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FCC, Big 4 Carriers Announce Plans To Accelerate Text-To-911, Commit To Nationwide Rollout By 2014

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In August of last year, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski introduced plans for a next-generation 911 service, which would support text, picture and video messaging in cases of emergencies. The plan was expected to take 5 to 10 years, but today Genachowski has announced alongside major wireless carriers that the SMS...
FCC, Big 4 Carriers Announce Plans To Accelerate Text-To-911, Commit To Nationwide Rollout By 2014

Text-to-911 moves ahead in the US as Verizon chooses partner vendor

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While text-to-911 has been in the works for some time, it’s looking like Verizon is taking another step towards building a nationwide emergency SMS apparatus, as part of the Next Generation 911 (NG911) upgrades. Those changes are set to also include improved location data for 911 calls as well. About...
Text-to-911 moves ahead in the US as Verizon chooses partner vendor

Global Geo Services Worth as Much as $270B Per Year

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A pair of studies paid for by Google found that the global geo services industry — which is defined to include things like satellite navigation and electronic maps, with applications of those technology in areas like agriculture and emergency services — is valued at $150 to $270 billion per year....
Global Geo Services Worth as Much as $270B Per Year

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

Ford brings SYNC and AppLink to Europe

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At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Ford announced that it is bringing its SYNC and AppLink platforms to Europe. After selling close to 4 million cars with its voice-activated hands-free platform in the U.S., Ford now plans to sell more than 3.5 million SYNC-enabled cars in Europe by...
Ford brings SYNC and AppLink to Europe
Major US carriers to launch nationwide 911 texting service by 2014

Ball camera 'could help police'

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A tennis ball-shaped device with cameras could help emergency services and police verify whether a potentially dangerous place is safe to enter....
Ball camera 'could help police'

Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies

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The U.S. government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a Wall Street Journal review of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven’t proved they are eligible to receive them. The Lifeline program — begun in 1984...
Millions Improperly Claimed U.S. Phone Subsidies

Verizon gearing up to deliver ‘text-to-911′ capabilities

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Verizon has selected a vendor that will help the company deliver the ability to text 911 emergency services, The Hill has learned. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski commended the company for the move. By accepting texts in this way, in lieu of a phone call, Verizon could set the stage for those...
Verizon gearing up to deliver ‘text-to-911′ capabilities

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

Cars Should Automatically Call for Help After Crashes, EU Parliament Says

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By 2015, the European Parliament wants all new cars to automatically alert emergency services in case of a crash, a service known as eCall....
Cars Should Automatically Call for Help After Crashes, EU Parliament Says

AT&T teams up with the state of Tennessee to start text-to-911 trials

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Verizon's certainly at the forefront when it comes to involving text-based emergency services with mobile devices in the US, and thus it's natural for rival AT&T to have to keep up in this department -- much like with those Long Term Evolution rollouts. The good news is that AT&T...
AT&T teams up with the state of Tennessee to start text-to-911 trials

Meet Jack Dorsey, The Visionary Behind Twitter and Square

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This is part of our series on The 50 Sexiest CEOs in the World.  Jack Dorsey's continued success and dedication to change how we look at the world has led many tech pundits to call him the next Steve Jobs. Dorsey has had a similar trajectory to Jobs and is...
Meet Jack Dorsey, The Visionary Behind Twitter and Square

US mobile providers commit to emergency texting service

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The four largest mobile carriers in the U.S.--AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile--have agreed to accelerate the availability of emergency texting, or text-to-911. The four carriers have committed to major deployments of text-to-911 in 2013, with nationwide availability by May 15, 2014, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski...
US mobile providers commit to emergency texting service

Congress passes bill allowing Wi-Fi over unused TV spectrum

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Congress has has passed a bill allowing spectrum previously set aside for TV broadcasts to be used for next-generation Wi-Fi services and Bluetooth. According to CIO, a portion of the band will be offered up for unlicensed use by long-distance ësuper Wi-Fií services. A separate portion of the TV spectrum...
Congress passes bill allowing Wi-Fi over unused TV spectrum

Skype turns the Internet into your own personal telephone line

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Skype is a free software app that for most people needs no introduction. It has been on the scene for nearly a decade and has transformed the telecommunications industry by offering a cheap way to make long distance phone calls. Skype allows you to make telephone calls over the...
Skype turns the Internet into your own personal telephone line

New London city guide provides much more than the usual maps and tourist sites

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UK publishing company Archant and developer of mobile city guides, MyCityWay have teamed up to launch a new guide to London that goes much further than the average sight-seeing app. MyCityWay London24 is a free app for iOS that contains a set of ‘mini-apps’ that hold information about locations and news in the...
New London city guide provides much more than the usual maps and tourist sites
DARPA Launches QR-Locating Game As Test Of Distributed Resource Gathering

This week's games news

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War Games: WOPR | EMERGENCY | Vampire Season - Monster Defence | MicroMinersIt's a barren, tumbleweed-blown wasteland for game releases, although anyone with a smartphone or tablet will always be able to unearth plenty of fresh playthings. War Games: WOPR (iOS & Android, 69p) is a match-three game, set in...
This week's games news

Splitsecnd dials 911 when your car crashes (video)

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Wouldn't it be great if you could get OnStar in your beat-up old jalopy? Vowel-dropping startup Splitsecnd has launched a dongle that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter and calls 911 if it senses you've crashed. When triggered, the hardware uploads your location to the emergency services while a...
Splitsecnd dials 911 when your car crashes (video)
Cleaning up the streets with Car Toons

Shard window cleaner scrapes with disaster 300 metres up

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Emergency services sent to western Europe's highest building as cleaner's cradle malfunctionsEmergency services were sent to the Shard on Monday – days before its official opening – after a window cleaner got stuck in a precarious position on the 72nd floor.Ten firefighters attended the scene in central London after reports...
Shard window cleaner scrapes with disaster 300 metres up

Apple fined for making French staff work nights

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Ruling could disrupt preparations for new iPad as court imposes damages after trade union complaintApple has been fined and banned from requiring staff at seven of its French stores to work night shifts.The ruling may cause problems for arrival of the new iPad, expected next month, as staff often work...
Apple fined for making French staff work nights

O2 owner Telefónica develops tech to analyse voice tone

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Company says linguistic analysis engine will only be used with opt-in consent, but analysts warn that consumers will be waryTelefónica, owner of the O2 network in Britain, is developing technology that listens in on personal calls to draw up a psychological profile of a speaker according to their tone of...
O2 owner Telefónica develops tech to analyse voice tone

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

That Stinky Cloud Above London Is Coming From France But It's Not Camembert, Tweets Fire Brigade

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After a spate of emergency calls for a gas leak, the London Fire Brigade points its Twitter finger at France. A stinky gas leak from France has caused the London Fire Brigade to break out the tweets, warning residents not to call the emergency services. Some 25 emergency calls...
That Stinky Cloud Above London Is Coming From France But It's Not Camembert, Tweets Fire Brigade

Cars should automatically call for help after crashes, EU says

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By 2015, the European Parliament wants all new cars to automatically alert emergency services in case of a crash, a service known as eCall....
Cars should automatically call for help after crashes, EU says

FCC and mobile carriers commit to nationwide text-to-911 by May 2014

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It seems almost stupid that it’s nearly 2013 and we’re still unable to communicate with our emergency services in any way other than picking up the phone and calling them. We can certainly imagine situations where you’d want to be able to send a quick text message to local police. The US...
FCC and mobile carriers commit to nationwide text-to-911 by May 2014

Android apps scoop prizes in 2012 Smart Accessibility Awards contest

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Ablah, Jaccede, Happen and Starting Blocks aim to make smartphones more usable for people with disabilities and elderly peopleThe winners have been announced in the 2012 Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards, with four Android developers each walking away with a €50k prize for apps designed for people with disabilities or...
Android apps scoop prizes in 2012 Smart Accessibility Awards contest
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