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Cell phones illegal while driving – Transport Authority wants a review

Oops, that turned out to be a bit of a backfire.

Transport authorities are re-thinking whether it’s alright to use mobile phones in cars.

A 2009 law change made it illegal to use phones behind the wheel, and police have since raked in millions of dollars in fines.

But a new transport strategy will consider whether mobile devices could actually help to make our roads safer.

The Safer Journeys Strategy is calling for a review of legislation by the end of the year to identify “unnecessary barriers” to the use of technology, including accessing road safety information safely on mobile devices in vehicles. ? Read more »

Turn your damn phone off

It is the holiday season and there is evidence that constantly checking your emails on your smart phone may be doing you some damage.

The secret to happiness is to turn off your smartphone email app according to psychologists, who warn that constant updates have become a “toxic source of stress”.

Technology that puts people at the continuous beck and call of their emails has created a culture where people feel they must be constantly available for work, according to research.

As a result, an “unwritten organisational etiquette” has become ingrained in the workplace and employees have developed habits which are bad for their emotional well-being.

Studies have found that continuously checking and reading emails due to a “push notification” feature, which alerts users to new messages even when they are not in their Mail app, produces tension and worry. Experts recommend that switching off the Mail app on your mobile device will alleviate anxiety. ?? Read more »

How long before they change it?

Trademe has been around for a long time…it is part of the fabric of our society.

But how long have they been around?

Of course you could all rush to Google and Wikipedia to find out that it was founded in 1999.

At sometime?they added the graphics for their Text Me service. ?? Read more »

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Journalist outraged after being hacked…cry me a river of tears

I said it was only a matter of time before someone hacked some journalists…and they have…and boy are they outraged about it.

When this journalist was hacked however the same ones who are aghast at this latest case were delving into all my hacked details as fast as they could.

Excuse me if I don’t just throw up a little bit in my mouth over the rank hypocrisy of this.

An investigative journalist is outraged her phone was hacked by telco giant Vodafone because of a damaging story.

The company’s today admitted a lone employee accessed call charge records and text messages in January 2011.? Read more »

Don?t use your phone, but you?re allowed to use your car nav system

Look, I get it – ?texting? while driving isn?t smart.?Just like shaving or putting on make-up. ?

Drivers using mobile phones and other devices while behind the wheel will be the target of a national police operation from Monday.

The operation will target driver distraction – including putting on make-up, shaving and reading.

The deadly habit contributed to 12 per cent of crashes in New Zealand last year, despite it being made illegal in 2009, police said in a statement.

National Manager Road Policing Superintendent Steve Greally said officers were noticing a rise in the use of phones, tablets and iPods.

“Given that the law has been in place for more than five years now, there really is no excuse for drivers to keep offending,” he said.

Ministry of Transport data showed that last year ‘diverted attention’ contributed to 1053 crashes – or 12 per cent of all crashes.

In those, 22 people were killed and 191 were serious injured.

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Guilty as charged [POLL]

The toilet is a great place to catch up with some work or enjoy a little mindless gaming.

Kiwis have fessed up and the results are in – more than two-thirds of New Zealanders use their mobile phones while on the toilet.

Figures released from a Colmar Brunton survey of 1000 people showed that only 32 per cent of New Zealanders were put off by the idea of using a mobile phone in the bathroom.

The survey showed men were the main culprit.

It found 23 per cent used their phones on the loo while at home, and 19 per cent took there phone to the bathroom while at work.

Colmar Brunton CEO Jacqueline Farman said she was not surprised by the results.

“Given the increased importance of smartphones in people’s lives, it’s not surprising that they are being used anywhere and everywhere, even in situations that not so long ago would have probably been considered questionable,” she said.

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Out comes the ban hammer

Good grief.

Why is there no longer a single day that goes past without some wowser or whinger calling for the ban of some thing or other.

The last target for the wowsers are smart watches.

Road safety campaigners are calling for a ban on the use of wearable technology, including smartwatches, by drivers.

Smartwatches from high-tech giants Samsung, Sony, Motorola and LG – which can be used for calls, texts and calendar notifications – are for sale in New Zealand. Apple is releasing its Apple Watch here later this year.

Laws banning drivers’ use of phones – with an $80 fine and 20 demerit points – do not cover the use of wearable technology.

Caroline Perry, of road safety charity Brake, said the law should be widened, stating motorists using smart technology on their watches while driving should face the same sanctions.

“A second’s inattention at the wheel can result in tragedy,” she said.

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Cellphones fry your brain…oh wait…no they don’t

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The tinfoil hat brigade will tell you that cellphones give you cancer…and when you ask them for evidence they invariably have none but maintain they read it somewhere.

Well now you can read it here…cellphones do not give you cancer.

New research from the University of Auckland shows the risk of brain tumours cannot be linked with with increased mobile phone use.

Professor Mark Elwood, cancer epidemiologist at the University of Auckland, led research on the trends in primary brain incidence in New Zealand between 1995 and 2010. Results indicate there is no general increase in brain tumours as a consequence of using mobile phones.

Elwood?s team examined the frequency (yearly incidence) of brain cancers, both in total and in sub-types highlighted in some other studies, in New Zealand from 1995 to 2010 using data from the New Zealand national cancer registry. ? Read more »

If you are thinking of bugging your partner’s phone you already know the answer

Spying on cellphones of partners is on the rise.

I suspect it will be more women spying on their partners than the other way around, though when blokes do it isn’t to find out what they are up to it is about being manipulative and controlling.

Still if you are thinking of spying on your partner because you suspect they are playing away then you probably already have your answer.

Spying on spouses and partners through mobile phone bugging systems has reached epidemic proportions, according to pressure groups monitoring electronic abuse in the UK.

They warned women to guard against the growing use of ‘spyware’ which can tell a suspicious husband, boyfriend or former partner how they are using their phones. ? Read more »

Ugly couple use nicked phone to out themselves as dud roots

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Someone nicked a cellphone in the US and it has ended up in the possession of this couple, who are now remotely uploading photos and videos of their dud root sessions to the Dropbox of the original owner of the phone.

A WOMAN is trying to track down the couple that is using her stolen phone after she found their raunchy selfies uploaded to one of her online accounts.

Victoria Brodsky, 39, from Brooklyn in the US, found naked pictures of the couple and even found a video of them engaging in a sex act.

“It seemed like they were getting off after taking the phone,” Ms Brodsky told?The New York Daily News?. “I would love it if they were caught. It’s one thing to steal, but they’re celebrating.” ? Read more »

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