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Parents have no idea when kidz txt m8s 'KMS' or '99'

Most adults have no idea what their kids mean when they use text terms such as "KMS", "99" or emoji faces with cross eyes, according to an unsurprising piece of research by BT. The survey of 4,500 adults was conducted by BT to raise awareness of Safer Internet Day. "Popular online slang and emojis used by children to …
Kat Hall, 6 Feb 2017
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ICO fines PPI claims firm £80,000 over 1.3m spam SMS deluge

The Information Commissioner's Office has served up penalty of £80,000 to a PPI claims company that sent more than 1.3 million spam texts. Brum-based UKMS Money Solutions Limited (UKMS) had bought numbers in bulk from list brokers which it subsequently spammed to encourage people to make compensation claims for mis-sold …
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Vale Matti Makkonen, SMS dreamer

Matti Makkonen, a figure widely held to have influenced the development of SMS, has died at the relatively young age of 63. According to BT, it took some years for Makkonen's pitch to Finland's Telecoms and Postal agency in 1984 to become a reality in 1992. It took even longer for SMS to really hit its straps, because …
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Siri, please save my iPhone from the messages of death

Apple has published a temporary workaround for iPhones blighted by incoming text messages that cause them to crash and restart – and it involves asking Siri for help. A specially crafted sequence of unicode triggers a fatal bug in a core component of iOS and OS X. If the data is sent in a text message, it will crash an iThing …
Shaun Nichols, 29 May 2015
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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

The TREWGrip keyboard is designed for butter-fingered mobile users who are keen to touch type as fluidly on their smartphones as they would on a desktop keyboard. The keys are positioned on the back of the pad, piano accordion style, allowing you to depress them with the outstretched fingers of your hand, which is firmly …
Simon Rockman, 10 Mar 2015
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Nexus phones carry SMS crash bug vuln

A Romanian security researcher has published a vulnerability that allows someone to crash a remote Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 phone – by sending them a crafted “Class 0” text message. Instead of falling into a user's inbox and waiting for someone to read the message, a Class 0 or “flash message” pops up immediately as a message window …

Twenty years of text messages: We've reached Peak SMS

The first SMS text message was sent twenty years ago, when Neil Papworth sent a Merry Christmas to a mobile phone, an innovation which went almost unnoticed for the next half-decade. The Short Message Service took a while to take hold, longer still before network operators realised what a cash cow SMS could be, and longer …
Bill Ray, 3 Dec 2012
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Ex-BP engineer cuffed 'for deleting Deepwater spill texts'

A former BP engineer has been arrested and accused of covering up how badly the Deepwater Horizon oil spill clean-up was going by deleting text messages. Kurt Mix was cuffed in the US on the charge of obstruction of justice, for which he could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 (£309,617). “The …
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Auto-correct cock-up sends schools into lockdown

Auto-correct is known to be the cause of many a hilarious text misunderstanding, but when one student sent a message to say they were "gunna be" at school and the word became "gunman", you can imagine the chaos it would cause. Particularly in America. That is exactly what happened to one student at Lanier Technical College in …
Caleb Cox, 1 Mar 2012
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iOS 5's iMessage chops carrier SMS routing traffic

Apple's iMessage may be killing text messaging - or the text messaging revenues made by network operators, at least. Yes, it's not hard empirical data, but one iPhone user, Nevan Mrgan, has charted a major drop-off in text messages sent once he upgraded his handset to iOS 5, which introduced iMessage. iMessage routes SMS …
Tony Smith, 5 Jan 2012
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Pakistan bans rude text messages

Text messaging has long been derided for diminished linguistic skills and increased profanity, especially among yoof. In a bid to tackle the issue, officials in Pakistan have forced mobile operators to block all texts that feature specific offensive words. The country's telecoms regulator, the Pakistan Telecomminication …
Caleb Cox, 18 Nov 2011

The exaggerated “death of text”

It’s time to put to bed the idea that SMS costs millions per Gigabyte – a game I have played in the past, along with many others – now that every major mobile carrier in Australia has plans with text allowances stretching all the way up to “unlimited”. This week has seen a burst of stories proclaiming the death of SMS – in …
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Exam results texted out early in Scotland

Almost 30,000 Scottish students got their Higher results this afternoon, instead of tomorrow morning as it should have been, potentially giving them early access to the university clearing system. The results were sent out – by accident – to anyone who had selected text-only notification, but have been confirmed as accurate by …
Bill Ray, 3 Aug 2011
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Texas cinema texter becomes foul-mouthed movie star

A Texas cinema with a strict no-mobe policy has demonstrated that it really means business by throwing out a persistent texter, then turning her mini-rant against ejection into a big screen trailer. Austin's Alamo Drafthouse explains: "Recently, we had a situation where a customer persisted in texting in the theatre despite …
Lester Haines, 7 Jun 2011
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Everything Everywhere stops plundering the charity box

Everything Everywhere has suspended its practice of taking 10 per cent of charitable donations, and claims it is now working on an alternative, and more sustainable, model. EE had been taking the cut from text donations to cover its costs, other than those charities selected as "partners" by the operator. The operator still …
Bill Ray, 14 Apr 2011
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Everything Everywhere accused of lining pockets with charity cash

Everything Everywhere has been taking 10 percent of charitable text messages, excepting its selected charities, on the flimsy excuse of having to cover its processing costs. The problem is that it seems the other network operators are more generous with their cut, passing on the entire payment, so the operator is being forced …
Bill Ray, 14 Apr 2011
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Symbian users Swype Samsung's tricks

The world's fastest text entry system, Swype, is now in Beta for Symbian S60 5th edition, allowing Nokia users to write by tracing a path rather than the old-fashioned tapping on keys. Swype allows text entry by tracing a finger past the keys rather than pressing them one at a time. The software recognises the pattern and …
Bill Ray, 1 Sep 2010
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Tesco touts budget textaholic SIM-only deal

The British press yesterday trumpeted Tesco Mobile for introducing the supposedly the cheapest SIM-only deal in the market, but a little research shows our colleagues are's the deal. Tesco Mobile Available online and over the phone, the Tesco SIM-only tariff costs £6 a month for unlimited texts and 100 minutes …
Caleb Cox, 13 Aug 2010

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