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Tech Spotlight: Microchip will send you a text before your food goes bad

If you have trouble deciding what to have for dinner, help could soon be at hand – with your food texting to tell you it needs eating.

Scientists have developed a computer chip that can be inserted into food packaging and is able to assess when the contents are nearing their use-by date.

Computer chips which can assess when food is getting past its sell-by date could soon be inserted into some food packaging, an EU committee of peers has heard.

Read Full Article @ DailyMail

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Why text messaging is here to stay

The text message is 20 years old, and the landscape for communication is continuing to change. What does the future bode for the aging tool?

Last week the text message celebrated its 20th birthday. Since 1992, it’s grown into an essential part of our everyday lives. How long it will last is the big question. Recent news from Chetan Sharma says that the service, while still 70 billion messages a month strong, saw a serious decline in the last few months, likely due to new services like Facebook Messenger and Apple’s iMessage. So the question is posed: What is the future of the text message? Does it lie with SMS or Internet messaging programs?

Some believe that the SMS text isn’t going anywhere. Bill Tancer of Experian Marketing Services is one of them. As far as he’s concerned, the text message is the gold standard and we’re in no hurry to abandon it. Tancer told us that recent research shows that the future of our market relies heavily on the young, and that they haven’t stopped text messaging, but they are using a number of new services. Apple’s iMessage service, Google Talk, Kik, and Facebook Messenger are all major options for mobile communication just like the text message. They’ve all made some inroads against traditional texting, but they remain stuck against an important element: ubiquity. Texting is available on every phone, by every wireless carrier made, by every phone manufacturer, running every operating system. It’s everywhere

No service currently carries the same ubiquity as the text message, and that the ability to send messages to any phone number is still an unmatched feature compared to the text message’s closest competition.

“Users will always gravitate to a richer experience,” Tancer said, but “SMS is the backbone” of our mobile experience, and it won’t be going away until other services become much more relevant to the majority of mobile users.

Alex Quilici, CEO of YouMail, agrees. Just like the phone call, the text message is ubiquitous because of its relation to the phone number, and the two are still fundamental parts of the mobile experience. To compete, Alex states that new services and technology should be”optimizing around [text messaging],” and offer a niche experience that supplements it. The real future for messaging as a whole, he thinks, is about finding the right method for the right moment, and figuring out which tool in your mobile arsenal you want to use to send a message: a phone call, a YouMail voice message, an iMessage, or a text message.

Still, it’s hard to ignore services such as Apple’s iMessage, which continues to grow rapidly. iMessage alone is sending an impressive 1 billion text messages a month among 140 million users – a noticeable dent on the 70 billion traditional text messages sent. A big reason behind this is probably the fact that iPhones are inclined to use iMessage over traditional text messaging when communicating with other iPhones, iPads, and iMacs, and Apple’s gradual movement to encourage users of their new service is going to exponential increase the prevalence of the software in the coming year, especially when it looks just like a regular text message on the iPhone.

Kik thinks it can defeat the text message and all competitors by simply being better. “Kik adds value that SMS and competitors do not,” a representative said in an e-mailed statement. The features that Kik offers including read receipts, comprehensive group messaging, and HTML5-based Kik Card technology. According to Kik’s site, Kik Cards “let you do even more with Kik” like ”search for and send YouTube videos, find and share images, and create sketches.”

With more 30 million registered users and an impressive 100,000 new ones joining every day, it’s hard to ignore the momentum that Kik has. It, along with iMessage and Facebook Message all have increasing relevance in day to day communication. Despite this though, Experian’s data strongly suggests that instead of replacing SMS texting, we’re all just using texts along with a bunch of new alternatives. Why choose when you can have them all?

Despite all that iMessage, Kik, Facebook, and YouMail offer, the text message leaves its 20th birthday with a healthy chance it could hit a ripe old age. Its growth may not be what it used to, but as we all weave and bob through each new texting competitor that comes and goes, we always know that we can come back to SMS. You’re 20, text message. Walk tall.

Full Article @ DT

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Text Your Complaints in Real-Time with the New ‘Talk To The Manager’ Application

Restaurateurs and consumers, meet Talk To The Manager (TTTM), a new texting application that allows customers to anonymously and instantly give feedback to store and restaurant managers.

Never received your ranch dressing on the side? Did the bathroom run out of toilet seat covers? You can now let the manager know, in the same time it takes you to post those gorgeous food photos to Facebook and Instagram.

Full Article @ FB

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The Textspresso Makes Coffee When You Text It

Here's the Textspresso, a contraption that makes coffee when you text it from Seattle tech company Zipwhip. (It's just promotional, they're not making it for sale.) CEO John Lauer told GeekWire the Textspresso is comprised of "nearly 300 different parts in a hacked up Ikea cabinet," and not only makes your coffee via texted command, it will also eventually be able to print your name and phone number on top of the drink with edible ink.

Also, apparently the machine cannot reject orders — so if the phone number somehow gets published, it's a non-stop coffee fiesta at the Zipwhip offices. Here's Lauer explaining how it works:

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OMG!!! New ‘Texting’ Wines Are GR8!!!

There's seriously nothing I love more than opening a delicious bottle of wine at the end of a long, stressful week. Let's be real though, I'm no wine snob. I'm good for a cheap $12 bottle of merlot all day 'err day. In other words, I mix things up when I buy my cheap wine simply by the way that the label looks.

Super colorful label? Done. Cool name in even cooler cursive? SOLD! Which is exactly why I'm the lame-o that would pick something up from TXT Cellars. With names ranging from OMG!!! (exclamation points included) Chardonnay to GR8!!! Cabernet Sauvignon, it was only a matter of time until someone went down this drunken route with vino.

Heck, I have a few acronyms of my own that could be PERFECT for wine names. Starting with HSID!!!! (Read: Holy shit, I'm drunk.)

HSID!!! (Holy shit, I'm drunk): It doesn't matter WHAT kind of wine this is. Except it most definitely will have an alcohol by volume of at LEAST 20 percent. And you will most definitely have a headache post-drinkfest.

BF!!! (Boyfriend): A wine so good, you'd date it exclusively.

XOXO!!!: A deep merlot that instantaneously turns you into a make-out bandit.

ZzZz!!!: That smooth, perfect chardonnay that you have one glass of, and you're immediately ready to catch some sleep.

BTW!!! (By the way): Just so you know, this wine ALSO has vodka in it. It's like, oh BTW!!! there's a surprise waiting for you when you pop this bottle, and god almighty, it's a hangover!

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