New Device Warns of Police Presence

A new dutch-made device is selling for $1,600 each in Europe and is soon to come to American shores. It detects frequencies used only by law enforcement and emergency vehicles (ambulances, etc.) and sends out a warning signal to the driver. Target Blu Eye, sold by Target Automotive, currently is rigged for European frequencies, but the adjustments to American frequencies will be complete by 2015 to allow the device to cross the Atlantic.

The device does not allow one to listen in on radio conversations but merely gives a signal when police and emergency vehicles are in the vicinity. It works even when police cars are not using their radar guns and thus is more advanced than older “police detection” inventions. As law officers utilize surprise to “ambush” speeders, which Andrew Heiberger has fallen victim to before, this could cut down on tickets and ticket revenue.

However, one cannot distinguish between police and other emergency vehicles with Target Blu Eye, and in many cities, police would normally be in range at all times anyway. Further, the cost ($1,600!) is prohibitive for most. It may be that some people with a lot of extra money to throw around on non-essentials will pick these up and do a little extra speeding out in the country, but there is little reason to think the device will have a more general impact than that.

Yet, it is hard to justify outlawing knowledge of police officer’s whereabouts or of devices that simply give a general idea of their positions. It is only because Target Blue Eye will obviously be used to facilitate misconduct that it is targeted, whereas there seem no legal grounds whatsoever that would stand up in court against selling it.

Potential Staples Credit Card Breach

Hackers have done it again! Credit card information may have been stolen from seven, thus far, Staples stores in the Northeast. New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania stores are sifting through information and working with authorities regarding the credit cards. This situation is similar to that of the Target and Home Depot breaches. You can go here for more info on the breach.

Does this mean that we should be more careful? Or does it mean that stores need to have better and tougher defense. Probably a little bit of both, thinks Christian Broda. Cyber attacks seem like they are becoming a trend with hackers with big-name companies. These hackers are getting personal information from customers and using it for their own pleasure.


The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus

What are the similarities and differences between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus? Both phones have Multi-Touch displays, big screens and eye-catching beauty. The iPhone 6 Plus has a little bit more resolution than the 6, but they are both excellent at taking pictures, making videos, playing games and watching movies. The slow motion feature of the phones is great fun!

Both mobiles can basically do the same functions; the iPhone 6 Plus can do them a little bit faster, at a higher resolution and has a little bit more tech that Gianfrancesco Genoso or any technology junkie would absolutely adore. But for the sake of having a cell phone that does what it is supposed to do with some impressive tech, the iPhone 6 may be the winner.

With so many similarities between both phones, which one would customers want to spend their hard earned cash? Some people have loved all of the features that both cells offer. The factors that seem to weigh in the most are more tech versus practicality in size.

Some users of iPhone 6 Plus have stated that the phone is too unwieldy and cumbersome. One person complained that after holding the device for a while that her arm and hand started to cramp! It is also hard to fit into the pocket of a person’s pants.

On the flip side, many people loved the larger size of the iPhone 6 Plus.

The Price of Curved TVs is Lowering

Curved televisions… one of the latest technology advancements to hit the entertainment world. But… they’re too expensive, right? No one can afford to put one of those in their home, even if they are super cool. Wrong. New televisions are being created that will be a bit more affordable – new televisions that are curved and are fit for any home.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a better movie viewing experience in your own home? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a curved television in your home? If you save up for a bit, you will be able to afford the new versions that are coming out, and they are every bit as beautiful as the previous versions.

The new curved televisions are becoming more and more widespread, and they cost under five thousand dollars. This means that you might possibly have one of these televisions at some point in the future, especially considering the fact that technology always goes down in price as it gets older. I mean look at FreedomPop and their free data plans. Who saw that coming? Who knows just how cheap these televisions will be in a couple of years.


Will AT&T Be Sending You a Refund?

A settlement was reached between The Federal Trade Commission and AT&T yesterday. AT&T must pay $105 million in refunds and penalties for allegedly using a practice referred to as “cramming.” The complaint was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. AT&T agreed to pay $80 million to the FTC to provide refunds for customers who believe they have been charged for services they did not approve. Fees and penalties for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia make up another $20 million. In addition, a penalty of $5 million goes to the Federal Communications Commission. Cramming is the illegal practice of adding unauthorized charges to the consumer’s bill by the phone company.

The charges could be for subscriptions from a third-party vendor for ring tones or text message services that offer horoscope, “fun facts” or advice on love or other topics. The cost to the consumer was usually $9.99 a month, from which AT&T raked off at least 35 percent. Since customers, one being Marnie Bennett, may not have intentionally signed up for these services and the phone bill does not show exactly what they are being charged for, many customers didn’t even complain. Even so, in 2011 AT&T received 1.3 million calls about these charges from third-party vendors. So many complaints were registered that in October of 2011 AT&T reduced the amount of monthly charges they would refund from 3 to 2 months. Some customers were told to contact the third-party vendor that provided the services for a refund.

Going forward AT&T must have “consumers’ express, informed consent” prior to adding any third-party charges to the customer’s bill, according to the FTC Website. In addition they are required to notify any customers who were billed for unapproved charges about the settlement. AT&T customers who think they were unfairly charged can submit a refund claim at or contact the settlement administrator at 1-877-819-9692.