Texting and driving is no joke. According to the National Safety Council over 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting. The fact that it’s not more is quite honestly a miracle. Think of how many people you know who text and drive. We all know its wrong and that it can get us or someone else killed, yet so many of us know people who do it.
As a follow-up to last year’s It Can Wait campaign, AT&T has released a new documentary called “From one second to the next.” The video focuses on four accidents, some of them fatal and all of which were caused because the drivers, who are all around our ages, was texting while they drove. The video has been distributed to over 40,000 high schools and according to Slate, “hundreds of safety organizations and government agencies.” Seeing as today is Drive 4 Pledges Day it’s as good a time as any to take the pledge to never text and drive.
The video is a bit long at 34 minutes and while it’s very intense it really is a must watch. All it takes is just one glance down to ruin your life or take someone else’s. No text, tweet or update is worth it.
For more info and to take the pledge yourself go to ItCanWait.com.
They’ve been teasing it for a few weeks now, but it’s now finally official: T-Mobile’s next generation of the Sidekick series, the Sidekick 4G, will be here before the end of the Spring. Made by Samsung, this new Sidekick finally brings back the hit series just now in a much more 2011 way.
Running Android 2.2 (a major step up from the old Sidekicks), this new Sidekick is absolutely loaded with specs like a 1 GHZ processor, 3 megapixel back camera with a second front camera for video chat (seen below), and of course WiFi, GPS and 4G (with support for T-Mobile’s latest and fastest 21 Mbps— or ridiculously fast– 4G network). But that’s not all. Like all the older Sidekicks, the Sidekick 4G packs the same iconic design where you pop up the 3.5 inch touchscreen (also a first for Sidekicks) to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard.
T-Mobile’s also gone one step further here, throwing in a whole bunch of very teen focused apps like Group Text (for better management of, well, group texts), Cloud Text (which let’s you text all your contacts from your computer– great if you don’t have cell service but have internet access from a laptop. It even syncs your conversations up so you can keep up right where you left off), built-in Facebook and Twitter apps (for staying constantly connected. You can even comment on your friends statuses from your Contacts app or update you status for both sites at the same time) and DriveSmart which helps protect against distracted driving by allowing you to set a customizable automatic note that goes out to people who call or text you letting them know that your driving and will respond when you can (something, as new drivers ourselves, we are big fans of here at TeensTalkTech. No text is worth possibly killing yourself).
No word on price or an exact release date but T-Mobile said it should be available “later this Spring” in either purple or black.
More info at T-Mobile’s site here.