The Mobile Minute: Mobile Apps and Magazines, Checking the Validity of Medicine via SMS, and Speedy Texting

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Aug 23, 2010

Today's Mobile Minute brings you coverage on the Hearst magazine empire's new focus on mobile apps, what can go wrong on your mobile website and how to spot it, a camera phone-to-email project in India, checking African drugs with SMS, and a new speed texting record.

  • HP Labs in India is building a program that will enable users with camera phones to take a photo of hand-written letters and convert the photo to an email. The program will not only allow users without computers to have regular access to email, but will also resolve some language barriers on traditional email (some rarer languages aren't supported in type).
  • A 27-year old woman in England set a new speed texting record after she typed out a pre-chosen phrase in 25.94 seconds, nearly 10 seconds faster than the previous record. 

[Mobile Minute Disclaimer: The Mobile Minute is a quick round-up of interesting stories that have come across our RSS and Twitter feeds to keep you informed of the rapid pace of innovation. Read them and enjoy them, but know that we have not deeply investigated these news items. For more in-depth information about the ever-growing field of mobile tech for social change, check out our blog posts, white papers and research, how-tos, and case studies.]

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