August 12, 2013 |
Apple's "tri-tone" that sounds when an iPhone receives a text message has become such a part of the fabric of our lives that it's hard to remember a time before we heard it almost every day. But in a post over the weekend that has Apple geeks buzzing, San Francisco developer Kelly Jacklin told the long, technical and surprising tale of how this little bit of sound came to be. "Back some time in 1998, a friend I used to work with...
June 18, 2013 |
Katy Perry is revealing details of her short-lived marriage to British comedian Russell Brand - and they sure are fireworks. The 28-year-old pop star, who is voicing Smurfette in the upcoming flick "Smurfs 2," opened up about her relationships with Brand and musician John Mayer in Vogue's July issue , candidly expressing how hurt she was during her breakups and how she hasn't heard from Brand in some time. Her ex-husband Brand, 38, was "a magical man" when she first met him at the MTV Movie Awards in 2009, when he very publicly flirted with the singer.
March 30, 2013 |
Day 1 My anxiety grows as I get to Larkspur, several hours into my drive to Spirit Rock. I stop for a snack, worried the food will be hippie-style brown rice casseroles. When I pull into the parking lot, I'm told I can carry my bags up the hill or put them in a pickup. I heft them, worried it's too indulgent to do otherwise. Later, walking to dinner, people talk tentatively; it's our last chance to speak to one another, and rather than motivating a full-on chat stream, that makes me pretty uninterested in small talk.
March 7, 2013 |
The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on text message spam, announcing Thursday it has filed eight complaints against 29 defendants in courts around the U.S. The agency said the defendants bombarded consumers with more than 180 million text messages that often promised "free" $1,000 gift cards to popular retailers but then required consumers to pay for a subscription to a service, apply for credit or enter sensitive personal information before...
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March 2, 2013 |
I noticed when I shopped for Valentine's Day cards that the supply at my local Hallmark store was woefully thin. I chalked that up to my own procrastinating. But when I went back this week to buy a thank-you card to mail to a friend, I found a note taped to the door that moved me uncomfortably close to tears. To our Valued Friends, it read. Thank you for 20 years of patronage and friendship! We are now permanently closed for business. " Greeting cards, it seems, are becoming passe in an era of Evites, Facebook birthday posts and thank-yous via text.
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October 6, 2012 |
Decrying "how much was lost for so little," a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Friday sentenced two men to lengthy prison terms for killing a teenager three years ago over an insulting text message. Zareh Manjikian was sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison, and Vahagn Jurian was given a 25-years-to-life term in the shooting death of 19-year-old Gombert "Mike" Yepremyan. "The life of a young man … is lost over a single, thoughtless word in a text message," Judge Gregory A. Dohi said.