Speaking of the technology of the future, there are those of us who think that the cell phone, sometimes referred to by technology people who like to name trends as the "third screen," will actually be the "second screen" -- ahead of the computer panel. After all, we don't go anywhere without it and now we can watch television on it. And that's television delivered at 30 frames per second just as it comes to a TV set.
Pardon my plug as I tell you NBC News is currently the only provider of a news channel in that space with NBC News2Go. The quality (of all the channels) is pretty amazing. Ask your wireless provider about it if your contract happens to be running out and you're in the market for a new phone.
And while I'm on the subject of cell phones, pardon one more plug as I tell you that you can now receive a text message every evening on yours with some of the stories we're working on for Nightly News. Just text NN to 46833.
You can also do this for our other news broadcasts. Text MTP for Meet The Press, TODAY for The TODAY Show, DL for Dateline or NBCNALL to get them all.
While you probably know that text messages are the new phone calls, you may not know that the technical term is SMS -- Simple Messaging Service -- which is considered by many to be more reliable than phone calls or emails. There is a 160 character limit on a message which is y u c abbreviations a lot.
And in addition to being used for staying in touch and for voting or sweepstakes on "American Idol" (sorry, boss), "Deal or No Deal," or "The Apprentice," they are more and more being considered a reliable system for communications. Remember the recent Blackberry outage? Ah - our Blackberries that, in addition to allowing us to carry around our email, now frequently act as our phones, our pagers, and generally our first internal word of breaking news. Well, how do you tell Blackberry users there's a Blackberry problem? One new option we're seriously considering? You guessed it -- sending text messages. Sometimes a Blackberry issue only affects the email portion.
The messages are all written by our own broadcast writers and producers. And as they say, only standard message rates apply. So give them a try.