All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Texting’

Toilet Texting and You [Infographic]

How many of you take your smartphone with you when you go to the bathroom? How many of you text while relieving yourself? Don’t lie, because if the upcoming infographic is true, a lot more of you do than don’t. Although, it begs the question, is tooling around on your new Android gadget any different than taking a book or …

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U.S. Calls for Ban on Mobile Devices While Driving

The U.S. Department of Transportation has encouraged automakers to design devices that would block the use of mobile devices while a vehicle is moving. The plan extends to texting, the dialing of 10-digit phone numbers, the keying in of address on GPS systems, etc., unless the car is in park. On these non-binding guidelines issued today, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, …

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SmokefreeTXT Helps You Quit Smoking With Encouraging Texts

If there is one simple truth that everyone who has ever picked up a cigarette knows, it’s this: quitting is a huge pain in the ass. Anyone who has ever attempted and failed can attest to that, and everyone who has attempted and succeeded knows that people get through it in unique ways. The National Cancer Institute, with the help …

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Texting: The Preferred Communication Of Liars

You can take two important things from a recent study on honesty in communications. One, you really are more likely to lie in a text and two, that person you lied to is going to be incredibly pissed that you did it in a text. In a study yet to be published in the Journal of Business Ethics, researchers found …

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Nielsen Study: Teen Mobile Data Usage Up Over 250%

Nielsen has released the results of a study into mobile phone usage by various age groups. While the study shows a rise in data usage across the board, the greatest increase was in the 13-17 age group. In the third quarter of 2010, teens in this group used an average of 90 MB of data per month. In this year’s …

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Did the BlackBerry Outage Save Lives?

Last week BlackBerry users from across the globe experienced outages with their service. Some of the reported problems included: accessing the web, using BlackBerry messenger, roaming in Europe, and even accessing their email. It was later found out that a huge backlog was responsible for the intermittent service. Sure, the BlackBerry outage inconvenienced tons of people, but could it have …

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Twitter and Texting, the Poetry of a Generation

Carol Ann Duffy is an acclaimed Scottish poet responsible for dozens of well-respected collections. In 2009, she was appointed Britain’s poet laureate, making her the first woman to ever hold the position. And she thinks that Twitter and text messaging is helping our kids with the art of poetry. Talking to the Telegraph, the 55-year-old poet said that “the poem …

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Pinger Says Germany Is 1st Stop in Taking Free Texting Global

Since texting is one of the most common functions on mobile devices these days, it’s no wonder that free texting applications have become extremely popular. Those of us in the U.S. have become accustomed to these abilities, but unfortunately, people in other countries have not been so lucky, until now.

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Future iPhones to Include Speech-To-Text and Text-To-Speech?

Ever been in a loud room and unable to understand your friend over the phone? What if they could instead convert their voice communication to a text? This may be possible on upcoming iOS devices, according to a new Apple patent published this morning by the US Patent office. On the flip-side, what if you were in a meeting and …

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Corona Launches Text Campaign To Raise Money For Cancer Cure

 Corona is launching a new text donation campaign to help The V Foundation for Cancer Research raise money for a cancer cure.

 Starting March 1 through April 5, the “Find a Cure” text donation campaign invites people to text “DontGiveUp” to 85944 to donate $5 to The V Foundation, with all of the money going to fund cancer research.

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Texting Bans Not Reducing Car Accidents

States that have laws banning texting while driving are not seeing a reduction in the number of accidents, according to a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI).

In fact, such bans are associated with a slight increase in the frequency of insurance claims filed under collision coverage for damage to vehicles in crashes. This finding is based on comparisons of claims in 4 states before and after texting ban, compared with patterns of claims in nearby states.

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Fewer Teens Concerned About Texting While Driving

Even with academic research indicating the consequences of texting while driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving, some teens don’t see it that way, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of State Farm.

Among 14-17 years olds who intend to have or already have a driver’s license, the survey found 36 percent strongly agree that if they regulary text and drive it could lead to a fatality. In contrast, more than half (55%) of teens strongly agree that drinking while driving could be fatal.

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Americans Have A Love-Hate Relationship With Their Cell Phones

Texting by American adults has increased significantly over the past year, but still does not approach the level of text messages exchanged by young people, according to a new report from Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Nearly three quarters (72%) of adult cell phone users send and receive text messages now, up from 65 percent in September 2009. The majority (87%) of teen cell users text. Teens text 50 messages a day on average, five times more than the typical 10 text messages sent and received by adults per day.

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State Farm Launches Android Widget To Prevent Distracted Driving

State Farm Insurance said today it will release an Android widget on Monday, August 23, aimed at reducing the problem of distracted driving.

The “On the Move” widget allows Android users to write and preload customized messages that can be sent as automated responses to incoming text messages. The service if free to anyone with an Android smartphone.

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Adults And Teens Equally Likely To Text While Driving

American adults are just as likely to have texted while driving as teenagers and are significantly more likely than teens to have talked on their cell phones while driving, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

More than a quarter (27%) of American adults say they have texted while driving, about the same proportion as the number of teens (26%) who say they have texted while driving.

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Text Phishing Attacks See Big Drop In Q1

Text-to-phone phishing attacks saw significant a drop in the first quarter of 2010, decreasing 62 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to a new report from security firm Internet Identity (IID).

Even with the drop, the number of credit unions being spoofed in text-to-phone cases stayed the same, meaning these organizations were the most targeted by industry. In these attacks, cyber criminals impersonate companies by text message and try to get people to call a fake interactive voice response (IVR) system designed to steal account information.

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Teen Texting Sees Sharp Increase

Cell-phone texting has become the preferred form of basic communication between teens and their friends, according to a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Daily text messaging among teens has increased in the past 18 months from 38 percent of teens texting friends daily in 2008, to 54 percent of teens texting daily in 2009. The average teen sends and receives 50 or more messages per day, or 1,500 per month.

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Feds Ban Commercial Drivers From Texting

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today federal guidelines to prohibit texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large trucks and buses.

Ray-LaHood "We want the drivers of big rigs and buses and those who share the roads with them to be safe," said Secretary LaHood. 

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ChaCha Closes $7 Million Round of Funding

Answers service ChaCha announced today that it has closed a $7 million E round of funding. The service lets users go online, call, or text questions on mobile phones and receive answers "within minutes" for free. The service has an iPhone app and lets people ask questions via Twitter as well.

This round of funding might be particularly significant for the company. "We believe this latest round provides ChaCha the cash required to reach profitability," says CEO Scott A. Jones.

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