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February 13, 2014 |
A "selfie" found in a cell phone dropped during the ransack burglary of a Chula Vista church has led to the arrest of the man in the picture and two other suspects, police said. The phone was found at the scene of the break-in at Hilltop Tabernacle Church in which cash, a laptop computer and other items were taken, Chula Vista police said. Police recognized the area shown in the picture as Harborside Park. People at the park recognized the man in the picture. Police then contacted the man -- Adam Howe, 26 -- who admitted to burglarizing the church and a nearby recreational vehicle, officials said.
December 20, 2013 |
Throw cellphones from the plane? Well, at least get them out of our hearing range, passengers say. A poll of nearly 5,000 flyers found they would strongly favor putting phone booths in planes to protect privacy if the FCC ultimately decides to allow in-flight cell use. The booths were proposed in an online poll by Airfarewatchdog , a fare-tracking website. It asked users: Do you think airlines should install in-flight phone booths to keep things from getting too loud on-board?
July 10, 2013 |
Want a new smartphone every few months for a fairly low price? T-Mobile's making it possible. Although Verizon and AT&T recently lengthened the amount of time that subscribers have to wait before upgrading their phones at discounted prices, T-Mobile is moving in the opposite direction. The fourth-largest cellphone service provider in the U.S. announced Wednesday that subscribers who pay a $10 monthly fee and trade in their phones can now potentially get four new phones in a 24-month period.
June 14, 2013 |
Playwright Sarah Ruhl is a proven practitioner whose buoyantly surreal plays are moored by cosmically serious themes. Pulitzer-nominated in 2005, Ruhl's “The Clean House” exploited a comical situation -- a Latina domestic worker's quest for the perfect joke -- to explore larger issues of death and loss. And in “Eurydice,” recently seen in a stellar production at A Noise Within, Ruhl slanted the Greek myth of Eurydice and Orpheus into a moving story of undying paternal love -- Ruhl's moving valedictory to her own dead father.
June 12, 2013 |
Hands-free phone use while driving - for talking or, especially, for texting - is just plain dangerous, said researchers at the University of Utah who have studied distracted driving for more than a decade. In a study funded by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a research and education arm of AAA, psychologist David Strayer of the university's Applied Cognition Lab and colleagues found that using speech recognition technology to command devices while driving - even when eyes were on the road and hands were on the wheel - resulted in “a relatively high level of cognitive distraction.” Talking on the phone or with a passenger was moderately distracting, the researchers found.
May 21, 2013 |
MOORE, Okla. - When Josephine Owings heard the shriek of tornado sirens Monday afternoon, she scooped up her "babies" - her tiny lap dogs, Emma and Harley - and took shelter in her bathroom. Her cell phone rang. It was her daughter-in-law, Chasidy Artrip, who feared that Owings' three-bedroom home was directly in the path of the massive tornado that minutes later killed at least 24 people in and around this Oklahoma City suburb. "Mom, get out of the bathroom!" Artrip yelled into the phone.