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Rodrigo Esperanza / Nomar Shaw
Diane G / Big Poppa
Outside Sources On This Month issue
Barbara Jenkins / Mark Guim
Paul Thurrott / Jon Fingas
4 Pete’s Corner
Our July 2019 Edition
5 Just Say No to Scams
7 Hey Pete! Your Personal DJ!
9 What You Seek Is Knowledge
10 Biz Cards board!! Hey its free
11 How to Buy Hearing Aids
14 My Computer Tech moments - funnies
15 The Road of aftermarket hearing aids!
(Just too good to be true)
17 Portable Charging
19 ON THE GO WITH A LAPTOP!
20 The ultimate guide to Windows 10 keyboard
23 Windows 10 at 3: The Good, the Bad, and
26 Something to enlighten you up!
28 Soldier Dog Of The Month
29 Birthday Card to our nation
Original picture by Samir Mezrahi
Lake reflection artwork by Peter Nadal
Original Computer-Ease logo ©
On this July, we at CE Magazine wish every American
where ever you are A Happy 4 th of July. Do invite the
veteran you know to celebrate with your family the festivities of the birth of our
nation throughout the month of July. In this month‟s issue, half the issue is about
hearing aids, what is new, inexpensive ones and if they are any good, where can
you go to get one.
In “Hey Pete” how to put together your own “DJ” machine with that old phone so
no matter where you are you can play whatever you want and even have a small
party with Pyle speakers all in one system, check it out.
Here are short cuts, the good, the bad and the ugly of Windows 10, in my opinion
Windows 10 is here to stay and Microsoft© will through updates make it a great
Operating System, a subject to see.
Straight out of New York take a look at Samir Mezrahi web site you will find it
If you have a computer question that you can‟t find an answer to, email us at:
email@example.com we have a full staff of computer techs that will find you
an answer and even How-To if need to.
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Just Say No to Scams
Quick tips for protecting yourself from fraud
Savvy consumers can avoid scams! Know how to recognize the signs of a scam,
how to protect yourself, and what tools and resources are available.
The signs of a scam
Scams are as varied as their perpetrators’
imagination, but they all have certain things in
common. Not every scam raises all these warning
signs, but all raise at least one.
* An unexpected contact: If you‟re not expecting a
call, email, text message or visit from a business or
government agency, the communication you receive
might be from an imposter.
* A request for money or personal information:
The goal of most scams is to get you to hand over your
money or your personal information.
If you get an unexpected request for either, it could be
* A sense of urgency: Being rushed (to hand over your
money, give personal information or make an
important decision) usually means someone doesn‟t
want to give you time to do some research and make
an informed choice often the sign of a scam.
* A threat or enticing offer: Scammers get their
victims to pay them or give them information by
playing on their emotions—typically fear (threats of
arrest, deportation, loss of account access, etc.) or hope
(promises of easy money, romance, a solution to a
financial problem, etc.).
* Demand for a particular method of payment:
Crooks don‟t want you to be able to get your money
back once you realize you‟ve been scammed, and they
don‟t want police to be able to track them down, so they
typically How request to protect payment in yourself the form of wire transfer,
prepaid card number, gift card or other unrecoverable
You can stop scammers in their tracks by staying
vigilant, maintaining a healthy level of skepticism,
and taking advantage of the tools and resources
available to you. Here are some tips.
* Slow down. Much of scammers‟ success is owed to
victims‟ hasty reactions (responding before verifying).
The more you feel that you must act immediately, the
greater the likelihood you‟re dealing with a scammer.
* Ignore or verify questionable contacts. Typically, if
you ignore a suspicious communication, the scammer
will simply go away and move on to the next target. If
you don‟t want to ignore the communication because
you think it might be legitimate, verify it (for example,
by contacting the supposed sender at a phone number,
website or email address you know to be legitimate).
* Get a second opinion. When faced with
a request (or demand) for money, personal or account
information, or access to your computer, get input
from someone you can trust—a savvy friend or family
member, or an attorney, banker, government agency
* Pay attention to detail. Scam attempts often reveal
themselves through spelling errors or unnatural (nonnative)
use of English, careless presentation,
convoluted stories and other signs that something is
* Use the internet. The internet is a powerful tool for
researching individuals and businesses; verifying facts
and stories; checking ratings
Consumer Action Managing Money Project
and reviews; comparing prices; and accessing
scam-fighting tips and resources. If you don‟t
have online access, get help from someone
who does, or access the internet at your public
* Use a credit card. Credit cards offer strong
consumer protections under federal law—the
right to dispute a fraudulent transaction, for
example, and a $50 limit on your liability for
unauthorized charges—and payments are traceable.
* Stay on top of the latest scams. Reading scamrelated
news helps you not only avoid
new scams, it keeps you on your toes and helps
you develop a “sixth sense” for spotting fraud.
Just Say No to Scams: A guide to protecting
yourself from liars, cheats and crooks is
available for free download from the Consumer
Action website (https://www.consumeraction.org/english/articles/scams_guide)
Common Scams: Recognizing and avoiding
fraud, a compilation of dozens of common
scams, including advice for avoiding or responding
to each one, is available for free
download from the Consumer Action website
About Consumer Action
Through multilingual consumer education
materials, community outreach and issuefocused
advocacy, Consumer Action empowers
nationwide to assert their rights and financially
Consumer advice and assistance: Submit
consumer complaints to:
(Chinese, English and Spanish spoken).
SCAM GRAM is Consumer Action‟s monthly
email alerting you to the dirtiest players in the
world of tech fraud, credit card scams, ID theft
and general con-artistry: https://salsa3.salsalabs.
Fraud.org alerts help you stay ahead of trending
Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Scam Tracker
allows you to report a scam and read about
other consumers‟ reported scams, all with the
goal of foiling future attempts: https://www.bbb.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) scam alerts
provide the latest information and practical
tips from the nation‟s consumer protection
IdentityTheft.gov offers a recovery plan for
victims of identity theft: www.identitytheft.gov
You may freely reproduce and distribute this
guide for non-commercial educational purposes,
including educational newsletters, nonprofit
website content and presentations.
Consumer Action 2018
A CE Magazine Public Awareness
How do you do that?
Your Personal DJ!
How many times you want a certain type of music in your office, workbench, home or
recreation room? You‟re burned out on your cd‟s, records to old, radio is boring, you got your
cell phone, but, you use it quite a bit especially if it is your business phone, so Pete, what
brainiac idea do you have?
Well, my doubting friend, you know the cell phone that is in the junk draw in the kitchen (or
where ever you saw the last time), meet your own personal DJ! So, let‟s start!
The Picture on the right is iPhone 4S that came with a small lot of
laptops that I pick up. The first thing I do with all cell phones I
check to see if there still working and not locked out, I can say nine
out of ten time they are still in full working order, just no cell
service which is fine.
Now go to settings, then go to Wi-Fi and log in to your wi-fi then
save it. Now go to apps (if android), If iPhone under settings scroll
down towards the bottom and you will see the apps, go through and
delete all aftermarket apps you don‟t need, any apps that came from
factory leave. If you see Dropbox and or 4shared delete them from
the phone as they are not your account. If you are setting up a
iPhone then go to App Store which is on the phone, and install
Dropbox, if on android go to Play Store app (it is in the Apps
button) and install Dropbox, you may want to install Dropbox on
your Computer so you can load up whatever music you want and
play it on your DJ cell. As you can see I have the following apps on
my Dj 4s;
2: iTunes Store
4: 4shared (if you have it already installed in your Computer then put it
on your phone if not don‟t)
5: YT Music (YouTube)
6: Music Choice (Xfinity)
7: Xfinity Remote (well, we all need an extra remote…)
And the last thing you need is this cable;
The yellow and black are the
phono plugs and if you never
have seen one these plug in
behind the amp, stereo, small
mixers and usually you want to
plug in auxiliary input, the
other end plug into your dj cell
phone ear jack. Now if you‟re a
Grandpa and Grandma and
don‟t have a clue then you‟re
in luck, you have a grandson or
granddaughter who can do this in a jiffy or an old teckie like me you may know.
To save you some money this Pyle
Dual 800 watt speakers system has
everything you need. I highly
recommend Pyle for the price and
durability, I have one of their 2000
watt amplifiers and I can say this
it‟s one of the best investments I
ever made without breaking the
bank. Click on AMAZON for more
Now, you ask, what do you listen the most Peter?
To answer your question “Music Choice (Xfinity)” and sometimes old recordings I have done,
oh then theirs….
From; Rodrigo Esperanza
Ah, sorry, but the Boss just went berserk with his dj system and his dj cell, so speaking for
him, have fun and enjoy it!
For any questions do email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Editor Note
As a disable veteran with hearing loss, do read this
And click on the link for more on this important subject!
September 6, 2018
How to Buy Hearing Aids
By Barbara Jenkins, Au.D., BCABA
A friend‟s mother needs hearing aids. She has a daughter in the hearing industry, she has insurance to cover
hearing aids, she holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology, and she is still overwhelmed and confused by where to go,
what the options are, and what is best for her.
Sound familiar? There is so much information—and disinformation—available about hearing aids that even
some physicians are confused.
As with any big purchase, selecting a hearing aid can be difficult and confusing if you don‟t have the right
information or know the correct questions to ask. Bring a copy of this checklist with you on your next
appointment, and feel confident in your decision to improve your life through better hearing.
Hearing Healthcare Checklist
1. Where do I go for a hearing test?
Most hearing loss (up to 90 percent) is a result of non-medically treatable issues. But that means as many as one
in 10 people will have a medical issue associated with their hearing loss. If this is your first hearing evaluation it
would be prudent to see your primary care doctor first, then be referred to a specialist for a diagnostic
audiogram (hearing evaluation).
Audiologists have a minimum of seven years of university training (master‟s or doctorate level). Hearing
instrument specialists can perform hearing tests but do not have the medical training to rule out medical
issues—causes for hearing loss such as syndromes, Ménière‟s disease, Usher Syndrome, sudden-onset, genetics,
ototoxic drugs, etc.
If you know that there is no medically treatable issue associated with your hearing loss, either type of provider
should be fine. If you‟re in doubt, ask your physician which professional they recommend. They might refer
you to an ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist, or otolaryngologist).
2. Where do I buy my hearing aids?
Typically, once an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist has evaluated your hearing, you should be able to
purchase your hearing aids from them. Requirements differ by state, but generally speaking the professional is
trained in hearing aid selection, fitting, and care.
Make sure you are comfortable with the quality of care and the options offered by the provider. If only one
brand of hearing aid is available, that‟s a red flag. Be sure your provider offers a range of choices, in all styles
and at all price points.
You can also opt to get a second opinion. This will give you additional provider choices, so you can go with the
person with whom you feel most comfortable. After all, you will be starting a relationship that may last for
3. What style of hearing aid is best for me?
A hearing aid‟s style (shape and configuration) is determined by the severity of hearing loss, manual dexterity
and vision ability, comfort, and/or cosmetic appeal. Whether you get a larger, behind-the-ear hearing aid, or one
that is nearly invisible in the ear canal, the cost is roughly the same. Discuss options with your provider and ask
about the benefits and drawbacks to each type of device. Here is a brief overview of hearing aid styles,
categorized from a larger size to smaller:
Behind-the-ear (BTE); receiver-in-canal (RIC) (also known as receiver-in-the-ear, RITE): These are currently
the most popular due to durability, comfort, and cosmetic appeal. They may be a bit more difficult to put in the
ears at first, but since less of the circuitry is inside the ear, they usually offer more natural sound. Also, RICs
can be discreet, with only the speaker wire visible at the top of the outer ear.
In-the-ear (ITE); in-the-canal (ITC): This category is among the best for ease of use. Just one piece goes into the
ear, with a portion of the device visible outside the ear. Many people like ITEs because they are easy to insert
into the ear, and the battery
life is better than that of their smaller, ITC cousins.
Completely-in-the-canal (CIC); invisible-in-the-canal (IIC): These typically fit deeper into the ear and are a
very good choice for people who wear helmets or use stethoscopes. Since they are deep in the canal (making
them less visible), the most common complaint is that they may not feel as comfortable as the BTE styles, and
depending on usage you must change the batteries once or twice a week. (BTEs and RICs often use larger
batteries for more power, and last longer.)
4. Which fidelity level is best for me?
Once you have chosen your preferred style of device, you must choose the fidelity (technology) level of the
computer chip in the hearing aid. This is where the cost differences in hearing aids become apparent.
Most manufacturers have three levels of fidelity in their newest hearing aids as well as in their economy-priced
models. The higher the level of technology, the better and faster the hearing aid can separate noise from speech.
This means the speech and sound information passed to your brain is more accurate. Every level will help oneon-one
conversations in quiet environments; the more advanced chips will boost clarity and noise reduction
even more effectively. In most cases, get the best hearing aid you can afford, but don‟t feel pressured into a
decision. Take advantage of the 30- to 60-day trial period that is required in most states (in some cases paying a
small fee to return the devices).
5. What other special functions do I need for better hearing?
In the past few years, new features have emerged that have dramatically changed how we can interact with
Rechargeable batteries: Rechargeable hearing aids are now available, requiring changing the battery only once
every one to three years. These devices are recharged by placing the entire hearing aid unit on its charging dock.
Not having to frequently manipulate the battery door is very helpful if you have vision or dexterity issues or if
you tend to forget your batteries.
Almost waterproof hearing aids: There are now hearing aids that are so waterproof they actually dry themselves
when they get wet. They are also dust- and shock-resistant. These are great for people who frequently spend
time outdoors or who just perspire a lot. While it is not recommended swimming with them, these devices
should survive taking a shower if you forget to take them out.
Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids: Many manufacturers now give you the ability to adjust your hearing aids with
your smartphone, using Bluetooth wireless connectivity. You may even be able to stream sound directly to your
hearing aids without the use of an additional device like a neck loop. If you‟re tech-savvy, this may be for you.
Once you‟ve gone through the items in this checklist, I hope you feel more confident about making decisions
and improving your hearing.
Staff writer Barbara Jenkins, Au.D., BCABA, serves as Colorado’s professional state commissioner for people
with hearing loss and was awarded the 2010 Leo Doerfler Award for Clinical Excellence by the Academy of
Doctors of Audiology. Her office, Advanced Audiology, won the Most Humanitarian Hearing Care Office
Award at the 2015 Signia Aspire Conference. For more, see advancedaudiology.com. This article also
appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Hearing Health.
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The Road of aftermarket hearing aids!
(Just too good to be true?)
Well, it‟s true on the above title, as a disabled vet, one of my disabilities is hearing loss on one
side of my head, if you guess tinnitus you‟re right which gives me the means to test some of
cheap hearing aids available for backup, as my grandmother would say “Not cheap, but, frugal”.
So, let‟s start with VA hearing aids they give out (if they are still giving the same one I have);
PHONAK Exelia Art micro
I have this hearing device over 7 yrs and it is over the top, for my
understating Phonak donate this model to the VA veterans and that
my reader is quite a gift for many of us who could not hear.
Small and very clear, no irritation, very comfortable, mater of fact
so comfortable that…
The minus side
One forgets it‟s there when you jump in the shower.
So, make yourself a little sign that says “HEY YUTS THE HEARING AID!” and hang in the
bathroom where you see it every time you are going to shower.
I got to see if I can sweet talk the VA for a new one!!
Newear is sold on Walmart on line it is a amplifier for your ears which
mean if you got bad hearing, no tinnitus or any buzzing in your hears,
for 25.99 you can give it a try. With my bad ear I was able to adjust
the volume that was comfortable and all I can say was “I found my
backup”. I can now wear this one if going to an activity where I‟m
hesitant that I might lose my Phonak
Here is their write up;
Now, I have played with Super Ear Tool and it‟s a gas! Being hard of
hearing I tested it out side with no hearing aid just me and my Samson
Galaxy 6 and the verdict is !!
I was hearing bird‟s far way that normally I couldn‟t hear, so, this app
could be extremely… well, let‟s just leave it at your opinion!
For Walmart hearing aids click on this link:
We, the human race, love the great outdoors, but, we love and depend alot on our cell
phones. Now, if you‟re camping with a camping trailer then there is no problem as you
have all the comforts of home, but, what if you‟re hiking and camping with your tent then
these next devices is a must have, starting on top of the list;
Charge with River Power.
WaterLily keeps your gear charged while
you canoe, camp, and explore the
You want to know more then click on the link:
also on AMAZON
2: Portable Solar Charger
BEARTWO 10000mAh Ultra-Compact
With Dual USB Ports, Solar Power Bank with
Flashlight for Camping, Outdoor Activities
You want to know more then click on the link:
10 Genius Camping Gadgets That Also Charge Your Phone
4: The Best Portable Power Supply for Camping
by Tom Brown | Last updated Jul 16, 2019 | Camping |
The Best Portable Solar Chargers for Camping, Backpacking and Thru-Hiking (Plus Buying Guide)
Click on the logo or click this link: http://momgoescamping.com/best-portable-solar-chargers/
When camping plan, to have paper maps as back up, update your cell phone maps, do carry one
the chargers listed in this article and most of all let your loved ones or friends know where
you‟re going and where you are. Carry a „safety flare kit‟ Walmart, Outdoor hunting supplies
stores are some of the places to get some, but, must of all do be SAFE!
ON THE GO WITH A LAPTOP!
Okay, you‟re going on vacation and you want to take your laptop, hold on partner,
not all laptops lend themselves to be that portable. There are some issues you need
to know like battery life, weight, nothing of great importance, price you paid for
and size, are you getting the picture? But, We at CE think of these things and we
scanned the global internet for the best answer and here are some links to read.
This Page link
The ultimate guide to Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts
More Keyboard shortcuts than you can shake a stick at.
Mark Guim 4 Aug 2015
Turning multiple mouse clicks into a simple press of a key or two may not seem like a lot, but if
you are an avid user of keyboard shortcuts you've likely noticed just how helpful they can be.
Although memorizing which shortcuts do which functions can be a little daunting at first, it's
important to remember not everyone needs to know every shortcut. Learning and using the ones
that are most important to you is a great way to enhance your Windows 10 experience.
Windows key + A
Windows key + C
Windows key + D
Windows key + E
Windows key + G
Windows key + H
Windows key + I
Windows key + K
Windows key + L
Windows key + M
Windows key + R
Windows key + S
Windows key + U
Windows key + X
Windows key + Number
Windows key + Left arrow key
Windows key + Right arrow key
Windows key + Up arrow key
Windows key + Down arrow key
Windows key + Comma
Windows key + Ctrl +D
Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right
Windows key + Ctrl + F4
Windows key + Enter
Windows key + Home
Windows key + PrtScn
Windows key + Shift + Up arrow
Open or close Start Menu.
Open Action center.
Open Cortana in listening mode.
Display and hide the desktop.
Open File Explorer.
Open Game bar when a game is open.
Open the Share charm.
Open the Connect quick action.
Lock your PC or switch accounts.
Minimize all windows.
Open Run dialog box.
Open Ease of Access Center.
Open Quick Link menu.
Open the app pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated
by the number.
Snap app windows left.
Snap app windows right.
Maximize app windows.
Minimize app windows.
Temporarily peek at the desktop.
Add a virtual desktop.
Switch between virtual desktops.
Close current virtual desktop.
Minimize all but the active desktop window (restores all
windows on second stroke).
Capture a screenshot and save in Screenshots folder.
Stretch the desktop window to the top and bottom of the
Windows key + Tab
Windows key + "+" key
Windows key + "-" key
Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Alt + Tab
Alt + Left arrow key
Alt + Right arrow key
Alt + Page Up
Alt + Page down
Ctrl + Alt +Tab
Ctrl + C
Ctrl + X
Ctrl + V
Ctrl + A
Ctrl + Z
Ctrl + Y
Ctrl + D
Ctrl + Esc
Ctrl + Shift
Open Task view.
Zoom in using the magnifier.
Zoom out using the magnifier.
Open Task Manager.
Switch between open apps.
Move up one screen.
Move down one screen.
View open apps
Copy selected items to clipboard.
Cut selected items.
Paste content from clipboard.
Select all content.
Undo an action.
Redo an action.
Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin.
Open the Start Menu.
Switch the keyboard layout.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc Open Task Manager.
Ctrl + F4 Close the active window.
Did we miss anything?
Do you know more keyboard shortcuts? Let us know what we missed in the comments below!
If you think this guide is helpful, we have many more posts like this in our Windows 10 help, tips and tricks
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Windows 10 at 3: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Posted on July 5, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 107 Comments
Three years ago, Microsoft was finalizing the development of the first version of Windows 10.
But today, five versions later, Windows 10 is in a very different place. And while there have
absolutely been some improvements, not everything is rosy.
Let‟s start with what Microsoft has gotten right.
Ease of Setup. This has been true since the initial release of Windows, but it‟s still amazing:
When you install Windows 10 for the first time. set up a new PC, or reset an existing PC, you
no longer need to then install hundreds of additional updates over several reboots. (As is still
the case with Windows 7 and Windows 8.x.) Instead, you‟re pretty much looking at a single
cumulative update and perhaps a few driver updates. It‟s wonderful.
Version upgrade speed. When you upgrade to a new version of Windows 10, most of the
install process happens while the PC is online (e.g. in use), which dramatically lowers the
amount of time that the PC is offline (e.g. installing updates outside of Windows). This, too, is a
PC-centric design. While Microsoft is still experimenting with mobile user experiences,
Windows 10 represents a nice return to a PC-centric focus after the “touch-first” nonsense of
A new focus on productivity. After focusing on the inconsequential—3D, Mixed Reality, faux
privacy improvements—over the past few releases, Microsoft has started focusing on core
productivity enhancements. This one is tentative, but if the April 2018 Update and the coming
Redstone 5 release are part of a trend, Windows 10 is in good shape. New versions of Windows
10 will never be truly exciting. But they will at least be better.
Windows as a Service. This one barely averted a place in the “ugly” category because
Microsoft seems to be on the right track from a reliability perspective. But the sheer pace of
change that Microsoft is inflicting on its customers both consumer and business is simply
untenable. Windows is a mature platform, it doesn‟t need major upgrades ever six months.
Inconsistent user experiences. Microsoft has trouble finishing the job, and you can see this all
over Windows 10, from the Vista-era icons (Notepad) to the half-assed way it is implementing
Fluent Design System over time to the dueling controls panels. It‟s not a killer, but it‟s irritating
and says a lot about Microsoft‟s culture.
Built-in apps are middling. The UWP/Store platform has never taken off, and the built-in
Windows 10 apps, which should show off what‟s possible with the platform, are almost
universally (pardon the pun) middling. Which is the problem: They do show off what‟s possible
with this platform. And don‟t get me started on Cortana and Microsoft Edge, the flagship apps
that Windows 10 users have to deal with. Embarrassing.
Faux accessibility. Microsoft is all about AI and accessibility these days, and while many of
the accessibility enhancements in Windows 10 are laudable, some are just nonsense. The worst
offender is Cortana jiving at high volume during Windows Setup. Guys, Apple got this right
years ago, and you can be accessible and friendly to the 99 percent of people who don‟t need or
want this functionality.
Crapware. Windows 10 Home and Pro ship with crapware. Now go back and think about
Satya Nadella explaining that he wanted customers to “love” Windows 10. This is an affront,
and it‟s unacceptable.
Advertising. I first complained about the “slippery slope” of advertising in Windows way back
in 2012, and as I feared, it‟s only gotten worse since then. Much worse. Compared to macOS
and Linux, neither of which feature in-box advertising, this is rather low-rent.
Windows Insider program. This one pains me because, like so many things, the Insider
program was started for all the right reasons. In this case, a desire to reverse the hyper-secretive
policies of Steven Sinofsky. But the Insider program has failed us: It gives too strong of a voice
to the enthusiasts that would be attracted to this kind of program, thus skewing the focus of the
product horribly. And this needs to change: Windows should be designed for its most numerous
users, not its loudest users. (To be fair to Microsoft, it did start an Insiders program for
business. But we don‟t hear much about this, and I suspect that engagement is low.)
For more on this article and its discussions click HERE and scroll down
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Something to enlighten you up
Link to this article
The first text message was sent 25 years ago
A lot has changed in a quarter century.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
12.03.17 in Mobile
Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us via Getty Images
Be prepared to feel ancient -- the first text message is 25 years old. Engineer Neil Papworth sent the first SMS
on December 3rd, 1992, when he wrote "merry Christmas" on a computer and sent it to the cellphone of
Vodafone director Richard Jarvis. It was a modest start, but it ultimately changed technology and even social
It took a long time for SMS to find widespread adoption, both because of the cellular networks themselves
(coverage was far from ubiquitous in 1992) and phones whose buttons revolved around dialing rather than
typing. But then the smartphone arrived. In the US alone, the volume of messages surged from 12.5 billion per
month in 2006 to 45 billion a year later. By June 2017, there were 781 billion messages passing around in the
country. Messaging was suddenly easy, and SMS was ready and waiting to take advantage of that newfound
There's little doubt that texting has influenced communication in the years since. Where texting was once seen
as a rarity or even rude, it's frequently the first choice for communication -- how often are you annoyed when
someone calls you instead of sending a brief message? Accordingly, it's entirely common to see services that are
available through SMS, whether it's ordering pizza or getting music recommendations. Twitter's original 140-
character limit (which was just lifted in November) was built around SMS' 160-character ceiling to enable
tweets in an era before the mobile internet was widely available. The effects of SMS haven't always been
positive (they've facilitated spam, for instance), but it's clear there's no going back.
The question now is whether or not SMS has a healthy long-term future. The combination of smartphones and
near-ubiquitous mobile internet access has led to an explosion of messaging services and social networks that
do much more. WhatsApp by itself was delivering 55 billion messages per day as of July, and that's not
including other heavyweights like Facebook Messenger, Apple's iMessage or Google's Hangouts. SMS will
likely stick around for a long time, as it's the most practical option for anyone who either can't get a smartphone
or doesn't live in an area with reliable, affordable mobile data. However, it's entirely possible that SMS will go
the way of GSM, fading away (it's certainly declining in the UK) as people move to far more sophisticated
Source: Neil Papworth
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