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

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

By Josh Wolford February 28, 2014

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. …

Cellphones May Not Cause Car Crashes, Show Study Cellphones May Not Cause Car Crashes, Show Study
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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 …

NJ Bill Authorizes Cellphone Searches After Crashes NJ Bill Authorizes Cellphone Searches After Crashes
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Hey guys, meet my new favorite terrible state bill. Narrowly beating out the Internet Posting Removal Act, an Illinois bill that’ll make your head spin, comes a bill to modify New Jersey state law to permit police officers to confiscate …

Wireless Carriers Back Cellphone Unlocking Bill Wireless Carriers Back Cellphone Unlocking Bill

Should you be able to unlock your cellphone? Wireless carriers used to not think so, but now the industry’s lobbying group seems to be fine with it as long as the bill is worthless. The Hill reports that the wireless …

House To Hold Hearing On Cellphone Unlocking Bill House To Hold Hearing On Cellphone Unlocking Bill
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Pretty much everybody in Washington agrees with the common man – you should be able to unlock your cellphone without fear of repercussion. Where we tend to disagree is how to go about doing this. Unfortunately, the House has decided …

Theatergoer Throws Annoying Woman's Cellphone Theatergoer Throws Annoying Woman's Cellphone
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Kevin Williamson is a theater critic and a writer for the National Review. This does not make him a hero. What does make him a hero is that he took action on an impulse that plenty of us have battled …

Mapping While Driving Ruled Illegal in California Mapping While Driving Ruled Illegal in California

Thanks to a recent court ruling by a California appellate court, it doesn’t matter that you were only checking your smartphone to update Google Maps. That’s because the law, as it currently reads, bans any sort of hands-on use of …

White House: 'Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking' White House: 'Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking'
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Less than two weeks after a petition on the We The People site crossed the 100,000 signature threshold, the White House has issued on official response on making cellphone unlocking legal again. And they totally support it. In a statement …

FCC Will ‘Look at’ the Illegal Phone Unlocking Issue FCC Will ‘Look at’ the Illegal Phone Unlocking Issue
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After gaining a lot of traction on the internet, the current illegality of unlocking cellphones will receive a federal investigation. Back in January, the Library of Congress decided that the unlocking of cellphones would no longer reside on the exemptions …

Petition to Make Unlocking Phones Legal Hits Goal Petition to Make Unlocking Phones Legal Hits Goal
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A petition to make unlocking cellphones legal again has crossed the signature threshold on the White House’s We The People petition site, meaning that it will receive an official response. Back in January, unlocking new cellphones became illegal via decision …

Popular Tech Riddled With Phones, Game Consoles Popular Tech Riddled With Phones, Game Consoles
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What’s popular in consumer technology? If you look at most wanted lists from last Christmas, it seems that tablets and smartphones were all the rage. As it turns out, however, it seems that the most wanted gadgets of our time …

ACLU Sues D.C. Police For Seizing Man's Cellphone ACLU Sues D.C. Police For Seizing Man's Cellphone
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The American Civil Liberties Union has just filed a lawsuit against the District of Columbia and two police officers after alleging that they violated the law by seizing a man’s cellphone and stealing his memory card. The plaintiff in the …

Man Steals Ebola Patient's Cellphone, Gets Ebola Man Steals Ebola Patient's Cellphone, Gets Ebola

As someone who’s had their cellphone stolen, I can attest to the fact that it really sucks. Right after I realized that the theft had taken place, I immediately began my pleas to the cosmos. “Can this low-down human stain …

Man Arrested After Butt-Dialing 911 During Drug Deal Man Arrested After Butt-Dialing 911 During Drug Deal

Before the omnipresence of “slide to unlock” touchscreens and passcodes, it seemed like I was the recipient of an accidental call at least once a week. We’ve all been there – and if you’re the one unknowingly blabbing to a …

55% of Adults Go Online Using Cellphones 55% of Adults Go Online Using Cellphones
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Pew Internet Research has been keeping track of how often people are using their cellphones to go online, and as of April 2012, 55% of adults who own cellphones are using them to go online. A majority of adults are …

Distracted Driving Blamed in Death of Jogger Distracted Driving Blamed in Death of Jogger
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For advocates wanting the outright ban of cellphone use while driving, a tragic story out of Hartford, Connecticut is unfortunate ammo for the cause. According to the AP, 44-year-old Kenneth Dorsey was killed in March after his was struck while …

Almost Half Of Teens Are Still Texting And Driving Almost Half Of Teens Are Still Texting And Driving
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While only a handful of states in the U.S. have an outright ban on texting while driving, it’s widely accepted that the practice is dangerous and can lead to distracted driving. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone these days …