Archive for July 8, 2011

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released the first comprehensive overview summarizing distracted driving research for state officials. The report considered research from more than 350 scientific papers published between 2000 and 2011.

The report summarizes: what distracted driving is, how often drivers are distracted, how distraction impacts driver performance and crash risk, what countermeasures may be most effective and what states can do to reduce distracted driving.

“Despite all that has been written about driver distraction, there is still a lot that we do not know,” said GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha, who oversaw the report’s development. “Much of the research is incomplete or contradictory. Clearly, more studies need to be done addressing both the scope of the problem and how to effectively address it.”
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A German security agency warned that a “critical weaknesses” in the Apple Inc. software could make users of iPhones, iPads and iPod touches open to theft of personal data.

The German Federal Office for Information Security said that simply by clicking on an infected PDF file while using Apple’s iOS operating system “is sufficient to infect the mobile device with malware without the user’s knowledge.”
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