Cellcontrol: Safe Driving

One of the biggest problems today is the use of cellphones by people driving. Todd Cochrane spoke to Chuck Cox CEO of Cellcontrol about their solution to this problem at CES 2011. It is a three part solution. The first part of the solution is to integrate the program directly into the vehicle. When the vehicle moves the program is activated. It then sends a message through bluetooth to the cellphones in the car.

The program is supported by a most major cellphones and other devices. The program and policies are easy to setup and manage. The policies are also very customizable depending on what is the safety policy of the company or individual is. Cellcontrol is targeting companies with large fleets first, before moving into the direct consumer market. Businesses not only have to worry about accidents causing higher insurance and law suits, but also about the company reputation.

According to Mr. Cox twenty eight percent of all accidents involve someone using a cellphone, Driving and texting is 4x more likely to cause a accident then driving while drunk. People are going to use cellphones in their car, the question is how do we make it safer.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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Globaltel Media’s Cherple for SMS and Texting Chat

Tom and Todd get texting with Globaltel Media‘s free SMS chat platform, Cherple. Robert Sanchez, President & CEO, takes them through it.

Cherple is a free web-based SMS texting client, which in itself is not unusual – there a plenty of sites which can send SMS messages. But what makes this a little bit different is that the recipient can text the sender back again, even though the sender is at a computer. A whole text chat can then follow, back and forth.

It’s web-based, so can be used from any web browser, but Windows and Mac downloads are on offer, too.

Cherple currently only works for texts to US-based cellphones, but Globaltel are expecting to setup local Cherple sites in ten countries in the coming months.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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Wydeye PicsChecker Anti-Sexting App for Android

Jeffrey talks sexting with Jeremy Witkins of Wyd Eye Software, on how their PicsChecker application can help parents keep on eye on children’s texting behaviour. It works by sending an email of all the texts and pictures sent by the phone to the parent every day. The parent can then review the content for any SMS or MMS sexting material. There’s also a web portal if the parent wants to get a immediate view of what’s going on.

It’s available for Android phones and the price point is $2-$3 per month. Check it out if you are a concerned parent.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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Stop Texting While Driving with tXtBlocker

tXt Blocker is a great product for any parent who have teenagers who like to text while driving. tXt Blocker has two parts first is administrative end which is on the web, the second part is an application which is downloaded to the phone. The parent or supervisor then goes into the administrative zone on the web site and sets up the rules. They can include things such as no texting while the car is moving. No texting in a certain geographic area, such as a school or church.
The system uses the internal GPS and cell phone tower triangulation to determine where the phone is and how fast it is moving. If the phone receives a text while the phone is in motion, or a blocked zone that message is sent to the phones database until the phone has reached a “safe state”. If a call comes into the phone, while it is moving or in a zone that is blocked the call goes to the voice mail, which informs the caller that the person is driving and can’t answer their call at this time. The administrator can set up a safe-list which allows calls from certain people to get through. 911 calls are automatically on the safe list.

The system is currently available for 6.99 a month for an individual and 9.99 a month for a family plan and it works on Blackberry, Android and is coming later this year to both iPhone and Windows Phone 7 Mobile. There is a customizable option for business available. tXt Blocker is available at Best Buy through the tXt Blocker Website

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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GNC-2010-09-24 #613 Alien Conspiracy!

Big Alien Conspiracy announcement on Monday that truly could shake up the government. Listen for details. The better half, told me to lighten up she said I have become robotic. I truly hope you enjoy the show and thanks for staying subscribed. I give you all a little insider look on today’s show on how I get a bit wrapped around the axel with the day to day grind.

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GNC-2009-02-20 #453 Recorded on Rebuilt Machine

My loyal and dedicated podcast recording PC died on Tuesday and I had to revive it with some new guts. So while I get it dialed in let me know how the sound quality was tonight. I have a decent list of content for a Friday show. Thanks for staying subscribed.

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Pirate Bay No One is in Charge
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32 Free PC Applications
Open Source at White House?
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30 Websites to visit if your Laid Off
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