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California texting tax

California is considering taxing its citizens for sending text messages

December 14th, 2018

Regulators in California have come up with a proposed plan to raise more money to pay for expanding internet connectivity in the state by adding a text message surcharge to residents’ phone bills. The plan has been brought up by the state’s Public Utilities Commission, which would add a monthly text message-related fee to users’ …

Texting and driving statistics

Stop telling yourself you’re good at texting and driving

July 19th, 2018

Distracted driving has been widely recognized to kill thousands of people every year, but despite the numbers, people don’t really seem to get the message. Drive for an hour down Florida’s Turnpike at any time of day, note the cars drifting into other lanes, and I guarantee the drivers are busily texting. A new survey …

T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon tackle port-out fraud

Wireless companies are finally taking security seriously

March 2nd, 2018

Among the dozens of exciting ways to get hacked these days, none are more dangerous than the SIM port-out. Consumers have increasingly started using two-factor authentication to secure everything from Facebook to bank accounts, and often the 2FA security code is sent via a text message. So criminals are following the system, and persuading cell …


This genius chatbot will blow off unwanted text messagers

June 22nd, 2016

The makers of the famed Burner app — an app which lets users create and use temporary phone numbers — recently came out with a new piece of chat software designed to take care of unwanted text messages. Dubbed Ghostbot, the software is the perfect solution for bad dates that simply can’t take the hint.

Texting And Driving

Online game shows how risky driving and texting truly is

March 27th, 2016

There was a time not too long ago when “Don’t drink and drive” was about the only cautionary advice drivers on the road had to keep in mind. But in 2016, in a world where we’re all addicted if not practically glued to our phones, “Don’t text and drive” is just as important of a …

New Jersey town bans texting while walking [updated]

May 15th, 2012

The statewide ban on texting while driving wasn’t enough for one New Jersey town, according to The Huffington Post. After 74 crashes involving pedestrians in 2011, three of which were fatal, Fort Lee, New Jersey passed a new law earlier this year that fines walkers $85 who do not stop prior to texting. “It’s a …