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Here’s Carly Fiorina Bragging About a Maybe Classified Relationship With the NSA

In the midst of an incoherent and incorrect rant on the recent history of mobile technology, failed technology executive Carly Fiorina recounted an apparently true story about how she helped the NSA after 9/11. Actually, it turns out that story may have been classified.

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December 16th

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The Last Pieces of the Destroyed Twin Towers Are Leaving New York City

The memorial is finished, the tower replacing it is occupied, and the museum is open—for better or for worse. Today, several of the largest remaining pieces of World Trade Center infrastructure from the 9/11 terrorist attacks were pulled out of storage to leave New York City.

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Alissa Walker

December 16th

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Feature Request: Automatically activate emergency features on making a 911 call

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We reported recently on an Apple patent application for a ‘panic mode‘ on an iPhone, where using a specific finger on the Touch ID sensor could do anything from locking down the phone to calling 911 and starting audio and video recording.

There are pros & cons to the idea, of course, with one 911 operator saying that a similar Blackberry function has resulted in “thousands and thousands” of false emergency calls, each of which have to be treated as real calls for help until demonstrated otherwise.

But if we waited until someone manually dialled 911, it seems to me that there’s merit in some of the other ideas … 

For example, witnessing an accident or crime in progress can be a traumatic experience, and it’s not unusual for callers to be unable to provide an accurate location. Some provide only very vague locations – “somewhere on Main Street” – while others give the wrong location, each of which delays an emergency response.

If calling 911 automatically put a Speak Location button on the screen, you could press that button when asked for your location and have Siri tell the operator where you are, exactly as if you’d asked it ‘Where am I?’.

Interestingly, a note in AT&T’s Wi-Fi Calling service suggests that some 911 centers appear to have the capability to obtain your location electronically.

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Similarly, audio and video evidence of a crime can greatly increase the likelihood of a successful prosecution. On ending a 911 call, the iPhone could ping and put a Start Video Recording button on the screen to prompt you to capture video. It would be sensible to put a prominent notice on that screen to record only if it doesn’t put you at risk.

Finally, in the case of a major incident, where it can be reassuring to let family and friends know that you’re safe, perhaps the iPhone could automatically identify those in the affected area and bring up a prompt to use a feature like Facebook’s Safety Check or pre-populate a text message with a ‘Just letting you know I’m ok’ message?

Do you think these features would be useful? Or have any other thoughts on 911-related functionality? Let us know in the comments.


Filed under: Feature Request Tagged: 911, Emergency, Feature Request, iOS, iPhone, Panic button

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November 20th

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Research Reveals Butt Dials Caused a Huge Spike In San Francisco 911 Calls 

San Francisco recently reported that its 911 system has experienced an incredible increase in calls since 2011. Was it due to its growing population? Or over-reporting? Or maybe just over-parenting? Nah: It was butt dials.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

October 5th

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Why Does Asking Siri to Charge Your Phone Call the Cops?

Utter the words—and we don’t suggest you do—“charge my phone 100 percent” to Siri, and your iPhone will try and call the emergency services, after a five-second grace period in which you can cancel it. But why?

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Jamie Condliffe

July 16th

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Why You Still Can’t Text 911

Why You Still Can't Text 911

Just this past Friday, the FCC voted to require all mobile carriers and "interconnected text providers" (i.e. iMessage) to allow their customers to text 911 by by next year. Which would be great except for one, itty-bitty little problem: The FCC can't do actually anything about it.

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Ashley Feinberg

August 11th

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Phone Company Routed 911 Calls to a Recording Suggesting You Call 911

Phone Company Routed 911 Calls to a Recording Suggesting You Call 911

According to a recent FCC notice, anyone dialing 911 in the small township of Caddo County, Oklahoma was greeted by an automated recording telling them to "hang up and dial 911 ." A ghoulish game of merry-go-round that went on for months.

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Ashley Feinberg

August 5th

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C-SPAN Finally Put Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth​ on the Air

C-SPAN Finally Put Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth​ on the Air

The callers to C-SPAN's long-running morning show Washington Journal are as beautiful, and diverse, and perfect as America itself. In a long overdue bit of fan service, the Journal put on Richard Gage the leader of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The callers loved it—loved it. You will too.

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August 2nd

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How 911 Became the Emergency Call Number

How 911 Became the Emergency Call Number

Before the 1960s, the United States didn't have one universal phone number for Americans to call if they needed help from the police or fire department. Callers simply had to know the phone number for each department in the area they were currently in.

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July 7th

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The four largest carriers now support texting 911, but most emergency call centres don’t

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When the FCC set a voluntary deadline of yesterday for putting in place technology to allow people to text 911, all four of the main national carriers complied. But since most emergency call centres aren’t yet equipped to receive texts, don’t expect to be using it any time soon.

The FCC said that the ability to text 911 could be a life-saver for those with hearing or speech impairments, as well as in situations where it might be dangerous to make a phone call – while a crime is in progress and the perpetrator within earshot, for example.

But the wireless trade association, the CTIA, warned that even where 911 texting is supported, it’s still impossible to guarantee immediate delivery of texts. We’ve all experienced examples of texts that arrive the next day, so the advice remains to make a voice call wherever possible.

The FCC has uploaded a list of emergency call centres accepting 911 texts. If you attempt to text 911 in an area where the service is not supported, you’ll get a text bounce-back. Needless to say, please do not test the service.


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May 16th

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