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(Orlando Sentinel)   Two Orlando-area entrepreneurs develop smartphone application that disables the texting function on phones when they are in motion, hoping to put an end to dangerous driving, walking   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 56
    More: Florida, mobile apps, reckless driving, Txt Shield, smartphones, Patriot missile, GPS signals, entrepreneurs, motions  
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2014-04-06 05:57:36 PM  
Smart.
 
2014-04-06 06:09:50 PM  
either don't install the app, or turn off GPS.
 
2014-04-06 06:11:58 PM  
So you can't text while you're riding a bus?  Sitting as the passenger in a car?
 
2014-04-06 06:12:02 PM  

JoieD'Zen: Smart.


Smart, and nearly pointless. There are too many possible exceptions, bus, train, passenger.
 
2014-04-06 06:12:14 PM  
would suck to be the passenger
 
2014-04-06 06:12:43 PM  
Sprint Drive First says....dafuq?
 
2014-04-06 06:12:50 PM  

Joe USer: JoieD'Zen: Smart.

Smart, and nearly pointless. There are too many possible exceptions, bus, train, passenger.


Kidnapped and locked in the trunk, unable to text for help...
 
2014-04-06 06:16:14 PM  
I moved the txt message thing out of the "notification center" so that I'd never be bothered by strangers or Amber Alerts pushed by our dear state of irrelevancies.

Srsly, they push Amber Alerts out as txt messages. Irrelevant at 2am when I'm asleep, seeing as I can't look for a licsense plate from my bedroom. And counter to proclaimations about safe driving when I could look for licsense plates because I'd have to open the txt program.
 
2014-04-06 06:16:32 PM  

kona: would suck to be the passenger


No doubt!

How on earth could anyone deal with the horrors of being unable to text while spending time with others in a car?
 
2014-04-06 06:18:07 PM  
I'm sure the people who text and drive will care enough about the dangers of texting while driving to install the app to prevent them from texting and driving.

/In the winter the gorillas will freeze
 
2014-04-06 06:19:57 PM  

Ex-Texan: or turn off GPS.


Then it tattles to the admin.
 
2014-04-06 06:21:46 PM  
If I had a teen, who was a driver, this would be a no brainer purchase. It would be on their phone, password protected

Otherwise, meh - I can control myself

/"but dad! What about when I'm a passenger? " Shut up.
 
2014-04-06 06:22:41 PM  

poorjon: I'm sure the people who text and drive will care enough about the dangers of texting while driving to install the app to prevent them from texting and driving.

/In the winter the gorillas will freeze


Very well stated good man.
 
2014-04-06 06:24:29 PM  
That will be the end for this place:


willardcountryinn.com
 
2014-04-06 06:25:47 PM  

Excelsior: kona: would suck to be the passenger

No doubt!

How on earth could anyone deal with the horrors of being unable to text while spending time with others in a car?


Jane: Bob, Please text Mom, tell her we'll be about 15 minutes late for dinner.
Bob: Done!
Jane: You anti-social monster! Don't you know there are no exceptions for proper in-car etiquette?!?
 
2014-04-06 06:27:04 PM  
You people don't understand what the app does.

The headline clearly states that you can't use your texting feature when the DEVELOPERS IF THE APP are in motion.

What possible value this could have, I fail to see.
 
2014-04-06 06:27:25 PM  
This just in: Two Florida software entrepreneurs murdered by horde of 17yr old BFFs.
 
2014-04-06 06:28:13 PM  

Joe USer: Excelsior: kona: would suck to be the passenger

No doubt!

How on earth could anyone deal with the horrors of being unable to text while spending time with others in a car?

Jane: Bob, Please text Mom, tell her we'll be about 15 minutes late for dinner.
Bob: Done!
Jane: You anti-social monster! Don't you know there are no exceptions for proper in-car etiquette?!?


If only there was some other means for the cell phone to convey that message!
 
2014-04-06 06:28:55 PM  

GRCooper: If I had a teen, who was a driver, this would be a no brainer purchase. It would be on their phone, password protected

Otherwise, meh - I can control myself

/"but dad! What about when I'm a passenger? " Shut up.



Good parenting detected.
 
2014-04-06 06:29:52 PM  

wildcardjack: I moved the txt message thing out of the "notification center" so that I'd never be bothered by strangers or Amber Alerts pushed by our dear state of irrelevancies.

Srsly, they push Amber Alerts out as txt messages. Irrelevant at 2am when I'm asleep, seeing as I can't look for a licsense plate from my bedroom. And counter to proclaimations about safe driving when I could look for licsense plates because I'd have to open the txt program.


Yeah, I have a prepaid phone with Straight Talk, and my phone would go apeshiat 3 times, about 10-15 minutes apart for each Amber Alert.  I turned it off on my phone because I live near Atlanta and got an Amber Alert from Miami at 2 am.  Last week we had one from Washington DC.
 
2014-04-06 06:31:02 PM  
Perfect for Obamaphones. Nanny state & Welfare state ¡Brilliant!
 
2014-04-06 06:37:50 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: wildcardjack: I moved the txt message thing out of the "notification center" so that I'd never be bothered by strangers or Amber Alerts pushed by our dear state of irrelevancies.

Srsly, they push Amber Alerts out as txt messages. Irrelevant at 2am when I'm asleep, seeing as I can't look for a licsense plate from my bedroom. And counter to proclaimations about safe driving when I could look for licsense plates because I'd have to open the txt program.

Yeah, I have a prepaid phone with Straight Talk, and my phone would go apeshiat 3 times, about 10-15 minutes apart for each Amber Alert.  I turned it off on my phone because I live near Atlanta and got an Amber Alert from Miami at 2 am.  Last week we had one from Washington DC.


I got three in a row for the same incident.  I had to search several news sources for the details - a mother (with custody) left with her kid after saying something supposedly suspicious to a relative.  I'm in Las Vegas, the mother/child were from Fallon, NV (375 miles away), and the car was a 1988 Ford Thunderbird.    I'm sure that car will make the 375 mile trip in July.

After that, I deleted the alerts and shut off the alerting function on my personal and work phones.
 
2014-04-06 06:39:26 PM  

Ex-Texan: either don't install the app, or turn off GPS.


Can you turn off the accelerometer?
 
2014-04-06 06:42:52 PM  

GRCooper: Joe USer: Excelsior: kona: would suck to be the passenger

No doubt!

How on earth could anyone deal with the horrors of being unable to text while spending time with others in a car?

Jane: Bob, Please text Mom, tell her we'll be about 15 minutes late for dinner.
Bob: Done!
Jane: You anti-social monster! Don't you know there are no exceptions for proper in-car etiquette?!?

If only there was some other means for the cell phone to convey that message!


I know, everyone loves cell phone conversations at restaurants. Especially when the other party is in a car doing 65.
 
2014-04-06 06:44:43 PM  

shtychkn: GRCooper: If I had a teen, who was a driver, this would be a no brainer purchase. It would be on their phone, password protected

Otherwise, meh - I can control myself

/"but dad! What about when I'm a passenger? " Shut up.


Good parenting detected.


Future discount nursing home resident detected.
 
2014-04-06 06:49:23 PM  

Joe USer: GRCooper: Joe USer: Excelsior: kona: would suck to be the passenger

No doubt!

How on earth could anyone deal with the horrors of being unable to text while spending time with others in a car?

Jane: Bob, Please text Mom, tell her we'll be about 15 minutes late for dinner.
Bob: Done!
Jane: You anti-social monster! Don't you know there are no exceptions for proper in-car etiquette?!?

If only there was some other means for the cell phone to convey that message!

I know, everyone loves cell phone conversations at restaurants. Especially when the other party is in a car doing 65.


Well then, they're just gonna have to learn to not be fifteen friggin minutes late aren't they?
 
2014-04-06 06:49:44 PM  

fusillade762: Joe USer: JoieD'Zen: Smart.

Smart, and nearly pointless. There are too many possible exceptions, bus, train, passenger.

Kidnapped and locked in the trunk, unable to text for help...


Skiing, snowboarding, horse riding... I could go on
 
2014-04-06 06:52:58 PM  

Cormee: fusillade762: Joe USer: JoieD'Zen: Smart.

Smart, and nearly pointless. There are too many possible exceptions, bus, train, passenger.

Kidnapped and locked in the trunk, unable to text for help...

Skiing, snowboarding, horse riding... I could go on


Won't someone think of the astronauts on the ISS!?!
 
2014-04-06 06:58:57 PM  

GRCooper: Joe USer: GRCooper: Joe USer: Excelsior: kona: would suck to be the passenger

No doubt!

How on earth could anyone deal with the horrors of being unable to text while spending time with others in a car?

Jane: Bob, Please text Mom, tell her we'll be about 15 minutes late for dinner.
Bob: Done!
Jane: You anti-social monster! Don't you know there are no exceptions for proper in-car etiquette?!?

If only there was some other means for the cell phone to convey that message!

I know, everyone loves cell phone conversations at restaurants. Especially when the other party is in a car doing 65.

Well then, they're just gonna have to learn to not be fifteen friggin minutes late aren't they?


Have an answer for everything? Ok, fine.

After passing the tragic mime accident scene, Bob and Jane were 15 minutes late for dinner with her Mom. It's Mom's 76th birthday, and it means a lot to her. 76 being a special number in their family. So Linda asked Bob to text Mom, as not to disturb the other diners at the restaurant. Bob did this, but Linda, a well known manners and neat freak was outraged at this. Bob responded by calling Linda and grabbed the wheel driving them off the bridge into a barge filled with orphans and several megatons of explosives, killing everyone in 2 square miles. Mom had the fish and died 3 days later from food poisoning.

The end.
 
2014-04-06 07:00:53 PM  
 Bob responded by calling Linda an ignorant slut. (editor ate it)
 
2014-04-06 07:04:46 PM  

Joe USer: GRCooper: Joe USer: GRCooper: Joe USer: Excelsior: kona: would suck to be the passenger

No doubt!

How on earth could anyone deal with the horrors of being unable to text while spending time with others in a car?

Jane: Bob, Please text Mom, tell her we'll be about 15 minutes late for dinner.
Bob: Done!
Jane: You anti-social monster! Don't you know there are no exceptions for proper in-car etiquette?!?

If only there was some other means for the cell phone to convey that message!

I know, everyone loves cell phone conversations at restaurants. Especially when the other party is in a car doing 65.

Well then, they're just gonna have to learn to not be fifteen friggin minutes late aren't they?

Have an answer for everything? Ok, fine.

After passing the tragic mime accident scene, Bob and Jane were 15 minutes late for dinner with her Mom. It's Mom's 76th birthday, and it means a lot to her. 76 being a special number in their family. So Linda asked Bob to text Mom, as not to disturb the other diners at the restaurant. Bob did this, but Linda, a well known manners and neat freak was outraged at this. Bob responded by calling Linda and grabbed the wheel driving them off the bridge into a barge filled with orphans and several megatons of explosives, killing everyone in 2 square miles. Mom had the fish and died 3 days later from food poisoning.

The end.


So, you're saying that Bob and Linda were saved from a painful death by food poisoning?
 
2014-04-06 07:09:01 PM  

GRCooper: Cormee: fusillade762: Joe USer: JoieD'Zen: Smart.

Smart, and nearly pointless. There are too many possible exceptions, bus, train, passenger.

Kidnapped and locked in the trunk, unable to text for help...

Skiing, snowboarding, horse riding... I could go on

Won't someone think of the astronauts on the ISS!?!


Wouldn't they be considered "not moving" by the GPS satellites.
 
2014-04-06 07:13:59 PM  

fusillade762: GRCooper: Cormee: fusillade762: Joe USer: JoieD'Zen: Smart.

Smart, and nearly pointless. There are too many possible exceptions, bus, train, passenger.

Kidnapped and locked in the trunk, unable to text for help...

Skiing, snowboarding, horse riding... I could go on

Won't someone think of the astronauts on the ISS!?!

Wouldn't they be considered "not moving" by the GPS satellites.


Good point.

I haven't seen it - was "Gravity" caused by texting while EVA?
 
2014-04-06 07:14:52 PM  
 
2014-04-06 07:21:04 PM  
No davening and texting.
 
2014-04-06 07:24:48 PM  
Excellent! I just invented the app "Faze" that convinces other apps that your cell phone isn't mobile! Ta-daaaa!
 
2014-04-06 07:27:03 PM  
1) Force GPS to stay on
2) Buy stock in phone battery company
3) ????
4) Profit
 
2014-04-06 07:27:52 PM  

fusillade762: GRCooper: Cormee: fusillade762: Joe USer: JoieD'Zen: Smart.

Smart, and nearly pointless. There are too many possible exceptions, bus, train, passenger.

Kidnapped and locked in the trunk, unable to text for help...

Skiing, snowboarding, horse riding... I could go on

Won't someone think of the astronauts on the ISS!?!

Wouldn't they be considered "not moving" by the GPS satellites.


The ISS is not in a geosynchronous orbit.
 
2014-04-06 07:33:44 PM  

wildcardjack: I moved the txt message thing out of the "notification center" so that I'd never be bothered by strangers or Amber Alerts pushed by our dear state of irrelevancies.

Srsly, they push Amber Alerts out as txt messages. Irrelevant at 2am when I'm asleep, seeing as I can't look for a licsense plate from my bedroom. And counter to proclaimations about safe driving when I could look for licsense plates because I'd have to open the txt program.


Many phones have a "Alerts Off" or "Do Not Disturb" mode.  Some, such as the iPhone, you can set up to automatically go into that mode between hours you specify.  Technology created the problem and it created a solution too.
 
2014-04-06 07:41:37 PM  

GRCooper: So, you're saying that Bob and Linda were saved from a painful death by food poisoning?


Well, yeah, that's the moral of the story.
 
2014-04-06 07:55:00 PM  
Waze tries to do this when I'm getting directions somewhere. Look, when I have to press the "oh, no I'm the passenger I swear" button, it's making things more dangerous.
 
2014-04-06 08:16:49 PM  

GRCooper: Joe USer: Excelsior: kona: would suck to be the passenger

No doubt!

How on earth could anyone deal with the horrors of being unable to text while spending time with others in a car?

Jane: Bob, Please text Mom, tell her we'll be about 15 minutes late for dinner.
Bob: Done!
Jane: You anti-social monster! Don't you know there are no exceptions for proper in-car etiquette?!?

If only there was some other means for the cell phone to convey that message!


Or that they have been kidnapped and are locked in the trunk. Even if it notified the admin (eg mom or dad), then well, it works. 
I see stupid people EVERY day and multiple times per day texting while driving, weaving lanes, holding traffic at the fresh green light because they just must finish that text.
/fark them all!
 
2014-04-06 08:24:07 PM  

serial_crusher: Waze tries to do this when I'm getting directions somewhere. Look, when I have to press the "oh, no I'm the passenger I swear" button, it's making things more dangerous.


When you are no longer a teen with parents installing this app on a phone they pay for, then you can not install it on your very own phone. :)
 
2014-04-06 08:34:07 PM  

trappedspirit: serial_crusher: Waze tries to do this when I'm getting directions somewhere. Look, when I have to press the "oh, no I'm the passenger I swear" button, it's making things more dangerous.

When you are no longer a teen with parents installing this app on a phone they pay for, then you can not install it on your very own phone. :)


heh.
I'd install on my kid's phones if I were still paying for them.
 
2014-04-06 09:24:52 PM  
This is new? I thought apps that do the same thing have been around for just about as long as there have been apps.
 
2014-04-06 10:36:08 PM  
At first I thought, this is useless, so I wouldn't be able to text when riding a bus, train, subway, taxi or a carpool. Then I remembered this is s US app so that might work for US market.

Then I thought, who actually texts anymore? Does this app block whatsapp, wechat, line, BBM or facebook also, otherwise it's just a stupid useless app.

But hey, good for kidnappers, just stay in motion and doesn't matter if your victim has a cellphone, watch out lawsuit :)
 
2014-04-06 10:41:04 PM  

fusillade762: Joe USer: JoieD'Zen: Smart.

Smart, and nearly pointless. There are too many possible exceptions, bus, train, passenger.

Kidnapped and locked in the trunk, unable to text for help...


o_O
 
2014-04-06 10:46:16 PM  

Joe USer:  Bob responded by calling Linda an ignorant slut. (editor ate it)


Hey now!
 
2014-04-06 11:26:21 PM  
The problem is that it is just barely easy enough to send a short text while driving and think you are being safe.  So, the solution is to make it more difficult to send a text when motion is detected.   Before you can send a text you have to solve a puzzle, or perhaps the letters randomly change with each button press, or you have to maintain eye contact with the camera for X amount of time.   Only a complete lunatic would text while driving under those conditions, but a passenger would be too terribly inconvenienced.
 
2014-04-06 11:26:39 PM  
Any kid that cant get around this with a location fakeing app deserves not to text
 
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