Why SMS is still very much alive (and what it means)

Apple, Facebook, and a host of others have drawn headlines for their efforts to “kill” SMS, but text will still be a huge business for carriers worldwide for years to come. And that’s good news for those players leveraging the power of text messaging.

The Apple Roundup: How cable today is nothing like the music biz of 2000

Here’s our daily pick of stories about Apple from around the web that you shouldn’t miss. Today’s installment: why Apple can’t disrupt cable today the way it did the music industry, where the Apple-Google spat is heading, an SMS security concern, plans for Oregon data center.

Who needs data? Google launches Gmail SMS in Africa

Text messaging. It’s one of the few functions of a feature phone that graduated to today’s smartphones and continues to be used heavily by people all around the world. Now, in three African countries, it can even be used for Gmail at no extra charge.

SMS 2.0 could make its first appearance at MWC

SMS is getting a facelift at Mobile World Congress. Mavenir Systems is launching a messaging platform that could turn carriers’ staid old SMS into a much more vibrant platform on par with Apple’s iMessage. But most importantly, the technology preserves SMS’s most valuable asset: its ubiquity.

Safety last? the conundrum of connected cars

With no fear of federal regulation, carmakers are pursuing their “infotainment” strategy of packing cars with the latest consumer electronics. But it’s not clear that the states — which are already fighting distracted driving by cell phone users — will go along for the ride.