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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘safety’

Uber Sued by Woman Who Accused Driver of Rape in Delhi

In December, an Uber driver in India was arrested after a female passenger accused him of rape. Now, that passenger is suing Uber – in a US federal court. The woman, who is still unidentified, is demanding unspecified damages. She also wants Uber to institute some passenger safeguards in India, including mandatory in-car video cameras. From Reuters: In the lawsuit, …

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Yelp Wants To Save Lives With Its API

Yelp announced that it’s lending its API to the U.S. Department of Transporattion to use in its SaferRide app. The goal is to keep people from driving after they’ve had too much to drink. “The app encourages potential drunk drivers to stay off of the road by helping them contact a close friend, find their location, and connect directly to …

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Uber Swears It’s Going to Make the Service Safer

Uber promises it’s going to get safer. The last few months have been filled with high-profile stories involving bad Uber drivers with malicious intent. In the past, Uber drivers have been accused of sexual assault, kidnapping, and even something as ludicrous-sounding as a hammer attack. Then, more recently, Uber found themselves under fire after an exec at the company made …

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Google Still Working On Kid Versions Of Its Products

Earlier this year news came out that Google was looking at catering to a whole new market – kids under thirteen years old. The Wall Street Journal reported at the time that the company was working on a new system that would let parents set up accounts for kids, and control how they use services and what info is collected …

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Twitter Makes Efforts To Combat Harassment

Twitter just announced that it’s making some changes to how it handles harassment, which has become a pretty big problem on the Internet at large, but especially on Twitter where most interaction is public. Specifically, Twitter is improving its in-product harassment reporting and blocking features. Twitter explains in a blog post, “Everything that happens in the world, happens on Twitter …

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Panic bars save lives, says Qualified Hardware

In the summer of 1883, a traveling variety show made a stop at Victoria Hall in Sunderland, England. Near the end of the show, the entertainers announced to the more than 1,000 children in attendance that upon exiting the Hall, they would be met with a prize. Anxious to get their hands on whatever gift awaited, hundreds of children rushed …

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Tips for Protecting Your Identity Online, Featuring Aidan J Cassidy

Commissioned News Story (Source: Aidan J Cassidy) It seems that hardly a day goes by anymore that we don’t hear about some major security breach on the Internet. As the masses communicate and transact using their computers, smartphones, and tablets, more of our personal information is being transmitted over the interwebs than ever. Meanwhile, attacks are getting more sophisticated, leaving …

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Google’s Nest Smoke Alarms Recalled

Google has only owned Nest for just over three months, and its smoke alarms are already being recalled. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall covering all Nest Protect smoke alarms sold (there are 440,000 of them). According to the commission, activity near the product during a fire can prevent the alarm from immediately sounding when the …

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Texting and Driving Targeted in DoT’s First National Anti-Distracted Driving Ads

Everyone can agree that any deaths that stem from distracted driving are tragic, but 3,328 in a single year? That’s just staggering. In light of these shocking numbers, the U.S. Department of Transportation is doing something they’ve never done before–run a national ad campaign about distracted driving, and most specifically, texting while driving. Starting today and running for a week, …

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GM Recalls Affect 3.1 Million Vehicles

On Monday, General Motors CEO Mary Barra released a video message for GM employees announcing the recall of 1.5 million vehicles due to faulty engineering. In her message, Barra stated that “Something went wrong with our process in this instance, and terrible things happened.” Those terrible things include at least 12 deaths and more than 30 injuries of those who …

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Home Security Systems: It’s All Good ‘Til It’s Hacked

Home security systems have been flooding the news lately. With the Top Home Security Systems website naming FrontPoint Security once again the #1 system based on it’s great customer service and their use of the latest technology to battle against home invasion, it’s hard to remember a time where the only thing homeowners had to ward off crime was to …

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Quit Smoking With Cigarettes That Might Explode?

It’s hard to be a smoker in 2013. Law after law and policy after policy has severely limited the range of locations where those pressed for a nicotine fix can puff away in peace. Cigarette prices are higher than ever, and the product is routinely maligned and protested. After decades of traditional smoking cigarettes coming under attack, there has been …

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