We're big fans of simple tech that makes things better. While mobile Internet rapidly becomes a primary source of knowledge, not everyone is connected. But SMS, the default messaging tool in parts of the developing world, still only requires simple feature phones. Last weekend the millennial 'Short Message Service' (it used to be very short!) turned 25.
From sperm texts to seeing your guts, this week’s AtlasNews celebrates the phone, because mobile-based solutions have incredible powers; Gifted Mom is an African app that can stop mother and baby deaths with caring messages, WeFarm spreads grassroots crowdsourced agricultural knowledge to remote farmers via texts, and Hello Tractor's platform allows tractor owners to rent them out via... you guessed it... SMS.
Q ► What did the first ever SMS say in 1992? Answer at the end. (It's deep!)