It's 2017, and SMS messaging turned 25, are you still texting? (poll results)

Since recently one of the most fortunate developments in the history of mobile, the text messaging system, turned 25, we asked if you still text instead of chat, now that 2017 is closing to an end. Teens have been compulsive texters for a while now, sending sometimes a hundred messages per day, but these were stats from two or three years ago, and Snapchats may have taken over. Well, it turns out they didn’t, as almost half of our respondents say they still text very often, while less than a quarter text rarely. We’ll see if the Animoji trend spices …

It's 2017, and SMS messaging turned 25, are you still texting?

Recently, one of the most fortunate developments in the history of mobile, the text messaging system, turned 25. Developed as part of a Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) project for Vodafone UK in 1992, it was initially meant as a way to deliver testing and carrier messages, but the Finns from Radiolinja noted the potential, and were the first to offer it as a retail person-to-person SMS text messaging service to its subscribers in 1994.

The rest is history, and, contrary to popular belief, the switch to iMessage, WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat, Skype, Viber and the like, hasn’t …

Samsung has just turned 40 Galaxy S5 smartphones into a large Bitcoin mining machine

It’s no surprise that most smartphones launched these days are more powerful than many computers released several years ago. So, why wouldn’t a handful of smartphones be as powerful as one of the modern PCs worth more than $2,000?

Well, it appears that you only need eight old Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones to be able to mine Bitcoin the way a desktop computer does. In fact, the smartphones are more power-efficient at Bitcoin mining than a similarly powerful PC, Samsung claims.

As part of its “Upcycling” initiative, Samsung has decided to show other smartphone companies that even two-year-old …

GameStop basically just turned itself into a Blockbuster for video games


GameStop has launched an in-store rental service called PowerPass. Remember Blockbuster Video? It’s like that, except instead of VHS tapes, you’re renting used video games.

The only difference here is, you pay up front. A six-month subscription costs $60, and allows you to swap games anytime you want, at no additional cost. However, you can only have one game checked out at a time.

The program will launch during the looming holiday season, with only the six-month plan available. There’s a reason for that: At the end of a subscription, you’ll be able to choose one game to keep, for free. Read more…

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Hurricane Irma turned Miami's Brickell neighborhood into an inland sea


Weeks after Hurricane Harvey dumped enough rain on Houston to turn it into an ocean, Hurricane Irma has driven parts of the Atlantic Ocean into downtown Miami. The city’s Brickell neighborhood resembled a building-strewn sea as Irma powered into Florida, bringing wind gusts close to 100 miles per hour in the city. 

Even without bearing its full force down on Miami, Irma turned Brickell into a new environment, complete with rivers and wind-whipped waves.

Water still rising in downtown Miami along Brickell Avenue. Storm surge is intense. Neck deep in areas@wsvn #HurrcaneIrma

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) September 10, 2017 Read more…

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T-Mobile customers turned to messaging apps and social media during the eclipse

So what the heck do you do during a solar eclipse?  Well, if you’re a T-Mobile subscriber you pick up your phone and hit your messaging and social media apps. T-Mobile subscribers in the path of totality during the eclipse, used 4 times the usual amount of data they consume to visit Snapchat. The amount of data used on Twitter by T-Mobile subscribers under the same conditions was up 300%, while Facebook usage was up 260%. The rest of the top six includes Instagram (up 225%), YouTube (up 156%) and Netflix (up 125%).

Overall, T-Mobile data usage in the path …

This artist turned Trump's tweets into something beautiful


Imagine if President Trump’s tweets provoked calm and beauty rather than rage and fury.

Such a realm really exists, though you’ll have to slink beneath New York City to find it.

A subterranean exhibition in Manhattan’s Midtown neighborhood features hundreds of lavender plants and a lighting system powered by Twitter streams. When @realDonaldTrump or @POTUS fires off an early-morning musing, the small room’s ceiling glows. As statements are retweeted, the fluorescent bulbs brighten to match the growing intensity.

Martin Roth, an Austrian-born artist based in New York, said he wanted to address the “heightened anxiety” that’s pervaded ever since Trump was elected last November. Not only have Trump’s policies and rhetoric put people on edge — the flurry of news alerts, constant scandals, and he-said-she-said debates are also compounding our collective stress. Read more…

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Mission complete – John Chen successfully turned around BlackBerry

We always knew the calm, collected John Chen (pictured) has what it takes to lead BlackBerry out the financial swamp it had found itself in before he took the reigns. About four years after his appointment as CEO, Chen’s disciplined strategy of playing to the company’s strong sides has paid off remarkably and BlackBerry has opportunities to increase its profits. Essentially, the company’s turnaround has been completed.

Equity analyst Paul Treiber has removed it from his risk watch, explaining that BB is no longer dependent on outside cash flow (such as Service Access Fees) and is no longer …

These scientists turned spinach leaves into beating heart tissue


Popeye was fond of cramming cans of spinach to beef up his cartoon biceps. Now scientists say the leafy green really could help build a real-world muscle, only this time, it’s the human heart.

A team of U.S. researchers found a way to use the veins of the spinach leaf to build a miniature version of a beating heart muscle.

Their discoveries offer a potential solution a major challenge confronting biomedical engineers: how to repair and regenerate damaged organs and tissues. 

If proven to work, scientists could use the spinach treatment to grow layers of healthy heart muscle to treat heart attack patients, the group said in a proof-of-concept study published this month in the journal Biomaterials. Read more…

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The Google Assistant has turned into a virtual salesman with the introduction of ads

It’s something that was bound to happen sooner or later. Google is the king when it comes to online advertisements, and it’s one of the largest sources of revenue for the company as a whole. Ads are what allow entities such as Google to exist, so I suppose it should only make sense that they appear to have made their way over to the Google Assistant.

Between multiple users on Reddit and a video on Twitter from Bryson Meunier, we have solid evidence that Google is now running an ad for the new Beauty and the Beast remake when you ask the Google Assistant “what’s my day like?” …