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  • 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.…
  • 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.…

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