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  • What texting does to the spine

    19 November 2014, 12:23 pm by: emily

    Sixty pounds is roughly the weight of four adult-sized bowling balls. Or six plastic grocery bags worth of food. Or an 8-year-old. [via Quartz]…
  • Snapchat launches Snapcash money transfer service

    19 November 2014, 2:38 am by: emily

    Ephemeral messaging service Snapchat has teamed up with payment processing company Square to launch a new money transfer service called Snapcash, that allows users to send and receive money directly from the app. The Telegraph reports.…
  • U.S. Mobile Payments Market to Boom by 2019, Research Firm Says

    18 November 2014, 3:02 am by: emily

    Mobile-based payments in the United States are expected to reach $142 billion in volume in 2019, according to a report Forrester, from about $50 billion currently. The New York Times reports.…
  • Report: Feds Using Airplanes to Target Criminal Suspects’ Cell-Phone Data

    14 November 2014, 2:37 am by: emily

    The Justice Department is using equipment on board aircraft that simulates cell towers to collect data from criminal suspects’ cell phones, according to a report Thursday.[via TIME]…
  • Reuters wants to convince young people to embrace TV news on their phones

    11 November 2014, 10:51 am by: emily

    Reuters TV, which the company showed off at an event in New York last night, is intended to be a new kind of TV news for a generation that largely gets its news elsewhere. Quartz reports.…
  • Mobile Data Collection Apps in Fight Against Ebola

    10 November 2014, 3:08 pm by: emily

    Magpi, a leading provider of configurable, cloud-based mobile data collection and communication applications, today announced several government agencies and nonprofit organizations are already using its technology in the fight against Ebola.è>…
  • Cell Phones, Social Media and Campaign 2014

    1 November 2014, 3:55 am by: emily

  • Text messaging project helps ease religious and tribal tensions in Kenya’s Tana Delta

    31 October 2014, 3:42 pm by: emily

    A conflict is unfolding in Tana Delta, a remote region of eastern Kenya where two ethnic communities are trading in harmful rumors, misinformation and hate speech. [via Religion News]…
  • A New Tool in Humanitarian Relief: Texting

    28 October 2014, 3:39 am by: emily

    Understanding how Ebola is affecting the food supply is far easier when a robot is running the survey. The Atlantic reports.…
  • The Red Cross Is Using Text Messaging To Take Down Ebola

    27 October 2014, 12:16 pm by: emily

    After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Red Cross sent text messages across the country with health tips, locations of aid and safety reminders. A similar system is being used in Sierra Leone to combat Ebola. NPR reports.…
  • Next-generation 911 will allow texting, with photos and videos to follow

    24 October 2014, 9:08 am by: emily

    Emergency dispatch centers are gearing up to handle communications beyond simple phone calls. Known as next-generation 911, it will roll out in some places as early as next year and is expected to be widespread within about three years. [via Spokesman]…
  • Asian elephant SMS saving Indian live

    24 October 2014, 3:38 am by: emily

    Biologist work to bring down the number of human deaths from encounters with Asian elephants through mobile phones. AlJazeera reports.…
  • How An Intelligent Text Message Service Aims To Tackle Ebola In Western Africa

    21 October 2014, 3:59 am by: emily

    A computer-controlled text message service could direct Ebola cases to appropriate medical facilities and track the spread of the disease in the process–provided it can raise the necessary funding. [MIT Technology Review]…
  • Canada Wants to Jam Prison Cell Phones So Inmates Can't Run Drug Cartels

    21 October 2014, 3:51 am by: emily

    Canada, like many countries, has a prison contraband problem. Its inmates are sneaking in cell phones at an increasing rate, so, to stop them from running crime rings from the inside, the country is thinking about using cell phone jammers in its correctional…
  • 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.…

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