A New Hampshire Senate panel is holding a hearing next week on a measure to ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. The House-passed bill also bans all cell phone use by minors behind the wheel. The bill doesn't apply in an emergency. The ban would apply while drivers are stopped temporarily, such as at a red light, but not if they have pulled over and stopped off the road. The bill allows the use of hands-free electronic devices, devices that are integrated into the vehicle, and non-cellular 2-way radio devices. State law currently bans only typing and sending text messages while driving but does not prohibit reading text messages, surfing the Internet, dialing cell phones or programming GPS devices while driving. The hearing takes place on Thursday.
Here’s a story worth sharing on your smartphone: new research says there is NOT an epidemic of teen sexting.
Janis Wolak is senior researcher at the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. She’s co-author of two studies on sexting being released in today’s edition of the journal Pediatrics, and she tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson the UNH data shows a rate of sexting much lower than the 20 percent number commonly cited in news reports.
An app released this week called Silent Circle says it offers NSA level encryption tools to ordinary citizens. That means e-mails, phone calls, and text messages can’t be traced, intercepted, or recovered by just about anybody. Russell Brandom is a staff writer for Buzzfeed, where he wrote about the developers of Silent Circle.