OMG SMS Is Older Than Justin Bieber

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Happy (belated) birthday, SMS!The text message turned 25 on Sunday (and now you feel old).On Dec. 3, 1992, Neil Papworth used a personal computer to write and relay a short sentence via Britain’s Vodafone network to Richard Jarvis’s phone.The message simply read: “Merry Christmas.”“I typed the message on a computer keyboard and sent it to an Orbitel 901 handset,” according to Papworth’s personal website. “Those things were enormous!”He received no reply, as mobile phones at the time could not send texts. Being part of the historic moment, it seems, was thanks enough for the then-22-year-old test engineer.“I helped develop and test the software, got it working on site, and had the honor of sending the first one to prove that it was working,” Papworth said.The celebrated event even tops his list of achievements on LinkedIn.Text messaging functionality dates back to the early 1980s: The Short Message Service (SMS) concept was developed by the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) in 1984.It took nearly a decade, however, to implement the system.Following Papworth’s now-infamous text, a handful of countries (including the US) deployed SMS gateways, allowing the dispatching of notifications—usually to announce voicemail—to mobile phones.But, due to network restrictions and a lack of transmission options, the practice didn’t really take off until more people could send and receive messages and text with friends on different plans.The advent of smartphones helped, too: Based on data reported by Statistic Brain, the number of text messages sent each month in the US skyrocketed from 12.5 billion in June 2006 to 45 billion in June 2007—when the first iPhone hit shelves.Those numbers continue to grow, reaching a whopping 781 billion texts-per-month as of this summer.Now settled in Montreal with his family, Papworth—an “accomplished software designer and architect” with a taste for Formula 1 racing, beer, and curry—has been the subject of worldwide news reports, and was once featured in a Super Bowl ad and flown to London for a movie premiere.Perhaps his greatest triumph, though, is being an answer to a Jeopardy! question. Livin the dream, man.center_img Android Users: Check Your Facebook Data Archive for Call, Text LogsApple releases online tool to help you escape iMessage purgatory last_img read more

Google Wing Delivers Food Meds to Australians Via Drone

first_img Google’s Project Wing drone delivery service will take to the skies over Australia’s capital “in the coming weeks.”After 18 months of trials, Project Wing—an offshoot of Google parent company Alphabet—earned approval to deliver goods to Canberra residents.“Our service allows customers to order a range of items such as fresh food, hot coffee, or over-the-counter [pharmacist] items on our mobile app, and have them delivered directly to their homes by drone in minutes,” a Wing blog announcement said.Local aviation watchdog Casa this week signed off on the scheme, according to The Guardian, which reported that traffic management, maintenance, pilot training, and operational plans have been examined.“All those safety issues have been assessed so there are no risks to people on the ground, property, or aircraft in the sky, Casa spokesman Peter Gibson told the paper.Approval has been granted with “strict conditions,” including daylight-only operating hours; the drones are banned from crossing major roads, and must maintain a minimum distance from people on the ground.The program is expected to take off soon, starting with 100 eligible homes in the Canberra suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin, before expanding into Harrison and Gungahlin.Launch partners include restaurants Kickstart Expresso, Pure Gelato, Bakers Delight, Guzman Y Gomez, and Jasper + Myrtle chocolatiers, as well as Capital Chemist and Drummond Golf (for all your last-minute putting needs).“Wing strongly believes that by working together with local policymakers, regulators, and communities, we can improve access to services, open up new economic opportunities, and better connect our cities,” the blog said.Potential customers in Gungahlin and local merchants can sign up online for more information.Drone deliveries are gaining popularity around the globe.Last year, one-month-old Joy Nowai became the world’s first child to be given a vaccine delivered by drone to the remote South Pacific island of Vanuatu. And in March, UPS announced a new program to transport medical samples via drone.More on Drones Outdo Human ExpertsBoeing Unveils ‘Wingman’ Drone That Could Fly Alongside Fighter JetsYou May Soon Be Able to Fly Drones Over a Crowd, At NightDronestagram Reveals Winners of Drone Photography Contest Stay on target Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals last_img read more