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Connectotel has announced the launch of the public Beta test of its new 'Skype to SMS' service, allowing Skype users to send SMS text messages from within Skype Chat to any GSM mobile phone user.  "We launched our 'SMS to Skype' service just three weeks ago and have been very pleased with the positive feedback from Skype users. Now we are adding the next logical progression: 'Skype to SMS'," commented Marcus Williamson of Connectotel. The current private Beta testers have already shown enormous enthusiasm for being able to send SMS text messages from Skype Chat using this new service. Now we are opening up the service to a wider public," he added.  How does "Skype to SMS"  work? Skype users start a Chat with the Skype user called smsgateway, then type the following from within the Skype Chat window to send a message: +number message The message is transmitted to Connecto... (more)

An End to 'Triple-Tapping' at Last?

Could a brand new interface completely transform the way wireless devices are designed and used? Could it pay for OEMs and operators alike, in other words, to ditch the 12-button cell phone keypad and introduce instead this intriguing-looking new keypad, "Fastap"? Fresh from the brainpan of inventor Dr. David Levy, former head of portable device ergonomics at Apple Computer, the claim is being made that Fastap is "the world's smallest alphanumeric computer interface that allows quick and easy entry of numbers, letters, and basic punctuation without triple tapping." Levy is also... (more)

Verizon Foundation & Katrina: More Than $1.2M Raised in First Day

"Verizon employees are always quick to provide humanitarian aid in the wake of tragic events. Matching disaster relief funding encourages employees' instinctive kindness, but it also triples the net amount going to some of the most needy areas," said Patrick Gaston (pictured), president of the Verizon Foundation, as he announced that the Foundation has started a 2-to-1 match for every dollar donated by Verizon employees to the American Red Cross to aid relief efforts in New Orleans and sections of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. More t... (more)

eBay: "Skype Has Not Performed As Well As We Hoped"

'Skype has not performed as well as we would have hoped,' said an eBay spokesman yesterday as the company announced drastically reduced bonuses would be paid to Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom and others due to Skype's poor financial performance since eBay acquired it two years ago for $2.6BN. 'But we still believe Skype to be an extremely valuable asset.' Skype's founder, Niklas Zennstrom (pictured), has resigned as CEO of Skype and will instead become non-executive chairman. A permanent successor has not yet been hired, but eBay's chief strategy officer, Michael van Swaaij, will ... (more)

BT and Unisys Dial Up Jaspersoft to Support 8 Million Voicemail Customers

Jaspersoft announced that BT and Unisys have implemented the Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite to support their Statistical Data Warehouse (SDW) for improving customer service for voicemail subscribers. The SDW, which was built using Jaspersoft and is today deployed in support of more than 8 million customers, reduces the time required to research and respond to issues and decreases costs associated with ad hoc information requests. Since the initial implementation of the SDW for voicemail, BT has expanded its deployment to include analytics for the BT Text and Managed SMS ... (more)