C Spire Customers to Receive Emergency Alerts
C Spire Wireless today announced that it has joined the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) program so that it can broadcast Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) over its network. C Spire customers will begin to receive location-based alerts about severe weather threats, missing persons, or Presidential alerts during national emergencies. Customers can opt not to receive the weather and missing persons alerts, but no one can opt out of Presidential alerts. C Spire created an app specifically for its Android handsets to receive the alerts, but several iPhone and BlackBerry models will receive the alerts, too. The system is operational as of today.
Google Maps and Google Search Debut SOS Function
Google today announced its Google Maps and Google Search apps will soon show critical information regarding natural and other disasters that may strike. The SOS Alerts, as they are called, will appear at the top of search results and within maps as people look for information concerning the disasters or impacted areas.
C Spire Boosts WiFi Hotspot Access for iPhones
C Spire Wireless today expanded its WiFi On service to iOS devices, allowing its iPhone customers to more easily connect to some 20 million WiFi hotspots around the country. The WiFi On app is already available to Android handsets.
Google Jazzes Up Weather Search Results
Checking the weather forecast via Google Search just received a big upgrade. On Android devices, searches in the Google app for "weather" will include far more information than before in a more appealing design.
Samsung and The Weather Channel Team Up for Galaxy App
Samsung and The Weather Channel have created an exclusive weather app only for owners of Galaxy-branded smartphones. The Weather Channel App for Samsung offers features the regular Weather Channel app does not include.
Wireless Users May Eventually Receive Government 'Blue Alerts'
The FCC has added a new type of alert to the Emergency Alert System that is specifically meant for law enforcement officers and other first responders. Joining the Amber Alert and Silver Alert, the new Blue Alert can be used by state and local authorities to notify the public of threats to law enforcement and request help in apprehending suspects.