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AT&T Texting Users Location-Based Shopping Deals with ShopAlerts

AT&T has launched a new service called ShopAlerts, which sends promotional text messages to subscribers who are near certain retailers. According to The New York Times, AT&T is now the first American carrier to push location-based ads via text messages. The free service will soon be available for subscribers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. The technology AT&T u...

For Women, Text Messages Mean More Sex

Share Take it from a lady: Nothing gets a gal's heart racing like longing, hand-written missives, promising sweet nothings and slipped into hands or lockers, bags or under doors. Or, you know, a 160-character text message drunkenly sent at 3 a.m. Apparently, lovelorn romantics of the digital age no longer sit up all night on the phone, draining the battery on the cordless and then sneaking int...

'TextMyFood' Gets Your Waiter's Attention, via Text Message

The next time you find yourself trying to get the attention of a flighty waitress at a crowded restaurant, you might want to put down your hand and pull out your cell phone. Some restaurants have begun implementing a program called 'TextMyFood,' a service that allows patrons to directly communicate with their servers via text message. With 'TextMyFood,' customers can place orders, ask questions, o...

Police Don't Need Search Warrants to Read Texts, California Court Rules

The Fourth Amendment requires all law-enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant before seizing a suspect's personal property. According to the California Supreme Court, though, the law doesn't apply to cell phones. In a 5-to-2 vote, the court ruled that police don't need a search warrant to search an arrested individual's cell phone -- because cell phones, in essence, are like clothing. ...

Your New Text Friend: Google Calendar and SMS

Sometimes a simple SMS reminder buzzing in your pocket is enough to break all the pings and alerts hitting your computer screen throughout the day. Fortunately, Google Calendar is SMS-capable, which means you don't need a cutting-edge smartphone to get calendar alerts. Read on after the break to learn how to text your calendar....

OnStar Bringing Facebook, Text Message Updates to Cars

Looking to compete with Ford's Sync's messaging technology, GM's OnStar may soon add text messaging and Facebook updates to its on-board communication system. According to The Detroit Free Press, a source claims that OnStar subscribers will be able to transmit text messages and Facebook updates via the on-board communications system by the end of the month. Before you safety advocates go berserk,...

Text Message Reminders Don't Help Women Remember the Pill, Study Finds

Despite the good intentions of pilot programs that use text messages to remind people to take their meds, it seems that ladies on birth control can't even be persuaded by technology to swallow The Pill. According to a study published this month in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 82 women enrolled in a randomized trial at a Boston Planned Parenthood clinic set up to test the effectiveness of text messag...

Italian Mafia Sends Text Messages to Jailed Dons via TV Show

According to The Telegraph, the Italian mafia has been using a soccer TV show's interactive text messaging feature to communicate messages to imprisoned bosses. As part of the show 'Quelli che il Calcio,' fans send in text messages which are displayed on a ticker, while host Simona Ventura chats onscreen about soccer. Apparently, mafia goons would send seemingly mundane phrases, like "All is well...

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 phon...

SMS Subs: Bandwidth-Boosting Buoys Enable Undersea Texts

Here's a scenario: you're cruising along in your submarine at a depth of 1,200 feet, and one of the fresh-faced midshipmen does a spit-take all over your commanding officer's face after he asks the young cadet to wipe the leaking stopcocks in the engine room. You grab your cell phone to send a text to your buddies ashore: "LOLZ!!1 Swabbie spits on CO, hilarity/the brig ensues." You hit 'send.' No ...

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...

Data and Texting Usage Trumps Calls in the U.S.

Of all the things people do with a cell phone, making actual phone calls is at the bottom of the list. The New York Times reports that, according to CTIA's numbers from 2009, data usage from text messages, e-mails and other services was higher than that of actual voice data. Simply put, for the first time ever, Americans text more often than they call. "Originally, talking was the only cellphone a...

Californian Bikers Facing Cell Phone Ban

California banned texting while driving a motor vehicle more than a year ago, but now, one lawmaker wants to extend this ban to include cyclists. According to NPR, State Senator Joe Simitian drafted a law, which is currently in the Senate, that would make it illegal to use a cell phone while riding a bike. This ban seems like common sense to us, but, of course, reactions have been mixed. "These f...

Teens Texting Over 50 Times a Day (But Not With Parents), Study Finds

Texting your way to carpal tunnel syndrome at the age of 16 is extreme, but what about the rest of America's teenage youth? Has texting now replaced actual speech as teenage lingua franca? A recent survey conducted as part of the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project finds that 75-percent of teens now own cell phones, up from just 45-percent in 2004. Researchers also find that ...

Genius Smack Dealers Send Stray SMS to Narc

Share We gather that street-level drug dealers are not, on average, your typical Mensa candidates; however constantly navigating a criminal underworld with intent to distribute must require some level of savvy. So we suggest that, when the three New York residents who were busted after sending an errant text message to a drug task force officer get out of prison, they log on to Monster.com and...