmitted via radio waves to the nearest cell tower. The network of cell towers then relays the radio wave to your friend’s cell phone, which converts it to an electrical signal and then back to sound again. In the basic form, a cell phone works just like a walkie-talkie.

In additional to the basic function of voice calls, most modern cell phones come with additional functions such as web surfing, taking pictures, playing games, sending text messages and playing music. More sophisticated smart phones can perform similar functions of a portable computer.

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Are US Cell Phone Safety Standards Safe Enough?

Cell phones emit radiofrequency (RF) waves, a type of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (commonly called “cell phone radiation”). When a consumer holds or carries a mobile device in close proximity, the user’s head and body can absorb over half of the transmitted energy.

The FCC’s inquiry into radiofrequency (RF) exposure limits and policies has generated broad response, as well as debate. Pong continues to play an active role in this process, weighing in on several topics of concern to users of cellphones and cases.

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Application of the Precautionary Principle to Cell Phone Radiation

Although there is still no definitive answer whether cell phone radiation is harmful to human health, Pong, along with many other experts and health organizations around the world recommends the adoption of the “Precautionary Principle” on this matter. So what does this mean?

The Precautionary Principle

The Precautionary Principle is a policy of social responsibility aimed at protecting the public and environment from possible harm when the scientific community has validated a plausible risk. It is essentially a common sense based “better safe than sorry” approach suggesting that action should be taken to avoid harm even when it is not certain to occur. Continue reading “Application of the Precautionary Principle to Cell Phone Radiation”

What Makes a Pong Case Intelligent?

Your mobile phone is smart. Now the case for your mobile device can be, too.

Pong Research introduces the world’s first Intelligent Case. The Pong Case pairs with your device to redirect wireless energy for optimized protection and performance.

All mobile devices use radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic waves to communicate. The devices contain antennas to transmit and receive wireless signals. Unlike traditional cases, the Pong case is embedded with a custom-engineered antenna system that passively interacts with your device when you snap it on. Specifically, copper elements plated in gold, yet thinner than a human hair, are precisely engineered in size, shape and location, to achieve optimum coupling with the mobile device’s own antenna. Pong’s built-in antenna technology reshapes the electromagnetic field pattern of your device’s transmitted signal and directs wireless energy away from you while optimizing your device’s outbound signal.

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How to Interpret Scientific Findings In the Cell Phone Radiation Controversy

As cell phones and other wireless devices become increasingly popular, there is a growing concern over the possible health impact of wireless technology. Science is still inconclusive on whether cell phone radiation is safe or harmful to humans. Consumers are often confused by conflicting study results and mixed media messages. This article is intended to explain the primary causes of the scientific dilemma and offer some suggestions on how to interpret scientific findings in the field of cell phone radiation and human health.

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Are Cell Phones Safe?

As global cell phone subscription soared from 12.4 million in 1990 to 7 billion in 2013, cell phones have become a universal and indispensable tool for modern life.

Cell phones emit low-intensity radio-frequency (RF) energy, a type of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (EMR). When you hold your cell phone next to your head or wear it on your body, you can absorb over 50% of the transmitted RF energy. While cell phones bring enormous convenience to our lives, the possible health consequences of exposure to cell phone radiation have aroused considerable public attention and scientific debate.

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The “Sexy” Gold Reveal Line is Growing

Pre-orders are now available for Samsung Galaxy S4

Pong’s launch of the Gold Reveal design earlier this month has been a great success. We’re grateful for all the praise we’ve received. Fast Company called the Gold Reveal case “equal parts safety and eye candy.” Wired Magazine even called the case “sexy.” Wow!

We are excited to announce that cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4 are now available for pre-order. Like all the Gold Reveal cases, the Gold Reveal Case for Samsung Galaxy S4 allows you to see the built-in antenna technology, plated in pure gold plating for protection. It’s a fusion of art and science.  The S4 case will be available initially in charcoal black.

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In the News: Gold Reveal

Since we released our new Gold Reveal cases, you may have noticed lots of people talking about them. We don’t like to brag, but we can’t help but feel a little giddy. It’s great that our newly designed cases are getting attention. Even better, it means that we’re spreading the word about how Pong technology reduces exposure to wireless energy.

Here are just some of things people have said about our new cases.

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