Text Messages

  • Text messages can help reduce binge drinking in youth July 13, 2014

    Washington: Text messages can motivate young adults to reduce their binge drinking by more than 50 per cent, according to a new study. Young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more than 50 per cent after receiving mobile phone text...
  • Here's how text messages can help control diabetes June 15, 2014

    New York: The unsolicited text messages that ask you every day to buy a flat or visit a massage parlour must have irritated you a lot, but if efficiently used, the short text messages also have the potential to help control diabetes. A text messagebased selfmanagement intervention improves glycemic control in...
  • Text messages on mobile phones can help reduce diabetes risk December 20, 2013

    Washington: Researchers have found an innovative simple tool that may help decrease one's risk for diabetes: Text messages on your cell phone. Participants in a free mobile education programme, piloted in Detroit and Cincinnati last year, said the customised texting service 'txt4health' made them more aware of their diabetes risk and...
  • RSS worker sends misleading SMSes to policemen, govt officials; arrested September 9, 2013

    Madhya Pradesh police have arrested a 32-year-old RSS worker for sending text messages (SMSes) to top police officers and government officials which claimed that there was a threat to the life of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Jai Kumar Kushwaha was arrested on Sunday in the Chhatarpur district and charged with...
  • Now, send a text message to charge your cellphone March 10, 2013

    London: Out of battery? Just send a text! People living off-grid can now power their phones simply by sending a text message. A London-based company Buffalo Grid has introduced a solar-powered cellphone charging station that is activated by text message. A patchy or absent power grid poses a conundrum of...
  • Woman constable who took on ACP for lewd SMSes suspended January 4, 2013

    Patna: A woman police constable was suspended in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district on Friday for allegedly hurling a shoe at a senior police official who had been sending her vulgar SMSes, police said. "The woman constable was suspended after she hurled a shoe at Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Naresh Meghrajani for...
  • ACP sends lewd messages to woman constable, booked December 29, 2012

    Aurangabad: An Assistant Commissioner of Police has been booked for allegedly sending lewd text messages to a woman constable, police said on Saturday. ACP Sandeep Bhajibhakare, who was recently transferred to Ratnagiri district from Aurangabad, has been booked under section 509 of the IPC (word, gesture or act intended to...
  • School texts parents 'Your child is a piece of s**t' December 22, 2012

    Beijing: More than 600 parents in China's eastern Zhejiang province were shocked and furious to receive a text message from their children's school calling pupils "a piece of s**t." Xin Ou primary school sent out a mass text message to Wenzhou parents that said "this student is basically a stupid...
  • China: School texts parents 'Your child is a piece of s**t' December 22, 2012

    Beijing: More than 600 parents in China's eastern Zhejiang province were shocked and furious to receive a text message from their children's school calling pupils "a piece of s**t." Xin Ou primary school sent out a mass text message to Wenzhou parents on Tuesday that said "this student is basically...
  • SMS@20: 10 ways text message has changed your life December 4, 2012

    "As advertising blather becomes the nation's normal idiom, language becomes printed noise," Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and author George Frederick Will once said. As the short messaging service, or SMS turns 20, it has swept aside in two decades known conventions about courtesy, relationship, language and communication. It troubles linguists that...
  • Happy birthday SMS! The SMS is dying December 3, 2012

    New Delhi: "Merry Christmas" said the first SMS that was sent out 20 years ago. Two decades and trillions of SMSs later, fewer people will wish their family and friends "Merry Christmas" via an SMS compared to the year before. The humble 160character Short Message Service may have been revolutionary,...
  • 20 years since the first SMS was sent December 3, 2012

    New Delhi: SMS (Short Message Service), that is now used more frequently than voice calling on mobile phones completes two decades of its existence on December 3. Today more than two lakh SMSs are sent every second, but this 160character craze began when Neil Papworth, a 22yearold British engineer, sent...
  • Women more likely to use emoticons in text messages October 14, 2012

    London: Women are twice as likely as men to use emoticons in text messages, according to a study by a US university. The emoticons, which began as happy and sad faces, have developed into dozens of other expressions, and have become hugely popular in text messages and email. The study by Rice...
  • UK: Teacher banned for sending SMSes to her student October 12, 2012

    London: A 41yearold woman school teacher in Britain has been banned from teaching for two years after she sent over 600 text messages to a pupil, where she told him she will love him forever and that she wanted to give him a hug and a kiss. Teresa McKenzie, a...
  • Pietersen text controversy 'provoked' by SA October 7, 2012

    London: South Africa have been accused of provoking the text message scandal that led to England batsman Kevin Pietersen being sent into international exile. Pietersen was dropped for the final Test between England and South Africa earlier this year following allegations that he sent texts to South Africans players that contained...
  • New app helps parents decode their kids' text messages August 27, 2012

    London: Scientists have developed a new app which will help parents decipher the modernday text message lingo their kid uses. TextGenie, a new app created by a UKbased software solutions company, DCML deciphers text language and slang from incoming SMS messages and translates them into plain English for confused parents,...
  • Northeast exodus: Bulk SMS, MMS banned August 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Following rumours leading to the mass exodus of the Northeast people from various cities, the Ministry of Home Affairs has banned bulk SMSes and MMSes for 15 days starting Friday. More than five SMSes or MMSes from one number cannot be sent in one go. MMSes have been...
  • 17yearold boy is the fastest texter in US August 9, 2012

    New York: A 17yearold boy who says he has "abnormally fast thumbs" has been named the fastest texter in America for the second year in a row. "It feels incredible," said Austin Wierschke of Rhinelander, Wis., after winning the sixth annual US LG National Texting Competition in Times Square on...
  • Nokia fined for spam texts in Australia January 24, 2012

    Helsinki: Australian regulators fined Nokia, the world's largest cellphone maker by volume, for spamming customers and demanded the Finnish firm change its text message (SMS) marketing. The Australian Communications and Media Authority found that some of the texts Nokia sends to clients as tips to get more out of their phones...
  • Textmessage bullying becoming more common November 22, 2011

    New York: A growing number of US kids say they have been picked on via text messaging, while there has been little change in online harassment, researchers reported Monday. Of more than 1,100 middle school and high school students surveyed in 2008, 24 per cent said they had ever been...
  • Sexting a new cause for divorce? June 17, 2011

    US Congressman's resignation has raised interesting questions about texts and Tweets considered as cheating. ...
  • Top 10 Valentine's Day SMS February 11, 2011

    New Delhi: Tearing your hair out looking for classy Valentine's Day mobile text messages to send to the hot girl next door without sounding needy? Here are some of the most romantic lines from classic authors that will get her weak in the knees. A list of historical love quotes: 1....
  • Teens survive on the thrill of text messages August 24, 2010

    A recent study has confirmed that today's teenagers are addicted to text messages so much so that they exchange almost 200300 texts every day. ...
  • Sexting: The new, dangerous trend among teens May 4, 2009

    Canberra: Teens sending nude or suggestive photos of themselves over their mobile phones are being warned "sexting" can damage your future. Australia's state government of New South Wales launched an education campaign this week to combat the growing practise of "sexting", saying these images or sexually explicit text messages can...
  • If u cn rd this quickly, gd 4 u December 10, 2008

    Sydney: Mobile phone textmessage abbreviations and simplifications are not ruining our spelling, but they do take much longer to read and understand than conventional English, a small Australian study has shown. University of Tasmania lecturer Nenagh Kemp asked 55 undergraduate students to compose, and then to read aloud, text messages...
  • Texting while driving is bad, US doctors agree November 11, 2008

    Washington: Tapping out text messages on a cell phone while driving is dangerous, the American Medical Association agreed on Monday, and supported state legislation to ban it. The group, which represents about 240,000 US physicians, voted to lend its weight to laws that would make it easier for police to pull...
  • Dumped by SMS? Join Federline club November 10, 2006

    New York: Ur dumped, Kevin Federline and you are now part of a growing club of spurned lovers who have been ditched by text message. A video of Britney Spears' soontobe exhusband apparently getting a text message informing him that the pop princess had filed for divorce became the most...