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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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Tennesseans urged to “Put It In Park” When It Comes To Distracted Driving

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, 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.  

Distracted Driving Costs Lives, Raises Insurance Premiums

Distracted Driving Costs Lives, Raises Insurance Premiums

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AAA says new Hands-Free Technologies pose hidden Dangers for Drivers

 

AAA Foundation for Traffic SafetyKnoxville, 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.

Surprising research finds that mental distractions can persist long after completing a task

Surprising research finds that mental distractions can persist long after completing a task

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Consumer Reports says 3.1 Million Smart Phones Were Stolen In 2013, Nearly Double from Year Before

 

1.4 Million Had a Smart Phone that was Lost and Never Recovered

Consumer ReportsYonkers, 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»

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American Red Cross launches New App to Recruit Volunteers

 

American Red CrossClarksville, 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.”

American Red Cross worker Bob Tyler loads food boxes to be distributed to residents of Stewart County, Tennessee, who were affected by recent flash floods in May, 2013. (Robert W. Wallace)

American Red Cross worker Bob Tyler loads food boxes to be distributed to residents of Stewart County, Tennessee, who were affected by recent flash floods in May, 2013. (Robert W. Wallace)

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Consumer Reports says Four in Ten Smart Phone Users Fail to take the Most Basic Security Measures

 

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 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, 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»

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ShopSmart reports how stores spy on you

 

Many retailers are snooping more than ever

ShopSmart MagazineYonkers, 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»

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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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Smaller Cellphone Carriers Top Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T

 

Consumer Cellular and U.S. Cellular Sit Atop the New Consumer Reports Cell Service Provider Ratings; AT&T Remains at the Bottom

Consumer ReportsYonkers, 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»

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No Lane Closures on Tennessee Highways During the Thanksgiving Holiday

 

TDOT Halts All Lane Closure Activity for Busy Holiday Travel Period

Tennessee Department of TransportationNashville, 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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