Items tagged with Safety

Today's smartphones and smartwatches heavily emphasize health features, with heart rate monitoring, sleep diagnostics, step counters, and the so forth. Relatively soon, however, Apple may add a new feature to its iPhone and Apple Watch devices—crash detection, which would then dial up 9-1-1 for you if you're in an... Read more...
Yesterday, Apple previewed new child safety features to protect children from predators and limit the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). While these features, which were developed in conjunction with child safety experts, sound great, they also open the door to future privacy issues. The first major part... Read more...
Tinder does not have the most stellar reputation when it comes to their users’ physical safety. Although there have been many people who have safely used the app, there have also been several users that have been physically harmed by their Tinder dates. Tinder recently implemented a panic button and artificial... Read more...
Amazon fields a massive network of delivery drivers, and many of them are contractors rather than direct employees of Amazon. The eCommerce giant ships millions of packages a day all around the U.S., and its delivery vehicles have been involved in multiple fatal accidents while making deliveries, according to a recent... Read more...
Anyone who drives a car anywhere in the world knows that distracted drivers using smartphones frequently cause accidents. In New South Wales (NSW), drivers using their mobile phone illegally now have a new way to be caught in the act and fined. The NSW Government rolled out mobile phone detection cameras that were... Read more...
Maverick of Top Gun may have a need for speed, but Volvo drivers will not be able to ride on the highway to the danger zone. Volvo Cars plans to impose a top speed limit of 180 kph on all of its vehicles by 2020. The company hopes that this limitation will reduce the number of speeding-related accidents. According... Read more...
Expanding a recall dating back to 2008, Japanese automobile airbag manufacturer Takata Corp is doubling the number of recalls for its potentially lethal product in the U.S. from 16.6 million to approximately 34 million vehicles (about one in seven of the over 250 million vehicles on American roads), which makes it the... Read more...
Here's something you're probably aware of: privacy is a major issue, and it's becoming bigger by the day. Just this week, Kickstarter's servers were infiltrated, just months after Target suffered one of the world's most serious data exploits. Companies are flowing out of the blue with a myriad methods to solve all of... Read more...
In recent years, parents of teenagers have had to add digital safety to the long list of potential dangers keeping them awake at night. From stolen identities to cyberbullying, the online world can be a very dangerous one. To help equip parents and their kids to better navigate that world safely, the National... Read more...
Could the choice of font used in your vehicle's front dash kill you? Potentially yes, say researchers. That sort of claim is going to require some explanation, so let's hop - err, drive - to it. The conclusion was reached thanks to the joint study conducted by AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and... Read more...
Over the years, exploding batteries have becoming quite the issue in consumer electronics (as seen here in this melted iPhone). And not just exploding, but overheating, melting and combusting ones, too. But now, we're making progress on potentially stopping that ruckus. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory... Read more...
Is your mom telling you what you can and can't look at on the Internet? Do you have Web surfing restrictions? Back in the day, these restrictions were seemingly everywhere, and the media made it a priority to inform parents about the kinds of trouble their kids could get into online. Now, that has died down somewhat... Read more...
San Francisco, home of the Giants and land of sometimes questionable mandates, like the one passed last year that would require cell phone retailers to slap a label on their devices indicating radiation levels. The measure created a bit of a firestorm on the Internet over whether such a label was really needed or simply ridiculous. For now,... Read more...
AT&T is adding two new enhancements to its Smart Limits for Wireless parental control offering. With the updates, parents will now be able to block up to 30 numbers to prevent unwanted or harassing calls and text messages on their child’s phone. To help prevent bill shock, AT&T is also adding 411 calls to a restricted list of... Read more...
AVG launched AVG Family Safety, a new application that is designed to help parents protect their children online. AVG Family Safety acts as a virtual guardian for children by letting parents create age-appropriate settings and profiles for each child in the home. These profiles can be adjusted as the child gets older... Read more...
Last week, the FAA announced that there were a record number of "laser events" in 2010. What the FAA means by that, there was a record number of idiots who think it's funny to potentially temporarily blind a pilot with a laser pointer or even some high-powered laser device. The FAA created a formal reporting system for laser events in 2005.... Read more...
Blue Coat announced the K9 Web Protection Browser for iOS. This free Web browser designed for Apple iPads, iPhones, and Web-enabled iPod Touch devices provides for a family-safe browsing experience. In addition to protecting from content that is not appropriate for children such as pornography, violence, illegal drugs, and gambling, the browser... Read more...
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) has released its latest report, Trouble in Toyland: The 25th Annual Survey of Toy Safety. The report is something parents should look at as they rush out on Black Friday to gather bargains. What about if you are already at a store? How do you protect your children?... Read more...
In the wake of the pair of thwarted bombings by Al Qaeda last month, the TSA has announced additional restrictions and guidelines for passengers traveling both within the United States and internationally. In additional to logical and prudent steps, such as banning packages from Somalia and Yemen (temporarily) and... Read more...
Have you ever had a child run out into traffic in front of you? It would have been a frightening experience. A new safety campaign in West Vancouver, Canada, aims to make that point, graphically. Beginning next Tuesday, drivers along 22nd Street will be confronted by a 3-D image of a young girl chasing a ball into the street. As a driver approaches... Read more...
Another Foxconn employee has fallen from a building to his death, the tenth fall reported since the start of this year, eight of which have proved fatal. Local police said they were looking into the incident, but given the spate of apparent suicides and bizarre circumstances surrounding them (a previous victim was... Read more...
We've heard numerous arguments to back up both sides of the cell phone radiation debate. Some research indicates they are safe, others disagree. Now, a new study is fueling the argument that cell phones could cause serious side effects. According to a 10-year study from the World Health Organization (WHO), there's a proven link between the... Read more...
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