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Israeli firm that hacked the iPhone wants to analyze cell phones after crashes
Israeli firm that hacked the iPhone wants to analyze cell phones after crashes

The name Cellebrite might not ring any bells, but you've probably heard about the company. It's the Israeli firm that's rumored to have helped the FBI hack into the iPhone 5c involved in the shootings that took place last December in San Bernadino, California. Whether or not those rumors are true...Read More»

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Iowa May Be The First State To Offer Digital Driver's Licenses On Smartphones

The smartphone has become a central component of daily life. It's where we go to make calls, send texts, keep up with endless Facebook feeds, and store frequent-shopper cards. In Iowa, it will soon be where motorists keep their driver's licenses, too. ALSO SEE: 2016 Audi Q7: First Look According to...Read More»

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Report: Hand-Held Cell Phone Bans Don't Make Roads Any Safer

As of today, 14 states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have passed laws preventing drivers from using hand-held cell phones. A whopping 44 states (plus D.C. and the above territories) prohibit texting behind the wheel -- an act that tends to involve a...Read More»

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New Jersey Bill Would Let Police Confiscate Your Cell Phone

When we see those flashing lights, most of us know what to do: time to pull over and dig out our registration and proof of insurance from the glove box. But in New Jersey, police officers could soon be allowed to ask for a driver's cell phone, too. A bill proposed by state Senator James Holzapfel...Read More»

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Six Rules Of The Road You Should Observe (But Probably Won't)

Journalists who cover the auto industry drive a lot of cars. Which means we like to think we know a little more about driving than other people. Not you, of course. Statistically, you know you're a better driver than most other people on the roads. We're talking about those other ones. But each of...Read More»

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The Gift Of Gab: More US Drivers Than Europeans Use Phones On The Road

You know it, we know it, everyone knows it: distracted driving is a problem, and it's getting worse. But where is the problem worst of all? You'd think that since cell phones are now a global phenomenon, distracted driving would affect every country on the planet, and that it would be most...Read More»

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AAA Study: Drivers Who Use Cell Phones Probably Have Other Bad Habits

Since we were little, we've been told not to judge books by their covers. But AAA would like to remind us of another tried-and-truism: where there's smoke, there's fire. That's the gist of a new survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. That survey -- the 2012 Traffic Safety...Read More»

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Survey: 21% Access The Web While Driving, 13% Update Their Status

Holiday driving is a terrible thing. Between the stress of added traffic and anxiety about spending hours at a dinner table with obnoxious in-laws, many motorists are in lousy moods. To make matters worse, a new State Farm study indicates that a growing number of drivers aren't paying attention to...Read More»

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Does Your Job Ban Talking While Driving? It May Soon

We all know that distracted driving is bad. A growing number of companies know it, too, and they're taking steps to ensure that their employees keep cell phones turned off when they're behind the wheel. Why do those companies do it? How do they do it? And perhaps most importantly: is your company...Read More»

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Apps, Schmaps: LG Aims To End Distracted Driving With Stickers

Mobile phones are often criticized as distractions, particularly for drivers. According to Mashable, however, handset maker LG aims to make modern life a little more focused, thanks to some well-placed stickers. Like the automobile, the television, and many other inventions, mobile phones bring...Read More»

Cellcontrol
Cellcontrol: A Smarter Solution For Distracted Drivers

We've seen a lot of tools meant to curb distracted driving, but they've all had their share of flaws. A new system called Cellcontrol looks better than most -- in part because of its unique, clever design. Like DriveSafe.ly, PhoneGuard, and SafeCell, Cellcontrol relies an app, which works on most...Read More»

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6 Ways To End Distracted Driving

If you've kept up with coverage of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, you know that auto technology is undergoing some dramatic changes. True, flying cars and plasma drives are still a bit further down the road, but the way we interact with our vehicles today is...Read More»

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3 More Things We Need Before Cars Are Fully Connected To The Web

Yesterday, Robert Acker wrote an article for Mashable about the five things that automakers must do in order to make web-connected cars attractive to mainstream consumers. Acker's comments are insightful -- we wouldn't expect anything less from the GM of from Aha Radio -- but we have a few more...Read More»

Texting in traffic (by Flickr user Mo Riza)
New Study Offers More Proof That Gen Y Just Isn't That Into Cars

We've said it before, and now we can say it again: Generation Y doesn't care much for cars. The latest proof comes from research firm Gartner, in a new study to be released next month. We first noticed the Millennial/motor vehicle mismatch in Japan, which should've given us an inkling of what was...Read More»

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Distracted Driving: AAA Says Drivers Don't Practice What They Preach

Over the summer, AAA conducted its fourth annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, and while the study's findings are alarming, they shouldn't surprise anyone. That's because while many of us talk the talk about distracted driving, we're terrible at walking the walk. AAA gathered data for the survey...Read More»

Infographic about mobile phone usage and driving (by AccuConference)
Infographic: Taking Phone Calls While Driving Is A Bad Idea

We spend a lot of time writing about the dangers of distracted driving, and like much of the media, we tend to focus on the problem of texting and driving. But in fact, statistics show that the simple act of using a mobile phone to take a call can be just as distracting -- and deadly. To...Read More»

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Ford Is First To Support Cell Phone Ban. Will Sync Sales Soar?

Yesterday, Ford announced its support of a federal law banning the use of handheld cell phones by drivers. It's the first automaker to do so, and as a result, it's received praise from advocacy groups. But the clever move also offers Ford some advantages in showrooms, too. Background The "Safe...Read More»

Texting while driving, by Flickr user ericathompson
Study: Most Drivers Are Distracted 25% - 50% Of The Time

By now, everyone agrees that distracted driving is a serious problem. What everyone might not agree on, however, is what constitutes "distracted driving" in the first place -- or the degree to which it's causing accidents on U.S. roads. A new study aims to address some of those discrepancies, and...Read More»

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Murphy USA Offers Gas Discounts On Foursquare (But Customers Seem Confused)

Gas prices in the U.S. hit the $4 mark earlier this week, and Murphy USA is hoping to ease the burden on drivers by offering discounts on Foursquare. Judging from comments on Facebook and Twitter, though, we're not so sure that customers are pleased. The offer was announced yesterday on Murphy's...Read More»

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