Custom SMS notifications help users decide if they should bother checking their phone

Caller ID has made it easier for both businesses and consumers to make a decision before they pick up the phone since its implementation in the telecoms world, and we’ve even seen apps such as SayWhat provide subject lines for incoming calls. With today’s smartphones, the urge to check every notification is now one of the biggest timekillers, and new Android app called Mumble uses custom alerts to give more information about the type of text message they’ve received before they look at their device. READ MORE…

Service prints SMS histories onto miniature scrolls

Almost everything we do or say on our mobile and tablet devices is recorded and archived, comprising a huge database of moments in our lives. While futuristic services such as Eterni.me intend to use them to help recreate loved ones after they’ve died, Tx.to is a startup that lets anyone print their favorite text message conversations onto decorative scrolls as a memento. READ MORE…

Texts accompanied by music clips to convey emotion

We’ve already seen EasySMS provide a more graphical interface to make sending text messages easier for illiterate phone users, but – even for the most articulate texters – emotions can still get misconstrued by the other party. Rednote is a service that lets smartphone users attach streamed music clips to their messages to set the right tone. READ MORE…

Platform enables restaurant patrons to text the manager direct

Much the way TalkTo uses text messaging to connect consumers with local businesses, so TalktotheManager aims to foster a closer connection between restaurants and their clientele. Specifically, as a substitute for comment cards or other less reliable means of collecting feedback, TalktotheManager lets restaurant patrons anonymously text their comments directly to the manager. READ MORE…

Sensor alerts farmers via SMS when a cow is in heat

We recently covered the Kenyan iCow SMS service and now comes word of a like-minded innovation from Switzerland. Focusing this time on cows’ fertility cycles, Anemon is testing sensor technology that alerts farmers via text message when a cow is in heat, enabling them to better time the expensive insemination process. READ MORE…

Device sends SMS when milk is low or has gone off

Homeowners can already save time by using text message to control their kitchen stove while they are out of the house thanks to the Aga iTotal Control, but what if they get home and find the milk is off? Crowdsourcing design company Quirky’s Milkmaid smart container aims to solve that problem, sending SMS messages when it detects if supplies are low or if the milk is turning.  READ MORE…

Espresso machine can print text messages on coffee foam with edible ink

We’ve seen numerous ways to add personalized messages to products ranging from chocolate bars to cookies to cans of soup, but recently we came across one that has an interesting new twist. Created by Seattle cloud texting company Zipwhip, Textspresso is an espresso machine that can not only send and receive text messages, but can also print messages on coffee foam using edible ink. READ MORE…

Text messaging platform to simplify customer service

Finding a company’s contact details in order to make an enquiry and receive a prompt response is an experience that frequently frustrates consumers. However, a start up in the US — TalkTo — aims to tackle this problem with a service that lets users text local businesses with their question, and ensures they receive a text response back. READ MORE…

Bus tickets purchased & presented via SMS

If consumers can book and pay for taxi service using just their mobile phones — Vodafone’s branded cabs in London being a perfect example — then why not public transportation as well? That, indeed, is the premise behind a new service launched earlier this year by Italian transport firm ATAF, which now lets riders on its Florence bus service get their tickets by text message. READ MORE…