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There are many stories about the negative impact of technology on drivers and pedestrians, specifically the distractions of cell phones. Distracted driving and even walking accidents seem to be on the rise, along with the imposed fines for those who text as they drive. Today, a driver can lose their license for repeated distracted driving offences. And a driver is 23 times more likely to crash as a result of texting while driving, a greater risk than even driving while impaired. The reasons people continue to text as they drive may be many and varied, but none make sense when lives are at stake.

Technology is helping to keep drivers’ eyes on the road. There are multiple innovations which prevent the driver from texting, such as Texecution, which completely disables the texting features of a phone when a vehicle reaches a certain speed, and then enabling those features once the vehicle comes to a stop.  Other apps like DriveSafe.ly reads SMS and email messages aloud, eliminating the need for the driver to look at their device. MobileEye alerts the driver to potential collision situations, in addition to hazards further up the road. It can also interpret road signs and turn a vehicle’s headlights on and off.

Although there are many impressive innovations that can help drivers avoid accidents while texting and driving, many say it’s not enough. Some apps require a driver to look at their phone as they drive to alter features or activate a particular feature set. Others, meant to be installed by parents onto childrens’ phones, can easily be uninstalled by the child. The one method that may have the highest guarantee of working is to not engage in the practice of texting and driving whatsoever, or pulling the vehicle over if a text or email needs to be responded to.

For years, a dial-up internet connection was the only way for folks who lived in rural areas of this country, and many other countries as well to get online. Why? It was because they couldn’t be reached by cable or DSL. Then along came satellite internet connections, and many of  rural citizen got to enjoy internet for the very first time. In a recent study, however, it appears that satellite is no longer #1 for high-speed internet in rural areas. Today, DSL is the most popular way for people in the country to get online. That is followed by mobile wireless internet connections and then satellite internet. The good news is that an increasing number of people, regardless of where they live can now enjoy high speed connections.

 

As little as 15 years ago, dialup was the only option for consumers wanting internet. For rural customers, internet access was often little more than a pipe dream because it was generally unavailable except for city and suburban inhabitants. And telephone charges made dialup very expensive. Then phone companies started getting more competitive, and unlimited calling across the  coutnry opened up doors for rural dwellers to get dialup.

But the bad news was that internet started becoming more and more sophisticated, which once again left rural communities behind the rest. While satellite has become a great option in recent years, what’s surprising is that other connections are beginning to find their way to rural communities thanks to expansion from internet service providers. DSL definitely has adequate speeds to keep up with today’s technology .

Volunteering to analyze some suspicious emails has revealed some surprising information about spy software. Two security researchers have found evidence that possibly more than 25 government s may be utilizing software surveillance on their own citizens. The suspicious emails that were analyzed last year were sent to activists in Bahrain, and contained a way for keystrokes to be logged, cameras to be turned on, chats to be recorded and images to be lifted from computer screens.

The word “FinSpy” was seen in the software code, which led to the discovery of the spyware being sold by a British company. But the company says that it sells the software only to governments who need it for criminal investigations. However, it was discovered that the spyware is being used by governments located in areas of high potential abuse of the program.

LG Electronics is going to be acquiring WebOS – remember that mobile phone operating system? – to use in smart TVs. The source code of the operating system is what is being acquired, along with any web documentation, sites and other items. The company doesn’t intend to use the technology in its phones, but will use it to power televisions which have yet to be developed.

WebOS technology will allow LG to improve the user experience by making it more intuitive, in addition to being able to increase the range of devices across which its internet services can be offered. The statement that WebOS technology was essentially ‘left for dead’ by HP doesn’t appear to be too far off the mark, considering that many of those who were on the Web OS team have now left the company.

Do you want to go somewhere interesting and special for this year’s vacation? Carrizozo, New Mexico is a quiet town of about 1,000 people that has a rich history and much to see in its surrounding areas. Being able to go online and learn about places like this is one of the many wonderful advantages to having the internet. But if your internet isn’t reliable or you’re paying too much, it can only serve to slow down your progress when you’re trying to plan your getaway. Why should you keep paying for a connection that just isn’t working for you? You shouldn’t. And with the help of an ISP comparison guide, you don’t have to. Simply by entering in your zip code, you can find every reliable company in your area and find the best price for you.