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TDOC Commissioner Issues Call For Cellphone ‘Jamming’ Technology

 

Tennessee Department of CorrectionNashville, TN – Calling it one of the largest security concerns in prisons today, Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker is again issuing a call for action against contraband cell phones.

Commissioner Parker’s latest call comes on the hills of a just released report from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that cites the effectiveness of micro-jamming technology to block illegal cellphone signals in correctional facilities.

Cellphones are a security concern in prisons.

Cellphones are a security concern in prisons.

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State Farm asks: Are Americans “Driving Dumber” in smarter cars?

 

State FarmNashville, TN – State Farm® recently conducted an online survey and found that Americans who drive vehicles with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) or Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), both advanced driver assist features, admit to using their smart phones while driving at significantly higher rates than those without the latest tech.

Drivers with advanced safety tech are taking more risks! (State Farm)

Drivers with advanced safety tech are taking more risks! (State Farm)

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Tennessee’s “Hands Free” law takes effect July 1st

 

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityNashville, TN – Beginning July 1st, 2019, a new Tennessee Law goes into effect that will crack down on distracted driving making hand-held cellphones illegal. Motorists will be fined even for the act of holding a cell phone while at the wheel.

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AAA says Distraction Tops Drivers’ List of Growing Dangers on the Road

 

AAAWashington, D.C. – Distracted driving tops drivers’ list of growing dangers on the road, according to a new survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The proportion of drivers who report talking on a cell phone regularly or fairly often when behind the wheel jumped 46 percent since 2013. Nearly half (49 percent) of drivers report recently talking on a hand-held phone while driving and nearly 35 percent have sent a text or email.

AAA survey shows most people think distracted driving is on the rise.

AAA survey shows most people think distracted driving is on the rise.

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American Heart Association says Internet and Mobile Devices prompt positive lifestyle changes

 

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – People are more likely to adopt heart healthy behaviors when guided and encouraged via the Internet, their cellphones or other devices, according to 23 years of research reviewed in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

When guided by internet programs or mobile devices, people can become more physically active, eat better, lose a little weight and reduce tobacco and alcohol use. (American Heart Association)

When guided by internet programs or mobile devices, people can become more physically active, eat better, lose a little weight and reduce tobacco and alcohol use. (American Heart Association)

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AAA Warns Drivers to Avoid Distractions While Behind the Wheel

 

AAATampa, FL – In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, AAA is warning drivers to avoid any activities that divert attention from the primary driving task. Any distractions could endanger a driver, passengers, or others sharing the road, such as bicyclists or pedestrians.

In a recent AAA survey among registered voters in The Auto Club Group territory (general population in North Dakota), their number one concern in regards to keeping the roadways safer was Distracted Driving (78%) followed by Impaired Driving (73%) and Aggressive Drivers (63%).

AAA says driving distractions come in all forms.

AAA says driving distractions come in all forms.

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NASA reports on the effects of Strong Solar Flares

 

Written by Karen C. Fox
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – Given a legitimate need to protect Earth from the most intense forms of space weather — great bursts of electromagnetic energy and particles that can sometimes stream from the sun — some people worry that a gigantic “killer solar flare” could hurl enough energy to destroy Earth, but this is not actually possible.

Solar activity is indeed currently ramping up toward what is known as solar maximum, something that occurs approximately every 11 years. However, this same solar cycle has occurred over millennia so anyone over the age of 11 has already lived through such a solar maximum with no harm.

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory spacecraft captured this image of a solar flare as it erupted from the sun early on Nov 4, 2003. This was the most powerful flare measured with modern methods, classified as an X28. (Credit: ESA and NASA/SOHO)

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory spacecraft captured this image of a solar flare as it erupted from the sun early on Nov 4, 2003. This was the most powerful flare measured with modern methods, classified as an X28.
(Credit: ESA and NASA/SOHO)

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Verizon Leads Among Major Carriers In Latest Consumer Reports Cell-Phone Service Ratings

 

AT&T is Among the Lower-rated, but 4G Service is a Bright Spot

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – Verizon Wireless was the highest-Rated major carrier in Consumer Reports’ annual cell-phone service Ratings, based on a survey of 63,253 subscribers by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

Of the four major U.S. national cell-phone standard service providers, Verizon Wireless led the pack, receiving favorable scores for voice and data service quality, and also for support attributes like staff knowledge and resolution of issues. Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T each received mostly middling to low marks, particularly for voice and text service quality. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports: Eight in 10 Young Drivers Say Texting behind the Wheel Is Dangerous, Yet Nearly a Third Admit to Doing It

 

Nearly half of 16- to 21-year-olds Talked on a Handheld Phone While Driving in Past Month

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – While the vast majority of young drivers aged 16-21 agree that texting, using smart-phone apps, or accessing the Internet while driving is very dangerous, nearly a third (29 percent) admitted in a Consumer Reports survey that they had, in fact, texted while behind the wheel in the past month.

Forty-seven percent reported that they had made a phone call without a headset while behind the wheel, even though nearly two-thirds (63 percent) acknowledged that the behavior was perilous. «Read the rest of this article»

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“For Better” to open at Cumberland Arts Centre

 

Clarksville, TN – Cell phones, instant messaging, email, social media … has the communication technology of the 21st Century brought us closer together or farther apart?

“Love in the Age of Communication” could easily be the subtitle of “For Better,” Eric Coble’s two-act show presented by the Cumberland Arts Centre on February 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th.

This romantic farce follows the engagement and impending marriage of Karen Baedeker, who has met her beloved Max Aphelion all of two times, but who shares emails, text messages, IMs and other various media multiple times a day. «Read the rest of this article»

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