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Tech Check: Could a texting-while-driving ban happen?

Doug Gross, CNN
This week on Tech Check, Doug Gross, Stephanie Goldberg and Mark Milian discuss a proposal to outlaw texting while driving.
This week on Tech Check, Doug Gross, Stephanie Goldberg and Mark Milian discuss a proposal to outlaw texting while driving.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tech Check is CNN.com's weekly audio technology podcast
  • Doug Gross, Stephanie Goldberg and Mark Milian discuss a proposed texting-while-driving ban
  • A planned software fix for the Kindle Fire is also discussed
  • Our Tech Fail of the Week is for spending $1.3 million on a piece of paper

(CNN) -- On this week's Tech Check podcast, Doug Gross, Stephanie Goldberg and Mark Milian discuss a federal agency's proposal that all use of mobile phones while driving be made illegal.

Most folks seem to agree that a law against using your hands behind the wheel -- whether texting or holding the phone up to your ear -- might not be such a bad thing. But they go further, saying Congress should make it illegal to use your phone as a mapping system or even talk with a hands-free device.

Needless to say, many in the tech world thought that goes too far.

We also take a look at Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet. This week, Amazon said it plans to issue a software update to address complaints users have had about things like slow-loading web pages and a screen that displays the last user's activity to anyone who picks up the device.

Of course, all of that hasn't stopped the Fire from becoming perhaps the hottest (sorry) competitor to the iPad, with some analysts predicting that more than 5 million will be sold this holiday season.

Our Reader Comments of the Week come from our story on Prank Packs, phony gift boxes geared largely toward fooling the tech-obsessed folks on your gift list. Want an iDrive or an iArm? Afraid they're not real -- yet.

And our Tech Fail of the Week goes to the folks who paid more than $1..3 million for the founding documents of Apple Computers. Sure, it's a historic document, signed by both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. But ... $1.3 million? Really?

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