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Twitter launches Alerts for getting crucial info in emergencies

The new system will let users sign up with a number of public and private agencies to get critical information in the event of an emergency.

By Sep. 25, 2013


Personal tech for emergencies: The Storm Station

Kara Swisher, technology writer at The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco bureau, shows her latest personal tech picks to ZDNet Editor In Chief Dan Farber, including a high-tech coffeemaker, an all-in-one rechargeable power source, antimicrobial toothbrushes and a washable keyboard.

Nov. 1, 2007


Twitter amps up its mobile emergency alert system

The social network adds four new countries to its iOS and Android crisis alert system, while also launching an easy-add bell icon to all designated agencies' profiles.

By Dec. 19, 2013


The secret to saving a wet phone or tablet

Rice? Hair dryer? Find out which reliable solution works, and how to prevent a phone or tablet from getting waterlogged in the future.

By Mar. 27, 2014


DirecTV spars with The Weather Channel over takedown

The satellite service, which eliminated The Weather Channel from its lineup, says the channel is overrun with reality TV and isn't the only good source of weather news.

By Jan. 14, 2014


Three offers £5 data deal, no contract required

Three is offering 250MB of mobile broadband for £5 with no lengthy contract to worry about.

By May. 31, 2013


NASA radar device detects heartbeats in disaster rubble

NASA is collaborating with the US Department of Homeland Security on a portable radar device that can detect heartbeats and breathing after a disaster.

By Sep. 26, 2013


Fund this: iPhone case calls for help with the flip of a switch

The Lifesaver Case immediately dials E911 and transmits crucial information -- no extra interaction with the phone required.

By Mar. 5, 2014


Twitter's new Alerts system spreads word of Capitol shooting

Launched just last week, the system was designed to let agencies alert the public about natural disasters or other events. The Senate Sergeant at Arms used the system during Thursday's shooting.

By Oct. 3, 2013


Android lock-screen app turns camera into fingerprint scanner

ICE Unlock Fingerprint Secure promises an extra layer of security for your smartphone. But does it really work?

By Jan. 29, 2014