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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘cellphones’

Teens, Get the Hell Off Your Phones and Drive

This post is brought to you by cranky old men everywhere. Teens, put down your goddamn phones and look at the road. Stop changing tracks on Spotify, stop texting bae. Stop dancing with your friends and looking at stuff in your passenger seat. Please look at the road. You’re going to die. Check out this two minute video from AAA: …

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Cellphone Deals Can Be Found Year Round

Cellphone deals seem like they would be exclusive to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and that is mostly true. If you’re in the market for the latest devices, you’ll have to wait for sales. What about low end devices? Have the cheap phones of the world finally reached a point to where a user will get an exemplary experience without …

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Unlocking Your Cellphone Is Now Legal – Again

Today, President Obama will sign a bill into law that The White House calls “a win for American consumers, a win for wireless competition, and an example of democracy at its best.” It’s the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, and it will allow consumers to unlock their cellphones to work on other carriers. “The most important part of …

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Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes House, Heads to Obama’s Desk

The House has unanimously passed legislation, unanimously passed last week in the Senate, that will once again make it legal for consumers to unlock their cellphones. “With today’s House passage of the bipartisan Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, this important legislation is headed to the President for his signature. This law will protect consumer choice by allowing flexibility …

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Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes Senate, Heads to House

Late Tuesday, the Senate passed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act with a unanimous vote. The bill, introduced by Democratic Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, reverses a Library of Congress decision regarding DMCA exemptions and would once again make unlocking your cellphone legal. “I applaud the Senate for so quickly passing the bipartisan Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition …

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Cellphone Unlocking Bill Passes Senate Committee

A Senate bill to reverse a Library of Congress decision and make unlocking your cellphone legal again has passed the Judiciary Committee. In January of last year, unlocking new cellphones became illegal via a decision from the Library of Congress. In short, they reversed their decision to exempt cellphone unlocking from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (by opting not to …

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Checking Maps While Driving Not Part of Cellphone Ban, Rules California Court

A California appeals court has ruled that consulting Google Maps on your cellphone is not the same thing as talking or texting on said phone, and therefore does not fall under the handheld ban the state issued back in 2008. Effectively, that means you can use your device to look up directions without the fear of an eagle-eyed cop handing …

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Framily Plan- A Sprint Plan Frame-Up?

Calling all family, friends, enemies, frienemies– CNet tells us that Sprint has introduced a new family plan that they refuse to call anything other than the Sprint Framily Plan. Likely more of an unfortunate scenario for the fine customer service folks at Sprint who are forced to say the made-up word each time, the spelling represents not just family being …

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Restaurant Offers Insane Discount If People Just Turn Off Their Damn Phones

One restaurant owner in Abu Ghosh, just outside of Jerusalem, is taking a stand against distracted eating. In “wow that’s great, but aren’t you running a business?” news, the owner of Abu Ghosh is offering anyone who completely shuts down their phone during dining 50% off the entire meal. Yep, 50%. Apparently, he’s not collecting phones at the door – …

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FCC May Greenlight Mid-Flight Cell Calls

Could you soon be permitted to call your loved ones while flying the friendly skies? According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Communications Commission is set to suggest new rules that would allow passengers to use their cellphones at cruising altitude. From The Wall Street Journal: The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use …

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Bullet Hits Smartphone, Saves Gas Station Clerk’s Life

A Winter Garden, Florida gas station clerk was shot in the abdomen on Monday morning, and today he is alive after only sustaining minor injuries. He can almost certainly give all the credit for that amazing turn to the fact that he was carrying his cellphone in his front pocket. Yep, it’s the old cellphone-stopped-a-bullet story – and this time …

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Cellphones May Not Cause Car Crashes, Show Study

It’s now a given that talking on the phone while driving is dangerous. Public service announcements, ads from mobile providers, and laws in many states attest to that. However, a new study from researchers at Carnegie Mellon is now calling into question this supposed fact. The study, published in the journal American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, shows that talking on …

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