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Jul 18, 2012

AT&T to introduce shared-data plans

NEW YORK — Following in Verizon’s footsteps, AT&T Inc. said Wednesday that it will introduce wireless plans that let subscribers connect up to 10 phones or other devices. Connected phones get unlimited calling and texting, and all devices get wireless data access. The devices tap into a limited pool of data usage, which gets renewed […]

Jun 12, 2012

Verizon ‘profoundly’ overhauls pricing plans

Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest cellphone company, is phasing out nearly all of its existing phone plans and replacing them with pricing schemes that encourage customers to connect their non-phone devices, like tablets and PCs, to the Verizon network. The revamped plans let families and other subscribers share a monthly data allowance over as many […]

May 24, 2012

Let it ring?

Imagine that you’ve just arrived to a foreign country to conduct some business. Your feet are swollen from the flight, your brain is foggy from the jet lag and your stomach is unsettled from the unusual food. It’s nearly the end of the workday and the pleasantries are over — you’re finally in a serious […]

Feb 23, 2012

T-Mobile USA to make data network work with iPhone

NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA on Thursday said it will revamp its wireless data network this year, with the side effect of making it compatible with iPhones and some other smartphones sold by competing carriers. T-Mobile is the smallest of the four nationwide carriers and the only one that doesn’t sell the iPhone. But […]

Feb 7, 2012

Texting while driving ban clears Virginia Senate

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Senate has passed legislation to toughen the state’s law against texting or emailing while driving. Sen. George Barker’s bill cleared the Senate on a 28-12 vote Tuesday. It now goes to the House of Delegates. The bill would make texting while driving a primary offense in Virginia. It’s already a […]

Feb 6, 2012

Texting while driving bill passed by Virginia committee

RICHMOND, Va. — Tapping on your BlackBerry or iPhone while driving is going to cost you if a bill in a Virginia State Senate committee overwhelmingly endorsed Monday becomes law. On a 10-4 vote, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee approved legislation that makes texting or emailing while driving a primary offense in Virginia. It’s […]

Dec 14, 2011

Drivers chafe at proposed ban on cell phones

DALLAS — Junior Woods’ has a well-practiced routine for conducting business on the road: While driving throughout rural Arkansas, the electronics salesman steals a glance at his cellphone every so often, checking for text messages and emails. “I can keep both hands on the steering wheel and just look down my nose and read in […]

Sep 14, 2011

The rise of technology

A couple of weeks ago, as I sat in the front row in a courtroom in Prince George’s County District Court, the police detective I next to me nudged me slightly and pointed to the bailiff who looked at me sternly as he repeated, “All cell phones must be turned off while in the courtroom!” […]

Sep 13, 2011

Ban on trucker cell use, texting recommended

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —  Truckers and other commercial drivers should be banned from talking on the phone and texting when they are behind the wheel, a federal safety agency decided Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board gave its recommendation at a hearing in Washington after ruling that a truck driver using his cellphone caused a crash […]

Feb 15, 2011

Bill prohibits reading text messages while driving in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland legislators are looking to close gaping loopholes and make easier the enforcement of laws prohibiting cell phone use behind the wheel. Bills heard on Tuesday in House and Senate committees would amend laws that took effect last October, which banned hand-held cell phone use while the vehicle is in motion. Under the […]

Oct 27, 2010

Are texting and Facebook worse for teens than TV?

NEW YORK — Let’s face it: Teenagers spend hours texting, socializing on Facebook and playing video games. And it’s driving their parents nuts. Sure, there are real dangers associated with all this screen time — everything from cyberbullying to couch-potato obesity. Not to mention driving while texting, shortened attention spans and Internet porn. But many […]

May 21, 2009

Texting in sick

A first for me. Someone at The Daily Record texted in sick to me this morning. And, a little to my surprise, I was OK with it. I wouldn’t do it, mind you, but after thinking about it for about a second, what’s actually the difference? (Aside from making sure that you have your “sick […]

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