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New York Highways Get Texting Zones For Safety

Sep 24th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Taking a road trip and want to send a text with your ETA? In New York, you'll have to wait until you see signs for the next "texting zone." Part of an initiative to crack down on distracted driving, New York has designated more than 90 rest stops and parking areas along state highways as safe places to stop and send text messages. Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled 300 signs with the message "It...

Philadelphia cracks down on texting and walking

Philadelphia cracks down on texting and walking Jul 19th, 2011 at 2:30PM: Philadelphia has taken what most savvy travelers would call a "safety" issue and turning it into a legal one ... sort of. The city is issuing warnings to pedestrians who walk down the street and text or play on their smartphones. The practice, while annoying to other pedestrians and motorists who may suffer from your lack of paying attention, isn't illegal, but highly discouraged. ...

Gallery: More travel sketches from BBC's Tim Baynes

Gallery: More travel sketches from BBC's Tim Baynes May 18th, 2011 at 3:00PM: We wrote yesterday about Tim Baynes' delightful travel sketches from around the world on BBC and liked them so much we came back for more. You can (and should!) get lost for hours looking at his drawings on Flickr with fun anecdotes and scribbles bringing depth and humor to his slice-of-life artwork. Check out some of our favorites in the gallery below, from a look inside the BBC Starbucks to...

Twitter reaches Ireland and Indonesia

Twitter reaches Ireland and Indonesia Dec 18th, 2009 at 4:30PM: Twitter addicts don't need to worry about hopping a flight to Indonesia or Ireland any more. The white-hot microblogging service has expanded its footprint to these two countries, with local mobile carriers making Twitter available by SMS without charging any extra fees. Twitter was worried about overseas expansion for a while, because texting costs outside the United States were likely to prevent...

Product review - Knowledge Generation Bureau (KGB)

Product review - Knowledge Generation Bureau (KGB) Jan 23rd, 2009 at 10:30AM: If you have watched any TV in recent weeks, you'll have probably seen a commercial for a new service called KGB. The concept is simple - you send them a text message with your question, and a real person gets you an answer. Nothing in life is free, so you'll pay 50 cents for the luxury of having a personal assistant answer your query. Since many of us travel, and often run into a situation that...

New state laws that affect travelers in 2009

New state laws that affect travelers in 2009 Jan 4th, 2009 at 11:30AM: There are slew of new state laws that have gone into effect with the change to 2009. Here are some of the ones that I've culled from this CBS News/AP article that could impact travelers depending upon which state you head to for a vacation this year. In California, do not read-or-write text messages while you drive. It's now illegal. Heavens! Can you imagine someone texting on a freeway in...

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