Someone tell me that there was a push nationwide for people to include an ‘SMS Signature’ automatically on each of their text messages. For some unknown reason, in the last week, suddenly, everyone has a freaking signature on their text messages.
Now most people do sensible things – like put their name. ‘Pete’ was a signature I recently recieved. Earlier in the night, I received one much more interesting however, which was ___SMOKE_ONE___, okay, but it looked much cooler on the phone…
Whatever the case may be – what’s up with this? Can anyone explain the sudden EXPLOSION of SMS signatures?
While Schwarzenegger admits it’s dangerous to drive while holding and talking on a cellular phone, he somehow found a legitimate reason to exclude Emergency-Service Providers from the law taking effect July 1, 2008 (yes, in two years) and delay implementation among Nextel (push-to-talk) commercial drivers until 2011.
So, could someone explain to me why a $15-$20 headset isn’t just as good for them too? There are push to talk headsets, as shown above (Photo Credit: Nextel) that allow commercial drivers to use the same type of headset as everyone else. And Emergency Service vehicle operators should only be allowed only to use in them in the event of failure of all other communications devices, and they should have headsets anyway. But isn’t there something even more threatening to the masses?
Texting while driving. It’s becoming a more and more common event, which of course started with Blackberry users, and it continues today, evolving more and more acceptable. Stop it!
Cellular Privacy. We all are concerned about it, but what does it really mean, and what can it really be used for. Oh sure, your girlfriend could potentially kill you for having detailed billing and your phone bill laying around. I can hear the shrieks now, but let’s talk about serious data that violates your privacy. Call records, of course are one, but there are others that are much more disturbing.
We have all heard how the government is potentially gathering more and more data on it’s citizens and you all need to realize that it is possible to track an individualÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s movements via their cell-phone, even if you can’t pinpoint their exact location. Continue reading
Seems that RIM is in a bit of a snafu. After paying through the nose to be able to keep doing that BlackBerry thing, they are poised to launch in China. Now, in 2001 they did their diligence, filed their trademarks in China, etc. Not that they have been USED in China, they have been, well, unused. Now, they find that a major Chinese Telecom has launched a similar push-email service called REDBERRY. Wow! What do you do?
I have always respected the tale as it’s presented by the folks over at The Trademark Blog. I’ll let them provide you the blow-by-blow as they see to have already taken this apart. Continue reading
Format war looms for new wireless standard – Breaking – Technology
The UWB Forum – led by Motorola spinoff Freescale Semiconductor – and the WiMedia Alliance – supported by Samsung Electronics and chip-makers Intel and Texas Instruments – had been trying to unite on a single standard since forming a task group with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2003.
The IEEE has been the umbrella group for a number of successful standards, including Wi-Fi.
“After a year or so of arguing, unfortunately the thing started to become more personal,” said Roberto Aiello, chief technology officer of Staccato Communications Inc. and the secretary of the WiMedia Alliance. “We started to be more apart rather than closer to finding a solution.”
Study debunks mobile phone-cancer link – Breaking – Technology – theage.com.au
After a four-year survey, scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London and three British universities found no link between regular, long-term use of mobile phones and glioma.
“Overall, we found no raised risk of glioma associated with regular mobile phone use and no association with time since first use, lifetime years of use, cumulative hours of use, or number of calls,” said Professor Patricia McKinney, of the University of Leeds, in a report in the British Medical Journal.
She added that the results were consistent with the findings of most studies done in the United States and Europe.
A new multi-million euro Irish institute is aiming to help develop new wireless technologies, including the next generation of mobile phones.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦
TV on the move
Royal Philips Electronics today introduced a DVB-H chipset that enables mobile handhelds to receive digital TV broadcasting over the air.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦