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Apple Wants to Help you Text While You Walk

Posted in Apple,patents by Tam Yue on March 31st, 2014

Texting while walking.Not too many of us are willing to admit it, but it most likely has happened to you. You are walking along and you get a text that you need to reply to. Do you stop, step out of everyone’s way and then reply? Most likely you continue walking, your eyes focused on the phone in your hands and not on the inevitable light pole just ahead. We all know what happens next, we have all seen the youtube videos and think that it could never happen to you.

Well, walking into harms way while texting might be more common than many people think and has actually spawned some laws in some cities. To this, Apple has just filed for a patent to start working on the technology for “transparent texting“. This technology will enable you to text and see …

TigerText deletes your dirty/secret texts on someone else’s phone

Posted in Text Messaging by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2010

Don’t be like Tiger. Don’t get caught. TigerText will handle all of your sensitive text messages. Want to send a a naughty message or two, but want it to disappear forever after it’s read? You can set up your messages to expire after a certain period of time, or even to delete right after the recipient has read them.

These aren’t normal text messages. You’re using special TigerText messages, and both you and the recipient have to have the app installed. So it requires a little forethought. The app is free, and you get 100 messages that you have to use up in 15 days.

There’s also a “Texting While Walking” epidemic

Posted in Text Messaging by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2010

Sure we know about the dangers of texting while driving, but that isn’t the only texting epidemic. How about texting while walking? According to the New York Times, just over 1,000 pedestrians visited emergency rooms in 2008 because they got distracted and tripped, fell or ran into something while using a cellphone to talk or text. Silly, but apparently true. And that is twice the number from 2007, which had nearly doubled from 2006.

The numbers come from a study conducted by Ohio State University. Though how they managed to keep tabs on so many idiots I have no idea.

Black Hole Phone has inverse proportion for texting

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on August 19th, 2009

Black Hole Phone has inverse proportion for textingWhen you want to input something into your cellphone, touch screens are all the rage these days, but this concept may turn that on it’s head. The Blackhole phone features a large display when you are reading a message, but it turns into a large keypad when you need to enter some text of your own. Which is convenient.

We don’t have a clue how it is supposed to do what it does,but we like it. The guess is that motion sensing technology transforms the digital display from a big screen to the key screen. Switching modes is as easy as reversing the handset.

Mario Kart used to show students the danger of texting and driving

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on May 17th, 2009

Mario Kart used to show students the danger of texting and drivingVail Christian High School is educating students about the dangers of texting while driving. Students hold the motion sensitive wheel in one hand, and a cell phone in the other. It’s unclear if they are required to drive as Toad, Mario, or anyone else. But were they sorry when they ended up getting hit by a turtle shell? Did they learn not to text while driving?

Apparently some did. One player said, “I ran into a lot of things and it was very stressful,” Which is interesting, because how stressful can texting and Mario Kart really be? Still, I’m sure it drives the point home to these kids.

Kyocera unveils new texting phones at CTIA Wireless 2009

Posted in Kyocera by Shane McGlaun on April 2nd, 2009

kyocerag2go_m2000-sbOf all the people I know who use cell phones, the single most common application they use is texting. A few of my friends text pretty much constantly and prefer texting to voice calls, which many users do. For the heavy text user, a phone that is designed for easy texting is necessary.

Kyocera has announced two new phones that are aimed at heavy text users and have a low price. The first of the two handsets is the Kyocera G2GO M2000 slider. A full QWERTY keyboard slides out in landscape mode for easy texting. The device supports Bluetooth, SMS, EMS, MMS, IM, and POP3/IMPA email. A 1.3-megapixel camera phone is built-in and memory expansion is up to 8GB with a microSD card.

AT&T to offer the LG Neon

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on February 3rd, 2009

AT&T to offer LG NeonThe LG Neon probably looks familiar, that’s because it’s been released before as the LG KS360. They’re both pretty identical, with a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4″ touchscreen display and other functions. Your only bonus here is the added AT&T logo on the front.

The LG Neon is targeted at youth whose only communications with others are through texting. No word yet on pricing and availability yet, but we should know soon should you be itching to text with this thing.

Woman buried with cell nags husband via texting

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2008

Woman buried with cell nags husband Via texting
Sadie Jones died five years ago and was buried with her most her cell phone. Her widower, Frank Jones, claims to be receiving text messages from beyond the grave. Shortly after his wife’s death, Frank claims he missed a call on his mobile, which didn’t even ring.

He claims the call was from his own home number, but there was nobody in the house. But when he entered the house, it smelled like cigarettes and her perfume. Frank also claims that his late wife has been sending them all SMSes from beyond the grave with words that Sadie would say, but no number. Isn’t that just like a wife? She nags you through life, nags you from the grave and just like when she was living, what the hell can you really do about it but try to block it out?