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A Baker's Dozen Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Mac

Whether you're a recent convert, ambivalent veteran or one of those hardened Apple fanboys, let us remind you: a Mac, like any other computer, needs to be maintained. No, you probably don't need anti-virus software (yet), you may never have to fiddle with registry editing, and you'll likely never need to reinstall the operating system. But you may face a kernel panic, a raft of mysterious app...

Elderly Couple Crash Car Into Old Church, Blame Faulty GPS System

An elderly British couple recently got lost while driving around Germany, so they decided to consult their vehicle's GPS navigation system. As it turns out, the device was totally faulty, but the couple didn't realize it until they had already crashed into a 19th century German church -- because, apparently, the GPS system told them to. The church suffered about $37,000 in damage, but the...

Heidi Montag's Plastic Surgeon Was Texting Just Before Fatal Accident

Plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan, the man who turned Heidi Montag into a tragicomedic freak of science, died in a car crash on Monday after driving his car off of a cliff in Malibu. And, according to one of Ryan's former flames, texting might be to blame. Charmaine Blake, Ryan's ex-girlfriend, recently revealed to People that the surgeon was tweeting about his border collie just before his fatal...

Fatal Disney World Monorail Crash Sparks Federal Investigation

The 38-year-old Walt Disney World Monorail System suffered its first fatal accident on Sunday when a driver failed to stop and slammed into the back of a stationary train, killing him instantly. The accident occurred at 2 a.m. with 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg behind the controls, and six passengers on board. All the other passengers escaped unharmed, but Wuennenberg was not so lucky. Disney...

Boston Trolley Crash Blamed on Text-Messaging Driver

We've seen people caught texting while driving cars, buses, motorcycles, and trains. We can now add to that list: texting in a trolley. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced over the weekend that a 24-year-old Boston trolley operator admitted to texting his girlfriend just before the trolley he was piloting slammed into another, injuring about 50 people, on Friday, May 8....

British Lord Jailed for Fatal, Texting-Related Crash

We've chronicled the threats of driving while texting many times in the past, including women who were sentenced to 21-months and four years for committing this act of stupidity. Now we have a member of the United Kingdom's Parliament to add to the list. Lord Ahmed, a member of the British House of Lords, will spend 12 weeks in jail for killing another driver. While the details of the accident...

US and Russian Satellites Collide In 'Unprecedented' Accident

A US Iridium satellite has hit a defunct Russian satellite in an unprecedented space collision. The crash occurred some 790km (491 miles) over Siberia on Tuesday, according to NASA, and produced a "massive" cloud of debris. About 600 pieces are being tracked from the debris field in hopes of understanding the risk they present to other satellites and the international space station. The...

Facebook Fans Honoring Heroic US Airways Pilot

It took only hours but with all the passengers and crew of US Airways Flight 1549 declared safe it was, perhaps, inevitable that a Facebook fan page was crafted in dedication to the pilot who skillfully guided the plane to its controlled landing in the Hudson River off the edge of Manhattan. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, 57, of Danville, Calif., a former Air Force pilot and now hero to at...

Twitter Breaks News of Plane Crash in the Hudson

Twitter is quickly becoming the source for breaking news. We've seen it before with earthquakes, plane crashes, voting irregularities, fires, and even the discovery of ice on mars. So it should come as no surprise that today's news of US Airways flight 1549 that crashed into the Hudson River broke on Twitter first. Details are still pouring in, but Twitter users continued to beat the mainstream...

Government Bans Cell Phones For Train Operators

Following the horrible train crash on September 12th, the National Transportation Safety Board has banned train operators from using cell phones on the job, at least until a complete investigation can be preformed. Investigators in California found that Robert Sanchez, the engineer on the California commuter train, had been texting while operating the train. The accident occurred when Sanchez...

Driver Crashes Car While Reaching For Cell Phone (But Saves Cup Of Coffee)

Modern conveniences and technology allow us to do many things while driving. We can navigate our way along unfamiliar highways, avoiding traffic and finding random points of interest. We can save fuel by motoring along on steam. We can even juice the stereo in our car to the point that it turns all components and passengers into something resembling tapioca pudding. But none of these...

New Smart Brake Lights Could Improve Safety

Getting rear ended sucks. Chances are it's happened to you, and maybe you've even done it to someone else. Quite often these fender-benders are caused when someone stops suddenly. If you happen to be paying attention close enough that you can stop in time to avoid the person in front of you, there's a good chance the person behind you wasn't, meaning you get creamed. To improve auto safety in...

Las Vegas Marquee Crashes, Displays Windows Error Page For Hours

If you've ever run Windows on a PC then you've certainly encountered the so-called Blue Screen of Death (BSoD), which is pictured above. For Mac fans, this Windows warning is a target of ridicule. For Linux fans, it's proof of their open source operating system's superiority. But for Windows devotees, the BSoD is a source of embarrassment and frustration. Just take a look at the marquee outside...