Vodafone make SMS charity donations easy with JustTextGiving

Vodafone have teamed up with JustGiving to launch JustTextGiving, a new service that makes donating to charity via text messages more hassle-free than ever. A free text donation service, JustTextGiving lets charities set up a 6 digit VIC code which…

Texting record broken by Swype-using Brit

How quickly do you think you could text "the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human"? Granted, it's not the sort of thing…

Swiftkey Android messaging app learns your lingo

If, like me, you find the Android factory messaging keys a bit hit or miss, you may find this new app very interesting indeed. Swiftkey is a messaging application exclusive to Android handsets that can be used as an alternative…

MWC 2010: Day 3 Round Up

Day 3 of MWC 2010 draws to a close, and today surprisingly saw quite a few animal-inspired devices. Obviously yesterday we had the Puma Phone, but today saw Sonim launch the XP2 Spirit with its sturdy sheet of protective "Gorilla…

Sky offer old Sky TV Guide back to visually impaired viewers

The message boards over at our Shiny friends HDTVUK have been alight with readers venting their spleens over the new-look Sky + HD Guide, which completed its nationwide roll-out last week. Many of you have been complaining that the new…

Mobile marketing company want job applications via text


A Welsh mobile marketing company has advertised a job via Twitter for which it wants interested parties to apply via a single text message. That’s just 160 characters.

The job was advertised by Teimlo’s chief executive Phil Terrett like so:

Text JOB + y it should b u to 82088. 160 characters 2 make an impression! Cost 1 std rate txt, UK only. C teimlo.com

If you are comfortable with working for a company that advertises using text speak then you can reply with a standard text that should explain how you are “qualified, sassy, good with words, dynamite at events, Adobe compatible, have working knowledge of mobile and social media and are a determined multi-tasker and networker”

I’d personally go with: I’m qualified, sassy, brilliant at events, Adobe compatible, have working knowledge of mobile and social media and I am a determined multi-tasker and networker.

What I did was basically copy their requirements word for word. I changed “dynamite” for brilliant because I thought dynamite sounded a bit Alan Partridge-esque and I eliminated “good with words” because there wasn’t space. Plus, by changing “dynamite” I had already demonstrated that I was good with words.

Should applicants be successful, they will be invited to an interview where, hopefully, normal language will be used. If it isn’t, well, ROFLMAO.

(via ITPro)

New mirrors reflect text the right way round


Mathematician Andrew Hicks is clever. So clever, in fact, that he’s managed to work out how to get a mirror to display text that displays the correct way around, as in the picture above. Mightily impressive, no?

He’s also done some other faintly magical stuff with mirrors, including a wing mirror that can display a 45 degree field-of-view, undistorted, and a mirror that reflects 360 degrees around you, again with no distortion.

Check out the full gallery of mirror fun at New Scientist.