Archives for the category: New SMS Services
April 5, 2013
Indian engineering students design anti-rape lingerie with sensors, electric shock circuit board and GPS
The lingerie (pictured left), which the students have named "Society Harnessing Equipment," (SHE) comes with pressure sensors, GPS and mobile communications that can be enabled to send alerts to police and the victim's family. "The shocks can be emitted up to 82 times," Manisha Mohan, an automobile engineering student at SRM University and co-developer of the product, told the Times of India.
April 2, 2013
... Lublin hopes the Crisis Text Line, due to launch in August, will serve as a New York-based umbrella, shuttling texts for help to partner organizations around the country, such as The Trevor Project for gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning youth or other groups already providing hotlines on dating and sexual abuse to bullying, depression and eating disorders.
March 29, 2013
Today, there are around 20,9 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. From 28 March, victims in the US will have the possibility to send “silent” text messages with the BeFree shortcode, in order to receive help from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline. NewEurope reports.
The program, launched by the Polaris Project and Thorn, has the potential to save thousands of lives in the country. In collaboration with API service Twilio and Salesforce.com, both associations aim to take advantage of mobile phones used by those children to communicate with their traffickers and turn them into a way to ask for help.
Approximately 66 percent of births in sub-Saharan Africa go unregistered, reports UNICEF. In Ivory Coast, however, mobile technology is offering an innovative way to bring that statistic down and make every birth count. At the helm of the campaign is the Môh Ni Bah project. RNW reports.
Môh Ni Bah also intends to prevent rural populations from having to travel long distances by registering births via their mobile phones. This seems logical since, as Ehui puts it, “people in villages own some of the latest mobile devices and know how to use them”.
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March 23, 2013
European Union regulators are examining the contracts Apple strikes with cellphone carriers that sell its iPhone for possible antitrust violations after several carriers complained that the deals throttled competition. The New York Times reports.
Although they have not filed formal complaints, a group of European wireless carriers recently submitted information about their contracts with Apple to the European Commission, according to a person briefed on the communications with the carriers who asked not to be identified.
February 23, 2013
In part through the help of a Knight News Challenge grant and South Africa's Praekelt Foundation, the non-profit's Wikipedia Zero effort will offer its content through SMS and USSD messages in the next few months.
Curious users will just have to send a text message to get an article in response, with no web required at all. It's a big step forward for democratizing online information for those who may not even have access to a smartphone.
January 26, 2013
The new service will respond to requests for assistance, inquiries and referrals involving suspected human trafficking activities.
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January 10, 2013
Six billion people--many of them in developing countries--have mobile phones. They’re already used for such diverse purposes as tracking disease and transferring money. Labor Link, an initiative from Good World Solutions (a nonprofit subsidiary of Fair Trade USA), is working to make mobile phones an integral tool in improving factory conditions.
December 8, 2012
Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA all agreed to offer nationwide text-to-911 services by May 15, 2014, with "major deployments" starting next year. The service will help people contact 911 in situations where it's too dangerous to speak or if they're disabled.
November 9, 2012
Roughly six months after the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) – a free, national alert system that sends emergency notifications to the public via their mobile phone during emergencies – went live, alert messages were sent out during superstorm Sandy, which swept across the eastern seaboard in late October. Despite damages caused by Sandy, however, some experts said CMAS was ultimately successful during the storm.
November 8, 2012
Citibank will send customers an SMS when their credit card bill is ready. Customers can then make a minimum or full payment by replying to the message.
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November 5, 2012
India Today reports that you can now spot the International Space Station (ISS) commanded by Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams without a telescope as it passes your house, thanks to NASA's new SMS service.
Spot the Station will send you a text message as the ISS passes over your house.
Read full press release from NASA.
October 11, 2012
App developers need to work out a strategy to increase engagement, not just downloads.
To provide them a blueprint to follow as they take these first critical steps Peggy Anne Salz has produced a new white paper titled Achieving App Impact: Using SMS to encourage interaction, drive loyalty (sponsored by Tyntec, a global mobile interaction service provider).
Click here to download.
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October 2, 2012
Sensors implanted in cows let Swiss farmers know when they are in heat. When that is the case, the device sends an SMS to the farmer’s phone — in any one of Switzerland’s three main languages; German, French and Italian, plus English or Spanish. The device is to marketed early next year. [via The New York Times]
The electronic heat detector is the brainchild of several professors at a technical college in the nearby Swiss capital of Bern. It fills a market gap, they say, because dairy cows, under growing stress to produce larger quantities of milk, are showing fewer and fewer signs of heat. That makes it harder for Swiss farmers to use traditional visual inspections to know when to bring on the bull or, in about 80 percent of the cases these days, the artificial inseminator.
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September 27, 2012
Phone users can sign up to have incoming messages automatically translated from one language to another. Real-time voice translation could follow. MIT Technology Review reports.
AT&T is trialing technology that lets customers send and receive text messages that are automatically translated from English to Spanish and back. A person simply registers a phone number as having a preferred language. Messages sent to that number in a different language are then automatically translated before being relayed to the person's phone.
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September 26, 2012
Safari Yetu changes how consumers buy bus tickets in Tanzania; currently buying a bus ticket for travel means going to a bus station a day earlier than the expected travel date, spending two to five hours in traffic just to get your ticket and then do the same the day you are traveling.
[via The Next Web]
September 18, 2012
Despite all its cutting-edge technology, Google Inc. has turned to the humble text message to break into Nigeria's booming economy. The AP reports.
The search engine has started a service in Nigeria, as well as in Ghana and Kenya, which enables mobile phone users to access emails through text messaging.
August 23, 2012
You’ve heard of blood diamonds. Now get ready for the debate over blood smartphones. Bloomberg reports.
On Wednesday the Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to vote on an obscure section of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law requiring manufacturers to disclose whether they buy certain metals -- tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold -- that have fueled years of war in Congo. The metals are used in consumer electronics including computer chips, digital cameras, video-game consoles and mobile phones.
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August 12, 2012
According to The Jerusalem Post, the Israeli Home Front Command will begin a nationwide experiment on Sunday in which it will send mock text messages to cellphones warning of incoming missile attacks. The experiment will last until Thursday.
Called “Personal Message,” the alert system has been under development for several years. It can deliver area-specific warnings based on the projection of an incoming trajectory of a rocket or missile.
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July 19, 2012
The Philippines looks set to expand its rapid monitoring system, based on mobile phone text messaging, to lessen the number of deaths and improve emergency response times. With over 7,000 islands and more than 100 million people, the archipelago experiences an average of 20 typhoons a year, with stronger storms in recent years.
July 18, 2012
According to The Next Web, Google has rolled out a new service in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya that lets Gmail users send and receive emails using the built-in SMS features of their mobile phones.
The implications of this are pretty big – this means mobile Internet access isn’t required, and users don’t need a new-fangled smartphone with 3G or WiFi capabilities either. For emerging markets, where iPhone and Android uptake may not be what it is in the Western world, not to mention limited Web access, Gmail SMS is a significant launch.
July 4, 2012
After farmers, now fishermen in India would soon receive SMS alerts relating to various government-sponsored schemes, climate warning and market price of fish on their cell phones. The Times of India reports.
National Federation of Fishermen's Cooperatives Ltd. (FISHCOPFED) under the administrative control of Union ministry of agriculture, has joined hands with Iffco Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL) to dole out relevant advisories among the fishing communities.
June 30, 2012
Millions of smartphone users will soon begin receiving text messages about severe weather from a sophisticated government system that can send a blanket warning to mobile devices in the path of a dangerous storm. Users won't have to pay for the messages and can opt out, according to USA Today.
The new Wireless Emergency Alerts system gives the National Weather Service a new way to warn Americans about menacing weather, even if they are nowhere near a television, radio or storm sirens.
June 16, 2012
Division I men’s basketball coaches are now able to send unlimited texts and make unlimited calls to recruits who have wrapped up their sophomore year of high school, reports AtlantaBlackStar.
The NCAA also will also allow coaches to send private messages to prospective players through social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Back in 2007, the NCAA approved a ban on text messaging.
June 6, 2012
We’ve already seen efforts to bring home appliances into the 21st century, with NXP Semiconductors’ GreenChip system for controlling lights via a smartphone. Now aiming to make rushing back home when you’ve realized the stove is still on a thing of the past, the AGA iTotal Control uses cell phone connectivity to enable users to control it from a remote location.
May 7, 2012
Verizon announced that it will be the first U.S. wireless carrier to offer nationwide text-to-911 services, which will let users send SMS messages to 911 call centers starting in 2013.
Verizon CEO Dan Meade was commended by the FCC the for answering his challenge to deploy next-generation 911 centers.
[via The Washington Post]
April 21, 2012
Aiming to provide a new solution to the lack of currency in Zimbabwe, local startup Yo Time offers an internet platform that allows retailers to give change in the form of mobile airtime instead. Springwise reports.
... Currently, shoppers whose purchases don’t add up to a whole-dollar amount are often forced either to buy an extra item to make the total round up, or to accept a credit note that’s typically good only at the store that issued it. With Yo Time, however, participating retailers can issue change in the form of PIN-less airtime credited directly to the shopper’s mobile phone number. The service can handle credits of any value between 10 cents and USD 50. Once sent, the shopper receives the airtime within eight seconds along with a confirmation message.
April 20, 2012
The famous design company has come up with a notebook that allows text messaging without the need for a SIM card —or even a mobile phone. GMA News reports.
On its website, Moleskine said that it decided to celebrate the 20th anniversary of SMS texting —the first text message was sent in 1992— with a limited-edition notebook that becomes "a ballistic device for launching analog text messages".
April 19, 2012
Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the Indian state of Kerala, is planning to introduce SMS and call facilities along with coins, to operate public toilets. IBN Live reports.
... We considered two options. One, to introduce an SMS facility so that the user can send an SMS for opening the e-toilet. But the problem was that the SMS could get delayed. We also thought of introducing a mobile phone number so that the user can call us and we can open the toilet for him/her. Now we are planning to introduce both options along with the existing coin facility,’’ Manohar Varghese, media and government relations head, Eram Scientific Solutions, said.
April 7, 2012
A Seattle startup has created what it calls a "Textspresso" machine. A simple text message instructs the unmanned espresso machine to whip up a custom cup of coffee.