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While some soldiers have virtual reality training to familiarize themselves with the battlefield, paramedics and other rescuers are out of luck; their first crisis is frequently all too real. Intelligent Decisions isn't happy with that lack of preparation, so it's developing a VR system that gives...

June 4th 2014 at 5:47pm 0 Comments
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I remember walking around my college campus late at night, not long after campuses had begun to install the "blue light" boxes for security. Essentially an emergency phone that immediately dialed campus security, these were great if you happened to be near one. Of course, today everyone has a cell...

May 30th 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Text-to-911 became available in select markets today. As the name implies, the service allows you to text your emergency to first responders rather than call. There's just one issue: it doesn't work in most places. The list of supported cities is so small in fact, you should probably just assume t...

May 15th 2014 at 7:32pm 0 Comments
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AT&T wants to put its old copper-based telephone networks to rest and start testing its next-gen fiber optic cables in more locations outside the initial ones in Florida and Alabama. There's just one not-so-tiny problem: this new high-speed technology doesn't work with the government's special...

May 5th 2014 at 10:09pm 0 Comments
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Emergency Exit is a clever idea for an app. If you're in a building, stadium, airport, casino or other public place and need to get out quickly, Emergency Exit (US$0.99) uses Google Indoor maps to show you where you are and the quickest way out. As far as it goes, it's a good idea for an app. But t...

December 10th 2013 at 11:30am 0 Comments