Chinese send 750 million SMS daily

The spread of Short Messaging Service continues unabated in China with its volume increasing by 39 per cent in the first quarter of the year to 67.21 billion messages, the state media reported via The Hindustan Times.

The spread of Short Messaging Service continues unabated in China with its volume increasing by 39 per cent in the first quarter of the year to 67.21 billion messages, the state media reported via The Hindustan Times.

"According to the Ministry of Information Industry, China’s telephone subscriber base has touched 674 million, including 325 million fixed line phones and 349 million cellular phones, both occupying first place in the world, China News Service reported.

In the first quarter, more than 30 new telecom services were introduced.
Source:textually.org

Call to Protect

Call to Protect is a charity campaign that collects cast-off mobile phones to put in the hands of victims of domestic violence. They also sell the phones (although it’s not clear where, exactly), using the proceeds to fund similar organizations. If you’ve got an old phone you’d like to get rid of, it’s a nice alternative to trying to sell it for a few dollars.

Call to Protect is a charity campaign that collects cast-off mobile phones to put in the hands of victims of domestic violence. They also sell the phones (although it’s not clear where, exactly), using the proceeds to fund similar organizations. If you’ve got an old phone you’d like to get rid of, it’s a nice alternative to trying to sell it for a few dollars. Campaign Page [WirelessFoundation via TreeHugger]

School Reduces Suspension Over Iraq Call

School Reduces Suspension Over Iraq Call
Following yesterday’s story about a student suspended from school because he wouldn’t give up his cell phone while talking to his mom – a sergeant on duty in Iraq – during his lunch break, has been granted a reduced suspension, thanks to the power of the press.

Following yesterday’s story about a student suspended from school because he wouldn’t give up his cell phone while talking to his mom – a sergeant on duty in Iraq – during his lunch break, has been granted a reduced suspension, thanks to the power of the press.
According to the Associated Press, "on Friday, the school district reduced the suspension to three days, which will allow Francois to return to school Monday. School officials received many calls about the incident, said assistant principal Wendell Turner. People are fussing at us, calling us names," Turner said. "We are the school that serves Fort Benning," Turner said. "We’re well aware of students with parents overseas."

Kolkata, mobile phones in buses

In a major technical achievement, the Calcutta State Transport Corporation has launched mobile phone facility in buses in collaboration with…

In a major technical achievement, the Calcutta State Transport Corporation has launched mobile phone facility in buses in collaboration with India s telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), according to the Hindustan Times.

"Through this facility, first of its kind in India, commuters can now make local calls within the city range while travelling."

Teens with cellphones heavy media users

Teenage cell phone users are also heavy users of television, computers and video games, according to a new study from MindShare Online Research. [via Media Week via YPulse]

Teenage cell phone users are also heavy users of television, computers and video games, according to a new study from MindShare Online Research. [via Media Week via YPulse]

"The media agency polled 400 respondents between the ages of 13 and 17, and found that teens with cell phones are heavier users of media than other kids their age.

The survey showed that "while virtually all teens watch television, cell phone users are significantly more likely than non-users to use the Internet every day, read newspapers, listen to the radio and read magazines."

Morse Code Still Beats SMS

Mike Grenville for 160characters.org reports that “morse code is still faster at sending text messages than using txt speak”. Even when the morse code sender is 93 years old and the SMS challengers were teenagers!

morsecode-th.jpgMike Grenville for 160characters.org reports that "morse code is still faster at sending text messages than using txt speak". Even when the morse code sender is 93 years old and the SMS challengers were teenagers!

"According to Times Online, an Australian museum staged a contest that pitted the oldest type of electronic text messages with the newest.

Not only was the technology a battle of ages, but so were the contestants. Tapping out the winning morse code message was 93-year-old telegraph operator Gordon Hill, who learnt to use the technique in 1927 when he joined the Australian Post Office.

In the competition, at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Mr Hill and his rivals were asked to transmit a line selected at random from an advertisement in a teenage magazine.

“Hey, girlfriend, you can text all your best pals to tell them where you are going and what you are wearing.”

UK now has more mobiles than people

There are now more mobile phones in the UK than people, according to a report from management consultants Analysys, writes Iain Thomson for vnunet.com.

There are now more mobile phones in the UK than people, according to a report from management consultants Analysys, writes Iain Thomson for vnunet.com.

"Mobile penetration in the UK, Sweden and Italy rose to 101 per cent, 103 per cent and 104 per cent respectively in 2005.

The company expects the rest of Europe to reach 100 per cent by 2007, largely due to customers with more than one phone".

Student suspended after getting call from mom in Iraq

“Kevin Francois, a 17-year-old Spencer High School Columbus junior has been suspended for the rest of the school year for refusing the end a cell phone call – not in class but during his lunch break – to his mother who is a solider in Iraq.

Easy to understand why this story is making headlines all over the country, 

"Kevin Francois, a 17-year-old Spencer High School Columbus junior has been suspended for the rest of the school year for refusing the end a cell phone call – not in class but during his lunch break – to his mother who is a solider in Iraq.

His mother, Sgt. 1st Class Monique Bates, left in January for a one-year tour and serves with the 203rd Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division.

"This is our first time separated like this," said Francois. Since her deployment overseas, Francois has been living with a guardian in Columbus."

According to the Muscogee County School District Board of Education’s policy, students are allowed to have cell phones in school, but cannot use them during school hours."

Source: The Associated Press:

Kenyans Text Messaging Their Way to Jobs

In the rural parts of Kenya, jobseekers wishing to use the Internet used to have to travel long distances to the nearest town with a cyber cafe.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) – In the rural parts of Kenya, jobseekers wishing to use the Internet used to have to travel long distances to the nearest town with a cyber cafe.

That changed last year with the creation of OneWorld International, a Kenyan firm offering a mobile phone text messaging service that advertises jobs and allows candidates to apply from wherever they are.

SOURCE :Reuters
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Nigeria signs CDMA450 contract

China’s Huawei Technologies and Nigeria’s Ministry of Communications have signed a US$200 million agreement t….

China’s Huawei Technologies and Nigeria’s Ministry of Communications have signed a US$200 million agreement to deploy a nation-wide CDMA450 wireless access technology across Nigeria. China Development Bank will provide Nigeria with a loan of US$200 million for this project. Huawei Technologies has also committed to an additional US$20 million manufacturing investment in Nigeria.

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Saudis lash mobile users

SAUDI ARABIA, a kingdom known for its tough literal stand on Islamic law, has brought its interpretations of the religion into the 21st century.

From now on anyone caught using mobile camera phones to distribute pornography may face up to 1000 lashes, a 12-year jail term and a 100,000 riyal (about 10,000 pound) fine.

SAUDI ARABIA, a kingdom known for its tough literal stand on Islamic law, has brought its interpretations of the religion into the 21st century.

From now on anyone caught using mobile camera phones to distribute pornography may face up to 1000 lashes, a 12-year jail term and a 100,000 riyal (about 10,000 pound) fine.

This follows the case of three men sentenced to jail and up to 1,200 lashes each for orchestrating and filming the rape of a teenage girl using telephones equipped with cameras and distributing the footage via the telephones.

The law is likely to be backed by the conservative Muslim kingdom’s consultative 150-member Shura council.

The local papers consider the main focus of the law is to deal with the use of third generation (3G) mobile phones for “immoral” purposes. This ranges from receiving high-quality video clips from adult sites and the “invasion of privacy of women”. This invasion constitutes the taking snaps of unveiled women at weddings and so on.
Inquirer, UK
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Adobe to buy Macromedia

Adobe Systems today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion.

Adobe Systems today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $3.4 billion.

Adobe has recently released version 2 of its market-leading digital content-creation application collection, Creative Suite – featuring Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, GoLive and Acrobat.

Macromedia’s software portfolio includes the Studio MX products Dreamweaver, Flash, FreeHand, and Fireworks. Other Mac products Director and Contribute.

Soon after the release of the Macintosh Apple bought 15 per cent of Adobe, and alongside Aldus PageMaker the two companies pioneered the desktop publishing revolution with the combination of Apple’s Mac graphical user interface and LaserWriter printers and Adobe’s PostScript font software.

In July 1989 Apple sold all 3,423,792 shares of its common stock holdings of Adobe, netting $79 million
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