By Darko Milojkovic
The printing press built by Johannes Gutenberg in 1436 is considered a milestone in human achievement. The first book to be printed on mass was the Gutenberg Bible (the holy book of God, not a guide to Police Academy movies!) Since then the written word has taken off in various media, and in every language conceivable, or indeed fictional.
But what with the rise of the internet and new products such as the Kindle, publishers of books, magazines and newspapers have found it difficult to keep up with the relentless force of technological progress. Good-old fashioned ink on paper is a dying breed. And with the scandal involving News International people's faith in newspapers and traditional forms of media and journalism.
By Richard Fox
The environment is becoming a concern in India with increasing industry and potential overpopulation. SMS companies have started to create an awareness of this issue. There are companies using the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) as a nodal centre for registering cases for the entire country. Users send SMS text messages to the Union environment ministry and also to the relevant state authority as a way of holding government officials to account, and can also be used for audit purposes.
In the UK, the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order was put in place in 2010 to encourage businesses to lower carbon dioxide emissions through connectivity to SMS gateways and energy-saving projects, helping offices to cut down on paper and optimise systems that connect and communicate with SMS gateways.
SMS is helping to raise awareness of the growing problem of carbon emissions and global warming, and through schemes like this, it's possible and easier for people to take action. Text messaging can get large numbers of people to contribute more conveniently.
By Katarina Velickovic
I've travelled on buses and trains a lot during my time, and the most annoying thing is when you misplace or lose your ticket.
It's happened to me many times. You either forget what pocket you put it in, or it goes down the back of the seat. But SMS text messaging is leading the way in eliminating this annoying problem.
Many cities across the world have adopted a system for distributing tickets through SMS text messaging. By sending a text message to a designated shortcode, customers receive a text message that can be shown to the driver and used as an electronic ticket. The text message will contain the destination, the expiration time, the identification number of the ticket and the sender number. Tickets are usually valid up to one hour after purchase, and are valid on the whole network.
Anecdotal evidence has suggested that commuters find this system particularly useful if there is no time to buy a ticket beforehand, and text messaging is the quickest, simplest way to communicate on the go.
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By Matthew Chung
Now that 2012 is here, the theories about the end of the world seem more real than ever. In the last decade, there have been many things to worry about – war, the economy, terrorism. The biggest disasters since 2001 have been earthquakes and tsunamis. Haiti, Japan, the continents around the Indian Ocean, New Zealand; they've all been hit by the devastation brought by this freak waves. They cause billions in property damage, and cause thousands of deaths. Often they occur in less developed countries where there are ineffective warning systems in place, if any at all.
But help is on the way through the use of SMS text messaging. Following the Indian Ocean tsunami of Boxing Day 2004 where it was estimated that 230,000 people were either dead or missing, the United Nations set up the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System, which uses SMS technology to alert people of impending tsunamis thus saving thousands of lives. Sea walls only work for certain kinds of waves, and people can be notified any time, any place.//Now that 2012 is here, the theories about the end of the world seem more real than ever. In the last decade, there have been many things to worry abou...