Items tagged with SMS

We've seen report after report asserting that children, teens and even adults text like there's no tomorrow. According to Nielsen Mobile research, the average teenager with a cellphone sends and receives a grand total of 2272 text messages per month, or about eleventy billion per second of every day. All joking aside, there's no denying that the SMS revolution revolution is upon us. Certain schools are even educating children about the SMS lingo, but one has to wonder if all this textual communication isn't harmful to the innocent minds of our next generation. A recent piece over at The Wall Street Journal attempts to tackle that very question, and unlike the pundits out there who are suggesting... Read more...
When Apple released the iPhone OS 3.0 firmware, there was much angst over the fact that MMS would be included in the package, but not for AT&T users (there has also been angst over lack of tethering but that's another story). Two, count 'em, two lawsuits have been filed over the delays in rolling out MMS, which AT&T said was coming "this summer." Realistically, it's still summer, but the obvious question is "what's taking so long?" The obvious answer is there has to be an issue on the AT&T network. Is it just fear that the network cannot support all those iPhone users sending MMS messages, and is it a valid fear by AT&T or just caution? Who knows? One lawsuit was filed in a U.S.... Read more...
Text messaged every single person on earth already? An Australian website is offering you the chance to send a text message into space. You have until 07:00 GMT Monday, Aug. 24th, 2009 to sign up. The site, HelloFromEarth.net, is accepted SMS style messages (meaning 160 characters or less) which will eventually be sent into space, directed at Gliese 581d, "a planet outside our Solar System which may support life." Expected delivery date is December 2029 give or take a few months, the website says. Let's be honest, as well: they're not really using text messaging technology to send the message. There's also no guarantee of a reply. They might just "block" our number, so to speak. The NASA/CSIRO... Read more...
Ever wonder what would happen if you texted some incomprehensible message to "911?" If you're a resident of Black Hawk Co. in Iowa, you'll probably get some attention--pronto! This week, an emergency call center in the basement of the county jail in Waterloo, Iowa became the first call center in the United States to accept and welcome emergency text messages sent to "911."Not shockingly, call centers nationwide are now looking into what it'll take to follow suit, and it honestly, it's about time. Texting has become a mainstream form of communication these days, and thus, it makes sense that 911 centers would have the capability to receive emergency messages sent in via SMS. Indeed, we can absolutely... Read more...
One day after security experts announced their iPhone SMS hack research at the Black Hat Security Conference, Apple released a patch to address the flaw. Experts revealed on Thursday that malformed SMS messages could be used to hijack an iPhone. Originally, an O2 spokesperson was the first to reveal the upcoming fix, noting that the patch would be available Saturday through iTunes. "We will be communicating to customers both through the website and proactively. "We always recommend our customers update their iPhone with the latest software and this is no different." Apple delivered the fix sooner than expected, however, with the new OS version, 3.0.1 becoming available by mid-day in the U.S.... Read more...
A chink in the iPhone's armor? Say it ain't so! During a presentation at the SyScan conference in Singapore, security researcher Charlie Miller made clear that there was a significant vulnerability in the iPhone's SMS system, a flaw that could "allow an attacker to remotely install and run unsigned software code with root access to the phone."Of course, it's likely that this won't be exploited en masse, but the sheer fact that so many iPhones are out there makes this a fairly serious risk. According to Miller, the attack "exploits a weakness in the way iPhones handle text messages received via SMS (Short Message Service)," but due to a prearranged agreement with Apple to keep the details out... Read more...
For decades now, roaming charges have ate at the nerves of travelers. If there's one thing that has always been classified as a "rip-off," it's cellphone roaming charges, particularly international charges. No matter which carrier you have at home, you can rest assured that you'll be healthily gouged while talking, texting or surfing while in foreign lands.Thankfully, at least some higher-ups are finally realizing just how absurd these charges are becoming, and the European Union is stepping up to do something about it. Starting this week, making a call or text across the set of EU nations will be much less expensive. Tariff cuts are being implemented across the region, which will save callers... Read more...
For all the parents out there who can't stand to see their kids text during meals, during family reunions and during study sessions, here's a note: that obsession could land them $50,000 and fifteen solid minutes of fame. Just eight months after getting her first cell phone, Iowa's own Kate Moore managed to out-text 20 other finalists from around America in the LG-sponsored championship round. The event has become someone of a spectacle since launching just three years ago. With SMS usage on the rise, texting has become a worldwide method of communication. No longer just for kicks, texting now contains serious messages and heartfelt emotions. Kate averages right around 14,000 texts per month,... Read more...
If you need any proof that while some states have such laws, we should probably have a federal law against text messaging while driving (or maybe even some technology), here's a great example. This bus driver, in San Antonio, TX, is trying to text, while driving disabled passengers to their destination. He pulls the phone out, and starts texting, and boom: right into the rear of another car. Fortunately, it was all captured on tape, and the guy has lost his job. Let's hope he doesn't get another one driving anyone anywhere.  While this didn't result in fatalities, the Metrolink train disaster from 2008 certainly did, and it should be a reminder that not just drivers, but anyone operating... Read more...
Well, it was too good to last. Infinite SMS, the iPhone app which offered an infinite number of SMS messages by utilizing the SMS chat feature of Google Talk, is no more, as Google has closed off those APIs from third-party developers. To be clear, Google’s free SMS feature isn’t gone. They’ve only blocked non-Google apps like Infinite SMS from utilizing it via any APIs. Free text messages through the Gmail web interface, which we've written about previously, still work fine. Here's the statement from Google, which Innerfence, developers of Infinite SMS, posted at their site: Infinite SMS is a third party app that has been using Google technology to provide free SMS for users, while we were paying... Read more...
Google is having a bad few days. First it labeled the entire Internet as malware, then it sent legit mail to the Spam folder as a side effect of the first issue. But things continue to go wrong for Google, as last night users of the SMS Search feature received message after message ... after message in return. The SMS Search feature allows you to text a query and receive an SMS response in return. According to threads (e.g., 1, 2, 3) in their Mobile Help forum, users were getting multiple text messages in response, and even sending STOP in reply (which should stop it) merely resulted in multiple replies from Google saying the service wouldn't be sending any more messages. A response from Zeke... Read more...
Technology created to prevent phone use while driving has been hanging around for years, but apparently, there are still quite a few issues to be worked out before it's completely viable. A couple of products in particular -- which are generally designed to disable a driver's cellphone in order to prevent calling and texting while switching lanes -- have been both lauded and criticized of late. Dallas-based WQN and Canada's Aegie Mobility have each concocted a solution that relies on GPS data in order to effectively disable moving cellphones. In essence, the GPS information feeds speed readings into a software application, and if the handset (and thus, the owner) is traveling at "driving speeds,"... Read more...
A phishing scam, in 140 characters or less? That's what we have here, as a phishing scam apparently hit Twitter on Saturday. According to Twitter, If you receive an email notice saying you’ve received a Direct Message with a link that redirects to what seems like Twitter.com, be careful about entering your Twitter credentials. Instead, look closely at the URL to see if it’s not really Twitter but a sketchy phishing site like https://twitter.access-logins.com. If this has you feeling a bit weirded out, feel free to change your Twitter password. If you get the direct message in question, you'll get a message like the following, which Chris Pirillo received. hey! check out this funny blog about... Read more...
Text messaging may be more popular then making phone calls, but as of the New Year, California drivers have to resort to the old school style of talking to people, at least while driving. In September of 2008 California banned text messaging while driving, effective Jan. 1, 2009. Lest California drivers forget, they still need to use a hands-free setup or headset while behind the wheel, as well. Studies have shown as many as 30% of cell phone users text while driving. And before BlackBerry users get their hopes up, emailing counts as well. A violation will result in a $20 fine for a first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense. Yes, yes, it's such a low fine that some will probably ignore... Read more...
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