Topic: Smart Phones
Nashville, 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.
Nashville, TN – With the start of national Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) urges Tennessee drivers to “Put It In Park” and commit to safer driving habits by putting away their smart phones, cellular devices, and any distraction that could take a driver’s attention away from the road.
While the use of technology behind the wheel is an increasingly common cause of distracted driving incidents across the country and Tennessee, distracted driving can be created by anything that diverts a driver’s attention away from the road and the inherently dangerous task of driving.
Knoxville, TN – Potentially unsafe mental distractions can persist for as long as 27 seconds after dialing, changing music or sending a text using voice commands, according to surprising new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The results raise new and unexpected concerns regarding the use of phones and vehicle information systems while driving.
1.4 Million Had a Smart Phone that was Lost and Never Recovered
Yonkers, NY – Smart phone theft is on the rise. About 3.1 million Americans were the victims of smart phone theft in 2013, according to Consumer Reports’ Annual State of the Net survey. That’s nearly double the 1.6 million thefts that the company projected in 2012.
At least 1.4 million smart phones were lost and not recovered last year, up slightly from the 1.2 million in 2012, Consumer Reports projects. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The American Red Cross today launched the Team Red Cross App, which allows people to sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about Red Cross disaster volunteer opportunities in their community.
“When people see an emergency happening in their community, they often want to help but may not know how,” said Julie Campos, Chapter Executive, Two Rivers Chapter. “The Team Red Cross App provides an easy and quick way for people to sign up to help the Red Cross and support their community.”
7.1 Million Had a Smart Phone that was Destroyed, Lost, or Stolen and Unrecovered; CR’s Mobile Security Investigation Sheds Light on Wireless Threats and Ways to Stay Protected
Yonkers, NY – A smart phone can contain a lot of information that its owner would rather keep private.
But 39 percent of the more than 100 million American adult smart phone owners fail to take even minimal security measures, such as using a screen-lock, backing up data, or installing an app to locate a missing phone or remotely wipe its data, according to Consumer Reports’ Annual State of the Net survey.
At least 7.1 million smart phones were irreparably damaged, lost, or stolen and not recovered last year, Consumer Reports projects. Yet 69 percent of smart phone users hadn’t backed up their data, including photos and contacts. Just 22 percent had installed software that could locate their lost phone. «Read the rest of this article»
Many retailers are snooping more than ever
Yonkers, NY – We’re used to being watched when we shop. Cookies track our every move online, and salespeople follow us around high-end stores. But many walk-in retailers are taking spying to a new level.
Video cameras record your every move. Your face and car’s license plate are captured and filed in searchable databases. Hidden cameras classify you by age, sex, and ethnicity, and even detect your body language and mood. Even your bank account records are being pried into. The main goal of these surveillance methods, of course, is to get you to shop more and spend more. «Read the rest of this article»
AT&T is Among the Lower-rated, but 4G Service is a Bright Spot
Yonkers, 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»
Consumer Cellular and U.S. Cellular Sit Atop the New Consumer Reports Cell Service Provider Ratings; AT&T Remains at the Bottom
Yonkers, NY – When it comes to cell-phone carriers smaller may be better, according to a new satisfaction survey of Consumer Reports online subscribers. At the top of the Ratings for standard service providers were Consumer Cellular, a national carrier that uses AT&T’s network, and U.S. Cellular, which operates in just over half the United States.
Credo, which offers service to much of the country on Sprint’s network, also bested the major carriers. AT&T, America’s second-largest carrier, again found itself at the bottom of the Ratings. «Read the rest of this article»
TDOT Halts All Lane Closure Activity for Busy Holiday Travel Period
Nashville, TN – Thanksgiving travelers will enjoy a smooth drive through Tennessee again this year during this busy travel holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 23rd until 6:00am Monday, November 28th.
“Nearly a million people are expected to use Tennessee roadways to visit family and friends this holiday,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We want to provide maximum capacity, alleviate as much congestion as possible, and help travelers avoid unnecessary delays.” «Read the rest of this article»
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