It’s a legal gray area that some companies are already taking advantage of, but the FCC is currently deciding if it wants to make it officially acceptable. Telemarketers and robocall services hope to take advantage of a loophole that would allow them to skip the call and just flood your voicemail inbox with messages.
Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a new “quiet car” safety standard, which is designed to protect pedestrians—particularly those who are vision-impaired—from hybrid and electric cars.
A country’s territorial waters reach twelve miles off its coast, which means it can make up the rules there. Twelve miles beyond that is the contiguous zone where the country can only enforce laws regarding customs, taxation, immigration, and pollution. Up to 200 nautical miles off the coast is the exclusive economic…
It looks like we'll have to wait a few more years before order can be restored to a sky increasingly full of drones. Despite having set a deadline for September 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration admitted it's going to take even longer than expected to finish its rules for commercial drones. The Government…
In today's comments, we watched a coin fly over a cup, debated the merits and drawbacks of 3-D screenings... and came up with some invaluable additions to the time-traveler's handbook.
In my years working in technology, I have learned a few things. These lessons have become oft-repeated refrains when speaking to people, so I thought I'd collect them so I have a link to send folks when needed.
The FAA wants to put a rule on the books that would prohibit pilots from playing with personal electronics in the cockpit. Wait, that wasn't a rule already? Apparently not.
If your mom and dad bought you an iPhone for Christmas or if you're a mom or dad who gifted an iPhone to your kid, you should make your kid follow the rules of Janell Hofmann. Hofmann bought an iPhone for her 13-year-old son Greg and gave him 18 rules to follow.
Oh, Mitt. This feels almost too easy. First you launched that self-promoting iPhone app that misspelled America. AMERICA! The country you're trying to convince us to let you run. I can understand a typo—but good god, double-check the important shit, man.
Today in oppressive British finger-wagging we learned that the London 2012 Olympic Games has a pretty extreme "conditions for ticket holders" policy when it comes to social media.
Everyone has an obnoxious instant messenger friend. If you don't, it's probably you. Our parents didn't come of age in the days of AOL, so it's unlikely that they were able to pass on the finer points of internet manners.
Google doesn't want you using weird nicknames. Or fake names. Or the name of somebody else. And if you don't comply to their policy on this, they'll suspend your account next week.
Beyonce lip-synching videos are in danger, people! Along with CathyMay15's Boom Boom Boom and any other YouTube videos that could be contravening the law. If passed, US Senate bill 978 will make the internet a lot less fun.
In news that will surprise absolutely no one at all, Apple has posted a lengthy list of qualities that will keep your software out their new app store. Check below for the most interesting (and the strangest) prohibitions.
Rockstars are notoriously hard to control. Think of Axl Rose or Kanye West. Legendary artists play by their own rules: showing up late to gigs, mouthing off to fans, or fighting record label execs for getting in the way of music. Which makes it especially odd that Apple, for its new music social network Ping, would…
Just so everyone's clear up front, Microsoft has just come out with a list of twelve things they don't want to see on the Windows Mobile Marketplace. It includes VoIP.
Much like Ronald McDonald and Dick Cheney, Verizon's "Can You Hear Me Now" guy makes public appearances, but is actually not one person, but many different people dressed up for the part. And because of this, Verizon has a fairly thick rulebook of how the guy should be dressed, how he should appear, and how nobody…
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