Crime and Punishment

District Attorney Suggests Mandatory Kill Switch for Text-and-Drive Offenders

This. Don't do this (Wikipedia).

Texting while driving is illegal in 44 states, yet there are more than a million cellphone-related car accidents each year, according to the National Safety Council.

To combat this grave ever-growing problem, one Long Island official proposed a five-point plan that includes activation of software that will automatically shutdown violators’ phones as they Read More

Oh the Times Oh the Mores

More Americans Use Their Phones to Get Online Because Laptops Are, Like, Heavy

#NoNewApps. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

In the beginning, there was the desktop. The desktop gave way to the laptop, which gave ground to the tablet, and now the smartphone is coming for all the eyeballs. Hence the results of the latest Pew Research Center study, which found that 21 percent of American adults who own cell phones use them for most of their Internet browsing.

Well, yeah, because it’s not like you can whip out your laptop while you wait for the elevator/enter an awkward patch on that date/poop.  Read More

ILY Japan

People in Japan Can’t Stop Running Into Things While On Their Phones

The problem. (Photo: Flickr)

People in Japan are so well-connected to their cell phones that they’re either walking into inanimate objects or toppling off of transit platforms. Perhaps, even both at the same time. The Japanese government is so concerned for clumsy technophiles’ safety that it’s launching a public campaign to remind them they should perhaps be aware of their surroundings so they don’t injure themselves. Read More