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911 Butt Dials Are a Growing Problem

9-1-1 false alarms are nothing new. We've heard of kids dialing 9-1-1 when there's no emergency, and Kidd Kraddick has shared some gems with us in the past about people calling emegency dispatchers for all the wrong reasons.

But have you ever been driving on the The Loop in Tyler and accidently butt-dialed 9-1-1? In the age where everyone has a smart phone that's always at the ready, accidental pocket-dials to emergency officials are a growing problem.

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Outrage? Verizon Wireless Killing Unlimited Data Plans [POLL]

Verizon Wireless announced today its plans to get rid of its unlimited data plan that was grandfathered to previous users in favor of “tiered” data plans — and Verizon subscribers are NOT happy about it.

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Research Finds Young People Can’t Live Without a Smartphone

A new Nielsen poll finds smartphones are becoming less of a luxury and more of a so-called necessity — at least for younger people.

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There Will Soon Be More Cell Phones Than People in the World

Cisco’s annual Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast makes some interesting (some may say frightening) predictions, including the fact that the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the world’s population sometime this year.

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Police Pay a Visit to Dad Who Shot His Daughter’s Laptop

Ever since he filmed himself shooting his daughter’s laptop with a .45 handgun, opinions have been sharply divided over Tommy Jordan’s brand of extreme parenting. In fact, someone who disagrees with his methods called police to his North Carolina home. But instead of arresting him, cops offered their thanks.

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6 of the Worst Tech Predictions of All Time

Predictions about technology are notoriously tough to make. Still, the experts and visionaries often get it right — but when they don’t, they get it colossally wrong. Here are some of history’s most famously bungled insights made by tech giants and industry bigwigs, as rounded-up by Scientific American.

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Megaupload Founder Arrested, Found Hiding With Shotgun

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was arrested earlier this week, just after the site was shut down by the Department of Justice — but he didn’t go down without a fight. Police officers found Dotcom, real name Kim Schmitz, hiding in a safe room in his home with a loaded shotgun in hand.

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Sorry Drivers, Hands-Free Devices Aren’t Safer Options to Cell Phones

In response to the National Transportation Safety Board-proposed ban on cellphones while driving, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers tried to defend hands-free devices. They’re “designed to be used in a way that helps drivers keep their eyes on the road,” they said, but now it looks like this defense doesn’t hold water.

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Taggie Smartphone App Helps Kids Make Smart Food Choices [VIDEO]

If you’re someone who wants your kids to know more about food — something we should all know more about — you’ll probably find a new app in development pretty interesting.

Taggie, the brainchild of recent Dutch design school graduate Niels van Hoof, uses your smartphone camera to scan a barcode of food items. It then launches a 3D augmented reality animation to give children a short, fun lesson about the food’s origin, growth process, and different varieties.

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Could Facebook’s ‘Buffy’ Phone Slay the iPhone?

Facebook plans to enter into the smart phone market in the next 12-18 months with a phone that they have codenamed ‘Buffy.’

And, yes, that’s because Mark Zuckerberg and company thinks the device will be an iPhone slayer.

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Buy on Black Friday

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Savvy buyers know Black Friday can be one of the best days of the year to find terrific bargains, but not all items are such great deals. I

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Cell Phones Eliminate the Three-Day Rule in Dating — Survey of the Day

If a new survey from dating site Match.com is to be believed, the rules of dating have changed — largely because of cell phones, email and texting.

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