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Experts: Smartphone Kill Switch Could Backfire

Minnesota’s U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been pushing legislation in Washington to require a “kill switch” in cell phones. Now, smartphone makers and carriers have agreed to add optional kill switches on their own by next summer.

12 hours ago

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‘Upskirting’ Laws Lag Behind Advances In Technology

A court ruled that a man who snapped secret pictures up a woman’s skirt on a Boston subway train did not violate the state’s Peeping Tom law. The practice known as “upskirting” has exposed loopholes in current laws. Minnesota statutes that tackle the issue were written years ago. But that was before everyone had cell phones.

03/06/2014

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Last Call For La Crescent Phone Booth

In a sign of the times, the final call was made at a La Crescent phone booth this week. Todd Roesler of Ace Communication Group says it’s sad to see it go, but it was gathering a lot of dust. “The last phone call that somebody used the telephone booth for was many months ago,” Roesler said.

02/22/2014

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Lawmakers Seek To Ban Cell Phone Use In Construction Zones

Minnesota drivers using cell phones are distracted, and sometimes deadly. Craig Carlson and Ron Rajkowski were killed in 2011 by a distracted driver in a construction zone who was traveling at a high speed. Carlson’s widow, Deb Carlson of Ramsey, says her husband was killed in an instant. “[The] car that was traveling at 70 miles per hour,” Carlson said.

02/10/2014

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BBB Warns Of ’1-Ring’ Phone Call Scheme

If you receive a call from area codes belonging to places like Grenada or Antigua and the phone only rings once, the Better Business Bureau warns not to call back. According to the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota, the calls are part of a scheme being perpetrated by scammers who anticipate victims’ curiosity getting the better of them.

02/04/2014

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MPD Refutes Smartphones Were Stolen From Target Workers

Minneapolis Police have refuted reports that smartphones had been taken from at least six IT professionals over the past two days. Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that a source told CBS News that smartphones had been stolen from workers at the downtown headquarters in Minneapolis.

01/23/2014

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Klobuchar Proposes Kill Switch In Cell Phones At The ‘U’

Sen. Amy Klobuchar chose to hold her news conference call Tuesday on phone companies, saying they should put a kill switch in all cell phones at the University of Minnesota.

01/21/2014

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Delta: No Voice Calls On Our Planes

Delta Air Lines won’t allow passengers to make voice calls from its planes. Right now, federal rules prohibit voice calls on planes. But the government is indicating that it might loosen those rules. If that happens, it could be up to airlines to set their own policies.

12/18/2013

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FAA To Allow Air Passengers To Use Gadgets On Planes

Government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music.

10/31/2013

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Doctors Warn Against Too Much ‘Screen Time’ For Kids

They’ve been called electronic babysitters. All of that technology we love, our kids love too. But you can have too much of a good thing. A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics found kids spend, on average, eight hours using some type of “entertainment media” each day. Doctors say one to two hours a day is plenty. That screen time, experts warn, can add up to health and behavior problems. Excess use of cell phones, tablets and TVs is linked to violent behavior, cyberbullying, obesity, lack of sleep and other health problems.

10/28/2013

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Your Privacy Won’t Be The Cost Of A Better Shopping Experience

You probably don’t realize it when you’re shopping, but many companies use technology to track your movements. Now some of them have agreed to post signs letting you know, and giving you the chance to opt out.

10/23/2013

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How Cell Phones Are Changing The Way We Date

Smartphones are changing the way people date. USA Today just looked at a new survey of about 1,500 daters. Some of the questions addressed the following: Do you check you phone during a date? How soon must you reply to a text? Should a friend call or text you to see how the date is going?

07/22/2013

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Tips To Limit Tech Distractions While On Vacation

Many of us will find ourselves with time off this week from work to celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends. However, instead of relaxing and reconnecting with loved ones, we may end up texting, typing, posting and playing games on electronic devices.

07/02/2013

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Etiquette Tips During National Cell Phone Courtesy Month

Stop texting for just a minute and listen up: Did you know July is National Cell Phone Courtesy month? Some experts give us dos and don’ts when it comes to cell phone etiquette.

07/02/2013

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The Pros & Cons Of Cell Phone Insurance

One way cell phones have definitely changed our lives is the way we walk. We have phones out and eyes down, which can cause all kinds of problems says Minneapolis Police Inspector Bryan D. Schafer. “When you have that phone out in the open, you become a target,” Schafer said.

06/24/2013

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