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.
Facebook to Display Amber Alerts
Facebook today said it has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and will begin to push Amber alerts to users' Facebook news feeds. Facebook said it was inspired to create the service after an Amber alert posted to Facebook by a user resulted in the recovery of an abducted child.
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.