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School Bus Driver Arrested After Sending Over 1,000 Texts While Driving

Just about everyone in the world knows that texting while driving puts motorists and passengers in serious danger, especially if school buses are involved. Evelyn Guzman, however, apparently didn't think it was that big of a deal. Guzman, 47, was recently arrested in Connecticut after police found video footage showing the woman sending text messages while driving a school bus. The surveillance...

AP Kicks Hyphens to the Curb: 'Email' and 'Cellphone' Now Real Words

As it did last year around this time, the Associated Press is making some tech-term related changes to its style guide. Hence forth 'e-mail' will be 'email,' 'cell phone' will be 'cellphone' and 'smart phone' will be 'smartphone.' Game-changing? No. But it's interesting to see the language evolve. The terms are no longer merely abbreviations for things like electronic mail or cellular telephone --...

Instaprint Creates Inkless, On-Demand Photo Prints From Instagram Snaps

Capitalizing on people's nostalgia for old Polaroid prints, a company called Breakfast will soon beta-test a location-based printer that will create inkless, on-demand photos from the Instagram iPhone app. Instaprint, as it's called, automatically prints photos that are taken with Instagram app and tagged with a specific location or hashtag. Next week, Breakfast will show off two printers to...

Verizon Has Best Call Quality Across Nation, Says J.D. Power Survey

In a recent survery released by J.D. Power, customers named Verizon Wireless the service provider with the best call quality in four of six regions across America. Verizon tied with AT&T for best customer satisfaction in another region, and U.S. Cellular was named the best carrier in the other. The survey, which canvassed 26,000 cell phone owners between July and December 2010, used seven...

Beijing to Track Citizens' Cell Phones 'To Ease Traffic Congestion'

A savvy reader has informed Slashdot that the city of Beijing will soon begin tracking its citizens' cell phones -- ostensibly "to ease traffic congestion." According to the website of the Central People's Government, Beijing's cell phone-owning population (about 70-percent) will be tracked in real time as part of the project, which is called "Platform for Citizen Movement Information."...

'Plan B' Locates Lost Phones for Those Who Fail to Think Ahead

There are plenty of options out there for tracking your phone if you lose it, such as the free and cross-platform Prey. But Plan B, from the mobile security firm Lookout, has a unique feature; you don't have to install it before you lose your phone. Thanks to Android's new ability to install apps over the Web, you can simply point your browser to the Android Market site, and install Plan B --...

AT&T Texting Users Location-Based Shopping Deals with ShopAlerts

AT&T has launched a new service called ShopAlerts, which sends promotional text messages to subscribers who are near certain retailers. According to The New York Times, AT&T is now the first American carrier to push location-based ads via text messages. The free service will soon be available for subscribers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. The technology AT&T...

Homeless Man Uses Prepaid Phone, Twitter to Find Estranged Daughter

A homeless man in New York City used a prepaid cell phone to sign-up for a Twitter account and find his estranged daughter. Daniel Morales was given the phone by the Unheard in New York project, which uses social networking to give a voice to the city's homeless. On Wednesday, Morales tweeted that he was looking for his daughter, as well as his phone number and a picture of her at age 16....

Camera Tech Could Let You Refocus Your Blurry Shot After You Take It

Pelican Imaging has developed a prototype imaging system for cellphones with 25 tiny cameras, which take 25 separate pictures and combine those into one bigger, better image. Instead of using a single, large lens and sensor, Pelican's camera array technology uses multiple lenses and sensor to capture light images, adds some 3-D depth and gesture control, and could even let users manipulate a...

Smartphone Sales Surge, Top PCs For The First Time

First, sales of laptops surpassed those of desktops. Now, smartphones are outselling PCs. The PC market continued to grow in 2010, with manufacturers shipping 92.1 million units in the fourth quarter. But traditional computers just simply couldn't keep pace with the exploding (and relatively new) consumer smartphone market. In last three months of 2010, 100.9 million smartphones were shipped...

Black Eyed Peas Halftime Show Suffers From Wireless Malfunction (Among Other Things)

Yesterday, before the big game, Black Eyed Peas figurehead Will.i.am promised USA Today that he would totally tweet during the halftime show! Well, he didn't. Here was his explanation, as taken from his Twitter feed, decidedly post-game: "Att crashed...ahhhh!!!! The worse." He then added, "At&t??? Wow...no service during halftime...unbelievable." It really is a shame he didn't get a...

Record a Police Officer in Illinois, Get 15 Years in Prison

If you were to record an encounter with the police, you might call it covering your ass. In Illinois, it's called a felony. The Midwestern state is one of three, along with Massachusetts and Oregon, to have passed eavesdropping laws that make it a crime to record a conversation without the consent of all parties involved. In Chicago, the law is drawing significant attention because, there,...

Woman's Cell Phone Ringing From Inside Ukrainian Croc

Rimma Golovko was trying to get a pic of a crocodile named Gena at an aquarium in the Ukraine when she suddenly lost her grip on her cell phone. Naturally, the poor croc swallowed it. Workers were originally skeptical of the woman's story until the phone started ringing -- inside Gena. Unfortunately, the animal now isn't feeling well, refusing food and acting "listless." Vets are hopeful Gena...

Electronic Devices Might Interfere With Planes -- or Not

Despite stern warnings from flight attendants and pilots, we've always wondered if our iPods or cell phones could really cause an airplane's electronics to go haywire. According to a recent article in The New York Times, personal electronic devices don't always interfere with a plane's electronics -- but sometimes they do, or can, cause problems. Clear as mud, right? Bill Strauss, an engineer...

8th Grader's 'Bubble Ball' Unseats 'Angry Birds' on Apple's Top Free Apps List

Thanks to a tween, the avian reign on the iPhone is over. According to All Things Digital, a game created by a 14-year-old boy unseated 'Angry Birds Seasons' from its spot atop the App Store's Top Free Apps list. 'Bubble Ball,' which 8th-grader Robert Nay coded on his own, became the App Store's #1 free game late last week. Nay spent more than a month using Ansca Mobile's Corona SDK to write more...