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This Tiny Cell Phone Charger Will Fit On Your Keyring

Tweet your emergency: London Fire Brigade plans to accept callouts over Twitter

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In the very near future, the London Fire Brigade might actually want you to tweet about a fire before leaving the building, after it announced that it is looking to set up the world’s first 999 emergency Twitter feed. The announcement comes after the Brigade published its latest ‘London Safety Plan,’...
Tweet your emergency: London Fire Brigade plans to accept callouts over Twitter

Nissan to add robot driving, digitize link between steering wheel and tires

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Nissan will soon sell cars that drive like a video game, with sensors and software that assist or even take over for drivers in emergencies....
Nissan to add robot driving, digitize link between steering wheel and tires

Grafetee builds its "location-bookmarking" platform with help from the Finnish police force

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Grafetee, a location-bookmarking startup with backing from Finnish government, has officially launched. The company’s apps, available for free on the App Store and Play Store, make it easier for users to find, bookmark, and share places of interest with their friends, family, and the Finnish police force. Essentially, Grafetee is...
Grafetee builds its "location-bookmarking" platform with help from the Finnish police force

Toyota Introducing Wireless Mat Phone Chargers

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The popular car company is said to be pioneering the new technology in their 2013 models. When shopping for a new car in the coming months, consumers may want to add in one handy extra: a wireless phone charger. Toyota is said to be creating a new wireless car...
Toyota Introducing Wireless Mat Phone Chargers

Learn to log off. Blanket connectivity could be harming our home lives

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Being somewhat Web-addicted and frustrated by the moments when we can’t get to the Internet while out and about, the idea of blanket coverage across the UK is naturally very exciting to us at TNW. But it seems that a little more effort might be required for most people working...
Learn to log off. Blanket connectivity could be harming our home lives

In Contest for Rescue Robots, Darpa Offers $2 Million Prize

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The Pentagon's advanced research agency will offer a prize of $2 million to the winners of a contest testing the performance of robots that could be used in emergencies like the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan....
In Contest for Rescue Robots, Darpa Offers $2 Million Prize

TNW Pick of the Day: iWitness filters Twitter and Flickr content by time and location

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iWitness is a new Web app from New Context, in partnership with designers Adaptive Path, that displays updates from Twitter and Flickr by time and location. iWitness taps the public’s geo-location data to pinpoint the location of a tweet, photo, or video. It allows users to see content from a...
TNW Pick of the Day: iWitness filters Twitter and Flickr content by time and location

Samsung patents Implantable medical devices

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A newly discovered USPTO patent from Samsung reveals the South Korean electronics maker is exploring the idea of bringing devices that can be implanted into the human body. Aptly called Implantable Medical Devices (IMDs), they could monitor major organs that include the heart and brain. They would communicate with external...
Samsung patents Implantable medical devices
Developers say open standards will win in the native v. web war

Londoners Might Be Able To Use Twitter Like A 911 Service During Emergencies

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Twitter may be for jokes, but it's also for emergencies, says the U.K.'s fire brigade. The London Fire Brigade is considering using Twitter as a conduit for emergency calls. The move follows a large fire at the beginning of the year in West London, when a huge industrial site...
Londoners Might Be Able To Use Twitter Like A 911 Service During Emergencies

In a Medical Crisis, Service Helps Others to Help You

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What if you were found unconscious or unable to clearly communicate, suffering from an injury or other medical crisis? It could take an emergency responder or a doctor precious time to figure out two key things: your medical profile and how to get in touch with a family member or...
In a Medical Crisis, Service Helps Others to Help You

Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom Released On Bail, Perhaps Never To Be Seen Again

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When Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and several others in the organization were arrested in raids a month ago, it was noted by prosecutors that Dotcom’s rather wild lifestyle and propensity for spontaneous international travel, combined with his vast wealth, constituted a serious flight risk. He was denied bail at the...
Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom Released On Bail, Perhaps Never To Be Seen Again

Hand-cranked vending machine offers products sans power, refreshments during emergencies (video)

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Ever needed to grab a bottle of water only to find the vending machine you've spotted is without power? The folks in Japan have, especially in the period immediately following natural disasters. The solution? Easy. A hand-cranked vending machine that still affords you the option of your desired food...
Hand-cranked vending machine offers products sans power, refreshments during emergencies (video)

ValCom sues Megaupload for up to $900 million in damages

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ValCom, developers of mass notification communication systems like the ones used in schools and businesses during emergencies, has just filled a law suit against Megaupload.com. The suit is an attempt to secure some of the millions of dollars of funds seized by government authorities in a raid on the popular file sharing...
ValCom sues Megaupload for up to $900 million in damages

Backup power helps in gadget emergencies

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I usually remember to charge my phone. Plugging it into the charging cord beside the bed is one of my essential daily gadget routines, along with recharging the laptop for the day's commute. But occasionally a late night or some other anomaly will derail my ritual, and I'll start the...
Backup power helps in gadget emergencies

Being A Jackass On Twitter Shouldn't Be Illegal; Public Shame Should Be Enough

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We've been talking about the unfortunate set of cases in the UK lately, in which people acting like jackasses online are being held criminally liable for being a jerk online. There are, of course, significant problems with this. And if you thought it was just limited to Europe, where they...
Being A Jackass On Twitter Shouldn't Be Illegal; Public Shame Should Be Enough

Weaponless defense: React Mobile app notifies contacts, keeps you safe in emergencies

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A weapon, pepper spray or even your fist may not be the best way to keep you safe in times of trouble. It might just be an app on your smartphone. That’s the thought behind Seattle-based React Mobile, a free app that essentially turns your smartphone into an SOS device. “React...
Weaponless defense: React Mobile app notifies contacts, keeps you safe in emergencies

Mobile Operators Responded To An Astounding 1.3 Million Requests For Subscriber Info

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We've talked for a while about just how often law enforcement seeks information from mobile operators -- often without getting any actual warrant -- knowing that it was astounding. But after an article from a few months ago in the NY Times noting that it was both routine and a...
Mobile Operators Responded To An Astounding 1.3 Million Requests For Subscriber Info

Want to see the future of mobile coverage? Go to a baseball game

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Verizon Wireless is hauling COWs and COLTs to Kansas City and Detroit, but it’s not going to any livestock show. These COWs and COLTs are cells-on-wheels and cells-on-light-trucks – basically mobile base stations Verizon can roll out in emergencies or at big events where it knows voice and data demand...
Want to see the future of mobile coverage? Go to a baseball game

Google Search and Maps gets Amber Alerts for missing children in your area

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Google today announced it is bringing AMBER Alerts Google Search on desktop and mobile as well as Google Maps. The initiative is thanks to a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Here’s a screenshot showing how the feature will look like in Google Search on...
Google Search and Maps gets Amber Alerts for missing children in your area

How To Make Sure Your Smartphone Will Help You Through The The Hurricane

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In emergencies like the coming storm, your smartphone is like a Swiss army knife--a crucial, multipurpose survival tool. Even if the power goes out, you may be able to get a wireless signal to connect ot the outside world. With expected power outages and evacuations, you'll want to make sure...
How To Make Sure Your Smartphone Will Help You Through The The Hurricane

DailyDirt: Deconstructing Social Networking

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Social networks are clearly a very fashionable field of study right now because they provide an unprecedented volume of records for human interactions that can be mined for trends and correlations... and marketing strategies. Figuring out how viral messages spread could teach us how to educate our peers or to...
DailyDirt: Deconstructing Social Networking

Today's Scuttlebot: BlackBerry Women, and Ghost-Hunting Tech

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The technology reporters and editors of The New York Times scour the Web for important and peculiar items. Wednesday's selection includes professional photographs of the storm via cellphone and Instagram, a collection of devices useful in emergencies and a woman's argument that BlackBerrys are friendly to long nails....
Today's Scuttlebot: BlackBerry Women, and Ghost-Hunting Tech
Panasonic develops emergency flashlight that can be powered by (almost) any battery

Know Where to Withdraw Money for Emergencies

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Know Where to Withdraw Money for Emergencies

Twitter now available in emergencies with satellite providers

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Twitter is being pumped up to save the day with the help from a couple of satellite providers....
Twitter now available in emergencies with satellite providers
We’re not the only ones carriers are overcharging; cell phone wiretap fees revealed

Japan considers using social networks in disaster situations

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Emergency services are embracing technology as new ways to investigate, send alerts and receive reports of crises. And now, the Japanese are looking at social networks to support communication in disaster scenarios, especially when traditional services fail. The local Fire and Disaster Management Agency put together a panel discussion...
Japan considers using social networks in disaster situations

The 'Preserving American Privacy Act' would ban weaponizing of drones, warrantless use

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The newly introduced Preserving American Privacy Act (PAPA) in the House is a bill designed to constrain the usage of invasive drone technology, and to prevent the weaponization of the tools, known officially as ‘unmanned aircraft systems.’ The full text of the proposed bill can be found here. Reps. Zoe Lofgren...
The 'Preserving American Privacy Act' would ban weaponizing of drones, warrantless use
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