Iran ‘lifts block on SMS texting’

Tehran, July 3 (ANI): SMS text messaging services in Iran have been unblocked for the first time since disputed June 12 presidential elections.

The BBC quoted Iranian news agencies as saying that there are still technical problems. Messages up to three weeks old were being sent out, and some users were receiving multiple repeated messages, they said.

Text messaging and social networks were widely used by protesters in mass rallies following the election.

Defeated opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi this week called on the government to end its interference in phone networks and the Internet.

The lifting of the restrictions has been reported by a number of Iranian news agencies monitored by the BBC, including, a conservative website believed to be associated with former Islamic Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Rezai.

The agency added that it had been unable to get an explanation for the problems from the communications authorities. (ANI)

Now, a phone that expresses users’ moods via ‘light messaging’

London, May 20 (ANI): If you feel that texting does not express your mood while you type an SMS, then new “light messaging” by Nokia of Finland might just do the trick for you.

The company has filed a patent on a new breed of cellphone capable of “light messaging”, which could enable users to send a text with a background colour that clearly expresses their mood.

According to New Scientist magazine, the phone’s software allows one to choose a colour that represents his or her mood-red for raging angry, perhaps, blue for sad, or yellow for mellow.

The colour is encoded with the message, and is used to illuminate an LED array on top of the recipient’s similarly equipped light-messaging phone.

Nokia’s Teppo Jokinen, the inventor of the system said that light messaging would “enrich and improve user experiences”, according to US patent application. (ANI)