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04/17/2014 Did you know that you can integrate a PBX system with PageGate?

PageGate can read in the input from a PBX system and send messages out to cell phones, smartphones and pagers.

Did you know that you can integrate a PBX system with PageGate?


04/16/2014 Consumers Like Using Texting for Customer Service

A new study shows that three-quarters of consumers said they would rather text with a customer support agent than correspond with them through social media.

The majority of U.S. consumers would be likely to text with a live customer support agent, and the same percentage would prefer texting instead of their current method of reaching customer support, according to a customer support preference study by HeyWire Business, a mobile messaging service.

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04/15/2014 Healthy Text Messages

Some Philadelphia women now get doctor's-appointment reminders by text message.

Many of those message concern updating birth control administered by shot,  a popular contraception choice among young women who get their care at Spectrum Health Services center in North and West Philadelphia. The shot, sold under the brand name Depo-Provera, provides long-lasting pregnancy protection, but works best when a patient returns for a booster shot every three months.

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04/14/2014 Did you know that PageGate can sends SMS messages to your security, technical and administrative personnel about an urgent situation or staffing needs?

PageGate can send messages to security personnel in urgent situations


04/10/2014 Text Messaging and Concussions

Text messaging can serve a variety of purposes, from casually chatting with friends to ordering a pizza, but what about monitoring concussion symptoms?

Some, like researcher Stephanie Huang think it could be a tool for providing more personalized health care.

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04/09/2014 Text Messaging a New Component of Movies and Entertainment

In the last decade, movies and television have sprouted a new plot weakness: if tension hinged in any way on a situation that could have been solved by a simple cell phone call or text message, the call was never placed and the text was never sent. To forget the pervasiveness of cell phones, and the ease with which we can tell each other things, is a crime.

But cell phones and digital messages have managed to worm their way into the storytelling in movies and TV despite a supposed natural ineptitude at stirring up drama. A text message is dispassionate, free of emotion and all too open to interpretation, according to some literature on the importance of, say, tone of voice, facial expressions, and body language. But TV shows and movies have managed to integrate these dispassionate messages to logistical and, surprisingly, emotional effect, reflecting the significance that messaging has gained for us over the years.

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04/08/2014 College Program for High Schoolers Brought To Life with Text Messaging

To say a text-messaging program between high school students and four colleges and universities in West Virginia is working would be an understatement.

The College Foundation of West Virginia  began a three-year pilot project in January that utilizes text-messaging to promote college access and support student success for a high school senior through his or her freshmen year.

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04/07/2014 Text Message Sends Cash Flying

A group of enterprising cybercriminals have figured out how to get cash from a certain type of ATM by text message.

The latest development was spotted by security vendor Symantec, which has periodically written about a type of malicious software it calls Ploutus that first appeared in Mexico.

The malware is engineered to plunder a certain type of standalone ATM, which Symantec has not identified. The company obtained one of the ATMs to carry out a test of how Ploutus works, but it does not show a brand name.

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04/04/2014 Negative Aspects of Text Messaging

The consumer research company Nielsen Mobile, which kept track of 50,000 individual customer accounts in the second quarter of this year, found that Americans each sent or received 357 text messages a month, compared with just 204 phone calls. That was the second repeated quarter in which texting significantly surpassed the number of voice calls.

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04/02/2014 Text Messaging Warning Systems May Save Lives

Text messaging may be dying out as a means of communication in many parts of the advanced world, but it may yet prove to be a vital life-saver in flood-prone African villages.

An early-warning system that aims to capitalize on the explosive growth of mobile phone penetration in Africa could soon be in place to broadcast alerts to all users at risk from natural disasters such as flooding or hurricanes.

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03/31/2014 Transparent Texting

Sometimes it is the little things that matter. Like being able to carry on texting without walking into a tree. Apple apparently thinks so anyway.

A patent that Cupertino filed back in September 2012 has just surfaced with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that shows the company thinking up ways to help people keep walking and texting without bumping into stuff.

The transparent texting system replaces the background of a mobile devices text messaging app with a continuous real-time video feed, using the devices rear camera, so the user can both see what’s being said, and where they are going.

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03/19/2014 Text Messaging Helps Girls

Overwhelmingly, the interviews showed that at-risk teen girls coming to the ED for care are very interested in receiving a text-message violence prevention intervention. The teens felt that a text-message program would enhance their existing coping strategies, and that they would not only use it themselves, but also refer their friends to it.

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03/18/2014 Think Text Messages are Gone Forever?

A former federal prosecutor and cybercrime expert tells CIO.com how IT departments can retrieve text messages that the user thought were deleted months or even years ago. As more litigation and investigations turn on the content of texts, every CIO needs to know how to find the smoking gun.

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03/17/2014 Health Benefits of Text Messaging

A UConn study found text messaging between providers and patients improved medication adherence.

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03/06/2014 Why SMTP Text Messages Fail

The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol SMTP is the most commonly used internet based protocol for third party SMS delivery. Almost every major carrier in the US and Canada supports this protocol and, as a result, this is the most heavily used protocol. The down side to this protocol is that it is effectively Email, which means that there are a lot of issues that can arise from using it.

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03/05/2014 Text Messaging Helps Students Prepare for College

A pilot project from the College Foundation of West Virginia send text messages to students with information they need to do college-preparation tasks like filling out financial aid forms or register for the ACT. The project launched last month as a three-year pilot, focusing on a select group of high school seniors across the state.

Higher education officials in West Virginia are reaching out to high school graduates through a medium they know well: text messaging.

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03/04/2014 Health Plan Members Respond Well to Text Messages

A small pilot study of text message interventions for pregnant women and people with diabetes suggests that people respond positively to receiving text messages from their insurance company.

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03/03/2014 Test Messaging Monsters

There are some behaviors, not only in the messages themselves but also in when and where they are sent, that are completely inexcusable and totally annoying.

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02/28/2014 The Problem with Text Messaging

You do not want to talk to me on the phone. How do I know? Because I do not want to talk to you on the phone. Nothing personal, I just can not stand the thing.

I find it intrusive and somehow presumptuous. It sounds off insolently whenever it chooses and expects me to drop whatever I am doing and, well, engage. With others! When I absolutely must, I take the call, but I do not do a very good job of concealing my displeasure. A close family member once offered his opinion that I exhibit the phone manners of a goat, then promptly withdrew the charge — out of fairness to goats.

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02/27/2014 Amber Alert via Text Message

Many residents across Virginia were surprised to receive an AMBER Alert text message just after noon on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. According to the Virginia State Police, Wednesday's AMBER Alert was the first alert issued since Virginia opted into the Wireless Emergency Alert program about a year ago.

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02/26/2014 Text Messages the New Lipstick on the Collar

Text messages are the new lipstick on the collar, the mislaid credit card bill. Instantaneous and seemingly casual, they can be confirmation of a clandestine affair, a record of the not-so-discreet who sometimes forget that everything digital leaves a footprint.

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02/25/2014 Text Messaging is Twenty Now What?

It has been hailed for its succinctness and blamed for everything from sore thumbs to the decline of conversation. Love it or hate it, the text message is 20 years old.

The first-ever text message was sent December 3, 1992, by software engineer Neil Papworth, to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis, who received the message on his husky Orbitel 901 cell phone. It read simply, Merry Christmas.

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02/24/2014 6 Out of 10 Android Apps Have Security Concerns

Webroot found that Android poses a greater security risk than iOS. Webroot identified a 384 percent increase in total threats to Android devices over 2012, and found more than 40 percent of the Android apps analyzed were classified as either malicious, suspicious, or unwanted.

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02/22/2014 WhatsApp Security Concerns

The Facebook deal for WhatsApp drew attention for its whopping price tag, but has also brought out fresh criticism over security for the billions of messages delivered on the platform.

WhatsApp, which is to be acquired for $19 billion, says on its website that communication between your phone and our server is fully encrypted.

The company warns users need to be aware that when they send messages, the recipient's device may not be secure. But it says it does not store any chat history and that messages are wiped off its system after delivery.

Yet security researchers and others point out that there may be vulnerabilities in the system used by some 450 million people globally.

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02/18/2014 Integration Methods for Public Safety

There are many different ways to integrate PageGate with other programs and hardware and these forms of integration are invaluable to Public Safety and Emergency Management Systems because it allows you to send pages to pagers, SMS to cell phones, Email to email addresses or any combination of the three. It is a fairly easy process but knowing how to integrate with our software is a key step in understanding what's going to be best for your environment.

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02/09/2014 Sending Messages for Public Safety

In the Public Safety and Emergency Management world, making sure your messages are always delivered and received is incredibly important. There are many different ways to send messages and it can sometimes be confusing and frustrating to know what to do and how to do it. With that in mind, here are the best methods available to Public Safety and Emergency Management services for sending SMS messages.

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02/11/2014 10 Things Your Phone Can Do in an Emergency

Owning a cell phone has come to be regarded as a necessity in modern society, and with the great advances that have been made in smart phone technology, most of us rely on our phones to help us in an array of situations. While most smart phone owners are acquainted with the helpfulness of features such as navigation apps and mobile broadband, many people have yet to discover the array of uses they may put their phones to in the event of a true emergency. We have compiled a list of 10 things your phone can do in an emergency to shed light on this exciting and important realm of development:

10 Things Your Cell Phone Can Do in An Emergency


02/11/2014 Facebook Explains Why They Want Access to SMS

Via their Facebook Mobile Apps page, the social media giant has outlined their reasons for needing access to your SMS messages. According tot he post, they want to look in your text messages for a confirmation code they’d send for verifying info. Essentially, Facebook wants to make things like sign-up easier on the end user.

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02/10/2014 Crime Stoppers Text Messaging

Advancements in technology have allowed Crime Stoppers to launch two programs allowing people to send tips anonymously from smartphones.

Crime Stoppers, which covers Wichita, Clay and Archer counties and includes 16 campus programs, relies on tips from the community to solve crimes, and tips are always anonymous. An application called TipSubmit allows iPhone or Android phone users to download the application and submit tips anonymously with dialogue.

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02/06/2014 Master SMS With These Texting Tips

Okay, I suppose some people still do, but if you are like me, texting is the new calling, and the few calls you do make are along the lines of, I will text you when I get there. With that in mind, it is a good idea to make sure you’re getting your message across as clearly as possible through text. Here are some ways to do just that.

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02/05/2014 SMS Based Homeless Donations

While San Francisco might be know for its thriving startup culture, it’s also known for having a larger-than-average homeless population. Rose Broome is one resident who could not ignore the problem any longer, which is why she created Handup, a text messaging platform that makes it easier to give to the homeless.

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02/04/2014 Text Messaging for Business

In fact, according to the Mobile Marketing Association, 97 percent of text messages are read within the first three minutes of delivery, making it a much more efficient way to work. In contrast to texting, email is often going unanswered. Almost three-quarters of respondents said they used text messaging to communicate with co-workers – and the success of that communication has led to an increased acceptance of texting and regular use with customers, partners and prospects.

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02/03/2014 Would You Rather... Text Messaging Helps Kids Manage Finances

I have a distinct memory of convincing a friend to stand guard outside of a public restroom while I tried to break into the seemingly impenetrable toilet paper dispensers to steal a roll for our dorm room. At the time, $7.00 for a pack of toilet paper seemed like highway robbery. In other words, literally throwing money down the toilet.

We were constantly trying to find new ways to make and save money. My roommate and I both had jobs at the phonathon on campus where we spent hours in a windowless basement doing data entry, calling alumni during their dinner hour and addressing and stamping hundreds of letters each day. The worst part of it all was that at the end of the month, my paycheck would magically disappear.

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02/06/2014 Is Text Messaging Ruining Our Youth

If you have noticed the apparent omnipresence of cell phones, as most of us surely have, it likely will not surprise you that about 86% of the worlds roughly seven billion people have access to a mobile phone, or that 80% of cell phone owners use their devices to send and receive text messages. You may also be unsurprised to learn that the vast majority of texts are sent by teenagers under eighteen, and that the average teen from this group sends over 3,300 texts each month. The story that these numbers tell is hardly something we do not know: while Generation X grew up with face-to-face communication and calls from the landline, the social sphere of today's youth exists on LCD screens.

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02/05/2014 2014 Year of Enterprise SMS?

SMS moves beyond push marketing to enable two-way communication between Sales and Customers

Text messaging, once used exclusively by teens to express themselves in just a few characters (LOL, OMG, BFF…) is growing up fast. In a sign of just how mainstream texting has become, older adults now make up the fastest-growing new population of texters, according to the Pew Internet & Life Project.

Not surprisingly, given this adoption by adults, texting is now steadily making its way into the workplace. With the increase in BYOD and BYOA (Bring your own App) redefining office environments, texting has become a staple of day-to-day communication between colleagues and even customers.

But what comes next? Well, predictions are always fun, but inherently dangerous —for instance, who is actually driving the Jetsons hovercraft car of the future that was promised all those years ago? With that caveat, I am going to offer some predictions that will be grounded in actual marketplace events and trends, along with a sneak peak at some proprietary data that my company, HeyWire Business, will release in January. The focus of these predictions is the continued emergence of mobile communications in the workplace and the evolving expectations of employees and customers who continue to embrace this technology.

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Phone Rules; Contracts for Parents
Owning and using a phone requires a level of responsibility. With this responsibility, however, comes more opportunities to make mistakes, and greater accountability for those mistakes. If your child is receiving their first phone or first smartphone, show them the following set of rules to make sure that they know your role in their use of the phone, understand what appropriate phone etiquette and conduct is, and will use their phones responsibly.
http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/phone-rules-contracts-for-parents.htm

Did You Know...

Did you know that you can configure 2-way messaging with a cellular modem?
PageGate can use a cellular modem to send SMS messages directly to cell phones and the recipients can reply to the message. PageGate can then take the replies and forward them wherever you want them to go.

Did you Know That You Can Tie an RSS Feed into PageGate?
Using our RSS2SQL PHP script, you can have your RSS Feed write information to an SQL database. You can then use linked tables to tie that SQL database to PageGate's database.

Did you know that PageGate can be integrated with almost any CAD system?
SunGard's OSSI, Tritechs VisionAir, Interact Public Safety, RedAlert, ErLogix, does not matter! PageGate can be integrated with any of them to automate message delivery.

Did you know that you can use PageGate to receive information in 10 different formats?
PageGate can listen in for messages from a variety of sources, everything from direct input from an alarm panel to CGI parameter from a website. Chances are, if you need to send message notifications, PageGate can integrate with whatever you need.

Did you know you can use PageGate to notify your user base when you update your website with new content?
By generating a text file in a special directory, you can have it tell PageGate to automatically send an update notification for anyone in your user base.

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That is right, we have been round for nearly 20 years!

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Building a Successful Community
Building an online community demands time and sustained effort. While numbers are not everything when it comes to communities, there are several tricks that can increase the number of subscribers to your forum. However, it is important to note that a large number of members does not determine the success of a community; a smaller number of active and interested members can often result in a very successful online community.
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Develop Content Worth Linking To
All webmasters have heard the adage, content is king. However, the struggle to discern what types of content to develop is one that webmasters have yet to conquer. If you are familiar with this dilemma, you should know that Googles latest algorithm changes cause Google to assess how visitors interact with a website. This data from a visitors experience is now used in organic search ranking. Therefore, you must create content that visitors will not only click on, but that they will spend time reading and even return to. For content development success, develop content not only worth linking to, but worth spending time on! http://www.small-business-software.net/developing-content-worth-linking-to.htm


02/03/2014 More Love Notes for That Special Someone

More love notes to copy and paste for Valentines Day

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01/30/2014 Ready for Valentines Day? Checkout These Texts

Copy and paste to text these sweet text love notes!

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01/29/2014 Text Messaging Possibly on Decline

If you have teenagers in your house, you may find this hard to believe, but texting is on the decline.

For the first time ever, traditional texting — the kind you do through your cell phone provider — has dropped in Britain.

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01/28/2014 Text Messaging Reminders Increase Flu Vaccines

Text message reminders about the influenza vaccine increased uptake among low-income pregnant women, particularly in the third trimester, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Researchers at Columbia Universitys Mailman School of Public Health followed 1,187 obstetric patients from five community-based clinics in New York City. The women in the intervention group received five weekly text messages about the importance of the vaccine and two text message appointment reminders. Both groups received standard automated reminders of their appointments by telephone.

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01/27/2014 Text Messaging Tracks Sports Injuries

Text messaging is a quick and effective way to get recreational athletes to report injuries, according to a new Australian study.

Playing recreational sports is a good way to get more exercise, researchers said. But little is known about injuries at that level.

What's more, injury prevention strategies that work at the elite level are not necessarily relevant to recreational leagues - which have different types of players, different training loads and a different style of play, according to the studys lead author.

They recruited 139 football players from four Australian community clubs at the beginning of the 2012 season. The researchers sent texts to players a day or two after each weekly match, asking if the player had suffered any new injuries. If he responded yes, the researchers called him and recorded the details of the injury.

During the 18-week season, the researchers sent out 2,516 text messages. A total of 171 injuries were reported by 92 football players.

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01/26/2014 Kiev Protest Text Message

As my colleague Andrew Kramer reported, protesters and journalists standing in the vicinity of fighting between the riot police and demonstrators in Kiev on Tuesday received an ominous text message on their phones: Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.

While it was unsigned, and local phone companies denied sending it, the text message — which echoed language in a new law making it a crime to participate in protests deemed violent — was widely read as a warning from the government.

Although it is unclear exactly what impact the message had on the stalwart protesters standing in the cold, the we-are-watching-you subtext provoked shivers far beyond Ukraine as news of it spread online.

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12/30/2013 Text Messaging with Vodka

Some cities are installing texting zones on the sides of highways to provide a place for safe texting. We hope those texters are using their phones to text rather than the new delivery system discovered by York University researchers: vodka!

Before we dive into the science here, we have an important question. If you could text one phrase using vodka as a medium, what would that phrase be?

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