THE NUMBERS REPORT

— Over 31 percent of laptops will fail in the first three years of ownership, according to Square Trade, a large independent warranty dealer. Of these failures, two-thirds come from hardware malfunctions and one-third from accidents, like dropping it. Asus and Toshiba had the fewest failures. Netbooks are projected to have a 20 percent higher failure rate from hardware malfunctions. You can see the whole report tinyurl.com/laptopfailure. Heat is the killer for laptops and netbooks.

— One-fourth of 16 and 7-year-old drivers send and receive text messages on their phones while driving. Nearly 50 percent talk on their phones while driving. Interestingly, these numbers are only slightly higher than the percentage of adults who send messages or talk on the phone while driving. Research is from the Pew Foundation.

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