According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a private group funded by auto insurers, bans on cell phone use while driving do not reduce the number of car crashes. The finding comes on the heels of the National Transportation Safety Board's recent recommendation that states ban all use of mobile devices while driving, including use with hands free technology.
The Insurance Institute compared crash rates between states that enforce such bans and those that don't, and found that the bans did not reduce the incidence of automobile accidents, although the bans were found to decrease the amount of phone usage. The Institute found the same was true for texting
With all kinds of smart devices already in use and many more coming in the very near future, including home appliances, e-readers and smart tablets, TVs, automobiles, even furniture and clothing, broadband networks are expecting severe traffic increases. Verizon, operator of the nation's largest wireless service, recently addressed some of the issues.
In an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show, Verizon CTO Dick Lynch said that considering the amount of devices that may be connecting to networks from a single household in the not too distant future, the days of flat rate data plans may be coming to an end. According to Lynch, "The problem we have today with flat-based usage is that you are trying to encourage customers to be efficient in use and applications but you are getting some people who are bandwidth hogs using gigabytes a month and
Sprint and Samsung have announced soon-to-be availability of the Instinct HD, the newest incarnation of Samsung's popular Instinct. It will be both companies' first phone with HD photo and video recording capabilities.
The Instinct HD operates on Sprint's 3G network and has all of the features of its predecessor including the intuitive interface, Visual Voicemail, Sprint TV, stereo Bluetooth 2.0, support for personal and corporate email, GPS, etc. The Instinct HD improves upon this with the addition of a full Opera Mobile 9.7 browser, WiFi capabilities, an Ambient Light Sensor and an accelerometer. It also features
The highly anticipated T-Mobile myTouch 3G (which was previously known as the HTC Magic) is finally here and available for pre-order. The myTouch 3G is the successor to T-Mobile's popular Android powered G1 phone. T-Mobile has been touting two innovative new features of the myTouch 3G in particular - the high degree to which it can be customized and a new application known as Sherpa.
Although the myTouch 3G only comes in black, silver and merlot, customers will apparently have the option to somehow completely customize their phone's shell, though details of this are not quite clear yet. But outward appearance aside, the real customization is found on the screen. Users will be able to personalize their wallpapers, menus, icons and more through the use of themes and skins. This is a real break from the i-Phone which, aside from wallpaper and the selection of apps on the screen, is
LG Electronics has announced the successor to the company's most popular phone ever, the LG Chocolate. It is expected to be unveiled some time in August.
The same design team that produced the original Chocolate has designed the newest incarnation. Although little information was provided in this latest press release it is apparent that although the new phone will feature a "highly distinctive design that takes optimal advantage of the device’s features and performance," it will still stick to the minimalist style and "iconic design" of the original Chocolate. The
Research In Motion today introduced the BlackBerry Tour – a powerful new 3G BlackBerry smartphone for CDMA customers in North America. The new BlackBerry Tour smartphone offers state-of-the-art communications and multimedia capabilities with outstanding mobile performance and consummate styling. It is a feature-packed and highly refined world phone that keeps you connected and lets you tour the world in style.
"BlackBerry continues to be the top selling smartphone brand in North America and we are proud to add this powerful new 3G world phone to our successful product portfolio,” said Mike Lazaridis,
Samsung has officially announced its first solar powered phone, the E1107 Crest Solar. It is a dual band (900/1800 MHz) GSM handset that uses a large solar cell on the back of the body to keep its 800 mAh battery charged. According to Samsung if the phone is off and exposed to the sun for an hour, the battery will charge enough to provide for 5 to 10 additional minutes of talk time.
In addition to the solar cell the Crest Solar sports an FM radio a flashlight function and MP3 ringers. It also has market specific features like prayer reminders, etc. It has a new feature dubbed the Mobile Tracker which will send an alert if the phone's SIM card is swapped. Apparently the Crest also has a
Alltel Wireless and LG Electronics today announced the latest addition to Alltel's lineup of messaging devices, the LG AX840 Tritan.
The Tritan offers both an advanced touch-screen interface on a 3" screen and a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out sideways, for those who like the feel of real keys. The touchscreen provides a full internet browser plus a virtual keypad for easy dialing, but the Tritan is also equipped with voice recognition for voice activated dialing. The Tritan also sports a 3 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth
Some new rumors about Apple's newest incarnation of the iPhone have surfaced in the past 24 hours concerning a release date and details on some of the new features. According to a source closely connected to Apple's hardware team the iPhone 2009 is set to launch on July 17th.
Although some are describing the upgrade as "minor," judge for yourself... The new iPhone will supposedly be equipped with an OLED screen, which in my opinion is pretty major. OLEDs emit light,
The highly anticipated Palm Pre's official release date and pricing has finally been announced. Available exclusively from Sprint the Pre will be in Sprint, Wal-Mart, Radio Shack and Best Buy stores nationwide starting Saturday June 6. The Pre will retail for $199 with a two year service plan and after a $100 mail in rebate.
The Palm Pre is designed to bring your professional, personal and social information together on a single device - according to Sprint president and CEO Dan Hesse "The argument that you need one phone for work and another phone for play, or that you have to make compromises between business and lifestyle productivity, is over... With Pre, compromises of the past are history.” The Pre operates on the new webOS platform which introduces Palm Synergy, a feature designed to bring work and personal life together smoothly in a centralized view. For example, if you have the same contact in