The idea is very simple and it’s basically a physical crowdsourced experience. Download the iPhone app (for free), you will get a message, the message will tell you when you should jump. Everyone who has got this app receives the same message, so let’s jump all together at the same time.
If you jump at the exact time while holding your iPhone, the device can calculate how high everyone jumps at the same time. When total distance of jump reaches to the distance from the earth to moon, the brand behind the app (still unknown) will give you a special gift.
Since '91, it's been illegal for telemarketers to use autodialers and other robot-like devices to call your cellphone. Last week, reports The Consumerist, a bill was introduced to change that.
While in the past email hoaxes have gone around saying that your cellphone could be opened up to telemarketers, bill HR 3035 seeks to let businesses contact your cellphone "for informational purposes."
Here is a letter written by various banking associations supporting the bill.
The ExxonMobil Foundation has a long history of investing in women worldwide, committing nearly $50 million to date toward programs that have benefitted thousands. The foundation recently announced a $1.5 million grant awarded to The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women for research into how mobile phone technology can aid women’s business efforts in developing countries. TriplePundit reports.
Internet access is very scarce in many parts of the world, so many people rely on mobile phones instead. They have already proven to help economic development in developing countries, but currently there are 300 million more male subscribers worldwide, and a woman is 21 percent less likely to own a phone than a man in low- and middle-income countries.
“We know that mobile technology has great potential for placing women in low-income countries on a higher economic trajectory,” said Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in a press release. “Mobile phone use doesn’t just help women earn more money, it can also bring great benefits to businesses and therefore to the wider economy as well.”
Responses were due Thursday to a Request for Proposal issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which is looking for "a Sentiment Analysis and Social Media Monitoring Solution [to] identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers," in addition to monitoring any and all public online conversations about the Fed, as part of the FRBNY's "Social Media Listening Platforms" initiative.
The US' major mobile-phone providers are keeping a treasure trove of sensitive data on their customers, according to a newly released Justice Department internal memo that for the first time reveals the data retention policies of America’s largest telecoms. They go from 4-6 months for Verizon to 18-24 months for Sprint.
The document, marked “Law Enforcement Use Only” and dated August 2010, illustrates there are some significant differences in how long carriers retain your data.
An innovative study that used Twitter streams from 2.4 million people around the globe to take their emotional temperature found that people start the day in a good mood. But it decreases as work starts, then improves when work ends. Researchers studied 509 million messages sent between February 2008 and January 2010 in 84 countries. USA Today reports.
The research, published Thursday in the journal Science, is an important part of an ongoing revolution in the social sciences, says Nicholas Christakis, a professor of medical sociology at Harvard Medical School. Instead of talking to tiny numbers of subjects, researchers can follow the digital expressions of millions of people. "It's a whole new way for social scientists to understand human beings," he says.
According to prison officials, successive raids for contraband goods had made some prisoners furious. They turned against the prison authorities for seizing the banned materials. On Wednesday night, over 350 convict prisoners from 3, 4, 5 and 8 blocks of the central prison had started their hunger protest.
Inspired by the popular Japanese 'keitai', the Horrid Histories author typed the story on his Nokia E6 phone with each chapter only 70-100 words long.
Deary told Sky News: "This is an attempt to meet young readers on their own ground. They're so comfortable with texting and mobile phones. "They don't own books, they don't want to read books, they don't even know where to buy books.
The novel, which is 1,500 words long, can be read directly on mobile phones.
The S&T worked with commercial vendors to miniaturize environmental sensors and embed them in commercial devices. The cell phone’s capabilities were demonstrated by the Los Angeles Fire Department, which used them to detect a mock carbon-monoxide incident.
A leaderless group of "Occupy Wall Street" protesters living in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park are using a smartphone app to communicate with each another – anonymously.
The “Vibe” app allows users to post tweet-like messages to other users' mobile phones without revealing their identities, as no registration is required.
Users can decide how long their “vibes” will exist - 15 minutes, an hour, a day, seven days, or forever. After the selected time is up, the message disappears.
Users can choose how far their messages will travel. A “whisper” can only be seen within 150 feet of the user’s mobile phone; a “speak” can be seen up to 1,500 feet away; a “shout” 3 miles away; a “whistle” 30 miles away; a “yell” 300 miles away – and a “bellow” can be seen worldwide.
A new documentary titled Blood In The Mobile, which gets its first showing in Scotland last week at the Edinburgh Filmhouse, reveals the origins of minerals such as cassiterite, that are essential to produce some phones and other electrical equipment. The Daily Record reports.
The documentary shows the appalling conditions children as young as 12 have to work in, often forced at gun point to remain underground doing mining work.
In a situation similar to the blood diamonds of Sierra Leone, armed militias have been waging warfare funded by mining operations, and the film's director has called on the mobile phone industry to ensure all components are conflict-free.
Carvin recently acquired his own archive of tweets, which he plans to turn into a database with the help of his NPR colleagues. Carvin worked with Twitter for six months to get the archive, which includes his 96,000+ tweets dating back to February 2007.
... We may think of our tweets as real-time snippets of information. But collectively, tweets tell stories — about media scandals, natural disasters, political speeches and more. Over time, these stories become part of an important historical record — one that’s made up of a multitude of voices, opinions and ideas. If journalism is the “rough draft of history,” Twitter is the “raw draft of history” — imperfect and less polished, but important nonetheless.
While reported stories often explain what happened, tweets capture news without delays. Similar to the wire dispatches of the past, tweets relay real-time information as it unfolds.
Researchers at Boeing and MIT used smart phones to control miniature unmanned aerial vehicles in real time – despite being separated by 3,000 miles.
These applications could allow [drones] to be used more effectively for tasks that are dirty or dangerous, as well as for missions that may be too long and tedious to have a human be continuously at the controls,” the company said on its website.
Mobile phone applications sometimes pose “hidden threats to consumers” and could be subject to greater control, regulator PhonepayPlus has said, reports The Telegraph.
The UK regulator of premium rate telephone services said that it had already taken action on apps which maliciously charge consumers without their knowledge or consent.
In one example, a ‘free battery saver’ app contained malware – identified by PhonepayPlus monitoring – that accessed the phone’s text message function and allowed texts to be automatically sent and received. Text messages were then sent that subscribed consumers to a premium rate subscription service without their knowledge or consent.
The service was immediately shut down and an independent tribunal subsequently imposed a fine of £135,000 ($210,000).
A remote-controlled helicopter that crashed near a prison in Ratchaburi in Thailand was being used to smuggle mobile phones and phone parts to inmates, police said yesterday, according to Asia One.
Seven mobile phones, four satellite mobile phones, a number of SIM cards, eight mobile phone batteries and three mobile phone screens were found among the wreckage of the helicopter, Ratchaburi provincial police said.
Police said the wreckage of the remote-controlled chopper was found 500 meters from Khaobin Central Prison, but there was no sign of its operator.
The objects intended for smuggling were stored inside a shockproof box attached beneath the helicopter, they said.
Before the police or news reporters had even arrived at the underpass outside Veracruz where gunmen held up traffic and dumped 35 bodies at rush hour last week, Twitter was already buzzing with fear and valuable information.The New York Times reports.
... According to scholars and many Mexicans, social media has become a necessity in Mexico, with a mission far different from what has emerged in the Arab revolutions, or in China. In those countries, social networks have been used to route around identifiable sources of repression and to unify groups dispersed over large areas. In Mexico, Twitter, Facebook and other tools are instead deployed for local survival.
... Cellphones are as common as keys; Twitter has more than four million users in Mexico, according to tracking companies; and among the more than 30 million people with regular Internet access, 95 percent have profiles on Facebook.
Many Mexicans now say they trust Twitter more than local news outlets, and in some areas, parents and grandparents are being taught by their children how to get online — specifically so they can be safe.
... "Social media is filling the gap left by the press,” said Andrés Monroy-Hernández, a doctoral candidate from Mexico at the M.I.T. Media Lab. “In different regions of Mexico, both the state and the press are weak, while organized crime is becoming stronger and, in some places, replacing the state.”
A new study from the University of Washington suggests that social media, in the form of millions of tweets, played a "central role" leading up to the revolutionary movements that toppled dictators in Tunisia and Egypt earlier this year. TPM reports.
In 2002, fewer than 200,000 people in Afghanistan had access to telephones. Today, some 15 million Afghans use mobile phones and a full 85% of the population lives within the combined network coverage of the four major telcos. Cellular News reports via USAid Blog.
This technological leap connects Afghans to each other and to the economy in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago. And the mobile phone now opens up a world of possibilities for finding solutions to some of the challenges that Afghans face every day.
One important use that is quickly becoming a reality in Afghanistan is the creation of a nationwide mobile financial services sector – using mobile phones to transfer money safely and instantly, reducing the need for cash and giving millions of Afghans who may never see the inside of a bank the ability to use their handsets to conduct basic financial transactions.
Three USAID grants totaling just over $2M, are meant for the development of applications in this field and to begin to create a mobile banking system that could include all Afghans.
-- Silicon 'nose' turns cell phones into toxin detectors - San Diego's The University of California and a startup called Rhevision, are working a tiny silicon chip that can be embedded in cell phones that will detect and then map the location and extent of gas leaks and toxins in the air.
-- Radiation detectors in your cell phone (2008) - Purdue University is developing sensors which fit inside a cell phone that can detect radiation, and thus perhaps stop the detonation of a nuclear bomb by terrorists is a bit outlandish to my way of thinking.
-- Saving the World With Cell Phones (2005) - As cell phones evolve to include souped-up games, streaming video and MP3 players, some University of California at Berkeley professors and graduate students want to slip a pollution detector into the mix.
-- Phones that detect terrorist attacks (2003) - A newly opened research center at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA is developing a cell phone that can also detect "dirty bombs" by containing detectors that then upload their information to a central database.
-- PCell phone could warn of gas leaks (2003) - A mobile phone able to warn against fire, leakage of methane or other types of toxic gas has been submitted to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for patent.
The FCC on Thursday took the first step toward updating the nation's 911 emergency dialing system to receive text messages, pictures and videos, in addition to voice calls. PC World reports.
The FCC voted to launch a notice of proposed rulemaking, or NPRM, to create a next-generation 911 system that would allow mobile phone users to send text messages, pictures and videos to emergency response agencies by dialing 911.
"The ability to send text messages, photos and video clips has become commonplace for users of mobile devices, but our legacy, circuit-switched 911 system does not support these forms of communication," he said. "Adding these nonvoice capabilities to our 911 system will significantly improve emergency response, save lives and reduce property damage.
The 2- to 3-minute videos in the “Understanding Distracted Driving” series feature NSC Senior Director of Transportation Initiatives David Teater, who explains the science behind cognitive distraction, why cell phones are a dangerous distraction to drivers, how companies can implement workplace policies for distracted driving and more. He calls the use of cell phones while driving “a dangerous, and oftentimes deadly, combination.”
Teater has a personal tie to distracted driving’s potential for tragedy: In 2004, his 12-year-old son, Joe, was killed in a crash caused by a driver using a cell phone. Today, Teater is a frequent speaker on the topic of distracted driving, has testified before Congress and has appeared before several state legislatures to advocate for restrictions on cell phone use while driving.
“You lose a child and it changes your life forever,” Teater said of his son in one of the videos. “The hardest thing to reconcile is that he died because of a phone call. There was no other reason.”
The public may not be not be able to use their mobile phones because of extreme overloading of phone capacity in London during the 2012 Olympic Games the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has warned, reports The Telegraph.
Johnson said he had been concerned about mobile phone capacity for more than two years but the increasing reliance on smartphones to transmit data, pictures, access the net and the booming use of tablets like iPad was making the task increasingly difficult.
He said: "We are doing a huge amount of work to ensure there is enough coverage.
"But we have got to be realistic, in the men's 100m final people want to download huge quantities of data which will put a massive strain on the networks. We are looking to install enough masts and have enough physical infrastructure and coverage for the huge demands, I am confident we will crack it."
Twitter has added the ability to share pictures through SMS message on select carriers around the world
Starting today, you can share photos on Twitter by including a photo in your text message," the post reads.
"It's simple: just enter the text of your Tweet as you normally would, attach a photo to the message and send to Twitter.
This feature is currently available with the following carriers: AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Cellular South in the US; Vodafone, O2 and Orange in the UK; Vodafone Italy; Rogers Communications in Canada; VIVA Bahrain; and, TIM Brazil.
Twitter starts selling political advertising to Republican presidential candidates and national party committees under a pilot program that allows specific posts to appear in the timelines of people who follow campaigns and to pop up when certain search terms are used.