Gotta Watch: life-saving phone; electronic wonderland; bittersweet homecoming
This cell phone prevented a bullet from hitting a man when he was shot at an Atlanta nightclub.
January 7th, 2011
11:15 AM ET

Gotta Watch: life-saving phone; electronic wonderland; bittersweet homecoming

Phone drops death's call – Some may think cell phones can kill you, but an Atlanta valet would argue otherwise. After being shot in the chest outside a nightclub, the stunned man reached into his bullet-holed coat and pulled out his now dented cell phone. I wonder if EMS kept snapping their fingers and asking, "Can you hear me now?"

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CNN infiltrates the gadget nerd-dom– CNN's Dan Simon unveils some of the latest in futuristic gadgetry at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, including a 92-inch 3-D TV as thin as a quarter. It'll cost you $6,000, but why does your kid really need college anyway?

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Refugees risk death to return home – CNN's Ben Wedeman tells the story of Southern Sudanese refugees returning to their homes just days before a referendum will decide whether the country is split in two. The split could make the already unstable country even more volatile, leaving these refugees to an uncertain fate.

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  1. Cesar

    Amazing a cell phone saved a life. TV screen thin as a quarter, America has the smartest engineers in the world!

    January 7, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Americaisthebest

      If it wasn't for America, there would be no electronics. Thank you America.

      January 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      And this Taiwanese phone is pretty good too!

      January 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • brotherboy

      America?? You're kidding, right?

      January 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmy John

      Ummm.... With all do respect, I'm sure Americans are brilliant engineers, however I highly doubt Americans were the ones who engineered those products... Also, I think HTC should give that guy a free phone for the positive publicity. He was lucky he didn't have a Blackberry LOL

      January 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Boney

    That's what I want to do to my Droid 2

    January 7, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. myklds

    Lucky him, it's not he's time yet. But thanks to the cellphone still.

    January 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. hair club for men

    my early 90s briefcase cellphone gave me cancer hence the chrome dome

    January 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |

    There are lots of rap guys in Atlanta that will shoot you in the phone.

    January 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wiser than right.

    Hey woods, Ithink you & boehner should get together but watch out for the splinters from his new toy.

    January 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sitnalta

    There's no way that little cell phone stopped a bullet. I'm sorry, but I've seen enough Mythbusters to know that even small bullets rip through consumer electronics like butter. It was probably a ricochet that wouldn't have pierced his skin anyway.

    January 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      That episode was about a laptop computer stopping a bullet. It demonstrated that if a small caliber bullet was used and hit the battery, it would indeed be stopped.

      January 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BLIX666

    there was obviously something wrong with the gun or the bullet. my friggin' bb gun could penetrate a cell phone.

    January 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      But not the battery.

      January 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mikey

    Haha america the best in electronics that is a laugh all electronics are made in other countries lit china and india and other 3rd world countries sorry to bust your bubble

    January 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheOttomanMan

      @Mikey – Once you move out of your parents house you might learn the difference between capitalism and innovation. Most of these electronics, and surrounding technologies originated in the USA. As companies continue to attempt to increase profits, they shift the manufacturing to cheaper locales. The USA continues to be a world leader in innovation and our economy is still almost 3 times larger than the next on the list, China.

      January 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jamie hinermann

    Mythbusters already busted the cell phone stopping a bullet myth. Nice try, though.

    January 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • victim of democrat hypocrisy

      No, that was a laptop stopping a bullet. They demonstrated if a small caliber bullet struck the battery, it would be stopped.

      January 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy

      So its a lie then? The guy didn't get shot? the battery didn't get hit? This is just a major PR stunt for HTC? I didn't know we had a bunch of ballistics experts reading CNN articles whose only education comes from watching Mythbusters. You fail at life, thanks for playing.

      January 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    @mikey: Ha Ha, yes some are manufactured overseas, but at the direction of American engineering directions. Last I checked Las Vegas was still in the good old USA. Pop! Oops, sorry to burst YOUR bubble.

    January 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      The electronics show was held in Las Vegas and is attended by companies that produce electronics from around the world. Most consumer electronics are no longer developed or built here in the USA.

      Oh and Oops, sorry to burst YOUR bubble. By the way no consumer electronics are built in Vegas that I'm aware of. The ones that actually are built in the US are in other cities just not Vegas. The big consumer shows on the other hand are held in Vegas.

      January 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Old Yeller

    I would watch these videos on CNN, but the 30 second advertisement before each one is such a buzzkill, I don't even bother watching the commercial or the video.

    January 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Matt the Aramean (not armenian)

    My ancestors were attacked in their native village in southeast Turkey by Ottomans. They were the native people of the area. They fought hard, bur then had to flee the place they called home. They had no one to help them and no buses to load their stuff in. My grandfather once wanted to return there, but couldn't because the Turks would of probably killed him. At least the Sudanese people could return home and had help from the governement.

    January 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TheOttomanMan

    @Matt the Aramean – I wish all your ancestors had cellphones in their pockets.

    January 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    @Andy: Oops, sorry but perhaps TheOttoMan burst your bubble in a bad way. Try to remember The internet-Originated in America, John Dell- America, Bill Gates- America. There is a distinction between manufacturing and engineering-Just listen to someone who knows:TheOttoMan. Thank you.

    January 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
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