Archives for November 2008
November 28, 2008
An Anglican Parish Church has joined with voice-to-text company SpinVox to change the way they reach their community: by delivering sermons directly to parishioners’ email inboxes, live. Trendhunter reports.
The world’s first voice-to-text Sunday service will take place Sunday November, 30th the first Advent. It will be given by the Reverend John Kronenberg, Vicar of Hinchley Wood, Esher, Surrey, at St Christopher’s Church.
The minute news broke of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, India, social media sites like Twitter were inundated with a huge volume of messages. CNN reports.
With more than 6 million members worldwide, an estimated 80 messages, or "tweets," were being sent to Twitter.com via SMS every five seconds, providing eyewitness accounts and updates.
Picture from the BBC
November 27, 2008
For global economic reasons, Nokia is pulling out of Japan. PC World reports.
Nokia said on Thursday that it will stop developing handsets for NTT DoCoMo and Softbank Mobile, effectively ending a push that began five years ago when Nokia re-entered the Japanese market with the launch of 3G services here.
US president-elect Barack Obama is trying to work out how he can hang on to his beloved BlackBerry once he moves into to the Oval Office next year. The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
In an interview with Barbara Walters, Obama also said he was trying to keep his BlackBerry or find another way to "break through the isolation and the bubble that exists around the president".
Related: - President 2.0
Twitter is ending outbound SMS updates in Canada. In their own words:
Unexpected changes in our billing have forced us into a difficult situation with our Canadian SMS service. We can’t afford to support this service given our current arrangement with our providers (where costs have been doubling for the past several months.) As a result, effective today we are no longer delivering outbound SMS over our Canadian shortcode (21212).
According to Venture Beat, now the U.S. and India remain as the only countries with full SMS support for Twitter.
Katie Couric on text messaging romance for CBS News.
A new study by AT&T found those fingers are also doing the flirting and the romancing. Sixty-eight percent of the people surveyed said they have sent love notes. The most popular message was "thinking of you." Twenty-eight percent say they send them two or three times a day.
November 26, 2008
txtForward, software for the Blackberry and Windows Mobiles will automatically forward incoming text messages to an email address.
A new version of Electric Pocket's txtForward software tool enables users of Windows Mobile smartphones to automatically forward their text messages to any email address they specify. A BlackBerry version of txtForward was released this past Summer.
India's mobile services market continues to be buoyant, despite the global economic slowdown that has hit the Indian economy. PC World reports.
Indian users see mobile communications as a necessity, and that is the reason why sales of connections to new subscribers are not slowing down despite the economic crisis, said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner, on Wednesday.
An ambitious free e-mail and text-messaging system that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York launched yesterday will allow riders to stay informed about transit delays with "near-real-time" alerts on cell phones and handheld devices, MTA officials said.Newsday reports.
The new system has the capacity to send out 1 million text messages every five minutes, giving updates about delays on commuter-rail and subway lines and traffic congestion on the MTA's bridges and in the agency's tunnels.
A thorough article from TIME on inmates and cell phones around the world. Most of what is written has been posted over the years in this blog, but this is a great round-up in one place.
Cell-phone access can mean chaos. Brazilian officials say cell phones are used to organize and plan widespread riots that are endemic to their crowded prisons; Canadian prosecutors said a notorious drug kingpin continued business behind bars using his cell phone; and a man awaiting trial on a homicide charge in Maryland has been accused of arranging via cell phone the murder of a key witness in the case. The examples go on and on, some bordering on the absurd. The mother of a prisoner in Texas even called authorities to complain about her son's bad cell-phone reception in jail.
According to the ERA in the past two years, 44 million mobile phones that feature MP3 capability have been sold, compared to just 8 million CD players in the same period. The ERA also highlighted that between September 2007 and September 2008, 32.1 million MP3 devices were sold in the UK, 75 percent of which were mobile phones.
According to the Mail Online, scientists are using mobile phones to eavesdrop on koalas in an attempt to translate what they are saying to each other.
The researchers placed mobiles in the trees of a koala territory to record the marsupials' distinctive bellows.
The Vatican has warned that mobile phones are bad for your soul. Cellular News reports.
The Pope's spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi warned in a weekly address that modern life is not leaving time for people to cultivate their spiritual dimension. Without a spiritual life "you will lose your soul" he said on the weekly Vatican TV program, Octavia Dies.
On a flight from San Francisco to San Francisco that seemed loosely based on the Snoop Dogg film Soul Plane, Virgin America demoed its Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi service this past weekend amid a cabin full of Web celebrities and PCWorld reporter Tim Moynihan.
The Gogo wireless service, which Virgin America says will be deployed on all 25 planes in its fleet by mid-2009, uses a system developed by Aircell. A receiver on the underbelly of the plane connects to a network of cellular towers across the United States to establish an EV-DO Revision A broadband link.
The advert boasted the new 3G model was "really fast" and showed it loading internet pages in under a second.
Read full article.
European Union telecommunications ministers are set to endorse on Thursday proposed price limits on cross-border text messaging and mobile Web surfing, according to a copy of the plan obtained by The International Herald Tribune.
[via The New York Times]
November 25, 2008
Today, TiVo and mobile application development agency, Mobui, have announced the launch of TiVo Mobile!. This is a free mobile Web site that gives TiVo subscribers the power to schedule recordings directly to their TiVo box using their mobile phone.
It also gives TiVo subscribers and non-subscribers alike the ability to browse, search, and discover television shows, regardless of the mobile phone type, carrier, or mobile browser they use.
This is the first time that TiVo is offering a mobile DVR programming service subscription free and available for any phone with a mobile browser - including the iPhone and G1. For more information, including a link to TiVo's press release and an image of TiVo Mobile on an iPhone, please visit: Mobui.
As reported on Fox News, an talian police officer recently seized a cell phone gun, which "can hold four bullets and is powerful enough to kill somebody."
Softpedia reports that users are complaining that iPhone 2.2 slows 3G and drains battery power.
Makers of the World’s “toughest” phone introduce an even more rugged – and now completely waterproof -- phone for people who work and play in demanding environments.
Sonim Technologies, makers of the award-winning Sonim XP1 today announces the latest addition to their Xtreme Performance Series, the Xtreme Performance 3 or sonim.XP3, the world’s only rugged “all weather” GSM mobile phone.
[via IT Backbones]
Although rumors persist of their use in restaurants and movie theaters, the use of cell phone jamming equipment remains illegal in the US. Right now, the only permissible use is by federal law enforcement officials, but that may change if state prison officials in South Carolina and a manufacturer of jamming equipment have their way. Both would like to see state law enforcement get permission to use the jammers, which may push the technology a bit closer to the mainstream.
[via ars technica]
According to stuff, Apple Inc is the target of a lawsuit that claims a technology the iPhone uses to surf the Web infringes on a patent filed by Los Angeles real estate developer Elliot Gottfurcht and two co-inventors.
The lawsuit was filed by EMG Technology LLC on Monday in the US District Court in Tyler, Texas. EMG was founded by Gottfurcht, is based in Los Angeles with an office in Tyler, and has just one employee.
The artist took 19 text messages (from separate conversations) about love and romantic relationships and embroidered them, complete with message icons and battery and reception meters. View complete gallery here.
Other related projects on Text Messaging Embroidery
November 24, 2008
An iPhone developer appears to have paid people to give its application glowing reviews in an effort to boost sales. Wired Blog reports.
... It's no surprise to see developers taking aim at the App Store, which has been a gold mine for coders thanks to the enormous population of iPhone users downloading applications. In September, independent developer Steve Demeter announced earning $250,000 in just two months with his iPhone game Trism. Many other programmers are reporting similar success.
[via Wired Blog]
November 22, 2008
Much has been written this week about President-elect Barack Obama having to give up his Blackberry once he's president. He doesn't have to, but Newsweek explains why he should.
Statutes say that any official correspondence from the president becomes property of the office, not the man in it. The rules were drafted at a time when the president's sole communication was on paper, and there wasn't that much of it.
Heartbroken Boris Becker has revealed to the German tabloid press that his 25-year-old girlfriend dumped him with five text messages less than a month ago. The 40-year-old three-time Wimbledon champion told Bild that the blow "trampled on my soul."
[via Tennis Talk]
The Industry Standard reports on a start-up called TerriblyClever which is creating iPhone applications specifically for universities and their students.
Read full article.
According to ReCellular, the Nokia 6010 and the Motorola RAZR V3 have topped one electronics recycling firm's list of the most-recycled cell phones in 2008.
...ReCellular CEO Chuck Newman says that the prevalence of such recent models shows how quickly consumers discard their old electronic devices in favor of newer, faster models.
[via PC World]
If you are looking for good iPhone application recommendations head over to a new section on Apple’s website called iPhone Your Life. It allows you to see applications as they relate to different parts of your life, and what app they would recommend to make the phase of your life easier in some way. iPhone's Talk reports.
Apple has sections for: Around Town (related to local food and events), World Travel (events and other stuff from around the world), At Home (on the range with family and home related apps), Getting Things Done (productivity apps for business), and Fun and Games.