Uber Fined

EUGENE, Ore — The app-based ride sharing company Uber is picking up some flack along with its fares. Wednesday the city of Eugene fined Uber $2,000 for operating without a city public passenger vehicle license. Uber driver Brenda Laird says she needs the job. “If I didn’t have this job I don’t know what I … Continue reading »

T-Mobile Accused of Bogus Charges

(CNN) — Here’s another good reason to check your cell phone bills–every month–line by line. Federal regulators are suing T-Mobile for knowingly adding charges its customers never authorized. Those charges were for things like horoscope texts or pricey ringtones. The Federal Trade Commission says these bogus charges were crammed into user’s bills from 2009 through … Continue reading »

EPD Releases Traffic Sting Results

EUGENE, Ore. — The results are in from a Eugene police traffic sting at 18th and Chambers. Nearly 70 citations were issued. Thirty of those were for cell phone violations. Nineteen weren’t wearing their seat belts. Police say cell phone use has been a big problem at their previous two enforcements as well. They’ll be … Continue reading »

EPD Cracks Down on Violators

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Police Department is cracking down on road violations. On Wednesday, officers shifted their focus around Valley River Center.¬†An undercover officer was stationed at the corner of Valley River Drive and Valley River Way looking for violators. Police say the most common violations they saw are drivers on cell phones, not … Continue reading »

New Driving Laws for 2014

EUGENE, Ore. — Once the new year rings in, there will be some new driving laws Oregonians will have to follow. Starting Jan. 1, to encourage Oregonians to keep both hands on the wheel, the fine for driving while using a cell phone will increase from $250 to a maximum of $500. And for the … Continue reading »

Nokia-Microsoft Mobile Phone Deal Final

ESPOO, Finland (CNN) — Microsoft is hoping to flex its mobile muscle with a deal to buy up Nokia’s mobile phone business. The software developer will pay $7.2 billion for control over the second largest phone maker in the world. It’s a major step toward achieving Microsoft’s goal of challenging Apple and Samsung for dominance … Continue reading »

Study: Dangers of Texting and Walking

(CNN) — Texting and walking. A lot of us do both, but what happens when we do them together? A new nationwide study out of the Ohio State University estimates more than 1,500 pedestrians were estimated to be treated in emergency rooms in 2010 for injuries related to using a cell phone while walking. Professor … Continue reading »

Report: Apple to Unveil New iPhone

(CNN) — Apple could be unveiling its latest iPhone as early as next month. Technology blog “All Things D” reports sources say the tech giant plans to debut its next iPhone at a special event on Sept. 10. The Wall Street Journal-affiliated blog has a solid track record for reporting inside Apple information. There’s been … Continue reading »

Study: Hands-Free Texting Not Safe

EUGENE, Ore. — A new study from AAA suggests hand-free texting is even more dangerous than simply talking on a cell phone. Researchers found that using speech-to-text is actually most distracting of all. They say it actually uses more brain concentration rather than talking on the phone or listening to a book on tape or … Continue reading »

95% of Malware Targeting Android Phones

(CNN) — Security threats from mobile malware are on the rise, and nearly 95 percent of targets operate on the Android operating system, according to a new report from mobile security firm NQ Mobile. It estimates that nearly 33 million Android devices were targeted by malware in 2012–a jump of more than 200 percent from … Continue reading »

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