How not to prank text. Photo courtesy of http://themetapicture.com/text-prank-goes-wrong/
Sure, this can get annoying when abused, so send those anonymous prank texts only in emergencies (i.e. In events in need of resuscitation and a welcome moment of levity). Don't spam people. Be a civil human being. And, for the love of god, don't prank a random police detective about a body. Enjoy TXT Faker. http://vimeo.com/65965053- Ofelia Legaspi
Graphic courtesy of Treehugger.com
Yep, the truth hurts. I guess it's our own fault that we've evolved from our hairy, quadruped nature to a slick bipedal, technology-dependent, multitasking version of the homo erectus.
Pretty soon, when texting and walking in Nevada, leaving a greasy imprint of your face on hard surfaces may not be the only hurt you can exact on your distracted body.
One Las Vegas assemblyman, Harvey Mumford, has had it with us tiresome texters. He proposed a bold law making it illegal to text and walk and fine offenders $250. So, eyes on the sidewalk and crossing lane or hand over your wallet to Uncle Sam. - With files from http://www.dvice.com/2013-3-4/nevada-may-make-it-illegal-walk-and-text-same-time- Ofelia Legaspi
Photo illustration courtesy of MSN Health. http://health.msn.co.nz/healthnews/8535809/expert-says-food-like-meth-to-addicts
Food is addictive. But so is texting. When midnight strikes, the fridge becomes our Cinderella pumpkin coach. But how about running to a food coach instead? And, no, we're not literally suggesting such strenuous physical activity as running (vanish the thought!). It involves the most minimal energy output
next to sleeping: lifting your smart phone to eye level and reading your text message. How will that inanimate object know your midnight cravings? Well, you pretty much coach Coach Alba
on how to coach you. You will fill out a questionnaire telling the food coaching program what times you are most likely weak-kneed at the sight, smell or thought of food. Coach Alba then sends out positive thoughts your way in a form of motivating text messages. You won't be shamed for putting that donut into your mouth -- though wouldn't that be more effective? -- but you will be encouraged to keep on the right track to healthy, non-indulgent eating. Think of it as the angel hovering over your shoulder opposite the fork-wielding delicious devil hovering on the other side.- Ofelia Legaspi
Screen shot courtesy of ooVoo.
Sorry for being meta but we, a text messaging app, would like to suggest you market your app through, well, text messaging.
We know how it's like promoting a startup, especially if it's in the over-saturated market of smart phone applications. Potential consumers are also either too fickle with their apps or they're disinclined to try something new. Understand your market. You want to reach to consumers whose smart phones are practically an appendage to them.
So what better way to reach them than by the very thing they look at compulsively: their text messages. If you need more convincing, check out Small Biz Technology
for their hard to repute report. Speaking of apps, here's a highly recommended smart phone video chat app: ooVoo
. It's multi-platform compatible: PCs, Android, OS X and iOS. Like Skype, it has tantalizing options: SMS, video calls, voice calls and VoIP. Not only that, it has free group video calling
up for up to six people. So get some virtual vis-a-vis action with ooVoo. - Ofelia Legaspi
Photo illustration courtesy of Kickstarter
You're mad for media. You're crazed for correspondence. Well, here's your mental stability in a bracelet. Introducing LinkMe
, a digital bracelet that delivers your important texts, Facebook alerts and tweets through a Bluetooth connection. You're literally a walking social media! While it sounds insane, tacky, redundant and many other things, let's all remember the unfortunately named iPad when it first came out. It was too big to be an iPhone and too small to be a laptop. LinkMe's purpose, supposedly, is to be more discreet in checking your messages (because a shiny scrolling LED text is not at all conspicuous). I think it's more useful when you're on a dancefloor, a concert, a function where a phone or a purse is too burdensome to carry. So, strap on your social media shackle. - Ofelia Legaspi
Graphic illustration courtesy of eThor
eThor is a gift from the internet ether
. It's a marketing application that transports your brick and mortar business to the where everyone is hanging out these days: the world wide web. eThor gives you the option to market through social media, mobile apps and websites. What's more is i
t utilizes an extremely popular and effective communication medium: SMS. eTHor recognizes that texting is a more private way of communicating; it is, by nature, intrusive and is primarily used between friends and family. Remember, an uninvited text is almost equivalent to a telemarketer. Therefore, eThor designed a less intrusive email marketing campaign where a customer can opt in to receive a company's text message. Why do it? eThor points out that it's the easiest way to reach a customer and get noticed. An email can sit in an inbox for days, even weeks. According to Techipedia, the numbers look good; ninety eight percent of text messages are opened and eighty three percent are opened within three minutes.
That's a tremendous potential in marketing. - Ofelia Legaspi
Image courtesy of Techcrunch.com
Quick, be quippy! One of the quirks of our modern age is our never-ending quest for sharing questionable content. A new iPhone app, Quipio
, equips one with the instant tools to further revel in this addiction. It's a quasi-Instagram, where you can filter your photo, add text and share the product to the world. It's a quintessential portrait of our modern age, but, while you can share your creations on Facebook and Twitter, it actually brings you back to the more primitive way of sharing by giving you the options to share through text and email. Yes, your posts may get you quizzical looks, but that's the risk you take when you bare your heart and soul to the world, texting queens. - Ofelia Legaspi
Hello text messaging fiends,
Let me introduce you to the new and improved re:me
, an application that helps you organize text messages you haven’t replied to yet. It’s the first of its kind in the SMS world where we often read but forget to reply to important text messages. re:me
changes the way text messages appear, that way unresponded text messages (read or unread) are aggregated for you to review and reply or dismiss. re:me updates
Now, we have made re:me
even more efficient and user-friendly. Updates include:
- 1. A new work flow, which eliminates extraneous clicking by giving you an integrated text messaging interface. So, instead of choosing how you want to respond to a text (by your phone’s regular text messaging interface or another app), we direct you to our very own text messaging interface. As soon as you reply to a text and click send, we automatically redirect you to your re:me list, so you can keep on clearing your unresponded messages list if you wish.
- 2. An updated action bar, only previously available to newer model android phones, is added to older models as well, so no matter what android phone you have, you can enjoy our “dismiss all” and “undo” feature – all so you can efficiently manage your text messages with room for error (accidental deletion).
- 3. A revamped message display and added French and German translations. When we get more users downloading our free application in other non-English speaking countries, we will quickly follow up with more language translations to accommodate our foreign texters.
Thank you very much for using our application, and please continue to support us by telling all your friends about our app.
Yours truly, re:me
Photograph: Jonathan Hordle /Rex Features
For those without access to a smart phone with a data plan, you can soon Wikipedia your inquiries
through texting, thanks in part to Knight News Challenge grant and South Africa's Praekelt Foundation. This is particularly useful to areas of the world where mobile web technology is not yet affordable, but also to those technophobics sticking with a basic cell phone. All you need to do is to text your subject matter and you will receive a Wikipedia entry reply.
Photo illustration courtesy of Adslogistics.com
AT&T released a new smartphone that eliminates the temptation of distracted driving through cell phone. It's called Pantech Discover
, and it comes equipped with an app that locks down your calling/texting/emailing capabilities when you're on "Drive Mode." When it detects your speed at 25 mph or over, it automatically replies to your texters: "I'm driving and unable to reply. I will get back to you very soon." This is sort of the version of the "I'm on vacation" automatic email replies, except that it also saves you from getting into a distracted driving accident. You will need more than five minutes of your car being on idle before it releases the lock on your phone, preventing you from checking your message while on the road waiting for the lights. Smart, huh?