Study: Driver Cellphone Bans Do Not Reduce Crashes

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Impact of cell phone ban doubted

A national crackdown on distracted driving takes an unexpected turn today. A new study shows that the number of traffic crashes did not drop in three states and the District of Columbia after they banned drivers from using handheld cellphones.The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), examined insurance claims for crash damage in New York, Connecticut, California and Washington, D.C., before and after handheld bans took effect and found no reduction in crashes.

 

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Study: Alarming Trend About Kids Media Use

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Kids are spending on average 53 hours a week staring at a screen; either computer, TV or cell phone 

Experts say the increased use of media is leading to decreasing abilities in other areas of life.   The study looked at kids ages eight to 18.  It says they are staring at a screen; either computer, TV or cell phone, about 53 hours a week.  That’s more time than adults spend at a full-time job.

 

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Charge Your Battery With A Twirl

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Twirling battery

We’ve seen plenty spinning, twirling, and wind-up gadgets from Sony and others, but nothing quite like this battery concept designed by Song Teaho and Hyejin Lee. While there’s still a bit of work to be done with the actual “working” part, the concept is to simply let you twirl your cellphone battery around your finger a few times for a quick bit of juice to send a text or make a call — the designers estimate 130 twirls will give you two minutes of talking time.

 

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Get Ready For The Google Branded Chrome OS Netbook

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Another Sleek Google Goodie
Most of the tech world now considers it a given that Google will be selling its own unlocked phone, called the Nexus One, to customers directly early in 2010. A few stragglers are still debating the finer points of the difference between Google working with handset manufacturers and carriers on a good Android experience v. them dictating the hardware specs and selling it directly to users. While they work that out for themselves we’re off to the next story – the Google Chrome OS Netbook (although we think Google has a few surprises left around the Nexus One, too).Google has said from the beginning that they plan on working with select manufacturers to ensure a good Chrome OS experience for users when devices first hit the market next year…

 

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How Mobile Phones Impact Healthcare Delivery

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How the rapidly moving technology in mobile phones will impact on the Telecare industry, writes Tom Morton, CEO, Argyll.   The care industry has experienced significant culture changes following the drive to support independent living and provision of care in the community.  These changes driven by the government have also placed significant challenges on our work practices. 

 

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Looking to cash in? Invent a phone application

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The coming gold rush in apps

People looking to cash in on the next gold rush should consider developing applications — or apps — for the new generation of smart mobile phones, according to a forecast released Tuesday by the Yankee Group.
Consumers will spend more than $4.2 billion on apps in 2013, up from $343 million this year, the research firm says, as smartphones become ubiquitous and app prices rise.
The average smartphone owner “downloads about 20 apps per year,” says Carl Howe, director of consumer research. “It’s a bigger market than a lot of people have been thinking.”
Half of newspaper and magazine publishers say that smartphones will become a vital distribution channel in three years, the Audit Bureau of Circulations reports. Only 42% are as upbeat about e-book readers.
Gamemakers also like sales trends for iPhones, (AAPL) BlackBerrys (RIMM) and phones based on Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system.
Yankee’s forecast “may be conservative,” says Andrew Stein, director of mobile business development for PopCap, which makes casual games.
Entrepreneurs hoping to become the Bill Gates of smartphones should beware, though.
“It’s like going to the racetrack,” says Gartner Research’s Ken Dulaney. “You hear about one person who made $200,000 in two weeks. But for every one of those, there are 150 others who are struggling.”

People looking to cash in on the next gold rush should consider developing applications — or apps — for the new generation of smart mobile phones, according to a forecast released Tuesday by the Yankee Group.

Consumers will spend more than $4.2 billion on apps in 2013, up from $343 million this year, the research firm says, as smartphones become ubiquitous and app prices rise.

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