All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Texting’

People Who Tweet While Driving Are Doing It ‘All the Time’, God Help Us

AT&T has been running its “It Can Wait” campaign for a few years now, shining a light on the country’s continued problem with distracted driving. Every so often it puts out a survey and every time the result come back it’s like oh my god what the hell are people doing. First things first – 61 percent of people say …

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Verizon, Sprint Pay $158M for ‘Cramming’ Bogus Charges

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that Verizon and Sprint will pay a combined $158 million to settle “cramming” investigations, wherein the Commission found that the carriers were cramming unauthorized charges onto customers’ bills. The majority of such charges came from so-called “premium text services”. “For too long, consumers have been charged on their phone bills for things they did …

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Florida Woman Texted “Driving Drunk Woo” Right Before Allegedly T-Boning a Truck and Killing Her Passenger

A person is dead thanks to the careless actions of a Florida woman, so there’s nothing funny about this story. But its sheer stupidity factor makes it important. In August of 2013, a 22-year-old woman ran a red light at 4:45 am and plowed her rented smart car into the side of a truck. She survived, the driver of the …

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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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Texting Woman Walks Into a Train, Only Suffers Broken Arm

We all know texting and driving is stupid and dangerous, but little by little we’re all learning the perils of texting and walking. A Lakeland, Florida woman is in the hospital after she was too distracted by her device to see (or hear!?) an oncoming train. “The investigation revealed that Miller was walking north bound with her head down looking …

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Man Texts Probation Officer Looking to Buy Pot

On average, Americans send and receive over 40 text messages every day. With all of that texting, one is bound to screw up every once in a while and text the wrong person. Let’s just call this the most unlucky instance of that. WALB is Albany, Georgia says that Alvin Cross Jr. has been sentenced to a couple years in …

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Textaholic Granny Sends Family Motivational Text from the Grave

Everyone has their own way of coping with death and loss, and unless that coping mechanism is harmful to other, well, to each their own. If people want to grieve by texting their deceased loved ones, that’s perfectly ok. I mean, it’s really no different than going to a cemetery and ‘talking’ to them, right? While we could probably argue …

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PopKey Is the GIF Keyboard You’ve Desperately Wanted

Now that you’ve used iOS 8’s new third-party keyboard option to use SwiftKey or other swipe text keyboards (because who wasn’t waiting for that?), please be alert to the fact that there is now an all-GIF keyboard that you can download. Right now. We’ve all been communicating in animated GIFs for some time now. It’s pretty much a new language. …

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You Probably Shouldn’t Text and Drive with Google Glass Either, Says Study

If one of your reasons for possibly purchasing Google Glass is safer communication while driving, you might want to rethink your assumptions. In what he’s calling the first study of its kind, University of Central Florida researcher Ben Sawyer has tested the notion that texting with Google Glass while driving is safer than doing it the old fashioned way. What …

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Buffalo Bills Fans Sue Over Text Alert Snafu, Win Buffalo Bills Gift Cards

Thousands of Buffalo Bills fans will receive gift cards to purchase official Buffalo Bills merchandise after they received a few too many text alerts from the team’s now-disbanded automatic text service. Back in 2012, Bills fan Jerry Wojcik filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL organization, claiming that he received three-too-many texts from the Bills during a two-week period. 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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Woman Pranks Daughter with School Shooting Text in Dumbest April Fools’ Joke of the Year

And you thought Netflix’s sizzling bacon documentary was bad… A 54-year-old woman has been charged with disturbing schools, breaching the peace, and unlawful use of a telephone after sending a text to her daughter claiming that shots had been fired at a Virginia College campus where she worked. It could go down as the dumbest April Fools’ joke of the …

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Guy Who Shot Texting Moviegoer Was Also Texting

Back in January, 71-year-old Curtis Reeves shot and killed Chad Oulson in a crowded movie theater during a screening of Lone Survivor. Reeves shot Oulson after an altercation the sprang from the latter texting in the theater and refusing to stop. According to Oulson’s wife, who was non-fatally shot, they were simply texting a babysitter about their 3-year-old daughter. Reeves …

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Police Catch Florida Man’s Texting & Driving Crash on Video

Texting while driving is stupid, reckless, dangerous, and an all around dick move. Everybody knows this, but the majority of adults continue to do it. Why? Well, why does anybody do anything, really? I’m going to go with selfishness, as opposed to stupidity. You can fix selfishness. Every week it seems there’s a new story about some distracted driver doing …

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Movie Theater Shooting: One Dead Over Texting Dispute

Texting while driving can be deadly, but who would have thought that texting while seeing a movie could be too? Well, that’s exactly what happened on Monday during a “Lone Survivor” showing at Cobb Theater in Tampa, Fla. Curtis Reeve, 71, fatally shot 43-year-old Chad Oulson in the chest for texting on his phone during movie previews. The altercation started …

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Mark Zuckerberg May Have Been Caught Texting and Driving by a Jelly User

Celebrities – they’re just like you! Yesterday, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone pulled the tarp off his newest project, Jelly – a new mobile service that we first heard about way back in March of last year. In short, Jelly is a question and answer app that allows users to snap photos with their phones and then ask “what is this?” …

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Scientists Use Vodka to Send World’s First Molecular Text Message

Researchers at York University in Toronto have finally found a good use for vodka. Using a simple setup with a spritzer and a receiver, placed apart from one another on a table, they were able to send the world’s first molecular text message. The message was programmed into a series of sprays, and the alcohol was sprayed across the room …

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Woman Named Cowit Hit a Bunch of Cows While Texting and Driving

In you-couldn’t-possibly-make-up-if-you-tried news, a woman named Daisy Cowit has been charged with a handful of crimes after plowing into a bunch of cattle in Orange County, New York. According to witnesses and police, Cowit was texting and driving when the incident occurred. She claims that she was simply checking her phones for an incoming call – but did admits that …

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Here’s What Texting While Driving Will Cost You in the US

If you’re caught texting while driving, the fine you could be forced to pay varies wildly depending on which US state you’re in when you’re caught in the act. According to a handy map compiled by Mother Jones, the lowest maximum fine for a first-time offender resides in California at just $20. And according to the map, you really don’t …

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Texting Driver Crashes into a Lake, Survives but Faces Charges

Guys. Hey guys…guys? You have to stop texting while driving. Yes, according to recent surveys about half of you admit to the practice and a whopping 98% of you admit to doing it even though you know it’s dangerous – so we all know this is a serious issue. But you’ve gotta put down the phone. A 25-year-old Maryland woman …

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Texting Someone While They’re Driving Could Leave You Liable in New Jersey

A New Jersey appeals court has just handed down one of the most baffling rulings concerning technology and civil liability that you’re likely to see. Ever. In plain words, the court has ruled that future texters who knowingly text someone who’s driving can potentially be held liable for that remote text. That means that, in theory, if you text your …

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New Texting While Driving Game Is Exactly As Hard As It Should Be

You know that texting while driving is terribly dangerous and can lead to you running straight into a big truck full of crap. Or most likely something worse, like another human being. If you need a quick refresher on how texting while driving can screw up your life, as well as the lives of others, take a look at Werner …

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Texting Driver Runs into a Bunch of Crap. Literally.

Texting while driving is pretty stupid. As is eating a sloppy burger while driving, or putting on mascara while driving. Basically, when you’re driving – you should drive. Distracted driving has always been an issue, but it has definitely vaulted its position from issue to all-out safety hazard now that everyone has a mobile phone in their pocket. Recent studies …

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Werner Herzog Directs Powerful Anti-Texting & Driving Documentary

Every year, texting while driving is a factor in more than 100,000 car crashes. The four major providers in the U.S, AT&T, Spring, Verizon, and T-Mobile recently teamed up to launch the It Can Wait campaign – an initiative with a simple message: No text, email, or Facebook update is worth endangering the lives of everyone on the road. Now, …

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Heartless, Lazy, and Probably Pretty Useful App Constructs Your Breakup Texts for You

As a human being with at least some pitiful excuse for a heart, I feel that I’m inclined to instruct you not to use this app. Ok, now that’s out of the way – Hey guys, check out this incredible new app! It’s called BreakupText, and it pretty much does as advertises. It’s an app that constructs breakup texts so …

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Here’s a Song About Mass Texts and I Don’t Really Know What to Say About It

The word on the internet is that this song “Mass Text” is the new contender for worst thing on the internet. I guess we can call it the “Rebecca Black” award. Whatever. Unlike some of the other “worst things on the internet” that try to take themselves seriously, only to become the worst thing on the internet – this is …

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Man Texts on Hood of a Speeding Car, Couldn’t Possibly Care Less

It is literally impossible for this guy to give less of a crap about what you think. You think texting while driving is dangerous? Meet texting while hood-surfing. In this clip, allegedly from a highway in Saudi Arabia, a man casually texts while riding on the hood of a car. The driver of the car filming the texting man is …

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Texting While Driving Is Prevalent, Makes You More Likely to Do Other Stupid Things, and Kills More Kids than Drunk Driving

If you didn’t already think it was a major problem, two new studies on teens, texting, and driving should prove rather informative. To paint with a borad brush, teens are texting while driving at an alarming rate, it’s indicative of other risky behaviors, and it’s now killing kids at a rate similar to drunk driving. First, a study just published …

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Juror Can’t Stop Texting During Trial, Promptly Jailed

A 26-year-old juror in a Salem, Oregon, armed robbery case has been sentenced to serve two days in jail after he was caught texting in court. Benjamin Kohler was charged with contempt after authorities say he was using his mobile device to text after being given explicit instructions to stay off it. The judge in the trial, Dennis Graves, instructed …

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Fatal Text Message Released as Warning by Grieving Family

Though the practice is known to be dangerous, and is now outlawed in much of the U.S., texting while driving is something that many teens and adults do on a regular basis. This week, a grieving family, who claim their son’s death was due to text messaging while driving, is issuing a warning to other drivers. Greenly, Colorado police and …

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