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Iowa County launches nation’s first ‘911’ via Text Message

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on August 9th, 2009

Iowa County launches nation's first '911' via Text MessageCalling 911 can save your life, but there are some situations where if you talk, you are endangering your life further. Maybe you are hiding from a dangerous killer for instance. Or maybe you had a stroke and can’t talk. Well now Iowa County has launched the Nation’s First 911 via text message.

So far, the service is only available to residents of Black Hawk County who subscribe to a T-Mobile service provider, but that could grow. Emergency text messages can be helpful for deaf, hard-of-hearing or mute victims who find themselves in a dangerous situation.

Clue Secrets & Spies uses text messaging for hints

Posted in Hasbro by Shane McGlaun on February 16th, 2009

Clue: Secrets & SpiesOne of my favorite board games when I was a kid was Clue. Figuring out who killed Col. Mustard and what they used to do it was great fun. The game has hung around and is now a classic with the same game play that many of us grew up on. Hasbro is also announcing new versions of the game with updated game play.

The latest version is called Clue: Secrets & Spies and has players trying to infiltrate a criminal league as a super spy. Players try to figure out who Agent Mustard and Agent Scarlet are and complete missions independently.

Samsung goes for world record for skydive texting

Posted in Samsung by Shane McGlaun on December 22nd, 2008

Samsung Sky DiverThere are many strange world records in the Guinness’ Book of World Records. All sorts of things from the longest fingernails to the fastest text message are recorded in the book. Samsung has held an attempt to set a world text message record using its handsets.

The record attempt has a wrinkle from existing text messaging records though; the attempt was for the fastest text message while skydiving. Samsung provided a team of ten professional skydivers with some of its specialized messaging handsets and tossed them out of a plane at 12,000 feet.