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Tawkon for Android Released, Aims to Protect You From Your Phone’s Harmful Radiation

Do smartphones emit dangerous levels of radiation? They may or they may not. It’s one of those arguments or studies that will probably continue on through the end of time. We are still early enough into this smartphone game that no one really knows how harmful the use of them will turn out to be in the end. An app called tawkon isn’t going to wait around for that time to arrive though, and wants to be proactive about it.

Tawkon claims that it will monitor your phone’s radiation levels and then warn you if they reach the danger zone. At that point, they will make recommendations for how your phone should be used until it drops back into a safe level. It’s an interesting idea whether you buy into the radiation argument or not. Oh, and it’s free. 

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  • Neutron

    First off its nonionizing radiation. Microwave radiation to be exact. It has the potential to alter genetic code in cells. And yes, microwave radiation pointed at your balls over time can cause cancer. Just look at the statistics of how many police officers had come down with testicular cancer when speed check radar was in its early days. Not sure this software is the save all cure all but it is a step in the right direction. The jury is still out on the biological effects of telephone microwave radiation. Hell its a free software. Your much safer going with the premise “What you can’t see, over time CAN KILL YOU!”
    (I am a Medical Radiation Physicist by trade)

  • Crack Monkey

    OK unless your phone is equipped with a sensor to detect external RF (Radio Frequency) radiation then there is no way an ap is going to be bale to monitor RF. Other than guessing based on outgoing signal strength which does not account for the build of the handset.

  • “Do smartphones emit dangerous levels of radiation? They may or they may not.”

    No. They do not. Not even a little. Let me spell it out for you. RADIO WAVES CAN NOT CAUSE CANCER. It really is that simple. Saying that radio waves cause cancer is like saying a pebble can cause a tsunami. It is blatantly false and violates everything that is known about physics. Companies who sell this crap are nothing but snake oil salesmen and huxters profiting off the general ignorance of the masses.

    “Dangerous” EM radiation is essentially light that is so high in frequency — and therefore, so thin — that it can go between the molecules in your cells and bombard your DNA, disrupting or otherwise messing with DNA replication. This is what can cause the mutations that cause cancer.
    For reference, here’s an image:http://9-4fordham.wikispaces.com/file/view/em_spectrum.jpg/244287321/em_spectrum.jpg
    Simply put, the only EM radiation that’s high energy enough to do this is everything at or left of the UV range. Everything else, including visible light, Infrared, and Radio waves, are simply too wide and too low-energy to do anything to your DNA, making the constant insistence that they “may or may not” be dangerous profoundly silly.
    This is simple, basic, high-school physics. It’s a travesty that it has to be explained to so many people.

    • It looks as if you have a lot of knowledge in this space… so I encourage you to see what few of the researchers in this field have to say about low power high frequency non-ionizing radiation.
      go to our web site http://www.tawkon.com/why-we-made-it

  • SolipsisticPsychologist


    I’m sure this ridiculous app has hidden costs somewhere, or an annoying ad placement, just like Droid Life’s nagware ad that started gracing the site. And this stupid new Disqus doesn’t work, I still can’t use Swype with it on my tablet. Why don’t you switch back to the old format, because other sites I visit are still using the previous format and not this new gay one that doesn’t perform properly.

  • docmars

    So when our phone is beeping at us because it’s emitting high radiation, are we supposed to give it to our baby?

  • This is nothing compared to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrJkZqXHLac

    • steveliv

      I’ve got to get me that pendant that creates forcefields, and to think some people have to get irradiated to get that power, when all they really need is a pendant on a string….

  • Tman

    I have some snake oil over here!

    • SolipsisticPsychologist

      Cool I’ll trade you this bridge for a case of your snakeoil!

  • Ahh… the big scary “Radiation” word. Cell phone radiation is non-ionizing. It cannot damage cells. The most it can do is cook you, and would require more power than the power cell or antenna design could ever possibly put out. Physics doesn’t allow for cell phones to cause DNA damage.

    • Travis H

      OH MY GAWD, somebody on here is actually slightly smart o.0

    • See what the World Health Organization has to say:
      “WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use.” (May 2011)

      Siegal Sadetzki, Prof.We should consider what age we should give our children a mobile phone. We should also learn how to use phones correctly, in other words, hold it away from the body when talking and use earphones…we should consider limiting mobile phone use by children, because they are especially vulnerable to radiation…”Gertner Institute Cancer and Radiation Epidemiology
      for more info, go to “Why We Made It” page – http://www.tawkon.com/why-we-made-it

  • mikeym0p

    VT&T… Gaggle. lol

  • Sven Enterlein

    We should send this over to quackcast.com. I cannot stand it when people wrongly use words like “measure” when they indeed can only “extrapolate” if anything at all…

  • EvanTheGamer

    Interesting…will give it a try.

    And free is good…but staying healthy and being radiation free is even better.

  • Sp4rxx

    I dunno you guys have the same screencap of the youtube vid that i do, but why does it look like the chick (i think it’s a chick?) in the 3rd frame look like she has no pants on?

    • sk3litor

      she was watching the pants off dance off

  • steveliv

    just reading about his makes me think of those little stickers that magically increase reception while also shielding radiation…pure and simple quackery

    • haha great idea I too want to know this info.

    • absolutely true, all of the “radiation shield” cause the exact opposite as they cause the phone to transmit more power that cause more exposure to the user

  • YES! Now I will be able to know exactly how long I can leave my phone safely sitting on my balls!

    • I would give it some more thought:
      See what the World Health Organization has to say:“WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use.” (May 2011)

      • Sooo. . .what you’re saying is. . .his balls will be fine.

  • I would love to see some real science that describes this “harmful radiation.” smh

    • check out – http://www.tawkon.com/why-we-made-it

      follows few quotes from a couple of epidemiologists –

      “We would like to be able to say that cell phones are safe, but we can’t. The most recent science, while not conclusive, raises serious issues about the cancer risk of cell phone use that must be addressed through further research. In the meantime, consumers can take steps to reduce exposure.”
      Olga Naidenko, Ph.D.
      Environmental Working Group Senior Scientist (EWG, September 2009)

      “In the present situation of scientific uncertainty…the statements that the use of mobile phones is safe, are premature… In my opinion the current safety standards are not sufficiently supported because of the very limited research on human volunteers, children, and on the effects of long-term exposures in humans.”
      Dariusz Leszcynski, PhD.
      Researcher Professor for the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland (CNET, September 2009)

      • Tom

        There is no conclusive scientific proof at this time. They even say that VERY CLEARLY

  • John

    Have you tried using this new Disqus on your phone? It’s pretty bad for a majority of us. I see others have had good luck with Chrome for Android, but I haven’t had much luck with stock ICS browser, which it should work fine on. Have you reported any feedback about it to Disqus by chance?

    • Joe

      I would actually second this. Really not liking the new Disqus. Also requires that you have “3rd party cookies” enabled in Chrome. Didn’t need this before.

  • spickle


  • last time I checked, geiger counters aren’t built in to many phones.

    • Mark Lewis

      Not that I buy into their FUD, but it’s probably based on your signal strength. In areas of low signal, your phone boosts its radio output by several orders of magnitude.

      • this is true but its juts part of the story…. as sometimes even if you have good signal strength the phone still emits a lot of radiation due too issues like congested cell towers, etc. check out tawkon “How It Works page – http://www.tawkon.com/how-it-works

      • POP POP!

        What? He said magnitude. . .

  • So I’m supposed to believe they do some magical thing to monitor the radiation levels when the phones don’t even have sensors to accomplish exactly that? They’re just trying to capitalize on our fears.