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DriveSafe.ly, a free mobile application that reads text messages (SMS) and emails aloud and automatically responds, will officially launch on September 23, 2009. After several months of beta testing, DriveSafe.ly is ready to launch a full version of its application, which will be universally available as a free download for consumers. This free, easy-to-use application was designed specifically to help combat the dangerous, often deadly trend of “texting while driving.” The full version will offer more robust features and functionality than the beta version such as a more diverse word bank, a variety of additional options and a whole new look. Developed by iSpeech.org founder Heath Ahrens, DriveSafe.ly utilizes iSpeech.org software as a service (SaaS) to convert text into the highest quality speech available and automatically reads incoming text and email messages ... (more)

Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada Support Ecological Separation of Great Lakes

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN -- (Marketwired) -- 09/09/13 -- Ducks Unlimited Inc. (DUI) and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) jointly released a statement this week on the threat to the Great Lakes presented by non-native carp. The conservation groups called on governmental and non-governmental organizations to move toward the ecological separation of the Great Lakes watershed as soon as possible, as part of a comprehensive strategy to protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp and other invasive species. "DU is concerned about the potential negative impact to waterfowl and wetlands, especially with two of the species, grass and black carp," said Becky Humphries, director of DUI's Great Lakes and Atlantic Region. "Grass carp can eat their weight in vegetation daily, which over time can have a devastating effect on waterfowl food resources in the Great Lakes." Humphries added that j... (more)

Zact Endorses American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Screen Time Limits with Robust Parental Controls

ZactMobileTM, the no contract smart mobile service, today publically endorsed the revised policy statement made by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urging parents to establish reasonable but firm rules about cell phone, texting, internet and social media use. Zact Mobile, which just this week announced distribution through Best Buy Mobile Stores nationwide is praising the AAP and seeks to help parents and guardians achieve a healthy balance through its robust suite of controls at a time when at a time when children as young as two years old are increasingly identified as smartphone owners.1 Zact Mobile today specifically cited the revised AAP policy statement on managing media consumption for children by: Limiting the amount of screen time across all media including cell phones to 1 to 2 hours per day Monitoring what content kids and adolescents are accessin... (more)

Keep Your Family on Track This Fall

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 09/25/14 -- Ereka Vetrini, TV Host and Mom, shares some tips to help parents stay on track during the back to school season. Safety is a top concern for parents when it comes to back to school season, especially with teenagers who are driving. There's a new device from Straight Talk Wireless called Safe Driver Car Connection that's easy to use and allows you to monitor your teens on the road with a map of the vehicle's location, right from your smartphone. The Cell Phone Restriction feature actually disables incoming calls and texts when the vehicle is in motion so you don't have to worry about texting and driving. The device is available exclusively at Walmart. Between running errands and shuffling the kids around to afternoon activities, it can be hard to make good food choices on the go. Wendy's® is helping by providing options ... (more)

China to Continue Driving Molybdenum Demand

LONDON, January 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Cutbacks by major producers, combined with stockpiling in China, resulted in a tightening of supply, causing prices to spike in mid 2009. Between July 2009 and August 2009, prices for both molybdic oxide and ferromolybdenum almost doubled, only to drop by 50% in the next two months. From November 2009, in line with the general trend in commodity prices, molybdenum prices have increased, reaching US$15/lbMo by January 2010, an increase of almost 50%. Nevertheless, with demand expected to rebound in 2010, prices could consolidate at current levels. China to continue driving molybdenum demand In 2009, molybdenum consumption is estimated to have declined by as much as 9%, as end-users curtailed their requirements. Although consumption has declined on a global level, emerging markets such as China have seen demand continue to increase... (more)

CES Features Record 330 New Exhibitors

A record number of new exhibitors – more than 330 companies – will join more than 2,500 exhibitors in unveiling their latest technology innovations at the 2010 International CES. With more than 20,000 new products on display, the International CES is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. CE Spotlights throughout the CES show floor will feature key market categories including apps, green technology, gaming, location based services and more. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2010 International CES returns to Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2010. “With a record number of new exhibitors, scores of new product introductions, several new Spotlights on the show floor and a dynamic lineup of keynotes sessions, the 2010 International CES will be our best show yet,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “More technology deals w... (more)

RTT (Round Trip Time): Aka – Why bandwidth doesn’t matter

A great post over on ajaxian got me to thinking today.  Why is it whenever you hear people talking about speed on the internet, they use a single metric?  Whether they’re discussing the connection in the datacenter, their residential DSL, or the wireless connection via their mobile device, everyone references the bandwidth of their connection when talking about speed.  “Oh I just got a 20Mb/s connection at home, it’s blazing fast!".  That’s all well and good, and 20 Mb/s is indeed a lot of throughput for a residential connection. Unfortunately for Joe Average, about 98% of the population wouldn’t know what the heck to DO with 20 Mb/s of download speed, and even worse than that…they would likely see absolutely zero increase in performance while doing the one thing most people use their connection for the most, browsing the web. No one seems to ever bother mentioning... (more)

Southern Companies Showcase Latest Innovation at 2013 International CES

More than 230 technology companies based in the Southern region of the United States (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia) will debut their latest consumer technology innovations at the 2013 International CES®. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2013 CES, the world’s largest annual innovation event, will feature 3,000 exhibitors across more than 1.85 million net square feet of exhibit space. The 2013 International CES will run Tuesday, January 8-Friday, January 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. “CES is the perfect platform for introducing Valencell’s PerformTek Precision Biometrics sensor technology. People stopping by our booth – #26315 – will get a first-hand look at PerformT... (more)

Is AOL Still Relevant?

While Yahoo has gotten lots of attention in the past week with its latest CEO switchover, we now turn to another early Internet pioneer AOL. The company has a new version of their Web-based email software to add to the good news around its quarterly earnings announcement and stock price, which briefly reached a yearly high this week. Ironically, it was because of one of their lowest rates of decline in revenues that prompted the rally. AOL had a good year because of selling more than a billion bucks worth of patents to Microsoft. Had they not made that deal, they would have lost more than $30 million for the quarter. Like Yahoo, they are a big company who has lost their way. And no better example of that strategy is the update of their webmail that is being brought online in the next week. The update is the first major overhaul of AOL mail in nearly five years. In ... (more)

An Internet 1000 Times Faster than Today’s

Imagine the possibility of an Internet 1000 times faster than the one of today.  Dr. Vincent Chan, a great hero of modern telecommunications (and a mentor I’ve been honored to serve on an advisory board with) is leading research into developments that can produce just that. Dr. Chan has been leading a research team at MIT in design efforts that have produced demonstrations that would eliminate inefficient conversion processes in optical signal processing, resulting in dramatic increases in Internet speeds while actually reducing the amount of energy consumed by transmission devices. This method is called Optical Flow Switching (OFS).  OFS exploits optical switching, routing and transport technologies to continue lowering costs while providing this higher speed. The following is from research announced on the MIT website: QUOTE: One of the reasons that optical data ... (more)

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