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SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

DRIVING DISASTERS: Girl Skips School, Bumps Into Cop The Text Naughty Tampa, FL high school senior Katelyn Blaylock cut school and then texted from behind the wheel as she and two pals sped away from second period. The Turnabout Distracted by the thrill of the chase, Blaylock rolled out of school and into a car stopped at a red light. As if she weren't soooooo busted already, that car... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

CELEBRITY TEXTS: Britney's Spouse Gets Schooled, New Style The Text The year was 2006, and pop culture punching bag Kevin Federline (Mr. Britney Spears) was filming a reality show to promote his new album. He spent much of the time waxing on how supportive Britney was of his "career," and while the cameras were rolling, Federline received a very special SMS from his soon-to-be train wreck... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

CELEBRITY TEXTS: Detroit Mayor's Fast Fingers Bring Pleasure/Downfall The Text In 2003, then-Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick was brought to civil court after he fired a bodyguard and the Deputy Chief of Police for probing into an affair with his Chief of Staff, Christine Beatty. After losing a $6.5 million wrongful termination suit, Kilpatrick announced that he would appeal the case. The... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

CELEBRITY TEXTS: Anna Faris Attempts to Rob Cradle The Text Actress Anna Faris ('The House Bunny') admitted to Fox News that she and her fiancé had taken "hump day" to its technological next step by creating Sex Text Wednesdays. "Every Wednesday we text each other the naughtiest things," she said, and cited the time when she suggested they get their drunk on, before getting it on. ... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

FUNNY FOIBLES: Oversharing Teen Announces Deflowering The Text Last December, Lizzy Frisinger was the car wreck you couldn't tear your eyes away from. While on a class trip, the 18-year-old Cleveland senior had to tell her BFF that she finally ditched the big V, writing "OMG! Just had 1st time on beach!" The Turnabout Unfortunately, the young lover neglected to double check the address... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

FUNNY FOIBLES: Man Breaks Texting, Phone Bill Records The Text Philly resident Nick Andes tested the limits of unlimited texting plans when he and a friend fired off 217,000 messages between each other in a one-month period, shattering the previous world record of 182,000. Most of the communiqués were kept to a succinct, "LOL" or "hello." The Turnabout For stressing its network,... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

FUNNY FOIBLES: Guy Lured by Sext. Loses Clothes, Dignity. The Text On Christmas 2007, a New Zealand man received a text informing him of a present that awaited the over-eager lad at a certain address. The gift: two very "friendly" women. To expedite consummation of said present, the sender suggested the man remove his clothes before entering the premises. The Turnabout Both our horndog... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

DUMB CRIMINALS: Carjackers Go On Blind Date with Local Police The Text Earlier this year, Alan Heuss of Columbus, OH, was relieved of his BMW at gunpoint. When Heuss told friends of his misfortune, one suggested that they mess with the carjackers by sending an SMS to Heuss's phone (which was still in the stolen car) and pretend to offer Heuss a night of sweet drugs and women. The Turnabout ... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

DUMB CRIMINALS: Bad Burglars Disregard Lessons from TV The Text In 2006, two crooks in ski masks broke into the Midvale, UT home of Jared and Cooper Colwell and stole the brothers' wallets and cell phones. Recognizing the voice of one of the perps, Jared later texted old friend and former houseguest Randall Talbot, saying, "Randy, I really want my phone back; I'll pay you $300." The... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

DUMB CRIMINALS: Text Message Not Ideal for Drug Deals The Text Sheboygan, WI, inmate and Oxycodone enthusiast Alicja Sawicki dialed up some trouble back in February after texting, "If Chad can get a bop and meet me at the jail at 8:45, I got the flow." The Turnabout Presumably in a rush to get a bop (pillhead-speak for hillbilly heroin) while temporarily let out of the pokey to attend a... Read more »

SMS SOS: Text-Messaging's All-Time Most Stupid Moments

Share SMS communiqués are limited to a mere 160 characters, yet their destructive power is limitless. Elected officials, bad drivers, clueless criminals, and hapless celebrities all illustrate the havoc that a few fumbling thumbstrokes can wreak. To celebrate the sad sacks whose lives have been altered forever by such technological mishaps, Switched proudly presents our first... Read more »

Top 10 Gadget Clones

For every product out there in the marketplace, a similar product stands by its side jockeying for the same consumer dollars. Coke has its Pepsi, McDonald's has its Burger King and the United States has its Canada. Yes, good-natured competition is what makes our economy go 'round. But, in the world of consumer electronics, some companies fight dirty, plagiarizing the designs and ideas of direct... Read more »

World's Most Hideous Gadgets

Last week, we linked to CrunchGear's hilarious compilation of the 12 ugliest gadgets ever made, which included the ridiculous 360-degree immersion helmet by Toshiba pictured here. "We've found the ugliest gadgets ever made, so you don't have to," the article proclaimed. Only, we here at Switched think there are plenty of criminal acts against good taste that weren't mentioned. So, inspired by... Read more »

Are Gadgets Making You Sick?

Remember the old Stephen King flick 'Maximum Overdrive,' in which all machines suddenly go berserk and start murdering humans? While we're not quite there yet, lots of casual technology users are paying a very high price for the modern conveniences that their gadgets afford them: Their health, and, in some cases, even their lives, are in jeopardy. The next time you visit the doc (or a mortician)... Read more »

Hollywood Maestro Mark Mancina Loves His iPhone

You may not have heard of the name Mark Mancina, but you've definitely heard one of his scores. Mancina has been tickling the ears of moviegoers for years, composing the soundtracks for such blockbusters as 'Training Day,' 'Bad Boys,' 'Con Air,' 'Twister' and 'Tarzan.' He's won three Grammy awards for some of his work and even dabbles in Broadway musicals where he's picked up a Tony award and... Read more »
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