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Instant Messaging Eating Into SMS Text Messaging April 30, 2008

Posted by tkcollier in Lifestyle, Science & Technology.
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Techdirt: Instant Messaging Eating Into SMS Text Messaging
The old “accepted wisdom” was that folks in Europe communicated via SMS text messaging, while folks in the US were mainly doing internet-based instant messaging. There were a variety of reasons for why things developed this way, but it was a generally accurate statement for a while.

However, even early on, some of us began wondering what would happen as the two worlds started to merge. That is, as mobile phones became more powerful and acted more like handheld computers, wouldn’t users start to realize that instant messaging would save them a lot of money in terms of data costs. Especially with advanced phones like the iPhone, it seemed inevitable that “expensive” SMS would start to run into trouble.

And, in fact, that appears to be happening. A new study in the UK (where SMS text messaging is huge) has shown that, as people start using instant messaging applications, their use of SMS text messaging drops significantly. The one exception, by the way, is with older users, who are comfortable enough with SMS and don’t seem as interested in using IM on their phones. Either way, this has to be a concern for mobile operators who have a tendency to assume that high-priced services will always remain high-priced and in high demand.

Mobile YouTube January 24, 2008

Posted by tkcollier in Streamingvideo, Technology, Video.
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Now you can use your “unlimited data plan” to watch the whole YuuTube colection on your web-enabled mobile device (cell phone, PDA) at m.youtube.com

Your Camera Phone As Scanner December 26, 2007

Posted by tkcollier in cool stuff, Photography, Technology.
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scanR is a free service that lets you use your mobile camera phone or digital camera to clean photos of whiteboards, documents and business cards, extract the printed information, and get a digital file in your email, contact manager, or fax.

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