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Need emergency contraception? Just text

Can't remember what or who you did last night? Send a text to 62233 and it will respond with the location of the nearest stockist of Levonelle, the emergency contraceptive pill. The service is being run by Incentivated for Schering Health Care. It links to the mobile phone operator to work out roughly where you are, and will respond with a text telling you where the nearest stockist is. The information is also available on the Levonelle website, though not many people will want to be checking that in an open-plan office. Incentivated uses the same technology to run the CabWise service, which will tell you the location of the nearest cab if you text "home" to 60835 - assuming you're a Londoner and don't want to go south of the river. Of course, if you'd done that last night you wouldn't be looking for the morning-after pill now. ®
Bill Ray, 13 May 2007
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BlackBerry plugs in to Visual Studio

With as many.NET developers as there are BlackBerry users, it’s about time Research in Motion provided some Visual Studio development tools. There's not too long to wait, as RIM used its Wireless Enterprise Symposium this week to unveil its first Visual Studio plug-in. Don't be confused - this isn't a .NET solution, and RIM hasn't ported the .NET CLR to its BlackBerry handsets. The company is remaining resolutely Java. Instead, RIM is taking its MDS Studio rapid application development tool and is turning it into a VSIP Visual Studio extension. As MDS Studio uses JavaScript and XML to deliver form-based applications that consume web services, it's easy to see how this fits in with Visual Studio and .NET.
Simon Bisson, 13 May 2007