Could you imagine if Ron Burgundy owned a cell phone? Actually, it's probably best if you don't visualize what he'd do with one, such things have a tendency to burn a permanent spot in your brain requiring years of therapy to remove. Though you may not want to picture Ron Burgandy firing off sext messages, there's a good chance you or someone you know actively engages in sexting.
All four major wireless carriers in the U.S. are committed to rolling out text-to-911 emergency service.
Soon you'll be able to text 911 for help from your mobile phone, regardless of whether you're a T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint subscriber. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that all four wireless carriers have agreed to accelerate the availability of text-to-911, with major deployment expected in 2013. They've also committed to nationwide availability by May 15, 2014.
It seems hard to believe, but text messaging is 20 years old today. British software engineer, Neil Papworth, sent the very first text message on this day in 1992. That message read, "Merry Christmas," and it was sent to Richard Jarvis, then a director at Vodafone, which was interested in developing the technology as a superior alternative to paging, though the company and all involved never imagined it would become this popular.
There are enough bad drivers on the road as it is, do we really need the added distraction of texting while behind the wheel? We're not crazy about either one, and when you combine the two, it makes us want to stay off the road altogether. Unfortunately that's not really an option, which is why it's so concerning that more and more drivers are finding it acceptable to fire off text messages while driving.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has deemed it inappropriate to text the word "quickie." It's just one of 1,695 supposedly 'obscene' words or terms Pakistan is trying to censor from text messages, but that Pakistan's mobile operators are refusing to ban until they receive clarification from the PTA. Other terms on the list include "fairy," "monkey crotch," "idiot," "deeper," and "no sex."
If you end up going straight to voicemail when calling up a friend or co-worker, it doesn't necessarily mean their phone is dead or even that they're unavailable. They could be screening calls. According to a recent study, nearly a third of Adult Americans would rather text message back and forth than actually speak on their mobile device.
Regardless of how you feel about AT&T, a bit of kudos is in order. Following last week's massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, AT&T has decided not to charge U.S. residential wireless customers who call or text message love ones living in Japan, and wireline customers get a break too. Here's what you need to know.
Maybe we're too old, stubborn, or set in our ways, but we don't fancy the idea of our smartphones tattooing text messages on our bodies. Most of you probably don't either, so it's a good thing that's not what Research In Motion (RIM) is working on. Instead, RIM, along with the Royal College of Art's Helen Hamlyn Center, are busy developing a technology called SkinDisplay. Learn how it works after the break.
It's hard not to laugh at Cathy Cruz Marrero, who was caught on tape unintentionally diving head first into a fountain located in the Berkshire Mall. Had she been paying attention to her surroundings instead of trying to text message and walk at the same time, the incident would have never happened. But it did, and it gave the mall's security personnel a good chuckle.
"I saw the water coming at me. I could see the pennies and nickels at the bottom of the fountain and then I was in it," Marrero explains.
In the video, which is well on its way to boasting more than 2 million hits on YouTube, you can hear security personnel cracking up and offering play-by-play commentary while they watch Marrero enter the drink from two different angles. Instead of laughing, Marrero contends someone should have came and checked on her right away.
"We are troubled by the fact that anyone at the Berkshire Mall responsible for releasing this video would find humor in an employee injured on the premises," Marrero's attorney, James M. Polyak, said. "We intend to hold the appropriate persons responsible."
Hold the appropriate person(s) responsible? It appears the fountain already did that.
If you kicked yourself for missing it the first time around, act fast and go grab the Swype Beta software for Android, which is once again open for a limited time, Swype announced in a forum post.
This is actually a new version of Swype, so even if you're already participating in the beta program, you may want to snag the latest release. Now in version 18.104.22.16870, this latest release adds a new Double-Tap-to-Edit mode, in which a user can tap a word twice to bring up the word choice window, as well as other feature enhancements and bug fixes.
Swype doesn't open its beta very often, so if you're even remotely interested in seeing what all the fuss is about, start clicking: