Feeds

Japanese mobes to stop punters TXTing themselves under a bus

Android app will flash friendly warnings about dangers of TXTing while walking

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Japanese carrier Docomo will this week launch a new service designed to help wean customers off that anti-social habit of using their smartphone whilst walking, by effectively blocking the device when used on the move.

The Japanese carrier said it will introduce its free anshin-mode, or “safety mode”, service on Thursday.

If users activate the service on their Android phone and then try to use said device whilst walking it will flash up the following message (tr. RocketNews24):

Using your smartphone while walking is dangerous. The phone senses you are walking. Please stop.

If users really want to access the device they can then tap “close” on the warning screen to get ten more seconds of use, or press and hold the power button to get five vital extra seconds.

The service can also be set to “three stages of walking detection sensitivity” – high medium and low.

Considering it’s an entirely opt-in service, you might assume Docomo is wasting its time here, although it could be a canny move by the firm in portraying itself as a socially responsible mobile operator.

If there’s one place this kind of thing goes down well, it’s Japan, where politeness, social responsibility and public safety are real hot button issues. Docomo safety mode warning advert

Accordingly, the mobile giant has launched a public awareness campaign including adverts on radio, TV and billboards warning people of the dangers of using their smartphones whilst walking.

One of the images depicts a cheery looking user happily on his phone whilst walking in front of a train - clearly multi-tasking is a dirty word in Docomo HQ. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
Intel's LAME DUCK mobile chips gobbled by CASH COW
Chipzilla won't have money-losing mobe unit to kick about anymore
First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you
Black Screen of Death plagues early Google-mobe batch
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?