Steering his Range Rover from San Francisco to Mountain View, Calif, Brian Bogosian has a message for politicians and safety advocates who want to stop drivers from talking on cell phones: Don't tell me what to do. The chief executive of mobile access company Visto is irked by mounting political pressure to ban the use of wireless devices in automobiles. Every morning, Bogosian uses his Range Rover as an office on wheels to call colleagues on the East Coast--while petting the muzzle of Cobey, his faithful Vizsla who commands the front passenger seat. "This whole driver distraction issue is overblown," said Bogosian, whose Mountain View-based company makes software that lets personal computers transmit calendar, address book and email entries from corporate networks to wireless devices. "People have been distracted for years, whether smoking cigarettes or playing with the equalizer on the radio," he said. "To get government in your car with you is one step from having them in the … [Read more...] about Steering cell phones in the right direction
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Interactive TV is now just a cell phone text message away. Several U.S. carriers--including AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS and Cingular Wireless--now offer very simple forms of the much-hyped concept of letting television viewers interact with the shows they watch. For instance, viewers of Fox Network's "American Idol" can cast votes for their favorite performances using cell phone text messages. AT&T Wireless this week said it plans to step up both the complexity and reach of what its calls TextTV, the company's effort to create interactive TV services using text messaging. AT&T Wireless spokeswoman Danielle Perry said to expect more television shows, especially reality shows that can tie in an audience vote, to incorporate text messaging. Radio stations are also interested in new promotions where a listener can send in a text message with song requests, she said. Expect wireless message services that shuttle photos or voice recordings to come into the mix, she said. "We had … [Read more...] about Cell phones carriers hype the type
Scientists tracked 420,000 Danish cell phone users including 52,000 users who have used cell phones for 10 or more years. Some even started using cell phones 21 years ago when the phones were analog models that emitted far greater energy than modern digital models. They matched phone records to the famed Danish Cancer Registry that records every citizen who gets the disease, and reported Tuesday that cell phone callers are no more likely than anyone else to suffer a range of cancer types. The study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, is the largest yet to find no bad news about the safety of cell phones and the radio frequency energy they emit."There's really no biological basis for you to be concerned about radio waves," said John Boice, a Vanderbilt University professor and scientific director of the International Epidemiology Institute in Rockville, Md. "Nonetheless, people are." As more and more scientific evidence mounts demonstrating cell … [Read more...] about Largest study ever declares cell phones safe!
Universities and some cities are starting to recognize cell phones as efficient tools for protecting and connecting students and citizens. More than 233 million people in the U.S. subscribe to a cell phone service, and many of those people view their cell phones as the one item they do not leave the house without. University officials and community leaders are just now starting to see how these staples of 21st century society can be turned into tools to keep citizens and students better informed about their community and better protected from harm. "Our vision is to open the cellular phone network up so that communities can better connect with people living in those areas," said Rodger Desai, president and CEO of Rave Wireless, a company that develops software applications for universities to send cell phone communications to students. "Colleges are really a microcosm of the world. This technology can be used in any community to inform people of emergencies or just provide local … [Read more...] about Cell phone becomes new town crier
Last week, the National Transportation and Safety Board proposed a national ban on all cell phone usage by drivers. That means no texting or phone calls -- even with hands-free devices -- at all times while driving, except for in emergency situations. The recommendation has sparked debate and controversy, but a new poll suggests that more Americans might be in favor of such a drastic measure than we would assume. Poll Position reports that Americans support the NTSB's recommendation by a 49 percent to 44 percent margin. When results are broken down by age, those aged 65 and older most favor the suggested ban, with 60 percent supporting it and 33 percent opposed. However, most other age groups were nearly divided with close results in favor and opposition. The only age group that had a majority in opposition of the ban were those between the ages of 30 to 44, with 50.2 percent who opposed. Yet 46.8 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds favored the ban while 41.4 percent opposed it. … [Read more...] about Nearly half of Americans favor ban on drivers using cell phones: poll
An analysis of three polls conducted by Harris Interactive has turned up some pretty obvious findings: like, Americans under 30 are especially likely to use cell phones. Amazing! But the analysis of the three polls also turned up some other interesting trends, some of which are not so obvious. First, 98 percent of American adults say they have some sort of phone service, with over 80 percent of U.S. adults say they have a landline phone and 77 percent saying they have a mobile phone. However, one third of 18 to 29 year-olds say they only use a cell phone or Internet (VoIP) to make phone calls: no landline involved. Overall, 16 percent of U.S. adults report using VoIP to place at least some telephone calls. The polls also show that about 63 percent of U.S. adults take multiple approaches to placing phone calls. However, about 18 percent say they only use a landline, 11 percent say they’re only using a mobile phone, and just 2 percent say they’re only using VoIP. The … [Read more...] about Shocker: People Under 30 Use Cell Phones!
Most cell phone users have done it at least once: scramble to silence a ringing phone hidden deep in a jacket pocket or bag. Casio has developed a prototype system that can mute a phone with a couple of taps to a wristwatch.The prototype watch works with handsets armed with Bluetooth Low Power technology and a compatible app and is slated to be commercialized at the end of the year. It's designed to alert a user to things like incoming email or calls to their cell phone.If a phone is in a bag or pocket, the alerts would allow the watch wearer to find out who the call or message is from, without scrambling for the phone. Or, in the case of an incoming call, quiet the phone by tapping the watch twice. (See a video of the system in action on YouTube.)Information flows both ways. With the push of a button, the watch can request the current time from the cell phone and update itself. This could be especially useful when traveling, because cell phones generally take local time from the … [Read more...] about Casio Prototype Wristwatch Works with Cell Phones
A new survey shows that millions of Americans are expected to cut back on cell phone spending, assuming the economic downturn continues.The New Millennium Research Council said results of a recent survey conclude that millions of cell phone users have already cut back on their cell phone spending with the recession. The survey of 2,005 Americans conducted by the Opinion Research Corp. shows that millions more are "poised" to cut back if the downturn goes on another six months, as expected.The poll suggests that monthly contracts for cell phone usage will be hit hardest as consumers try to save money by using prepaid cell phones and cutting out extras from their plans, the council said in a statement.The NMRC is a Washington-based think tank. It has previously used survey research to support its position that low-income Americans should be extended cell phone service to improve employment and public safety.The NMRC plans to hold a press conference later Thursday detailing the … [Read more...] about Cell-Phone Use Expected to Decline As Recession Drags on
The root of America's health crisis is bad habits formed in childhood. To protect children from harm, parents are keeping kids indoors, where they get sick, watch TV and form lifelong habits of screen addiction, inactivity and junk-food overeating.It's time to tag and release the children. We have the technology. Shocking news about children's healthSeventy percent of American children don't get enough vitamin D, according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics. Vitamin D deficiency contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease, diabetes and obesity, bone disease, rickets and other major diseases.Vitamin D isn't a vitamin, but a hormone produced by the body when skin is exposed to sunshine. You can supplement the diet with pills and fortified foods, but scientists say sunshine is best.Another recent study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found another common behavior damaging children's health: watching TV.For the first time ever, … [Read more...] about Why every child needs a GPS cell phone
Do you still have an alarm clock? More importantly, do you still use it? If you do, you might be in the minority. In a poll of nearly 1,500 people carried out by Rightmobilephone.co.uk, of which 82 percent owned a cell phone, more than half used their mobiles as their alarm clock.20 percent of the British cell phone-owning respondents said that they used their handsets for the internet, organizing their week, taking pictures and video and waking up in the morning. While cell phone makers often do advertise new phones by boasting new internet features and camera capabilities, it seems the most basic function of time keeping that's on all phones is the one that is used by most."It is a trend that we are seeing, people are even using mobiles instead of wrist watches now," Robert Egan, a fellow of the British Horological Institute, told the Telegraph. "It's just another sign of modern technology taking over from mechanical things." … [Read more...] about Alarm Clocks Useless Thanks to Cell Phones