Stats kept up since 2005
‘Sending text messages while driving was the culprit in the deaths of an estimated 16,000 people from 2001 to 2007. Even more sobering, researchers warn that fatalities have shot up significantly since 2005.
‘An analysis of federal data on road fatalities, published this week in the American Journal of Public Health, concluded that deaths due to “distracted driving” surged from 4,572 in 2005 to 5,870 in 2008. That’s a 28 percent increase in three years.
‘Many of the deaths involved collisions with roadside objects, as drivers typing on their cell phones veer off-track and into poles, traffic lights or other items.
“Distracted driving is a growing public safety hazard,” the study reads. “Specifically, the dramatic rise in texting volume since 2005 appeared to be contributing to an alarming rise in distracted driving fatalities.”
‘Thirty states now have legislation enacted to prohibit texting while driving, but anecdotal evidence suggests the bans often go unenforced. ..’
Why not propose a stiff fine to drivers with cellphones open while driving?
RIM Unveils Answer to iPad
RIM supports Flash and will be a gaming platform.
‘Research in Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis had his “one more thing” moment today at the company’s 2010 DevCon conference. Near the end of his opening keynote address, Lazaridis–after making a number of big announcements, including in-app payments for BlackBerry apps, a BlackBerry Advertising Service and the opening of BBM as a social platform–uncrated the PlayBook, RIM’s long-rumored tablet.
‘Lazaridis described the device as “the first professional tablet,” able to access the “full Web” (the fashionable euphemism for supporting Adobe’s Flash). The PlayBook will be able to display content from a paired BlackBerry smartphone, and, in a departure for RIM, will be “an amazing gaming platform,” Lazaridis said. Leaving no superlative unturned, he said, “This will enable a new world of computing that you can hold in the palm of your hand.”…’ Read more:
Hottest New Watch: iPod Nano
It was an accidentally group-designed. People just started attaching the Nano to wristbands.
‘From the All That Is Old Is New Again Department comes this: The new state-of-the-art high-tech iPod Nano is being used as a wristwatch.
‘Turns out that the compact portable music player, with its 1 1/2-inch-square screen, has a function that tells time. Not by using a digital readout but by creating a digitized analog clock face. And, we assume, instructions on how to tell time using big and little hands.
‘Because the small clock face is reminiscent of the face of a wristwatch, it didn’t take long for people to start attaching the iPod Nano to wristbands and wearing it as if it were a watch…’