FCC, DOT Join AT&T's Anti-Texting Campaign
The Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Transportation both threw their weight behind AT&T's campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. "Texting behind the wheel may only take a few moments, but it can have a lifetime of consequences," said Ray LaHood, U.S. Trabsportation Secretary. "No text or email is worth the risk, and I applaud AT&T and all those who help to spread the word against texting and driving." More than 140 organizations are supporting the campaign, which has inc,used televisions commercials, print advertisements, and social media outreach. AT&T also plans to update its AT&T DriveMode application that that texting messaging and other features are automatically disabled when the app senses it is in a moving vehicle. The update, for Android devices, will be provided on September 30.
DOT Wants to Block Most Phone Apps In Moving Cars
The U.S. Department of Transportation wants phone makers to make it harder for drivers to use their smartphones when behind the wheel.
Google's GBoard App for Android Lets You Draw Emoji
Google today updated its GBoard keyboard application for Android handsets and made it possible for people to draw emoji. In the emoji search tool, GBoard can recognize finger-scrawled pictures and then automatically insert the correct emoji into your text.
Cricket Adds Data Roaming In Canada and Mexico
Cricket today expanded its international options to include data roaming in Canada and Mexico at no extra charge. Customers who subscribe to Cricket's Smart and Pro plans, $50 and $60 per month, respectively, can use their rate plan data when traveling throughout North America.
FCC Targets Fraud In Texting, and Slamming and Cramming
The FCC took more actions this week to protect consumers from unwanted charges and changes to their telephone service. First, the agency wants to prevent the fraudulent use of toll-free numbers for text messaging.