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11/19/2014 Can Data Make You Better at Text Messaging

A survey conducted by Spark Networks, the company that owns JDate and ChristianMingle, last year found that 50% of 20-somethings text a potential partner a few times a day before meeting them in person.

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11/18/2014 Remotely control your Android via internet or SMS with Android Lost

Simple -- you install an app like Android Lost. With this and others like it, you can remotely control your Android either via a website or SMS. Here are several things you can do with the Android Lost tool:

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11/17/2014 The Red Cross Is Using Text Messaging To Take Down Ebola

Since the Ebola outbreak began last April, the Trilogy Emergency Relief Application (TERA) system has sent out about 2 million text messages a month in Sierra Leone, reminding people to seek treatment early, avoid physical contact with others and not resist the efforts of community health care workers.

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11/14/2014 Text Messages Are a Surprisingly Effective Anti-Malaria Measure

One of the more long-standing, tricky findings of social science is that it is really, really hard to get people to stick to plans. Sometimes this means they keep on 20 pounds they had hoped to lose with a few months of exercise. Sometimes, as in the case of taking anti-malarial medication, the results can be a matter of life and death. A new study in PLOS ONE explores how text messaging can help short-circuit this aspect of human nature, and it garnered some positive results.

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11/12/2014 9 Worst Types of Group Text Messages

Everyone struggles with techiquette on social media and email, but texting might be the area in which we lag most. Unfortunately, we can not hit hide or unsubscribe on a group text chain. Regardless, someone needs to lay down the law. Because those group messages are not stopping anytime soon.

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11/10/2014 How An Intelligent Text Message Service Aims To Tackle Ebola In Western Africa

A computer-controlled text message service could direct Ebola cases to appropriate medical facilities and track the spread of the disease in the process–provided it can raise the necessary funding.

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11/07/2014 New SMS Service to Provide Deaf with Roadside Assistance

A new service launched this week by Nati Roadway Services aims to allow hard of hearing people the possibility of calling for help via SMS.

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11/05/2014 Sunrise Tracking Lets you Stop Car Thieves with a Simple Text Message

The technology is beautifully simple. Cars are equipped with cellular technology and an electronic immobiliser. When a text is sent to the car's unique number, the immobiliser kicks in to stop the car dead in its tracks. A second text message can make the car driveable again.

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11/04/2014 Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married

When you’re in a new relationship, you waste endless words telling your partner how much you looove him or her. After you’re married, the conversations shift to the things that really matter. Things like dinner.

That is what one data scientist discovered about her own relationship, anyway. For a recent anniversary, Alice Zhao analyzed all the texts she and her husband had ever sent each other, from the first flirty days of dating to their current status as newlyweds. Here’s her interpretation of how her relationship changed, judging strictly from the ever-so-romantic world of text-message logs:

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11/03/2014 Text Message Evidence

It is hardly news that electronic communications—emails, text messages, instant messages and the like—have overtaken traditional writings as the prevalent means of conveying information. But while these messages move at the speed of light, courts have been somewhat slower in adapting the rules of evidence governing old-fashioned documents to these newer forms of communication. One issue that has given many courts pause is the applicability to text messages of the so-called best-evidence rule. But a review of the rule itself makes clear that it does not present any significant bar to the admission of text messages into evidence.

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10/10/2014 When Government Sends Texts - Take Note

House lawmakers last week decided after some debate to include text messages among the electronic communications federal employees could be fired for improperly destroying.

And some agencies, such as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are expanding their use of Short Message Service, or SMS, technology to provide better services.

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10/09/2014 Text messages telling welfare recipients to brush teeth leave sour taste

Benefits recipients are being told to brush up on their oral hygiene as part of a New Zealand government text message campaign slammed as degrading by advocacy groups.

The country’s health ministry is sending regular text reminders to young welfare clients urging them to brush their teeth, and asking whether they have brushed today.

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10/07/2014 SMS Alerts on Power Outages

According to the new proposal, consumers will receive an SMS in advance about the planned power shutdown to enable them to organise their day better and finish important work. In case of unplanned and sudden outages, the consumers will be alerted about the reason for the power cut in the first SMS, and subsequently, a second SMS will inform consumers on the estimated time of restoration.

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10/03/2014 Research Reveals Danger Of Texting While Driving With Google Glass

Head-up displays like Google Glass were supposed to make it safer for drivers to multitask. Instead of reaching for a phone to send or receive a text, a driver would be able to read projected messages and dictate replies without taking their hands off the wheel.

But groups like Consumers Union and the National Safety Council have cautioned that hands-free, voice-based interfaces can still be dangerously distracting. New research is confirming their fears.

A peer-reviewed study conducted at the University of Central Florida in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory compared how 40 twenty-something-year-old drivers in a car simulator reacted to a vehicle ahead of them that slammed on the breaks. Researchers found subjects who were exchanging messages using Google Glass or a smartphone were equally slow to respond.

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10/01/2014 National Security Concerns Heat Up Smartphone Wars

A trio of headlines are shining a spotlight on a new twist in the brutally competitive smartphone market, where national security is suddenly becoming a major new headache for manufacturers. In one headline, Chinese smartphone sensation Xiaomi is being investigated in Taiwan for national security risks related to the storage of local user data on some offshore mainland Chinese-based computers. In a similar news bit, Beijing is reportedly considering forbidding government workers from using foreign-made smartphones.

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09/30/2014 Text Messaging Rules

Texting can be a wonderful and convenient thing Ȓ but thereȗs nothing worse than receiving a message with such garbled grammar that you canȗt figure out what itȗs trying to say, or multiple messages all in a row, or the dreaded We need to talk text.

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09/29/2014 Text Messaging Radar

Police radar guns are used to detect speeding, but what if they could also sniff out texters?

According to Pilotonline.com, a Virginia company is developing a radar gun that would do exactly that.

The company claims radio frequencies emitted from a cellphone could be used to tell if someone inside a car is using a phone, surfing the internet or texting.

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09/22/2014 Connecting Volunteers Through SMS Messages

Software Connects Volunteers through Text Messages

A Grand Rapids company that develops software to help organizations manage their volunteers has added a new feature to its online platform to improve effective communication.

Volgistics Inc., a volunteer management organization located at 400 76th St. SW, Byron Center, has introduced a SMS text messaging feature incorporated in its existing volunteer logistics software for its customers at no additional cost.

The volunteer software solutions companys addition of text messaging to its customizable online platform enables organizations to communicate directly with volunteers who choose to participate by submitting their mobile phone number. Tim Long, customer experience specialist at Volgistics, said the text messaging feature allows customers to relay information to volunteers with the same technology they are comfortable using.

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09/19/2014 Cancer Study Via SMS

Text message-based cancer screening education may help at-risk minority groups

In a recent JMIR study, a team of researchers in Minnesota explored the potential of mobile health to reach people who sometimes fall through the cracks of the healthcare system. They found that a text message intervention could help Korean American women, a group that has one of the highest cervical cancer mortality rates in the United States, seek preventative screenings - Pap tests.

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09/18/2014 Merck Increases Diabetes Awareness in Africa with SMS and E-learning

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 382 million people around the world suffer from diabetes, which represents a prevalence of 8.3 percent. If the condition is caught early, diabetes can be managed with the right diet, exercise and medication.

This, however, is not always possible in developing countries with limited resources and healthcare infrastructures. The International Diabetes Federation said the number of people with diabetes in Africa will double by 2035, and nearly half or 46 percent of people living with diabetes in the continent are still undiagnosed. The oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company, Merck, has announced the launch of its second year of a five-year project to provide European Accredited Clinical Diabetes Management courses for medical and pharmacy students in African Universities by introducing E-Learning.

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09/16/2014 Weekly Text Message Could Encourage Healthier Food Choices

Many people are unaware that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's mandated nutrition labels are based on a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, but researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that simple weekly text message reminders can greatly improve that awareness.

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09/15/2014 In a Study, Text Messages Add Up to a Balance Sheet of Everyday Morality

Committing a small act of kindness, like holding the door for a harried stranger, often prompts the recipient to extend a hand to others, but it comes at a cost, psychologists have long argued. People who have done the good deed are primed to commit a rude one later on, as if drawing on moral credit from their previous act.

Now, in a novel survey of everyday moral behavior, researchers have tested whether that theory holds up in real life. It does, though the effects appear small.

The findings come from a survey of everyday morality in which researchers tracked people’s moral judgments and attitudes at regular intervals throughout a typical day, using text messages.

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08/13/2014 PageGate Version 7 is Released

NotePage, Inc. releases a new version of their SMS and text messaging server software.

NotePage, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of PageGate version 7. PageGate is a complete wireless messaging and SMS solution that incorporates a wide variety of messaging protocols for sending messages to mobile phones, wireless devices, fax machines, and pagers.

PageGate allows alerts to be sent instantly to wireless devices in any location. PageGate supports both group messaging and preprogrammed alerts, so that the press of a button can send a notification to or schedule a notification for a defined group of individuals. The new version of PageGate is more powerful and efficient than ever.

PageGate version 7 offers a new, intelligent load-balancing module. This feature enables round robin support and failover support, and supports up to four PageGate servers.

The update also features a brand new, powerful message templating system. This upgrade affords administrators total control over the manner in which outgoing messages are formatted. Templates can also be set at multiple levels, minimizing the number of templates needed. When upgrading from a previous version of PageGate, templates are automatically created.

The new version of PageGate also offers priority settings for recipients and carriers. The administrator may not move messages to certain recipients or carriers to the front of the delivery queue.

Additionally, PageGate now supports STMP SSL TLS and STARTTLS for SMTP connections, making it better able to support secure and encrypted connections for message delivery. PageGate also now features a carrier level default domain for the SMTP protocol, an addition that saves administrators time when setting up new recipients, and even more time when switching recipients to a new carrier. SMTP relay servers may also be set on a by-carrier basis, allowing multiple outgoing maths for different SMTP carriers.

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08/07/2014 How Smart Phones Have Changed the World

With the ongoing move of smart phones towards near-ubiquity, much of society has come to take these do-all devices for granted. In overcoming the novelty of smart phones, many of us have lost our one-time sense of awe at this technology, and have ceased marveling at the effect it has had on the world around us. However, it is undeniable that smart phones have exerted a huge and multi-faceted impact on society, and continue to do so to this day.

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08/06/2014 Text Message Program Shows Positive Results For Medicaid Users

A randomized trial program has shown that text messaging improves adherence to both appointments and medications for participating Medicaid patients.

A text message trial program at Montefiore Medical Center has proven to improve adherence to both appointments and medications. According to MobiHealth News, Sense Health and Montefiore Medical Center recently teamed up to test Sense Health’s customizable text messaging intended for providers with a large number of Medicaid patients to manage.

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08/05/2014 Imagine Delivering Your Baby with the Help of Text Message

Imagine you are pregnant and live hours away from the nearest hospital. Suddenly, you start having painful early contractions. You don’t have hours. The baby must be delivered now. What do you do?

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08/04/2014 Scent Based Messaging

A startup that lets users attach scents — such as coffee aromas — to text messages failed to meet its $150,000 crowdfunding goal on Indiegogo Friday.

Vapor Communications, whose technology was invented in part by a Harvard University professor, raised about $47,000 from 176 backers, hitting about 30 percent of its goal.

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07/25/2014 How to Dispose of a Cell Phone

Most of us know when to discard, recycle, or compost the items we're parting with, but it seems that many of us are at a loss as to how to dispose properly of our cell phones when we no longer need them. If you are unsure of how to get rid of an old phone, this article will guide you through the process.

Before actually disposing of your phone, it is important to remove your information from it, as phones tend to allow access to sensitive, personal information. The easiest way to rid your phone of this information is to perform a factory reset. If you wish to transfer information from the old device to your new phone, simply do so before clearing the old one.

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07/24/2014 How to Recover Deleted Texts on Android Phone

If  you have accidentally deleted some or all of your text messages by mistake, fret not! You can get them back with a 99% chance of success, but there' is one ingredient that is most important: time! If you have deleted your SMS inbox you have to act quick, because while the messages are recoverable until the portion of memory on which they are saved is rewritten, the longer you wait the higher the likelihood of getting new text messages, app updates or who-knows-what saved to the same location, obliterating them forever.

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07/23/2014 Could Texting Improve Parenting?

If you received a text message reminding you to read to your baby or suggesting a game to play with your toddler, might it help to better prepare your child for school? That is the premise of Parent University, a six-week program being studied by researchers at Northwestern University. The goal of the program is to help parents to create a literacy-rich environment at home

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07/22/2014 Text Messaging Becoming Part of War

On the same morning that the Israeli military dropped thousands of leaflets on residents in the northern Gaza Strip warning them of an impending military strike and urging them to leave their homes, thousands of Israelis in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and elsewhere received on their smartphones what initially appeared to be official text messages. First, they warned residents to stay close to bomb shelters, indicating an impending rocket attack from Gaza, and then they warned of suicide bombers who may have infiltrated the public shelters.

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07/21/2014 Latest Version of PageGate

The current version of PageGate is version 7.0.5 please make sure you have the most recent version.  You can find the PageGate Release notes at http://www.notepage.net/release.htm


07/17/2014 7 Cell Phone Safety Tips for Kids

It seems that everyone owns a cell phone today, and kids are far from an exception; the average age at which an adolescent receives their first cell phone is about 11 years.

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07/16/2014 Text Messaging Curbs Binge Drinking

A mobile phone-based text messaging program has demonstrated its effectiveness in reducing the frequency and severity of binge drinking episodes by young adults, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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07/11/2014 TeenSafe

TeenSafe, creator of an iPhone and Android phone monitoring software, provides parents the ability to see the text messages and social media activity being sent and received by their children to ensure they are not suffering from the harassment of cyberbullies. A recent increase of smartphone use by children as young as eight has dramatically increased the frequency of cyberbullying and other harassing behavior across all age groups.

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07/10/2014 Google SMS for Hangouts is Getting the Axe

Google has announced that it is discontinuing its separate SMS for Hangouts feature that had limited availability and basically allowed you to receive messages from the app as a text message on your phone, similar to Facebooks Messenger notifications.

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07/09/2014 Rare Text Messaging Virus

A rare Android worm that propagates itself to other users via links in text messages has been discovered by security researchers.

Once installed on a device, the malware, which was dubbed Selfmite, sends a text messages to 20 contacts from the device owner’s address book.

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07/07/2014 What is Load Balancing?

PageGate has a new Load Balancer module that enables installations with multiple PageGate Servers running, a way to route new messages between servers, depending on each servers real-time performance.

The PageGate Load Balancer module receives performance data from multiple running PageGate Servers, to determine the best server to route new messages to.

Each Load Balancer module can support between two and four PageGate servers.

Each PageGate Server can send performance data to up to four Load Balancer modules.

The Load Balancer module acts primarily as a router for messages coming into PageGate's GetASCII interface. However, other interfaces can be used by using a primary PageGate Server to accept messages, and then using the Load Balancer to route messages to secondary PageGate Servers, that will handle message delivery (this setup would require a minimum of three PageGate Servers).

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07/02/2014 Text Messaging May Help Diabetics

Findings from the Dulce Digital study suggest that a text message-based self-management intervention improves glycemic control in high risk Latinos with type 2 diabetes.

Researchers recruited 126 Latinos with type 2 diabetes and HbA1c greater than 7.5% from federally-qualified health centers (FQHCs) that serve disadvantaged populations to investigate the impact of a diabetes self-management intervention delivered via mobile text messaging. Cell phones were provided to patients who did not have them, along with text messaging instructions.

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07/01/2014 How Text Messaging Is Helping Victims Of Violence

When a young Malaysian woman, Xin-Ci Chin, was attacked by two men as she entered her car in Kuala Lumpur two years ago, she barely escaped an unknown fate by fighting her abductors and jumping from a moving vehicle.

The episode, which she detailed in a harrowing Facebook post, had a silver lining. At a point in her career where she was looking for new opportunities anyway, it led her to team with a friend, James Khoo, and create a simple but ingenious app that could help other women in the same situation.

Since launching a year ago on iOS and Android, Watch Over Me has attracted 140,000 users all over the world, with the majority so far located in Southeast Asia.

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07/30/2014 Text Messaging Is Not Ruining Grammar

It is not surprising that many teachers, parents, and young people themselves feel concerned about this constant exposure to non-standard written English. It seems quite plausible that frequently seeing to - too written as 2, or people written as ppl, might mean that these kinds of spellings could start to creep into students formal writing.

Fortunately, in recent years, the research has returned a fairly robust conclusion.

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06/20/2014 What is New in PageGate 7?

Here are just some of the new features and enhancements found in PageGate v7

- Brand new powerful message templating system.
- Priority settings for recipients and carriers.
- New PageGate load-balancing module option.
- SMTP SSL/TLS and STARTTLS now supported for SMTP connections.
- Carrier level default domain for the SMTP protocol.
- Dynamically updated DNS servers.
- SMTP relay servers settable on a by-carrier basis.
- New HTTPGET and HTTPPOST delivery protocols.
- Support for setting small delays between messages.
- Improved Fax Capabilities, including MS Fax service support.
- Improved support for the latest Windows operating systems.
- Smoother installs, uninstalls, upgrades, and day to day operations.

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06/19/2014 Will Text Messaging Help Kids?

Text messaging is unequivocally the No. 1 communication tool for the younger generation. According to the Nielsen consumer research group, teenagers send an average of 114 text messages per day. Meanwhile, 39 percent make or receive voice calls daily, and only 6 percent of teens use e-mail daily, according to Pew Research. For this reason, it makes sense that more organizations are realizing the powerful potential of text messaging to reach teens and young adults as a positive influence in the healthcare sector.

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06/18/2014 Text Messages May Double a Smoker Odds of Quitting

Text messages providing tips, reminders and advice can help smokers quit, according to a new study.

Researchers found that this type of cellphone program doubles the chances that a smoker will kick the habit.

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06/17/2014 Customer Support Via Text Message

Customer service technology provider In The Chat today launched a new text message tool that routes text message queries from customers to an appropriate agent within one second of a text being sent, according to the vendor’s founder and CEO John Huehn. Not only does that allow a retailer to take advantage of one of the most ubiquitous communication channels among mobile phone owners, it will speed call center response times enough to cut costs by 25%, Huehn predicts.

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