text messaging

  • Red Hot Remind101 Gets $15M From John Doerr To Bring Free, Secure Text Messaging To Teachers

    Red Hot Remind101 Gets $15M From John Doerr To Bring Free, Secure Text Messaging To Teachers

    Brothers Brett and David Kopf launched Remind101 out of Imagine K12 in late 2011 to tackle what they saw as one of the key problems in primary education: The lack of simple, user-friendly tools that help teachers better communicate with both students — and their parental units. Today, in spite of how critical effective communication is within the K-12 learning equation, schools continue… Read More

  • Xiaomi Launches Its Own Text Message Service

    Xiaomi Launches Its Own Text Message Service

    Users on Xiaomi devices will now be able to send international text messages faster and more reliably, it said. The Chinese smartphone maker just announced its enterprise international SMS platform at the Mobile Asia Expo event in Shanghai. The new service looks like it’ll rival Apple’s iMessage service in function, but is based entirely on SMS technology. That means that while… Read More

  • Mobile Messaging Consolidates: Myriad Group Buys Synchronica For $38M

    Mobile Messaging Consolidates: Myriad Group Buys Synchronica For $38M

    Some consolidation afoot in the evolving world of mobile messaging: one messaging provider, Switzerland’s Myriad Group, is buying a UK-based rival, Synchronica, for £23.9 million (around $38 million), in what looks like an all-share deal. Myriad says the deal will make it one of the biggest providers of messaging services in the world. Together they provide messaging services to a… Read More

  • YC-Backed SendHub Lets Businesses Text Their Customers, And Teachers Text For Free

    YC-Backed SendHub Lets Businesses Text Their Customers, And Teachers Text For Free

    Y Combinator and Start Fund-backed startup SendHub, which offers a simple SMS solution for businesses, is killing it…and it never “officially” launched. Instead, the company soft-launched a couple of months ago with zero fanfare, and already has several hundred customers, 40% of which are active monthly users, sending some 30,000 SMS text messages per month. Although… Read More

  • California outlaws text-messaging while driving

    California outlaws text-messaging while driving

    Drivers in the great state of California will no longer be able to TXT while driving starting this January. This includes sending, reading and writing, folks. Those found conducting the soon to be illegal action will face a $20 fine the first time and a $50 for each recurring violation.  “Banning electronic text messaging while driving will keep drivers’ hands on the wheel and… Read More

  • Man lands airplane via text messages

    Man lands airplane via text messages

    A small airplane in Ireland suddenly found itself in a dilly of a pickle of a jam when it "lost all onboard electrical power, communications and weather radar soon after take-off from Kerry airport," according to The Irish Times. The twin-engine Piper contained a pilot and four passengers. The pilot was unable to make contact with the nearest air traffic control tower, so he tried… Read More

  • Smart Berry is not RIM’s new handheld, it’s a toy for girls

    Smart Berry is not RIM’s new handheld, it’s a toy for girls

    If you like spoiling your kids and buying them things they will use for a week and then lose, then Bandai’s Smart Barry is worth a look. If you’re wondering why I’m being so hard on this device/toy, read on. The Smart Barry is a game/text messaging device that allows you to send messages to 4 other devices that are no more the 10 meters away. On top of that your message can… Read More

  • Vatican embraces social networking, text messaging for Il Papa

    Vatican embraces social networking, text messaging for Il Papa

    For World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, the Vatican is going high tech. It will be setting up a social networking site much like a Catholic Facebook where people can sign up to get prayers online and text messages from the Pope. Wait, I can get a text message from the Pope!? I’m not even Catholic but that sounds so awesome! Think he’ll use texting shorthand? Like for the… Read More

  • Video: Texting your way to love

    http://current.com/e/88906818 I admit it: I’m a text messaging fiend. And many of the recipients of my texts are cute girls. Texting is a modern form of flirtation, and this video totally nails how it works. It’s so true I found myself blushing. For those keeping score, that’s an iPhone, RAZR, Nokia 6100 series, a Treo, and our star is a Helio Ocean. Read More

  • Cops foil ephebophiliac's kidnapping with text messages

    [photopress:201_2M26FABOO.standalone.prod_affiliate.4.JPG,full,center] David Anthony Faboo, pictured, is in trouble. The 37-year old allegedly met a 16-year old girl on MySpace. He then went to her house a short distance away and picked her up, likely for illicit underage sex. After a few hours of driving north, the girl changed her mind and started texting her friend. With the help of her… Read More

  • NEWSFLASH: Text messaging is a huge rip off

    NEWSFLASH: Text messaging is a huge rip off

    I was spoiled. The first phone that I had when this whole “texting” (as the kids call it) craze hit was a T-Mobile Sidekick, which included unlimited SMS messages with the data plan. Then somewhere along the lines, I fell off the wagon and switched to Sprint in order to get my hands on a Treo 650. Imagine my surprise when I got my first bill and found out I’d all of a sudden… Read More

  • Reminder: Washington's "texting while driving" law goes into effect January 1

    Reminder: Washington's "texting while driving" law goes into effect January 1

    If you live in the state of Washington, as I do, you’ve a scant six days left to legally drive whist text messaging, as a new law forbidding just that practice goes into effect on the first. Egads. Thankfully it’s a secondary violation, you can’t get pulled over for it, but really, we all know if a Washington state trooper sees you initiating a booty call at 60MPH on I-5… Read More

  • Cambridge, MA police to use 2-way text-a-tip system

    Cambridge, MA police to use 2-way text-a-tip system

    In June, the city of Boston set up an anonymous text-a-tip line for its police department, allowing people to send text messages reporting suspicious behavior and crimes-in-progress. Now the neighboring city of Cambridge is developing a similar system for its own police department but will add an outgoing alert option that allows the city’s residents to subscribe to alerts issued by… Read More

  • TXT MSG is 15 today

    saRAH STFU ALL OF UZZ….IM REALY CONFUSEDDDDD RYT NAW SUM OF U SAY VAGUR IZ GOOD ND SUM SAY IPHONE ROCKZ….OMGG!!!! FUK U IM GTN IPHONE! This is a perfect example of how a pubescent teen spells these days. Hell, saRAH is probably a 20-something. What are you even trying to say? I’m so confused. Sure, this sort of exchange is fine over SMS, but when it crosses into the classroom… Read More

  • Cellfish sends videos to your phone, helps you slack off

    http://cellfish.com/static/swf/player8.swf?Id=241751 This looks like it’s easy to use. Plus, the video is both funny AND informative. It basically allows you to send videos to your phone via text message. Available videos are on Cellfish’s own web site but developers can play around with the API or use the "Add-to-Phone" widget to offer content from their own sites. You… Read More

  • Papa John's now offering TXT 4 UR PIZZA

    Papa John's now offering TXT 4 UR PIZZA

    I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a sucker for food-related convenience and, as such, I’ve been using Papa John’s excellent online ordering system since it was first introduced back in 2001. The pizza chain has just introduced an order-by-text-message feature similar to the  Domino’s text messaging system we told you about a few months ago. Same basic… Read More

  • OMG, Text 4 Ur Pizza? LMAO!

    OMG, Text 4 Ur Pizza? LMAO!

    If you’re in the UK and you have a hankering for some good old fashioned American pizza, Domino’s is now just a text message away. You’ll first need to register some of your “favourite meals” and then send a text to 61212 with the memorable name that you’ve assigned to, say, a large pepperoni with extra cheese. Domino’s will send you a text confirming… Read More

  • AT&T Adds Unlimted Messaging Bundles, Finally

    AT&T Adds Unlimted Messaging Bundles, Finally

    We’re all for things that can be described with the words “heavy” and “duty” put together, and the new messaging plans from AT&T (not Cingular any longer, pal) are just that. $19.99 a month gets you all-you-can-eat texting, picture, and video messaging, as well as instant messaging from enabled phones. This plan isn’t for everyone, but for those of us… Read More

  • MyGADs for Storing, Retrieving Factoids

    Those of you familiar to the old days of IRC might recall infobots, handy little scripts that live in IRC channels and spout out factoids when they see a certain trigger. For example, my favorite infobot on Slashnet is Zuul. If you ask Zuul about me, he’ll respond with “Matt Hickey is the brain that makes the underpinnings of the Web,” an obvious reference to my genius. But… Read More

  • TechCrunch's Group SMS Service Round-Up

    TechCrunch's Group SMS Service Round-Up


    Marshall Kirkpatrick, our weird cousin from TechCrunch who beats us up when we see him at Easter has written up a nice article detailing the selection different group SMS services that have been popping up lately. Sure, there was Dodgeball, but now you’ve got more than one choice. While he doesn’t cover all the companies offering similar services (that might well be impossible)… Read More