According to the results of a study recently conducted by researchers from Anglia Ruskin University in England in the United Kingdom, walking while busy text messaging causes people to walk weird, or at least, increases the likelihood of accidents (which is absolutely no surprise to any mobile user today).
What the research team at Anglia Ruskin University did was equip test subjects with mobile eye trackers that not only keep track of their immediate line of sight, but also monitor and observe the way they take their steps. These subjects were then made to go through an obstacle while composing a message, reading a received text, and while not carrying a mobile device.
A trio of characters contained in a simple text message -- that is all it takes to deactivate (thankfully temporarily) an iPhone unit. This was revealed as much by an online hacker recently (via the YouTube channel EverythingApplePro). So which characters exactly will cause pandemonium on Apple’s smartphones? They include a white flag emoji, a “0” and a rainbow emoji.
Mobile users based in the United States might already be familiar with WEAs. Short for Wireless Emergency Alerts, WEAs are basically text messages (usually limited to 90 characters) that alert people regarding the weather, missing persons, or in times of emergencies and natural calamities. WEAs were implemented after the US Congress passed the Warning, Alert, and Response Network (WARN) Act about a decade ago. Well, it turns out that WEAs can also be utilized by the person currently holding the highest office in the American nation. In other words, Donald Trump, when he officially begins his presidential term in January next year, can send text messages to just about every American.
Sending a quick, important text message to somebody can get tricky when both your hands are occupied. But for those who are subscribers of AT&T and have access to Amazon Echo, this will not be a problem at all. Beginning this week, Amazon’s speakers, which are powered by Alexa, the company’s own voice controlled digital assistant, can now compose text messages for AT&T subscribers, and then send these messages to a pre-set list of contacts. The user needs only to command Alexa to ask AT&T to text that contact’s name, and Amazon’s digital assistant will proceed to doing it.
Samsung has revealed recently this week that it has completed its acquisition of NewNet Canada, a firm that specializes in Rich Communications Services (RCS) and is part of NewNet Communication Technologies. Following the purchase, NewNet Canada will now operate as an independent business unit under Samsung Electronics Canada.
Even though it is just a startup, Gfycat recently managed to raise a remarkable $10 million in funding for its user generated content platform, which basically allows users to create audio-less, looping animated images and video content. And now, the company is launching its first ever mobile app. The Gfycat mobile app is designed specifically to be used for iMessage. As such, it gives mobile users the ability to search for, send, and even create a do it yourself Gfycat loop, which can further be jazzed up through the use of emoji and witty captions.
Yup, mobile users can now view and transmit traditional text messages directly from Facebook’s Messenger mobile app for the Android platform. Basically, this means that text/chat enthusiasts of today will no longer have to switch back and forth from conversations on Facebook Messenger and threads on regular SMS. Now they can do both within the environment of Messenger, but only in Android for now.
As reported by Ars Technica, legislators in the state of New York are considering a bill that would make full use of available technology to help ascertain if people behind the wheels involved in vehicular accidents had been inappropriately text messaging when the mishap occurred.
Yahoo has officially done it -- announcing its Livetext messaging app to the world. Livetext is a brand messaging app that allows mobile users to chat with their friends via text conversations and videos, but without audio.
Almost a couple of weeks ago, the Livetext messaging app was spotted in Apple’s Hong Kong App Store. At the time of the sighting, Yahoo had refrained from confirming or denying the existence of the app, stating only that it was always in the process of exploring new product experiences for its users.
T-Mobile has just souped up its text messaging service. The carrier just recently announced Advanced Messaging, a new feature that provides enhanced texting functionalities for T-Mobile subscribers. The new feature lets users participate in group text messaging, and even allows people to have almost real time chat with another user via text. On top of these, T-Mobile subscribers can also share high resolution images and short videos, and even grant users the capability of knowing when their text message has been delivered and read.
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