Major cities across the Northeast are experiencing a spike in robberies, driven by crimes involving smartphones. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer are taking steps to discourage thieves from targeting the devices.
Every minute, 113 smartphones are stolen or lost nationwide, according to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who co-founded a partnership with the wireless industry called Secure Our Smartphones. The initiative has picked up support from 30 other state attorneys general.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting tougher on drivers who text or chat on their phones while at the wheel. Cuomo, the father of three teen-agers, said Friday that a change will go into effect starting Saturday. The revised penalty applies to any kind of cellphone activity while driving. Drivers will see the penalty for texting while driving increase from three points off their driver’s licenses to five points. Cuomo told CBS New York he spends a lot of time in a car and he sees people texting while driving every day.
The New York state Public Service Commission has approved a plan by Verizon to eliminate its landline service on western Fire Island off the south shore of Long Island. Critics fear the move seals the fate of the old copper line system.
The telephone has been immortalized in story and song, woven deep into the tapesty of 20th century social culture... but this is the 21st century, and some fear the landline is going the way of carburetors and VHS tapes.