But that rather ominous-sounding jump should bear an asterisk, because according to the administration, only 0.9 percent of the drivers it observed at selected stoplights and intersections were texting, up from 0.6 percent the year before--which means that in spite of the 50 percent jump, texting was observed among fewer than 1 out of 100 drivers. What's more, the 2010 number was still lower than the recent peak of one percent measured in 2008.… Read more
A spectrum bill has passed through a subcommittee in the House of Representatives that authorizes FCC incentive auctions and also allocates spectrum to public safety.
On Thursday, the communications and technology subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum Act (JOBS Act).
The legislation authorizes the Federal Communications Commission to create an auction for selling wireless spectrum voluntarily released by TV broadcasters. And it also includes provisions for allocating spectrum and funding a nationwide public safety mobile broadband network.
Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who sponsored the bill, said it would help create 100,… Read more
More and more parents are giving their kids tablets, game consoles, laptops, and other Internet-connected devices as special holiday gifts. But how do you keep Junior safe as he's downloading apps, playing games online and exploring the World Wide Web?
Putting the iPod Touch on lock-down
Dear Maggie, My 10-year-old daughter wants an iPod Touch for Christmas. I'm sure it's because all of her friends have one and are playing games and other apps on it. But I am nervous about getting her one. I trust her, but I do not think she needs all of the … Read more
Even in the friendliest of bike cities, motorists and cyclists aren't always on the lookout for each other. And that can pose safety problems, especially at night.
Silicon Valley inventor Kent Frankovich has set out to make cycling safer, putting a spin on the old-fashioned bike reflector. He's developed a design that makes it easier for bike riders to see and be seen by mounting LED lights onto the bike's wheels. SmartPlanet catches up with Frankovich to check out his invention, Revolights, still in development.
A 24-country study conducted by Symantec found that 82 percent of kids who've broken "Internet house rules" have experienced something negative online." That compares to 52 percent of kids who "follow house rules."
More than six in 10 (62 percent) of kids reported that they have had a negative experience while online. Those negative experiences include being bullied, responding to an e-mail scam, downloading a virus, or being pressured online to do something that the child thought was wrong.
Cyberbaiting The study also found that a fifth of teachers (21 percent) have personally experienced … Read more
The Volvo C30 Electric is already out on the roads in Europe, but this week the Swedish automaker released 10 video clips documenting the development of new technology for the C30.
According to Volvo, the C30 Electric had a short development time, and the process involved about 100 research and development specialists.
Click on the links below to view videos two through 10, to learn more about testing, safety, engineering and other aspects of the C30's development.
Some cities are tiring of red light cameras, feeling that they're more trouble than they are, well, worth.
Other cities--Denver, for example--seem to believe that their worth just hasn't been fully mined.
In a fit of unusual enterprise, one that Wall Street might take a close look at, Denver has reportedly begun to ticket cars that have actually stopped at red lights.
How might city officials do that and keep their face straight? some might wonder.
A certain safety feature in cars could cut the number of fatalities in single-vehicle accidents by almost half and by 20 percent in multi-car crashes, studies have shown.
Car crashes cost $300 billion a year, according to a recent AAA study, and the human cost is even greater. Consumer Reports says a technology known as electronic stability control can dramatically lower the number of deaths in car accidents. Not all vehicles are equipped with the safety feature; in the past, it was often offered as an upgrade. But starting with the 2012 model year, all cars must come with ESC. … Read more
Moby, the free, multiplatform location-sharing app, has just extended its reach to Android.
Previously the app was only available on the iPhone and BlackBerry platforms, but it appears Contigo Systems, Moby's developer, is making good on its promise to connect families no matter what devices they may be carrying.
Considering the release of Apple's Find My Friends app and the continued adoption of Google Latitude, some might feel like Moby is pushing its way into increasingly dangerous territory. But to Moby's credit, it seems to be taking a different route from the others. While most of the … Read more