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BrdsNBz is a Texting Service Where Teens Can Ask About the Birds and the Bees

BrdsnBz Website

It’s unfortunate, but not all kids feel comfortable enough with their parents to bring up the birds and the bees when the time to talk about it rolls around. The same goes with some parents trying to initiate the old sex ed talk. Addressing the matter to make sure teens stay safe and informed is BrdsNBz. It’s a texting service that’s geared towards teens and parents that lets them send in sexual health questions. The service promises that the asker will receive a response from a health expert within 24 hours.

The service is being offered by New Mexico and North Carolina. California has a similar program called HookUp 365247, which sends weekly sex ed tips and information on nearby reproductive health clinics to those who signed up.

VIA [ C|NET ]

It’s a Mad World: Dude Double-Texts and Drives with Toddler in the Backseat, Gets Arrested

Double Texter

The guy you see in the picture above is 19-year-old Dandre Moore. And he’s a douchebag.

Dandre and Dartavious Moore were arrested last week when officers spotted the former texting while driving as they passed through the George Wallace Tunnel. The police realized things were much worse than they initially thought when they found out that Dandre was driving with his knees because he was double-texting. As if that’s not crazy stupid reckless enough, officers found that he had two women passengers and a 3-year-old toddler on board! To seal their fate, Xanax, 386 oxycodone pills, marijuana and $5,000 in cash was found in the car.

Dandre eventually admitted to police that he had been double-texting and knee-driving ever since he was 15. This guy’s got to do a lot of thinking so he can see the error of his ways–before it’s too late.

VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Brolly Umbrella Frees Up A Thumb So You Can Text In The Rain

That’s the kind of society we’re becoming: one that creates products specifically so you can immerse yourself into your smartphone more efficiently. Avoiding any further social commentary, we’ll just say that the Brolly Rain Umbrella (as opposed to what kind of umbrella? Sun we suppose, but… really?) is just a regular umbrella that happens to have a handle with finger holes. This means you can hold it without using your opposable thumb, thus freeing it to join your free hand and double your texting speed in the rain. There are claims of it being “ergonomic”, but we’re not buying it; this design isn’t about providing optimum comfort or relieving stress. It’s about being able to text in the rain.

It’s $20.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]

Stupid Product Of The Day: Text Bands

By David Ponce

We’re torn between thinking there’s some kind of genius, kid’s-mind-controlling magic going on here, and thinking the Hallmark Text Bands are just one of the worst products we’ve seen in the last little while. To be honest, we’re really leaning on the stupid side. They’re these wristbands that kids are supposed to wear and use to exchange texts from a distance. But here’s where the fun starts. The texts are limited to 10 characters. And you only have 3 buttons to type them out! So the kid is expected to scroll left and right, select a letter and press enter, then move on to the next. No wonder it’s only 10 characters! But even if we assume that a kid will be happy to painstakingly enter and send messages like seeyoul8tr, the range at which these things communicate is… 10 feet! Well, for crying out loud, at that range why not just say what you want to say? It… boggles the mind.

And yet, children have been known to make mind boggling decisions, so should they somehow fall in love with this product, know that it’ll only cost you $15.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ DVice ]

Iowa 911 Call Center Nation First To Accept Emergency Txts

090806-text911-01 By David Ponce

In a move that should have happened ages ago, a call center in the basement of the county jail in Waterloo, Iowa, became the first in the country to accept text messages sent to 911, starting last Wednesday. This is great for a range of people, not the least of which are the hard of hearing or the speaking impaired. We’re also thinking of teens who are unaware that their phones are also capable of taking voice calls.

Even though 911 callers can usually be located, texting technology does not allow this,

“That means i wireless subscribers who text 911 will get a reply asking them for the city or ZIP code they’re in. If the response corresponds to the Black Hawk County call center’s area, the text messages goes through to an operator. Otherwise the texter is told to call 911.

The call center’s operators are able to text back from their computers to conduct a conversation with the texter.

[ AP Article ] VIA [ Engadget ]