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Texting and driving: there's an app for that

Studies show that 84% of cell phone users keep their device within 10 feet of them at all times and 97% will read a text message within 15 minutes of receiving it. Full story

Pinellas firefighter demoted for using racial slurs

A firefighter accused of making racial slurs and sending lewd text messages is being stripped of his ranking.  Full story

'A Cold December Morning,' Part 4

   Messages on Chanin's phone reveal two mysterious strangers who were trying to reach Chanin the day she died.

The clever thing guys want you to think

   Matthew Hussey, relationship coach and author of “Get the Guy,” answers your questions about the inner workings of the male mind, including how to embody what he calls “the rare gemstone effect.”

Don’t wait for a man! The new rules of dating

   Elle advice columnist E. Jean Carroll and Matthew Hussey, author of “Get the Guy,” discuss whether women should pursue men, if dinner is appropriate for a first date, and the most controversial advice of all – no texting!

Ariz. firefighter’s wife: ‘They were heroes’

   Juliann Ashcraft’s husband, Andrew, was one of the 19 firefighters killed in Arizona on Sunday. She says her husband and his fellow firefighters “loved what they did” and shares how she and her four children are coping with the loss.

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NY increases texting penalty for junior drivers

A Privacy App That Ensures Personal Data Really Disappears

Teen texting at the wheel tied to more driving risks

Voice-to-text just as dangerous to drivers as texting: study

Ban on texting while driving speeds through Florida legislature

Pilots' texts contributed to Missouri air ambulance crash: NTSB

April Fools: 4 Apps for Office Pranks

Meet Mike Mika, who hacked ‘Donkey Kong’ for his daughter

More U.S. drivers texting, chatting than Western Europeans: CDC

Florida lawmakers move to make texting-while-driving illegal

Video

  ER visits from texting and walking triple

TODAY’s Al Roker and Tamron Hall chat about some of the topics making headlines, including the news that visits to the emergency room due to texting and walking mishaps have tripled since 2004, and are expected to increase even more by 2015.

  ‘We don't react as quickly’

NBC ‘s Tom Costello tested out a new study showing talking and texting—even while using hands-free devices—increases distracted and dangerous driving. He spoke with Jake Nelson, of the American Automobile Association, about the risks of “safer” communication technology in cars.

  Teens and texting: Are they addicted?

Dr. Nancy Snyderman and MIT psychologist Sherry Turkley explains why our fixation with smart phones raises serious concerns for our real relationships.

  Teen loses eye from texting while driving

Amanda Kloehr suffered a horrible car accident when she took her eyes off the road to send a text, and is now devoted to promoting safe driving habits. Teen Vogue’s Amy Astley joins to say that parents can help impact their kids’ behavior and keep them safe behind the wheel.

  Looking back at a lost art: Typing

Would young people today recognize a typewriter? TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe looks at the dying art of typing, rapidly being supplanted by two-finger texting on smartphones.

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