11/18/2012 6:36:37 PM
Daily Gazette: Fastest fingers crowned in texting contest
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Event shows how nanotechnology influences lives
ALBANY - The battle for the region’s first-ever speed texting champion came down to two teenage sisters.
“Crap,” whispered Alyssa Rotella nervously, as she turned around to
face her dad. “I didn’t include a comma!”
Rotella, 17, was the
frontrunner of the competition. She had come in first place during the
previous round, which narrowed the field of competitors from 10 to
five. And she had an actual keyboard on her phone, as opposed to the
rest of the smartphone users in the Top Five using touch screen keypads.
In order to win the final round, the contestants had to text the
following without error or abbreviations: What was the first text
message, sent in 1992? “Merry Christmas ”
It turned out that
Alyssa’s 15-year-old sister, Brianna Rotella, didn’t forget the comma.
She was declared winner of the 2012 NanoText Competition on Saturday,
hosted by the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and
Engineering as part of NANOvember, a month-long educational outreach to
showcase the emerging science of nanotechnology. Read More