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Airlines Looking Into Dropping Their Cell Phone And Laptop Ban!

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The people have spoken! Into their cell phones, even when they weren't supposed to!

More and more passengers are demanding to use their cell phones, tablets, and laptops on flights, and it looks like they might be winning! An FAA statement reads:

"The FAA recognises consumers are intensely interested in the use of personal electronics aboard aircraft; that is why we tasked a government-industry group to examine the safety issues and the feasibility of changing the current restrictions."

So what did the report find? The rule just does NOT seem to be working?

According to the report, nearly a third of passengers go full Alec Baldwin and disregard the rules about turning all devices off at takeoff and landing! And so far, no disasters!

So, we have to ask…

Should airlines relax their gadget policy?

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Should airlines relax their gadget policy?

  • No, it's not worth the risk! (40%)
  • Yes, it's about time! (60%)

Total Votes: 6,940

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'Crazy' Ants Are Taking Over! Eating Electronics!!

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Uh oh! The U.S. is being INVADED!

By 'crazy' ants!!

The Nylanderia fulva, or "tawny crazy ant," is a tiny little ant that can cause some pretty BIG problems!

They're originally from Argentina and Brazil, but they're making their way into the U.S. in places like Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana.

These crazy ants are even worse than red fire ants! They're actually eliminating the fire ant population! But that's not exactly a good thing…

'Crazy' ants eat everything from livestock to electronics!!

Hide yo laptop, hide yo iPhone cause crazy ants are coming!!

They once caused over $140,000,000 in damage to electrical equipment in Texas in one year!!

Check out the video (above) to learn more about these insect invaders!

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Apple Dumps Green Products Program

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Apple abandons green program

Boo!

Apple has decided to abandon its green products program! The maker of the iPhone will no longer be complying with EPEAT's eco-friendly standards, which the company actually helped develop under Steve Jobs' leadership.

Robert Frisbee, the head of the the green electronics registry, explained that

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Airlines May Loosen Ban On Electronics In Flight!

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“At this time, please turn off all portable electronics” may SOON be a phrase of the past!!

Looks like the government is taking baby steps in getting airlines to allow passengers to use their favorite electronic gadgets for the WHOLE flight…even during takeoffs AND landings!

About time!!!

The Federal Aviation Administration is currently in talks to see if they can find out practical (and safe) ways to test the use of devices like tablets, e-readers and music players during critical flight moments.

The tricky part? Not all electronic devices have the same amount of power, making testing difficult. Also, with technology quickly changing, different generations of devices would EACH have to be tested and approved.

…that makes for a LOT of devices!

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Vending Machine Offers Raw Meat

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Yummy?

We're all used to slipping in a few dollars into a vending machine for soda or candy, but would you trust an automated machine to serve you fresh cuts of raw meat?

Customers at a Birmingham, Alabama minimart are and seem to be quite satisfied!

A new kind of vending machine is dispensing new york strip steak, ribeye, sausage, beef sirloin, and pork tenderloins to customers at a cheaper price than the grocery store.

Since electronics and DVDs have leapt off of the shelves into vending machines, we guess raw meat was the next logical step.

If you're like us and have never seen this before, check out the video above to catch a glimpse of the future.

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David Beckham Partners With Samsung For Olympics

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David Beckham has signed a deal to become the face of Samsung for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Samsung couldn't have picked a hotter face!

Speaking on behalf of his new gig as the ambassador for the electronics company, Beckham said:

"I’m very proud to be part of the team that brought the Olympics to my home city, London. It is one of the greatest events in the world. Working with a globally respected brand, like Samsung, our aim will be to help more and more people to enjoy and share the excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games.”

While we weren't too thrilled about 2012, with the whole Mayan "end of the world" prediction thing, the thought of seeing David Beckham's seksi face plastered on Samsung advertisements everywhere we look lifts our spirits a little bit! Ha!

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George Lopez Talks Bullying

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George Lopez got serious yesterday when talking about bullying, and he had a lot to say on the subject.

Here's George on protecting kids from being bullied:

“We all were bullied. Here’s what we have to understand: We cannot live in the past. We were all bullied as kids. I had the biggest hair and the darkest skin. What we have to do now is save the kids who are being bullied on computers and bullied in school and bullied by friends and bullied on Facebook.”

George on how he protects his own daughter from bullying:

“I am a parent. I do not allow my daughter to have a Facebook page or a MySpace page or Twitter. If you’re looking for positive, don’t look to Twitter, and for us who are older, let’s not go into the past and talk about our bullying, but help kids now.”

More from George on his how to stop bullying:

“We focus our attention on computers and parents being parents in their own home, not allowing their child to dress provocatively, to not allow Facebook and MySpace and to have text messages. You have to eliminate the electronics because it’s almost like a weapon that kids aren’t supposed to have.”

Social networking websites have certainly been a source of controversy when it comes to bullying.

We're not sure how realistic it would be to try to completely ban kids from using these sites, but if they are to use them, parents should definitely engage in open dialogues about the sites with their kids.

Do U think kids shouldn't be allowed to use social networking sites? What about text messaging?

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