Y U Luv Texts, H8 Calls

Y U Luv Texts, H8 Calls

We Want to Reach Others But Not to Be Interrupted

For anyone who doubts that the texting revolution is upon us, consider this: The average 13- to 17-year-old sends and receives 3,339 texts a month—more than 100 per day, according to the Nielsen Co., the media research firm. Adults are catching up. People from ages 45 to 54 sent and received 323 texts a month in the second quarter of 2010, up 75% from a year ago, Nielsen says.

Telephone Moments in Pop Culture

The telephone has played a prominent role in some movie and music moments.

Behind the texting explosion is a fundamental shift in how we view our mobile devices. That they are phones is increasingly beside the point.

Nielsen, at the request of The Wall Street Journal, analyzed cellphone bills of 60,000 mobile subscribers and found adults made and received an average of 188 mobile phone calls a month in the 2010 period, down 25% from the same period three years earlier. Average monthly "talk minutes" fell 5% for the period compared with 2009; among 18- to 24-year-olds, the decline was 17%.

Text messages—also known as SMS (Short Message Service)—take up less bandwidth than phone calls and cost less. A text message's content is so condensed that it routinely fails, even more than email, to convey the writer's tone and affect. The more we text, the greater the opportunity for misunderstanding.

[PHONEillo] Dan Picasso

A recent survey of 2,000 college students asked about their attitudes toward phone calls and text-messaging and found the students' predominant goal was to pass along information in as little time, with as little small talk, as possible. "What they like most about their mobile devices is that they can reach other people," says Naomi Baron, a professor of linguistics at American University in Washington, D.C., who conducted the survey. "What they like least is that other people can reach them."

Part of what's driving the texting surge among adults is the popularity of social media. Sites like Twitter, with postings of no more than 140 characters, are creating and reinforcing the habit of communicating in micro-bursts. And these sites also are pumping up sheer volume. Many Twitter and Facebook devotees create settings that alert them, via text message, every time a tweet or message is earmarked for them. In October 2009, 400 million texts alerted social-media users to such new messages across AT&T's wireless network, says Mark Collins, AT&T senior vice president for data and voice products; by September 2010, the number had more than doubled to one billion. (Twitter reports more than two billion tweets are sent each month.)

Economics has much to do with texting's popularity. Text messages cost carriers less than traditional mobile voice transmissions, and so they cost users less. Sprint Nextel has reconceived its Virgin Mobile brand to cater to heavy texters in a difficult economy. For $25 per month, users get unlimited texting, email, social networking and 300 talk minutes; for another $15, they get an additional 900 talk minutes. The name of the brand's new wireless plan: "Beyond Talk."

According to Nielsen, African-Americans and Hispanics send and receive an average of 780 and 767 texts a month respectively, compared with 566 for whites. The difference reflects economic disparity, says Ken Eisner, managing director at nonprofit One Economy, which connects low-income communities to technology. "If you don't have broadband availability at home, if you don't have ubiquitous 24/7 access to the web over a laptop or PC, you'll find other ways to communicate," Mr. Eisner says.

Increasingly, Americans are deciding that talking on the phone is the last thing they care to do on their smart phone, while the use of text messaging is exploding. WSJ's Katie Rosman reports on this shift in telecommunications.

Texting's rise over conversation is changing the way we interact, social scientists and researchers say. We default to text to relay difficult information. We stare at our phone when we want to avoid eye contact. Rather than make plans in advance, we engage in what Rich Ling, a researcher for the European telecom company Telenor and a professor at IT University in Copenhagen who studies teens and technology, has named "micro-coordination"—"I'll txt u in 10mins when I know wh/ restrnt."

Selected History of Mobile Messaging

More than 120 years in the making, the texting revolution is here. Thank Paula Abdul: 'American Idol' put texting on the map, and AT&T executive says.

Associated Press

Alexander Graham Bell

March 10, 1876

Alexander Graham Bell makes the first 'phone call' as we know it: 'Mr. Watson, come here! I need you!' he called to his assistant. By summer of 1877, the first private telephone lines were in service.


First coast-to-coast phone line connects New York and San Francisco.

Getty Images

A mobile phone call.


The first mobile phone call in the U.S. is made from a car on equipment weighing 80 pounds.


AT&T launches touchtone service, replacing a dial with a key pad.

By 1993...

The first text message has been sent, in Europe.

Associated Press

Steve Jobs


Steve Jobs introduces the iPhone.

Texting saves us time, but it steals from quiet reflection. "When people have a mobile device and have even the smallest increment of extra time, they will communicate with someone in their life," says Lee Rainie , director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Anne McAndrews, a 21-year-old marketing major at Emerson College in Boston, says she and her friends almost never talk on the phone. "If I were to call someone, it would have to be urgent," she says. "Otherwise, it's sort of rude and invasive." She takes a social-media marketing class to which Sprint has donated 10 of its newest mobile phones, the Evo and the Epic. The devices are connected to the Sprint network, and students get unlimited calling, texting and Internet access at no cost to them. "They've taken photos and posted them to our blog and they've tweeted. But I don't think a single student has made a single call from one of these phones," says David Gerzof, the class's professor.

The U.S. once lagged behind Asia and Europe in adopting the texting habit. But as U.S. telecom companies noticed a leveling-off in their customers' use of talk minutes, they introduced more texting options and spent more on marketing them. In 2003, AT&T signed on to sponsor "American Idol," where viewers vote by texting to designated numbers. "American Idol put texting on the map," says AT&T's Mr. Collins.

Parents of teenagers have figured out how to text so they can stay in touch with their kids. The ubiquitous BlackBerry and other hand-held devices helped familiarize older users with thumb-typing on tiny keyboards. And they introduced the allure of constant communication, much of it done furtively under a boardroom or dining room table.

Of course, the phone conversation will never be completely obsolete. Deal makers and other professionals still spend much of the day on the phone. Researchers say people are more likely to use text-based communications at the preliminary stages of projects. The phone comes into play when there are multiple options to consider or binding decisions to be made.

Textophiles think voice mail is a waste of time. Yet talkers like to talk. Mobile devices with recent versions of Google's Android operating system have "voice input" capability. Users tap on email or text-message fields and speak into the mobile's microphone. Words appear as text on-screen. "It's still a problem for people to become quick and efficient typers on a mobile phone," says Bill Byrne, a Google voice-interface engineer.

In 2005, an entrepreneur tried bringing texters and talkers together. James Siminoff founded PhoneTag, a service that transcribes voice-mail messages into text messages. Mr. Siminoff says his research indicates a five-hour lag between the time a voice mail is left and listened to. Retrieving and listening to a 30-second voice mail takes a minute, he says, but "scanning" the text of a 30-second message takes about five seconds. "Voice mail is an old way of thinking in a digital lifestyle," he says.


Write to Katherine Rosman at katherine.rosman@wsj.com


Gartner Predicts 19 Million Tablets in 2010 – Driven by iPad

Do PadGadget.com

Gartner, a major technology research company, just released their latest tablet sales forecast and it appears that the iPad is fueling a huge adoption of the new tablet form factor.  The company expects 2010 tablet sales will exceed 19.5 million units and that this numbers will largely be driven by Apple iPad sales.

Apple last reported iPad sales numbers back in June when they announced over three million iPads has been sold in less than 80 days.  Most analysts agree that Apple will easily exceed 10 million units this year, making it the best selling tablet device in the history of the market.

With a growing number of companies jumping into the tablet market with their own devices, the market has quickly become one of the fastest growing consumer electronics segments.  Apple, not waiting on the competition, has been expanding the iPad ecosystem in order to grab market share.

The company is looking to extend its market share going into the all important holiday season and just recently added Walmart, Target, AT&T and Verizon as new retail sales channels.  The availability of the iPad in these new retail outlets is sure to have a dramatic impact on iPad sales this year and help Apple grow its lead in this hot segment.

With increased supply and strong demand, Gartner expects worldwide consumer and enterprise adoption of media tablets to grow dramaticaly over the next several years. The company is forecasting tablet sales to exceed 54 million units in 2011 and grow to more than 154 million units sold in 2013.

This sharp increase in sales is expected to come at the expense of other consumer electronics devices as tablets begin to cannibilize sales of e-readers, netbooks, gaming devices and laptops. Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner says "Mini notebooks will suffer from the strongest cannibalization threat as media tablet average selling prices (ASPs) drop below $300 over the next 2 years."

The iPad has turned out to be a surprise hit, exceeding the wildest expectations of industry analysts and the press.  When Apple first unveiled the iPad earlier this year, many people were skeptical that Apple could successfully establish a new "third class of device" as  Steve Jobs had suggested.  Fast forward six months,  Apple has been able to successfully execute their iPad strategy and have filled a unique niche in the consumer electronics market by selling millions of iPads. Based on Gartner's forecasts, this trend should continue for the next several years.


Transforme seu iPod Touch num iPhone


iOS 4.1.1 release seems imminent, may patch the limera1n exploit

12 Oct

You may have heard about a nasty iOS 4.1 bug that causes the alarm bell to ring off one hour earlier than the scheduled time. According to the conversation ZDNet had with Apple Australia, the Cupertinos have plans of rolling out an iOS 4.1.1 update that will fix this annoying little bug.

iOS 4.1 Alarm clock

Here's what Apple had to say about the issue:

- We're aware of this issue and already developed a fix which will be available to customers in an upcoming software update

Knowing Apple, I highly doubt if the iOS 4.1.1 update, which will be the first minor update for iOS 4.1 will only fix the alarm clock app bug. There is a high chance of the upcoming update patching the exploit used by the recently launched iOS 4.1 jailbreak tool Limera1n. In case you want to save your device from becoming a non jailbroken one, you are advised to save the precious SHSH blob of your iDevice using the instructions posted here.

For more jailbreak stuff, follow us on Twitter, Facebook or subscribe to our RSS feed to make sure you are the first in line to know all there is to know about the iPhone/ iPod Touch hackery stuff.

ASAP! Sinto falta de um App desses no iPhone

Get one of the best selling BlackBerry Apps around! Imagine you're out to dinner and your phone rings, what do you do? Pick it up? Ignore it? With ASAP! from JaredCo you have more options! No more leaving an important client hanging on the line. No need to ignore calls. With ASAP!, you can respond to an incoming call with a single click, customize your texts and send.
Get ASAP! on Bplay now!

Despertador atrasado

O despertador do meu iPhone 4 começou a atrasar 1 hora para tocar. Acho que é algum bug com o horário de verão que entrou adiantado na Apple.

Já tem reclamação no Forum do iPhone.


Apple alguma dica?

Sent from my iPhone 4


Ação da Apple supera os US$ 300 pela primeira vez

Desde o começo de setembro, papéis da empresa avançaram mais de 20%.
Evento neste mês dará detalhes sobre nova versão do sistema operacional.


As ações da Apple ultrapassaram o valor de US$ 300 pela primeira vez nesta quarta-feira (13). Segundo investidores, é esperado outro forte resultado trimestral da companhia. Às 13h21 (horário de Brasília), os papéis da empresa exibiam valorização de 0,9%, a US$ 301,23. Desde o começo de setembro, as ações já avançaram mais de 20%.

Na próxima segunda-feira será apresentado o balanço trimestral da companhia. Segundo analistas, a média do preço-alvo para as ações da Apple é de US$ 350.

A expectativa é que a empresa reporte no início da semana que vem forte crescimento trimestral de vendas do iPhone e do iPad, que deve ajudar a receita da companhia a superar os US$ 18 bilhões pela primeira vez.

Convite para a imprensa da Apple

Convite para a imprensa mostra a imagem de
um leão. (Foto: Reprodução)

Novo 'Mac OS X'
Nesta quarta-feira (13), a companhia anunciou que em 20 de outubro fará um evento para imprensa sobre sua linha de computadores Mac. No convite, a Apple usou a imagem de um leão, por isso a expectativa é que a companhia anuncie uma nova versão do seu sistema operacional.

Em junho de 2009, foi lançada a última versão, chamada de "Snow Leopard", que chegou ao mercado em agosto do ano passado. A empresa tem a tradição de batizar as versões do seu sistema operacional usando o nome de um felino.

Chile - As fotos dos Boston Globe como sempre perfeitas