June 21, 2001 |
It has become a nightly ritual: Around 7 p.m., Erika Goldberg, 12, of Jenkintown, hops onto the family PC. Homework? The beginnings of a term paper? Sometimes. But Erika also is a devotee of "instant messaging," the high-tech form of communication practiced by millions of teens and preteens. Less intimate than a phone call but more interactive than traditional e-mail, instant messaging clearly has taken hold. According to a report released yesterday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, "IM-ing" has become indispensable to nearly 13 million teens who rely on the techno-communication tool to bolster relationships with friends who live far away or who sit next to them in math class.
July 23, 2006 |
Vince Cignarella says his teenage daughter isn't impressed by the high-stakes currency trades he makes from Sovereign Bank's subterranean trading room. "She says we just instant-message people all day. And, you know, we do," Cignarella said Wednesday, tapping his computer keyboard and swiveling among three monitors flashing multiple data screens from Bloomberg and Reuters, and zipping price gossip to traders in New York, Toronto and other cities. But it's not idle chat. There's a lot riding on the questions and answers that securities and currency traders like Cignarella and his colleagues send around the globe every weekday and weeknight.
February 16, 2005 |
Back in the dark ages of communication, when teenagers wanted to talk to their friends they often tied up their parents' phone lines with endless conversations. Eventually, phone companies capitalized on parents' frustration and offered the "teen line" - a second household phone line - to keep peace in American families. Today's teenagers may be tying up their parents' phone lines, too, but chances are that, rather than chatting on a second telephone, they are instant messaging their friends via the Internet.
August 17, 2006 |
From a cyber-perspective, 11-year-old Ben Winebrake learned to sprint before he could crawl. The middle-school student from Upper Dublin got his first home computer in May and immediately began instant-messaging his friends two or three times a day. Has he ever e-mailed anyone? "Hmm," he muses. "I don't think so. " You can take that as a no. For anyone under 25, e-mail, though still used by many, is rapidly becoming relegated to stodgier purposes such as applying to schools, contacting a teacher or professor about an assignment, or thanking a grandmother for the birthday check.
February 21, 2006 |
Back in the Stone Age, that is, the 1990s, if a young man wanted to date a young woman, he had to work through her parents: Call the house, be polite when mom or dad answered the phone, make small talk when he arrived at their door. No more. These days, technology is excising parents from the equation - and they don't like it a bit. Today the interaction is more often conducted teen to teen via cell phone, text messaging, and instant messaging. That makes it harder for parents to know who their kids are spending time with - not just as dates, but as friends.
May 28, 2002
Hey, kids, let's go hang out at the government Internet kids' site. There's neat stuff there like . . . no chat rooms, no instant messaging - in fact, not much of anything that's interactive. But it's OK because it's safer for us. So let's go log on! Now, back to the real world . . . where it's not so easy to protect the young from the unsavory images and would-be predators online. Take current congressional efforts to create a new corner of the Internet for kid-friendly Web sites.
June 9, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - A bill that would impose a $100 fine on drivers in Pennsylvania for using wireless devices or talking on cellphones without a hands-free device passed the state Senate yesterday, as legislators try to wrap up a debate that dragged on for years in the Legislature. The bill, which passed, 41-8, goes to the House of Representatives, where a similar bill is being considered. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, hopes to get a bill out of that chamber by the end of June, a spokesman said.
June 25, 2012
Ala., Fla. coasts warned on storm NEW ORLEANS - Parts of two states were under a tropical storm warning Sunday as Debby churned off the Gulf Coast, leaving wary residents to closely watch a storm whose path has so far been difficult to forecast. Warnings were issued for coastal Alabama and parts of Florida, including the Panhandle. Debby already had dumped heavy rain on parts of Florida and spawned isolated tornadoes, causing damage to homes and knocking down power lines. It was not completely clear when or where the storm would make landfall.
November 11, 2000
PlayStation 2. Palm Pilot. Instant messaging. High speed wireless Web connection. MP3. Gigahertz microprocessor. DVD. HDTV. X Box. If you're proud owner or operator of any of the above - or long to be - it's time to unplug and experience another kind of digital technology: what the 10 digits of the human hand are capable of creating. You'll find it at the Convention Center, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Crafts Show, closing tomorrow. These are not your father's macrame plant hangers, but exquisitely rendered jewelry, carvings, weavings, pottery and more, celebrating individual expression.
August 19, 1999 |
BROKERAGES Father & son accused of $60M fraud A Bala Cynwyd brokerage operated by a father and son defrauded 7,000 investors of $60 million by selling them unsecured debt obligations that were advertised as being safe investments, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleges in a lawsuit. The lawsuit accuses William S. Shapiro, 75, owner of Welco Securities, and his son, Kenneth Shapiro, 46, president of the company, of suggesting in advertisements on kiosks in airports, bus stations and other public places that the speculative investments were as safe as bank certificates of deposit.