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Spam Text Message Detonates Suicide Bomber, Prevents Moscow Attack

Russia avoided a potentially devastating suicide bomb attack last month, thanks to one particularly well-timed text message. According to Russian security sources, the attack was supposed to be carried out by an unnamed woman, believed to be part of a radical Islamist terror group. The woman reportedly planned to strap a bomb to herself, and blow herself up in the middle of a crowded Moscow...

Cell Phone Autocorrect: How It Works and Why You'll Never Avoid Embarrassing Texts

The modern smartphone possesses the ability to surf the internet, scan retinas, fly a hovercraft and even make calls using your left hand. So, you'd think getting one of these hunks of plastic to send a sensible text would be a cinch. It's not, however. Auto-correction software for phones too often mutates a word into something completely nonsensical or embarrassing. [Ed. Note: We once had a...

Woman Busted for Sending Fake Text Threats to Herself

Share If you wanna spend your days sending disparaging text messages to yourself, that's fine. But if you do it and tell the police that the threats are coming from someone else, that's actually pretty illegal -- and pretty pathetic. Santa Ana, California's Jeanne Mundango Manunga, you see, clearly had some pretty serious beef with her ex-boyfriend and his sister-in-law. Instead of punching a...

Making Phone Calls

There are several ways to make a phone call using a BlackBerry. 1. Traditional Dialing From the main screen enter numbers as you would a traditional phone and then hit the green 'Call' button. To end a call hit the red button. And if you hadn't noticed them, the numbers are grouped like a traditional keypad above the letter keys. 2. Dial by Name If a phone number is already programmed...

Setup BlackBerry E-mail Using a Web Browser

If you're more comfortable navigating the Net than poking around on the Blackberry, then head online to setup your e-mail accounts for your phone. Before you start you'll need some info about your phone. If you still have the box it came in, look for the PIN and ESN/MEID numbers, which should be located near the UPC code. If you can't find them no worries, you can find them inside the...

Top 5 Blackberry Key Shortcuts

Share Copy/Paste: While typing, press and hold the 'Alt' key, and move the track ball to select. Release the 'Alt' key, press the track ball (or the 'OK' command), and select 'Copy.' To paste, put the cursor into the empty typing box, hit the track ball, and select 'Paste' from the drop-down menu. Numbers or cap lock: At the same time press the 'Alt' key and the left 'Shift' key (the one...

Google Gives Ugandans Tips on Sex and Weather Via Text

Many emerging nations have cellular access, but Internet service is still fleeting, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. In an attempt to disseminate information to Ugandans, Google has teamed up with African cell provider MTN to distribute information, free-of-charge, via text message to a culture that is text -- but not Internet -- savvy. The program, which teams the American Web giant with the...

Texting Is the Best Way to Remind Folks to Take Medicine, Study Finds

Getting a child or teenager to take their medicine is usually an uphill battle. Too many distractions -- TV, videogames, cell phones -- and sometimes, it just flat-out tastes bad. However, it's important, particularly when dealing with an organ transplant patient. This medication can determine whether or not a patient's body accepts the new organ. EMaxHealth recently reported a study, which looked...

Key Jams Cellphones, Ends Texting/Talking While Driving

Face it, kids. You missed the best time to be a teenager by around five or so years. As it stands now, technology is cutting into that adolescent fun, with device like Ford's MyKey and this one here ensuring that you're actually safe behind the wheel. In all seriousness, the terribly named Key2SafeDriving is a fine concept (at least in the parent's eye), as it fuses a cellphone jammer (of sorts)...

City Revokes Employee Texting Plans

Most cell phone carriers have plans that allow for unlimited e-mail and instant messaging, but text messages typically still cost users on a per message basis. This charge has caught up with the city employees of Troy, N.Y., in a big way, with costs peaking at more than $1,000 in recent months. The result? Troy city officials have revoked the text messaging privileges of employees. Deputy...

Pope Benedict XVI Texting Out Messages of Encouragement

Don't act like you didn't know that Pope Benedict XVI was down with modern technology. As part of World Youth Day, the man himself will begin sending out texts of encouragement to pilgrims who have signed up through Telstra to receive them. A total of four gigantic "prayer walls" have been erected at the Sydney Opera House, the Domain, Darling Harbour and Randwick Racecourse in Australia, where...

82% of Americans Never Use Text Messaging

While there has been quite the kerfuffle about banning texting while driving and educating Australian youngsters on text speak, a new survey shows that the vast majority of us haven't even sent a single SMS. Research firm Ipsos MediaCT polled individuals in a variety of countries and came to one general conclusion: If folks are using SMS, "they're using it frequently." On the flip-side, those...

Send Text Messages In Your Own Handwriting

Holy shoes! Korean telecommunications company KTF has come up with a new SMS that allows users to send text messages in their own handwriting. The service has been dubbed 'Font of Your Own,' a name evocative of both that Madonna baseball movie and Virginia Woolf. Teen girls Users create their font by downloading a few applications and following a series of instructions, which apparently involve a...

Parents To Get Lice-Outbreak Text-Message Alerts

You may think of serious lice outbreaks as a thing of the past, but you'd be wrong. In fact, at least in England, Lice is still a major issue for school children and their parents. A new initiative, with heavy funding from head lice treatment manufacturer Hedrin, is taking aim at educating parents and reducing the number of serious outbreaks in the country. In addition to traditional educational...

'Operation New Year's Eve': Support Service Men and Women Via Text Message

We don't want to be downers, but... When you're out tying one on tonight, it'll be easy to forget those out there who can't be with their friends and family on this ultimate party night. But we'd like to encourage everyone out there to show a little love and support for the men and women in uniform serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The nonprofit, nonpartisan, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of...