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When Marcel Fernandes Filho was 13 years old, he smashed his Dell computer in a fit of rage because the monitor wouldn't stop flickering. Suddenly without a PC, the young teenager from Brazil began using his iPhone 3GS more often. Such began his journey to becoming the world's fastest texter, as recognized by Guinness World Records. Part promotional stunt (okay, a huge promotional stunt), Filho broke the texting record using Fleksy, a third-party custom keyboard available for Android and iOS devices. He wore a Fleksy t-shirt as he pecked away on his phone, typing "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality... Read more...
Simultaneously texting and walking is something that we as a species are not good at, but Apple has a patent that could make that particular activity much safer both for texters and for those who are in the path of the digitally occupied. It’s actually quite simple and rather brilliant: The rear-facing camera on your iPhone captures what’s in front of you and displays it as if the display was transparent. However, you can still see your keyboard and messages so you can continue texting. Yes, using your camera to produce a live image will drain your battery, but who cares if you can text and walk at the same time more safely? Cheers to Apple for this delightfully simple safety innovation.... Read more...
We're all aware of the dangers of texting and driving -- it's generally not wise to take your eyes off the road when barreling down the freeway encased in a hunk of steel and glass -- but what about texting and walking? There's at least one medical professor out there who believes that walking and text messaging is even more dangerous than distracted driving. According to Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Buffalo, texting and walking is responsible for more injuries per mile than driving and texting. "Pedestrian injuries are particularly dangerous because there's no protective area surrounding you when you're hit by a car. We always view pedestrian injuries... Read more...
T-Mobile may not have the widest coverage net of the major U.S. carriers, but boy, are they gaining mind share. And as it turns out, market share as well. After adding nearly 4.4 million subscribers in the most recent quarter, rivals such as AT&T are having to pay attention. They're also having to modify their offerings in order to remain competitive. Just weeks after AT&T introduced newer, more generous data plans for Mobile Share customers, the carrier is now making it cheaper and easier for those very customers to text overseas. Starting on Friday (2/28), all AT&T Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value plans will now include unlimited international messaging from the U.S. to the world.... Read more...
It's rather annoying having to sidestep a fellow pedestrian on the sidewalk who's paying more attention to his mobile phone than his surroundings, but not only is such behavior selfishly rude, it's scientifically observed to be dangerous, too. A new study points out all kinds of flaws with trying to text message and strut at the same time. Researchers at Australia's University of Queensland used motion capture technology similar to that employed by movie studios to observe walking patterns. Test subjects wore reflective markers on the back of their heads using a head-band, as well as their back, heels, and pelvis. This allowed the researchers to measure the participants' gait and movement patterns.... Read more...
Anyone who has ever tried texting and driving at the same time should take note of a video released by police in Fort Meyers, Florida. The short video clip, which was taken from a police cruiser, shows a car veering off the side of the road and narrowly missing a telephone pole before ramming into a tree and flipping over. According to ABC News, the driver wasn't seriously hurt, and fortunately it appears there were no pedestrians or other motorists involved in the crash. The driver was texting while driving, which caused him to lose control of his vehicle and ultimately end up starring in a warning video. Here's a look: Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. There have been several... Read more...
Here's what isn't surprising: Facebook is trying to take over where the conventional text message left off. Here's what is surprising: that is has taken this long to get to this point. The tried-and-true phone number is a hangover technology from many generations ago, and it's actually quite unfortunate that it's still around. With so many communication efforts moving to IP-based technology, the phone number still refuses to allow us to talk via voice or text while overseas without paying outrageous roaming rates. Thankfully, savvy tech companies are discovering workarounds. Google Hangouts began to enable chats using just one's phone number in a recent app update, and now it appears that Facebook... Read more...
Hopefully you've never had to experience "bill shock" before, but if you're curious what it feels like, a trip overseas followed by liberal use of your smartphone's texting, data, and voice will do the trick. International roaming rates are obscenely high, and if you're not careful, you can come home to a bill that's several thousand dollars, if not tens of thousands of dollars. T-Mobile wants to help eliminate those kind of scenarios. The nation's 4th largest wireless carrier is pitching new plans that offer unlimited data and texting at no extra charge in over 100 countries. By doing so, T-Mobile can (and does) claim that its home data coverage is larger than AT&T's and Verizon's combined.... Read more...
Get used to hearing the term "Text Stop" because it's a real thing now. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the creation of special "Texting Zones" where motorists can pull off the road and safely respond to that all-important text message that just can't wait. The initiative is an ambitious effort to reduce the prominence of distracted driving due to texting while behind the wheel, which some studies have shown is even more deadly than drinking and driving. Existing Park-n-Ride facilities, rest stops, and another parking areas along New York's Thruway and Highways will serve dual-functions as Texting Zones, with signage placed along the highway to let drivers know how close they are... Read more...
A statement made by the New Jersey Appeals Court this week has a number of people in an uproar, and after learning the details, it's not hard to understand why. To be fair to the story, it's best to understand where the ruling stems from. In 2009, a girl texted a friend who happened to be driving his truck at the time. This driver went on to drive into a couple on a motorcycle, resulting in both losing parts of their legs. In the end, the girl who texted the driver of a vehicle was ruled not liable for the accident (likely the result of no deaths being involved), but the Appeals Court has stated that things won't be the same with all cases. What's being said, in effect, is that if you text someone... Read more...
"It can wait." It has become a fairly popular phrase, and almost anyone in the smartphone universe would recognize that as the universal slogan for "don't text and drive." Plenty of crashes and accidents have happened due to motorists being distracted by their phones while attempting to drive, and in fact, many places have pretty hefty fines for doing just that. However, new research may shed a little light on what has been taken as a given. A report out of Carnegie Mellon University and the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests that "talking on a cellphone while driving does not increase crash risk." "Using a cellphone while driving may be distracting, but it does not lead... Read more...
Listen up, teen drivers -- put the mobile phone away and resist the temptation to check for or fire off a text message while operating a vehicle. It doesn't matter that you see parents/adults do it all the time, be the smarter (and safer) driver out there by waiting to text and you'll significantly increase the odds of getting from point A to point B safely. Lest you think the issue is overblown, a new study conducted by researchers at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park found that texting while driving contributes to more than 3,000 annual teen deaths nationwide and 300,000 injuries. Based on those numbers, texting while driving is now a greater risk to teens than drinking and driving,... Read more...
The problem with trying to send and receive text messages while operating a vehicle is that your eyes are zeroed in on a mobile phone instead of the road where they belong. Voice-to-text apps that offer hands-free texting seem like an obvious solution, but new research suggests that such software offers no real safety advantage over manual texting. That revelation came courtesy of a study conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) that was sponsored by the Southwest Region University Transportation Center. The study, which is supposedly a first of its kind, examined the performance of 43 research participants driving a vehicle on a close course. Similar research exists in relation... Read more...
Mobile users have responded positively to the idea of taking, sending, and receiving photos and videos that are viewable for a short period of time before they're gone forever. Such is the idea behind Snapchat, a mobile app for iPhone and Android users that touts being able to "share a moment" up to 10 times faster than MMS. It's become such a popular tool that Snapchat users are now sending more than 150 million images each day. That's according to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, who made the claim at the Dive Into Mobile conference in New York City. To put that number into perspective, Instagram users snap and share 40 million images per day, or about 110 million less than Shapchat. Snapchat's appeal... Read more...
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