The BBC reports that a study based on six years of research finds small chance of higher risk in long-term cell phone use: As I wrote Monday, when credible connections between health and wireless are made, I'll link to them. This appears to be one such case. The researchers found no short-term link between use of mobile phones and one's health using several different measures and no link emerged. The study did find a slightly aberration in the numbers for certain forms of brain and ear cancers, but it's only technically in the realm of statistical significance. (Other, similar studies focused on ear cancer found no link.) They plan more research, especially into longer-term use. Update: Ars Technica analyzes the report and comes out quite strongly in stating that the report shows that cell phones are "safe": "the only clear health risk posed by a mobile phone involves using it while driving...they urge continued vigilance, but they also emphasize that there is no clear reason for concern at this point." [Ars Technica link via Dr. Bill Koslosky]
Broadcom shrinks Wi-Fi, modules: With all the wireless options scheduled to be crammed into laptops, Broadcom's trying to reduce the area required for that old standby, Wi-Fi. Future laptops may contain ultrawideband, Bluetooth, a cell data modem, and Wi-Fi. Broadcom says its new laptop module for Wi-Fi (a/b/g) takes up 40 percent less space and uses half the battery power, and will work in tiny devices as well as being embeddable in Secure Digital I/O (SDIO) cards. They also released a combined Bluetooth/Wi-Fi module for laptops for the PCIe mini-card.