Americans Prefer Texting to Phoning: So KMA

Sunday, September 28th, 2008 | SMASH Pop Culture with No Comments »

Text Message Slang

Sry 2 Say

According to Nielsen Mobile, Americans have become little more than touch-typing androids:  sending 1’s and 0’s to one another as a means of communication.
Text Messages Vs. Calling
As of the fourth quarter of 2007, it turns out that US cell subscribers sent text messages more than they phoned - for the first time ever. And since then, the averages subscriber’s # of text messages has increased 64 percent as the # of actual calls (what are those?) has dropped slightly.

According to the folks at Nielsen, this is all attributed to spread of the new QWERTY-style kepads on cellphones. QWERTY owners send 54 percent MORE text messages than folks with ordinary keypads.

Additionally, companies are now offering larger text messaging plans (unlimited in many cases) where it actually makes more financial sense to send a few lines of text than to engage in a full-on conversation that could potentially put you over your monthly minute threshold.

By far, the most prolific texters are teenagers ages 13-17, who pump out 1,742 messages a month, according to Nielsen Mobile. Read the rest of this entry »

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Voice to Text: Transcribe Your Voicemails with SpinVox

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 | SMASH Technology with 1 Comment

Spinvox Message

If you use a cellphone, you use voicemail.  And if you use voicemail, you know the unfortunate pitfalls involved in its daily use:   dialing in costs you minutes, it takes time to wade through multiple messages (you’re forced to listen to the messages that are drivel or spam in nature), and you are forced to press your ear to your mobile device or have your bluetooth headset on in order to retrieve your messages with any degree of privacy.

SpinVox has an answer for those of us who dread the daily doldrums of message retrieval.  It’s a voice-to-text program that makes voicemails easier to use.

The service monitors your calls and turns what’s spoken into a text message.  It then Read the rest of this entry »

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But He’s Just Chillin’

Sunday, July 13th, 2008 | SMASH Pop Culture with No Comments »

Having been in Delhi and personally taken my life into my own hands with various drivers in this chaotic city, I admit I was not all that surprised to see this.

We are so busy trying to pass laws around the world about how we can’t use our phones while we drive. Even in California, where such a law just went into effect this month. Yeah, yeah, whatever…..boring! Check out this genius, reclining on his motorbike and sending text messages whilst still somehow maneuvering his bike with his Read the rest of this entry »

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