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City texts obese residents to remind them to lose weight

The English town of Stoke-on-Trent decides to text those who are seriously overweight. The intention is to be motivational. But won't it just be annoying?

By Feb. 5, 2014


Residents force ice cream truck chimes to be replaced by texts

Residents of the Swedish town of Eslov complain about the cheery jingles emitted by an approaching ice cream truck. So silence and text messages are the answer.

By Jan. 2, 2014


North Korea readies mobile Net service, but not for residents

A month after getting cell phone access, foreigners inside the country will soon get 3G mobile access to the Internet, a privilege not afforded to residents.

By Feb. 21, 2013


Legal online poker site goes live -- for Nevada residents

The site will allow players to hit the virtual poker tables, as long as they're 21 years of age or older.

By May. 1, 2013


New Jersey extends e-mail voting deadline for displaced residents

Voters who applied for an e-mail or fax ballot will have until Friday evening to file their ballot with county clerks.

By Nov. 6, 2012


New Jersey residents to pay sales tax on Amazon purchases

Governor's administration makes deal with retail giant to open distribution centers and begin collecting tax.

By May. 30, 2012


Google PowerMeter available to U.K. residents

First Utility, AlertMe, and British Gas offer options for monitoring home energy usage and testing out theories about personal consumption habits.

By Oct. 28, 2009


Half of U.S. residents would buy hybrid car

Pike Research survey shows 48 percent of consumers would be interested in buying plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to save money.

By Sep. 8, 2009


Sprint to offer 4G network to Vegas residents

Sprint is promising 3 to 5 times faster 4G network to Vegas residents

By Jul. 21, 2009


Space Station residents to drink recycled urine

NASA is testing a wastewater regeneration system that will clean astronauts' urine to make it drinkable. But will it really be "just as refreshing as any other kind of water"?

By Nov. 14, 2008