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10/19/2016 Why Campus Security Needs Texting

With instances of gun violence and other emergency situations on college campuses making the news all too often, security systems at colleges and universities remain of the utmost importance. Campus security not only needs to be strong, but current to ensure the safety of students. Following the model of many of our world's functions today, many colleges and universities are looking to text messaging to keep campus safety as modern and powerful as possible.

Why Campus Security Needs Texting


10/17/2016 You Will Not Believe How These People Are Texting

Most of us know textings being used for just about everything these days, but some of the new ways texting is being applied to our lives still manage to surprise us. For instance, have you ever twirled a piece of hair to send a text, or brushed away a rogue strand to take pictures on your cell phone? Or imagined one day dairy cows might text their farmers to let them know how they are doing? Neither had we, but new technologies have allowed these seeming absurdities, and more, to become realities.

You Will Not Believe How These People Are Texting


10/14/2016 Innovative ways your phone can help you get home safely

Have you ever had the feeling that someone was following you? Or maybe you were out with a group and suddenly found yourself surrounded by strangers. It is not safe to go for a walk, shop, exercise, or drive alone anymore.

You have one gadget that can let others watch over you and in the event of an emergency, summon help. But your phone must have the tools before you need them.

After you read about the tools, take the next step and put them on your phone. It may save your life someday. Be sure to share this article with family and friends, especially college students and anyone living alone. Just remember, nothing is a substitute for common sense and good planning

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10/12/2016 The Death of the Telephone Call

Not entirely of the past, of course; phone conversation lives on in roughly the same way that swing dancing lives on, or Latin declension, or manual transmission. You can still find it, but you have to look a lot harder, because it is no longer a way of life.

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10/10/2016 Spotlight on Schools: Text messaging program encourages at-home reading

Get Georgia Reading, a statewide reading enhancement program, began its Ready4K text messaging program on Monday to encourage parents to read to their students.

Thousands of parents and guardians signed up last year to receive text message reminders, in both English and Spanish, to help prepare their 4- and 5-year-olds for success when they begin kindergarten.

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10/07/2016 Text Message Notification for Web Surveys

Text messaging has grown in popularity in recent years, leading survey researchers to explore ways texts might be used as tools in the public opinion research process. In the U.S., at least, researchers must obtain consent from respondents before they are permitted to send an automated text. This means that text messaging can not be used in standard one-off surveys of the public ȑ surveys where pollsters reach out to a randomly sampled list of telephone numbers. Texting also presents measurement challenges in terms of offering only limited space for writing questions and requiring respondents to type rather than click. While these factors limit the utility of texting for interviewing itself, texting has been explored as a means of alerting people to complete a survey, such as by sending them a link to a web survey.

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10/05/2016 Abu Dhabi Police to send instant texts on traffic violations

Abu Dhabi: Motorists in Abu Dhabi will receive instant text messages about traffic violations committed by them thanks to an advanced messaging system developed by Abu Dhabi Police.

Brigadier Ali Khalfan Al Daheri, general manager of Central Operations General Directorate, said Abu Dhabi Police are going to make its text messaging system for motorists more advanced and flexible.

When a motorist commits a traffic violation, he or she will get an instant text message with all relevant details such as the fine amount, nature of violation and exact place, etc. The message will also mention the previous violation and its fine.

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10/03/2016 Is Texting Changing Our Brains?

Texting touches nearly every area of our lives these days, taking an increasingly large role in our social, personal, professional, and romantic lives. With its great impact, and our near obsession with our cell phones, it does not seem far-fetched that our texting habit is affecting our brains. But could it be true?

Is Texting Changing Our Brains?


09/30/2016 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.


Integration Methods for Public Safety


09/28/2016 Direct Database Integration with PageGate

Follow these steps for direct database integration with PageGate

Direct Database Integration with PageGate


09/26/2016 Top Carrier Settings for Sending Messages

Top Carrier Settings for Sending Messages


09/23/2016 Texting To Improve College Transitions

We use text messaging for a variety of things; to chat with family and friends, to check-in with a coworker, or send a photo, but what about for academics?

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has been a pioneer in helping to develop a national text message counseling program that helps first-time college students transition more easily into college life. This year, that program goes statewide.

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09/21/2016 Consumers text YES for healthcare messages

The three-month study compared 17,000 newly enrolled IEHP members who participated in an IEHP text message program, to IEHP members who did not receive text messages.

A total of 227,222 messages were sent to IEHP members over the course of the study. The messages were automated and targeted to factor in a consumer’s age and if they spoke English or Spanish. The messages were typically about: choosing a doctor, using the nurse advice line, scheduling routine care, finding an urgent care clinic, operating the community resource center, and health tips and challenges. IEHP sent four types of messages: information, open-ended, on-demand resources and challenges, and interactive polls.

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09/19/2016 Can This App Change Your Day with One Text Message?

Can an affirmation in the form of a text message alter the course of someones day? Naomi Hirabayashi, co-founder and co-CEO of Shine Text, an app that delivers daily affirmations and life advice to users via text or Facebook message, says: without a doubt.

During a process called value affirmation, a person thinks about something that's important to them — whether it be religion, family, etc. — which causes the rewards center of the brain to activate. Because this area of the mind is responsible for causing behaviors to repeat, the good feeling of reminding oneself of a paramount purpose makes the brain seek out that positivity again and again.

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09/16/2016 How to block text messages on iOS and Android

Regardless of which feature-rich smartphone you have, its main function is to keep you in contact with the people in your life. Calling someone is one way to catch up, but it’s hard to argue against texting and SMS messaging, which, for many, is faster and more convenient

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09/14/2016 Why You Could Never Forget an Appointment Again, Thanks to Texting

Many of us have tried leaving ourselves notes or setting alarms as reminders of appointments and meetings, with varying degrees of efficacy, but what about reminder texts? Scheduling text messages that remind you at opportune times of commitments could be an easy and effective way to help us avoid forgetting them. Reminder texts can also be a great alternative to the reminder mailings or phone calls many practices use to confirm appointments.

Why You Could Never Forget an Appointment Again, Thanks to Texting


09/12/2016 How to Integrate Messaging Into Existing Apps

PageGate has been designed to integrate as easily as possible with existing application. Here are some ways to use PageGate's modules to integrate with other applications:

How to Integrate Text Messaging into Existing Apps


09/08/2016 How Texting Can Keep You Safe in Severe Weather

Most of us can recall a time when we wished we'd planned a little better during a big storm. After all, bad weather is an unavoidable fact of life, and all we can do when severe weather is expected is plan accordingly to stay warm, dry, and safe. Believe it or not, text messaging can help you do that: SMS weather alerts are perhaps the most powerful and effective tool to stay in the know, and therefore to plan right, for severe weather.

Text message weather warnings take advantage of the immediacy of SMS. During an inclement weather situation, it is best to be in the know as soon as possible. Rather than finding out via friends and family or news articles, getting information from text alerts ensures that updates are immediate. And text messages are more likely to be seen, and seen immediately, than other media like broadcasts and emails.

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09/05/2016 10 Things Your Phone Can Do in An Emergency Situation

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 Phone Can Do In Emergency Situations


09/06/2016 Can text messages lead to safer sex?

The Safetxt trial, funded by a £1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), is designed to reduce sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in young people in England by sending regular text messages offering non-judgemental sexual health support. The messages, developed after a pilot trial and consultation with young people, will support recipients in telling a partner about an infection, using condoms, and getting tested before unprotected sex with a new partner.

Younger people have the highest rates of STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, which can have severe long-term health effects including ectopic pregnancy and fertility problems. In the UK, the estimated direct cost of treating chlamydia and gonorrhoea in 2004 was £70 million, while the overall cost of treating STIs and resulting conditions in 2003 was £700 million.

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09/02/2016 How Has Text Messaging Changed Real Estate?

The further we implement text messaging in our lives, the further its impact reaches. We live in a time in which many of the industries and services we rely on are embracing, and therefore being changed by, SMS technology. A notable example is realty, where text messaging is streamlining business, improving customer satisfaction, and boosting sellers efficacy.

How Has Text Messaging Changed Real Estate?


08/31/2016 How is Texting Impacting Human Trafficking?

The non-profit, which works to prevent and fight human trafficking, has extended their hotline that allows victims of human trafficking to reach out for help to support text messages. The benefits of this simple change have enormous implications for the thousands of victims of modern day slavery.

How is Texting Impacting Human Trafficking?


08/29/2016 4 clever online dating messaging tips to keep in mind

Have room to improve your messaging? Keep these tips in mind

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08/26/2016 10 keys to keeping text messages safe

Before implementing a secure text messaging approach, leaders from IT, clinical, security, legal and human resources must collaborate to develop policies and procedures ensuring that all processes and technology involved will be effective and secure. Here are 10 ways to get there, based on research by Spok, a vendor that specializes in messaging applications.

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08/24/2016 Georgia launches voter registration effort via text message

Georgia officials launched a new service Wednesday allowing residents to register to vote via text message.

To use it to register or to check your current voter status, text GA or Georgia to 2VOTE (28683).

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08/22/2016 Text messages are educating teens about sex, to curb HIV infection rates

Teens in Mozambique with questions about sexual health and HIV can turn to an expert in the same way they communicate with friends or family. A text messaging platform in the African country answers questions young people have about sex and relationships, destigmatizing curiosity about reproductive health.

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08/19/2016 Is Texting Changing Our Brains?

Texting touches nearly every area of our lives these days, taking an increasingly large role in our social, personal, professional, and romantic lives. With its great impact, and our near obsession with our cell phones, it doesn't seem far-fetched that our texting habit is affecting our brains. But could it be true?

Is Texting Changing Our Brains?


08/17/2016 Texting Art: How Technology and Tradition Might Be Reconciled

Text message art displays have been housed temporarily across the country in pop-ups at museums, art shows, festivals, and other venues. In all these places they have done service both to the tradition and future of art as well as our technology and its important implications. Perhaps they have left inspiration and hope for the harmonious existence of our ubiquitous technology and our higher pursuits.

Texting Art: How Technology and Tradition Might Be Reconciled


08/15/2016 Text messages are helping moms with postpartum depression

A text message could be the difference between life and death for mothers severely suffering from postpartum depression, and one local medical team is using the technology to save mothers and their newborns.

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08/12/2016 Pilots are Using Text Messaging

Under the new Data Comm system, pilots receive flight plans, landing clearances, and other instructions from air traffic controllers through a text message on a cockpit screen. Pilots confirm receipt with a single button.

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08/10/2016 Updating Telephone Technology for the Deaf Community

For most Americans, making a phone call is an easy matter. But individuals who are athaf or severely hard of hearing are dependent on adaptive technologies to transmit or translate their text input and enable phone calls to friends, employers, and even emergency responders.

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking and issued a proposed rule that would require providers and manufacturers to replace the currently mandated but outdated text telephone technology with real-time text technology. Unlike text telephone technology, real-time text works over IP-based wireless services, provides instantaneous communication, and does not require additional hardware.

Female hands touching and using cell in sun filled roomText telephone technology was first developed in the 1970s. It was a remarkable breakthrough in communication for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. But it is now increasingly obsolete. The technology requires the use of a specialized device, a teletypewriter, in order to send messages. The teletypewriter can only send sixty words per minute and employs a limited set of characters, preventing the communication of anything employing special characters or non-English letters. In order to communicate with someone who doesn’t have a teletypewriter, a person needs to employ a third-party translation service.

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08/08/2016 Why Putting a Period in Your Text Messages Makes You a Monster

There is a whole lot of nuance when it comes to text messaging—especially in the subtleties of punctuation. Obviously, a question mark conveys some sort of inquiry and an exclamation point denotes varying degrees of enthusiasm (depending on how many are actually used), but there is one type of punctuation that, despite its necessity in all other types of communication, invariably conveys something negative when used in a text: the period.

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08/01/2016 How Young Authors Are Publishing... by Texting?

Text messaging has come to encompass a huge variety of communication, but did you know that it has even been used to publish novels? A rising genre known as the cell phone novel is a type of microfiction-based novel that is written on a cell phone and published in a series of text messages.

The cell phone novel first emerged in Japan, where the first such novel was written in 2003 by a Tokyo author using the name Yoshi. This novel, called "Deep Love," considered the practice of compensated dating in Japan. Many other early text message novels were romantic fiction of some form, addressing a range of themes such as love and relationships.

How Young Authors Are Publishing... by Texting?


07/29/2016 How Texting Is Helping Victims of Violence Across the World

One of the first things many of us do in an emergency situation is text our loved ones, but what if we can't? Often, in instances of attacks, abduction, and other violent acts, the impulse to reach for our phones subsides to the impulse to defend ourselves, and scarcely in such situations are victims even able to access their phones. Thankfully, numerous developers and organizations have found ways to put texting to use to help victims of violence, whether or not they are able to reach for their phones.

One powerful use of texting to combat violence is the work of Xin-Chi Chin, a young Malaysian woman who herself survived a violent attack and kidnapping attempt by two men in 2012.

How Texting Is Helping Victims of Violence Across the World


07/27/2016 VA Ignored 30 Percent Of Text Messages Sent To Suicide Crisis Hotline

The Department of Veterans Affairs crisis hot line didn’t answer up to 30 percent of texts from desperate veterans, according to a new government watchdog investigation.

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07/25/2016 Consumers want text message reminders for prescribed medications, Locent and Google survey finds

One third of U.S. consumers are interested in receiving text message reminders from their doctors to take prescribed medicine, according to the Locent Text Adherence Survey, in which the mHealth technology vendor polled 1,000 consumers with help from Google.

Millennials are the age demographic most interested in text reminders from doctors, the survey found. And 39 percent of consumers ages 18-24 years old said they were interested in receiving text message reminders from their doctors to take prescribed medicine. More than 31 million Americans make up that age group; consequently, that would mean 12 million consumers ages 18-24 years old are interested in receiving these reminders. That compares with only 22 percent of consumers ages 55–64 years old, the survey said.

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07/22/2016 Text Messaging Creates Unique Brain Waves

Some people say that technologies like the internet are changing the way we think. This claim is now supported by evidence from neuroscience: a unique pattern of neural oscillations — better known as brain waves — appears when people are text messaging.

Researchers led by neurologist William Tatum at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, examined brain waves in electroencephalography (EEG) readings from 129 patients over 16 months. Their new study, published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior, involved asking people to carry-out a variety of sensory-motor and cognitive tasks associated with communication.

The researchers recorded EEGs as patients wrote text messages or performed finger and thumb movements without a smartphone. They were also monitored while making telephone calls and doing activities that require concentration, such as mental calculations and speech or language tasks.

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07/20/2016 Hotels Embrace Text Messaging

Has your hotel been reaching out to you via text message?

An article in USA Today notes that the texting trend is becoming more popular in the hotel space.

Hotels are increasingly finding that the best way to talk to their hotel guests is to not actually talk to them—but to text with them

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07/18/2016 Bastille Day killer sent creepy final text message

Anti-terror police found the message on Bouhlels phone after he mowed down 84 people celebrating Bastille Day in southern France, the Nice Matin newspaper reported on Sunday.

The message was sent at 10:27 p.m. just a few minutes before Bouhlel floored it, running over dozens of innocent victims enjoying their evening on the Promenade des Anglais, according to the newspaper.

It was not immediately clear who received Bouhlel’s foreboding text, but it suggested he had help in carrying out last week’s shocking terror attack on Frances independence day.

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07/13/2016 How Has Text Messaging Changed Real Estate?

The further we implement text messaging in our lives, the further its impact reaches. We live in a time in which many of the industries and services we rely on are embracing, and therefore being changed by, SMS technology. A notable example is realty, where text messaging is streamlining business, improving customer satisfaction, and boosting sellers efficacy.

Text messaging is in large part so impactful in realty because it is an ideal line of contact between buyers and sellers. Buyers increasingly feel comfortable with SMS, if not prefer it, as a mode of contact. Additionally, text messaging offers intrinsic benefits.

How Has Text Messaging Changed Real Estate?


07/11/2016 How is Texting Impacting Human Trafficking?

We have seen text messaging used in a host of inventive ways to make our lives a little easier, but the way the Polaris Project has enlisted SMS for a bigger task: helping victims of human trafficking find safety and get back on their feet. The non-profit, which works to prevent and fight human trafficking, has extended their hotline that allows victims of human trafficking to reach out for help to support text messages. The benefits of this simple change have enormous implications for the thousands of victims of modern day slavery.

How is Texting Impacting Human Trafficking?


07/08/2016 Why SMTP 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.

Why SMTP Messages Fail


07/06/2016 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.

Sending Messages for Public Safety


07/04/2016 UW Literacy Research Center Brings Text Messaging Program to Wyoming

This past spring, parents of nearly two dozen 4-year-olds in Head Start and preschool classes in Teton and Sublette counties took part in an early literacy text messaging pilot program via a partnership among the University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic, CEPA Labs at Stanford University and the Children’s Learning Center.

This fall, the program is poised to go statewide as part of many preschool, Head Start and library offerings.

The program provides parents with three text messages a week. The texts offer ways for parents to engage in early literacy activities as part of their daily routines -- for example, asking their children to name letters and letter sounds on a shampoo bottle during bath time.

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07/01/2016 Text Messaging for the Win on High Blood Pressure

Text or SMS messaging might be a viable solution to this postpartum hypertension.

Mobile Healthcare Improves Postpartum Hypertension

In a recent study by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, researchers found that as many as 70 percent of patients do not attend important follow-up appointments post-pregnancy. During these recommended visits, patients are often tested for high blood pressure.

The study also found that women have high rates of cell phone use and text messaging.

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