A year ago, Wisconsin native, Austin Wierschke, defended his crown and repeated as the fastest texter in America at LG’s sixth annual texting competition in New York City. Humbly, he attributed his success to his “abnormally fast thumbs”. The 17-year-old from Rhinelander, WI said that he practiced by sending his friends roughly 500 texts a day, while also texting street signs that he would see while riding as a passenger in a car. It may seem silly, but $50,000 later, Wierschke is laughing all the way to the bank, which is where he said he was putting his money, saving it for college.
The final competition began with 11 contestants from around the U.S. (narrowed down from over 100,000!), who all used the same LG Optimus Zip phone with QWERTY keyboard. The competition tested three basic skills: speed, accuracy and dexterity, across four different challenges, which included: do you know text speak?, in which contestants had to spell out text abbreviations; texting while blind-folded; text blitz, where phrases were shown to the contestants for a length of time and they copied them as fast as they could; and texting backward, where jumbled words were given to the contestants and they had to figure out the word. (source: mashable.com)
Want to test your own texting speed? Here’s the phrase used by the Guinness Book of World Records to test for the fastest texters in the world:
Or, try this one:
2007 marked the first year in which cellular users sent more text (SMS – Short Message Service) messages than they made phone calls. Not so coincidentally, this was the same year that Apple released the iPhone. Using social media apps like Twitter have made us even more character conscious, using a short character format to make messages more concise. “Merry Christmas” was the first text message sent by Neil Papworth in 1992, and today, well over 80% of all mobile phone subscribers are using SMS, making it the most widely-used data application in the world.
Earlier this year, the cell phone also turned 40, if you can believe that! In order to fully appreciate just how exponentially far the technology has advanced over those years, take a look at the graphic to the right, and also view these (now comical) cell phone commercials from over the past 30 years. (source: mashable.com)
Is your smart phone ready for the upcoming school year? Pretty soon life will get really hectic again; schedules will fill up, and there won’t be much time to make sure your pertinent “life-line” devices are operating like they should be. Stop in at a Batteries Plus or Batteries Plus Bulbs store location today and we’ll test your cell phone, laptop or other type of battery to let you know if you need a new one … before it’s too late.
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In-store services include (among others):
• Cracked Screen Replacement
• Button Replacement
• Camera Repair
• Charge-port Repair
• Headphone-jack Repair
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With the opening of the first all-battery retail store in 1988 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Batteries Plus, as the brand was then known, quickly became the uncontested leader in the battery market, differentiated by superior product knowledge, product availability, helpful service and advice.