Google's new emergency feaure will let users contact emergency services even when they can't talk, one way or another. The feature will be available in the United States in the coming months.
Google August 2, 2019
The ESA's Andre Kuipers admitted in an interview that he once accidentally contacted 911 while trying to get in contact with NASA. He was supposed to be dialing 011 instead.
Feature | Science January 4, 2019
Apple's upcoming iOS 12 for the iPhone will have a new feature for emergency situations. iPhones will now share the location of the user automatically when they call 911.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 18, 2018
An Apple repair facility is causing trouble in Elk Grove and Sacramento County in California for making too many accidental 911 calls. The culprit for the 20 false alarms daily is likely the Emergency SOS feature introduced in iOS 11.
Apple February 23, 2018
Google helped 911 acquire more accurate location data for emergency calls in a trial that involved tens of thousands of calls in the span of two months across several states. Google’s tech could help 911 operators save even more lives.
Google February 18, 2018
Some users report that the OnePlus 5 reboots whenever they try calling 911. As a mobile phone that is often the most convenient and accessible way for people to make phone calls, this is a very dangerous issue.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech July 19, 2017
A new 911 dispatcher helped a couple deliver their baby over the phone. The couple, who was then driving to the hospital, described the young 911 operator as focused, calm and definitely effective.
Life December 26, 2015
A Florida man who was pulled over for speeding used his cell phone to call 911 and report a fake crime nearby. Now, instead of a traffic ticket, the man faces felony jail time.
September 25, 2015
Siri may be sassy at times, but when it comes to helping anyone in need, Siri sure is a literal lifesaver.
Internet Culture August 15, 2015
Will you call 9-1-1 in the event of a stroke? Your decision will be influenced by your race and sex, said researchers, a discovery that affects stroke outcomes.
Life August 13, 2015
Clarence Blackmon, a hungry cancer patient, called 911 out of desperation upon arriving home to an empty fridge and cupboards. The operator did more for him than he expected.
Life May 16, 2015
A 5-year-old kid’s call to 911 saved the life of his diabetic mom. The mother might have been in serious danger but her little hero's determination protected her.
Life May 1, 2015
A Menzies Aviation baggage handler frantically calls 911 when he finds himself stuck in the cargo hold of a plane already in the air and making its way to Los Angeles. The reason: he fell asleep on the job.
Internet Culture April 17, 2015
The ShotSpotter system implemented by the NYPD is able to detect the location of gunfire, even without any calls being made to 911.
Society March 17, 2015
Many Americans do not have access to their nearest stroke center within 60 minutes of having a stroke. Medical experts suggest that medical response time to stroke needs an overhaul to save patients from medical complications.
Life March 6, 2015
Millions of gamers were left high and dry when hackers took out the entire PlayStation Network last week, but one took it a bit more seriously: a young child called his local 911 number after the Network went down.
Geek December 31, 2014
A five-year-old girl, who was snatched from her bedroom by an intruder, is rescued by her own stepfather. The intruder Troy Mitchell Morley, who is described by his neighbors as 'creepy,' is known to lurk outside children's bedroom windows.
Society November 8, 2014
According a Reddit post, a 911 operator once received an emergency call for a large pizza.
Internet Culture October 30, 2014
According to Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, 50 percent of 911 calls made on wireless numbers were butt dialed by accident. O'Rielly says that butt dialing can negatively affect the emergency system.
Internet Culture October 17, 2014
The FCC establishes rules to push cell service providers and VoIP services to adopt text-to-911 services. Some of the FCC commissioners have misgivings on the measure.
Legal August 11, 2014
As Facebook investigates service disruptions, the LA County Sheriff's Office probes alleged 911 calls about the social networking site's outage. The sergeant who reported the 911 calls on Twitter shortly after the outage wasn't on duty when he did, says a captain from the sheriff's office.
Internet August 4, 2014
Facebook experienced technical issues on its social media network, which affected more than 1.3 billion users. Angry and frustrated, users turned to Twitter and called 911 for help.
Internet August 3, 2014
Facebook goes down for half an hour and people call the police for help. Yes, folks. That’s how Facebook has become such a big part of our modern lives.
Internet August 3, 2014
Law enforcement officials in California report calls asking for assistance in getting the world's largest social network back up and running. The outage Friday was the second global service crash in the past two months.
Apps/Software August 2, 2014
Dispatchers in the D.C. area have reportedly been unable to locate users from their cell phones. It highlights the ongoing struggle to get to those in need using their location finder.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech July 11, 2014
The FCC warns that calling still makes more sense than texting 911 operating centers, but it is broadening its services. The commission wants all call centers to take text messages by Dec. 31, 2014.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech May 19, 2014
Citizens can now text 911 for emergency services. The FCC, however, says those able to use voice calls should continue to do so.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech May 16, 2014
A two year-old boy in Tucson, Arizona saves the day by calling a friend via Facetime right after his mom's finger was bitten off by a dog. Hospitals in the US treat about 880,000 dog bites every year, 30,000 of these requiring reconstructive surgery.
Society March 11, 2014