Archives for December 2009
December 31, 2009
People are being urged to be on their guard against meningitis and septicaemia with the help of text messages, reports lep.co.uk.
As early recognition and treatment provide the best chances of recovery, UK National charity Meningitis Research Foundation has launched a text messaging short code to receive symptoms by SMS. Users simply text "MRF" to 82088.
Businessmen and women take part in telephone conference calls wearing pyjamas, underwear - or nothing at all, according to a new study conducted by BT.
More than 70 great white sharks have been tagged in Western Australia in a world first trial that will send beach lifesavers a text message when one of the predators swims close to the Perth shoreline. The Telegraph reports.
The text messages will be triggered less than two minutes after a shark swims over any one of 18 acoustic seabed receivers.
December 30, 2009
In their own words:
Engadget is the definitive source and final word for news on gadgets and technology. The site's team of expert editors and columnists cover the world of consumer electronics with unmatched passion and an obsessive attention to detail. From the latest smartphone news, to reviews and hands-on looks at laptops, HDTVs, gaming, and more, Engadget brings you all the tech news you need. The engadget app delivers that experience straight to your iPhone or iPod touch, instantly.
A scary article from The Telegraph, linking mobile phones in prison to terrorist activity.
Mobile phones smuggled into British prisons could be used by Islamist militants to spread their extremist ideology and threaten national security, Conservatives claimed.
Hamas is being accused of attempting to create its own communications network in an effort to avoid eavesdropping and attain greater autonomy. AHN reports.
... Informants allege Hamas is using Iran-sourced equipment smuggled into Gaza through tunnels.
Read full article.
From The Daily News:
Dozens of videos, many shot with cell phones or digital cameras, have been posted to YouTube (and aggregated by Frontline's Tehran Bureau). Twitter users apparently based in Iran, like "Mani" and "Sootak", are tweeting photos of the chaos. Because it is so difficult for mainstream journalists to report out of Iran, news agencies such as the BBC, ABC and The New York Times have made use of such videos and photos in their reporting, and CNN has been actively soliciting citizen reports from Iran via Twitter. Since photos and videos are frequently reposted by activists, it is often difficult to identify the original producer of the material.
Read full article. Photo via FreeeIran on Twitpic. Police car on fire. #Iran #Ashura #Iranelection
With the StringTrio iPhone app, you can air play three string instruments, violin, viola and cello.
The music loads in, plays based on the strokes of the virtual 'bow'. String Trio uses the motion sensor in your iPhone to detect the angle and length of your strokes, and adjusts the playback of the music accordingly.
DVD sales tumbled this year as the weak economy and competition from the Internet soured consumers on buying new discs. What's a movie studio to do? Look to the iPhone to goose sales. USA Today reports.
NBC Universal and 20th Century Fox have launched interactive apps that tap into DVD or Blu-ray discs to augment viewing. The apps provide information about the film and stars and connect you with friends to chat about the movie while you watch.
Read full article.
Those apps, which appear in most countries' versions of the App Store, do not currently appear in the Chinese version. Another app related to Rebiya Kadeer, who like the Dalai Lama is an exiled minority leader reviled by China's authorities, is unavailable in the China App Store as well.
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December 29, 2009
A traditional red phone box has been recycled into one of the UK's smallest lending libraries - stocking 100 books.
Related: - Phone booths as smoking rooms.
Spotted on future perfect.
Amid renewed clashes between the Iranian authorities and the reformist Green Movement, social networking sites such as Twitter have again become a focal point of the protests against the Islamic regime, writes The Guardian.
With foreign media facing tough restrictions by the Iranian authorities and state-controlled media mistrusted by much of the country's population, these posts on Twitter – although often difficult to verify – provide a vivid insight into the chaotic situation on the streets.
Read full article.
-- The number of items bought via eBay mobile apps this year was triple last year's holiday volume.
More numbers and facts.
December 28, 2009
Spotted on PSFK, phone booths as smoking rooms. Redesigned by Dutch telecoms operator KPN.
Next Nature shares some thoughts on the transformation:
Nonetheless, it is kind of fascinating that ‘calling’, which used to be constrained in fixed lines and locations, is now entirely mobile and it is now socially acceptable to call almost everywhere: restaurant, train, toilet, airplanes, operahouse, etc. While smoking, which used to be mobile and done everywhere, is becoming increasingly limited to designated locations.
An interesting read in New Scientist on how a fast paced connected and gadget filled life does not bring happiness. Nothing that has not been said before, but I like the term "The age of melancholy", coined by psychologist Daniel Goleman.
"The age of melancholy" is how psychologist Daniel Goleman describes our era. People today experience more depression than previous generations, despite the technological wonders that help us every day. It might be because of them.
In their own words, from the appstore page of Gunman:
YES, THIS REALLY WORKS. YOU CAN FINALLY SHOOT PEOPLE WITH YOUR IPHONE :)
The game is played in three modes:
I was horrified years ago when my teenage son enthusiastically showed me how he played "Grand Theft Auto" and I have to agree, he hasn't grown up to be violent. But I continue to find all these shooter games very disturbing.
According to most recent financial reports, nearly all cellphone makers are suing or being sued.
December 27, 2009
LeadershipNigeria investigations showed that Alh. Umar Mutallab, former chairman of First Bank and father of the alleged terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab - who tried to blow up blow up a transatlantic flight on Christmas Day - had alerted the CIA, INTERPOL and the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) to his son's weird behaviour, especially after he sent a disturbing text message from Yemen.
... It is one of dozens of iPod Touch and iPhone "apps" - or software applications - endorsed by the US military for use in Iraq and Afghanistan, including maps, survival books and tactics guides.
The Sex Position iPhone app made it through the Apple store's approval process because developers used graphical illustrations that are meant to “instruct and not to titillate".
Comes with a ‘select’ tool that guides you to positions based on your energy level, desired intimacy, who’s-on-top...
Swype, the new text input technology that allows mobile phone users to enter text with the "swype" of a finger rather than the traditional tap is being challenged by a French startup called Tiki'Labs says that its Tiki'Notes text input technology is actually faster.
And it produced this YouTube video to prove it, comparing Swype's keyboard and the Tiki6Keys' keyboard.
Passengers flying to America from London's Heathrow Saturday praised British Airways for ensuring they were not adversely affected by a step-up in airport security following the terror alert. The Daily Mail reports.
People boarding flights to the US this morning were sent text messages ahead of travel warning them the hand baggage allowance had been reduced to one item.
Read full article.
December 26, 2009
Tap Tap Revenge 3 was downloaded 300,000 times the first 24 hours after going free.
During several performances of "The Nutcracker" at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, audience members will be encouraged to turn their cell phones on. KYW NewsRadio 1060 reports.
The "Turn Your Cell Phone On" campaign will encourage audience members to turn their cell phones on during the intermission and the end of the Nutcracker performances December 26th through the 31st. Those participating will be asked certain questions, like what was your favorite scene, to encourage audience participation.
Related concerts with audience cell phone participation
Teenage sexting has gotten a lot of attention from educators and the media and one company, MountainDev, has adressed the problem with a new iPhone app. Safe Sexting offers a way to edit then send a sexy picture. Users can show as little or as much of a picture as they want and chose one of four different ways to block part of a photo.
According to krapps which gives the app a full review:
Safe Sexting … which will automatically open up a safe sexting camera with four options to censor you naughty bits: Small Box, Large Box, Head Box (for the introverts) and a teasing semi-transparent Red Silk.
With elections for Congress coming up in May 2010, the Committee on Ways and Means of the Philippine Congress is backing off from a plan to tax text messages. Groups opposed to the bill have threatened to vote against congressmen who would vote for the text tax. All Headline News reports.
The proposed text tax is 0.1 cent for every text message. The measure could have raised $430 to $775 million based on an average 10 SMS sent per day by 70 million Filipinos using prepaid subscription. The Philippines is considered the texting capital of the world.
Read full article.
December 24, 2009
Santa iPhone felt case on Etsy.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Cable Network HBO launched an iPhone app yesterday.
With the HBO app, you can watch and share behind-the-scenes videos, upcoming episode previews and bonus content from your favorite HBO shows.
Purchase your favorite HBO episodes with direct links into iTunes.
Sign up for SMS schedule reminders of your favorite shows.
Over two million Jordanians will soon start receiving text messages urging them to ration their use of water and giving advice on ways to help conserve the precious resource, officials said on Wednesday, reports Menafn.com.