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  • BBC launches WhatsApp Ebola service

    16 October 2014, 4:52 am by: emily

    The BBC has launched an Ebola public health information service on WhatsApp, aimed at users of the service in West Africa. Te BBC reports.…
  • Ebola text-message system set to expand

    15 October 2014, 3:56 am by: emily

    The operators of a text-message-based system used to advise people about Ebola in Sierra Leone aim to extend it to seven other West African nations. The BBC reports.…
  • SMS service could spot the next Ebola outbreak zone

    14 October 2014, 11:21 am by: emily

    An Australian doctor is raising funds to launch an SMS service in West Africa that sends people to the right medical facilities based on key words used, and crunches that data to look for the next outbreak spot. Wired reports.…
  • Photo-sharing app protects your pics from screenshots

    13 October 2014, 9:25 am by: emily

    A new photo-sharing app uses a common optical illusion to make your sent snaps a lot harder for the receiver to screenshot. C/net reports.…
  • New SMS service to provide deaf with roadside assistance

    12 October 2014, 4:12 pm by: emily

    A new service launched this week by Nati Roadway Services in Israel aims to allow hard of hearing people the possibility of calling for help via SMS.…
  • CDC Tracks Ebola in West Africa With Cell Phone Location Data

    11 October 2014, 8:18 am by: emily

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking the approximate locations of cell phone users in West Africa who dial emergency call centers in an effort to predict the onset and spread of Ebola outbreaks. Mashable reports.…
  • Apple’s iPhone Encryption Is a Godsend, Even if Cops Hate It

    10 October 2014, 3:10 am by: emily

    The improved iPhone encryption built into iOS 8 ensures for the first time, that all the important data on your phone—photos, messages, contacts, reminders, call history—are encrypted by default. Nobody but you can access the iPhone’s contents, unless…
  • BulkSMS aids the Treevolution

    7 October 2014, 12:10 pm by: emily

    An example today of how text messaging helps a community communicate directly and efficiently.…
  • Hundreds Of Devices Hidden Inside New York City Phone Booths

    6 October 2014, 5:34 am by: emily

    According to Buzzfeed, tiny radio transmitters known as 'beacons' — devices that can be used to track people's movements — have been installed in hundreds of pay phone booths across Manhattan.…
  • Phone boxes turn green to charge mobiles

    2 October 2014, 12:34 pm by: emily

    Disused phone boxes in London are being put to a novel use - as solar-powered charging stations for mobile phones. The first of six boxes was unveiled on Tottenham Court Road this week.…
  • App flashes lights to help deaf users catch phone calls

    1 October 2014, 8:33 am by: emily

    A new smartphone app empowers deaf people to “hear” through coloured lights when a phone is ringing, and then have a conversation via sign language interpreters. The Telegraph reports.…
  • Testing While Texting Takes Off in East Africa

    29 September 2014, 5:04 pm by: emily

    A dumbphone-based SMS service makes it easy—and affordable—to study for Kenya's high-stakes tests. takepart reports.…
  • North Korea Issues Cellphone Etiquette Guide

    29 September 2014, 4:00 pm by: emily

    Though only 10 percent of North Korea's population use Koryolink, the wireless carrier for the country that launched in 2008, the government has published guidelines on proper phone etiquette. As Slate points out:…
  • Mobile phones 'safe to use during flights'

    27 September 2014, 12:48 pm by: emily

    Airline passengers will be able to use their mobile phones throughout flights after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) ruled that they do not pose a risk to aircraft safety. The Telegraph reports.…
  • Owning a mobile phone in once-reclusive Myanmar is about to get a lot easier and cheaper

    26 September 2014, 4:02 am by: emily

    The mobile revolution in Myanmar, a country that was once one of the most reclusive in the world, is kicking up a gear after Telenor confirmed it will launch its much-anticipated mobile service in the country this weekend. [via TheNextWeb]…

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