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03/04/2016 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


03/02/2016 The Fire Horn

The Fire Horn provides two functions: A Radio Bridge and a secure SMS Gateway.

The Fire Horn provides a secure SMS gateway that allows you to dispatch messages to responders' cell phones and have mapping data provided to the cell phone. The Fire Horn also provides a function called Radio Bridge that allows members to listen to radio traffic on their cell phones or land lines by initiating a phone call when a department is dispatched. Responses to calls can be monitored online using Response Monitor.

PageGate can be used to take messages from a CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system and pass them to the Fire Horn gateway. The Fire Horn gateway then passes the message with all relevant mapping data to the cell phones.

The Fire Horn


02/29/2016 How Much Do Your Text Messages Contribute To Global Warming?

I tracked down someone who would get us to the answer: greenhouse gas footprinting expert Mike Berners-Lee. Climate impact calculations are just the sort of thing he does for work at Small World Consulting at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. And estimating the impact of a text message is exactly the thing he did for his 2010 book How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint Of Everything.

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02/26/2016 How to Crack Teen Texting Codes

If you want to look up some these of words, there are online dictionaries that can help you crack some of these codes or these websites that can help crack teen texting codes:

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02/24/2016 Texting After Dark May Harm Teens Sleep, Grades

Instant messaging can be a source of emotional support for teens and help them collaborate on school projects, but new research shows that texting after the lights go out takes a toll on students sleep quality and academic performance.

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02/22/2016 The Peer-to-peer SMS Network Helping Farmers Connect

There are 500 million smallholder farmers around the world, many of whom have no internet access. These farmers are often several miles walk from the nearest village, totally disconnected from the information that could make their farms more productive and profitable.

While initiatives such as Facebooks controversial Internet.org are trying to get more people online, some are taking a more low-fi approach: using simple mobile phones and SMS to connect the offline world.

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02/19/2016 Text Messaging Intervention

A meta-analysis of 16 randomized clinical trials found that mobile telephone text messaging nearly doubled the odds of patients with chronic diseases adhering to their medication regimens.

The studies evaluated cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV, asthma, allergic rhinitis, epilepsy and other chronic diseases. Of the interventions, eight used a daily text messaging frequency and eight used two-way communication. The median duration of the interventions was 12 weeks.

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02/17/2016 How Realtors are Using Text Messaging

It is clear that text messaging is a powerful and effective way to bolster workplace communication, and therefore workplace function, across fields. Perhaps less obvious is the potential marketing power texting holds for fields like realty. Realty marketing can be costly, making it ideal to cut marketing costs and increase return on investment. Text messaging, when used right, can do just that.

Automated texting is one way to save real estate agents time and labor. By offering customers a means to text in codes to automatically receive additional information about a listing, such as important details or answers to frequently asked questions, real estate agents could save large amounts of time taking calls or answering emails.

How Realtors are Using Text Messaging


02/15/2016 How Construction Firms are Using Text Messaging

Texting has become a major mode of communication and coordination for many workplaces, allowing colleagues to exchange information rapidly and effectively. While SMS is of great aid to office environments, firms with more widely distributed work sites could benefit even more from the extensive and efficient communication network that texting affords. Construction firms are no exception, where text messaging is put to task as an effective way of keeping employees up to date and safe.

Using text messaging to perform basic employee coordination is especially important for construction firms, which may mobilize multiple teams of workers to a range of sites in one day.

How Construction Firms are Using Text Messaging


02/12/2016 Text Messaging Can Reduce Blood Pressure, Study Claims

You might not believe it but texting could help reduce your blood pressure!

Researchers from University of Oxford have suggested that typing not only makes it easy to communicate with others, it also aids in reducing your blood pressure!

In their research, the Oxford researchers have found that the high blood pressure is a common condition that can be managed successfully with oral medications. But people often forget to take tablets, even in healthcare systems where that medication is available for free.

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02/10/2016 Text Messaging Used to Train Fish Farmers

Farm Africa has been using text messaging to send out advice to fish farmers, covering everything from helpful tips on storing fish feed to the number of fingerlings the average pond should contain.

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02/08/2016 How Can Insurance Companies Use Texting

Many modern professionals know that text messaging is a boon to workplace communication. The power texting also holds to boost marketing and contact with customers is also great, and should not be overlooked. This holds particularly true for insurance companies, many of which use texting in a range of ways to enhance their close contact with policyholders.

Text messaging is more and more used as a more convenient and efficient way to keep in touch with clients.

How Can Insurance Companies Use Texting


02/06/2016 Love in the 21st Century: How Texting Is Changing Dating and Relationships

So, is text messaging breaking down dating? Or providing a practical platform for our relationships in the modern world? With all the complex ways we engage with texting, it is hard to say. What we can be certain of is that dating is changing, and SMS is helping to shape its new face.

Love in the 21st Century: How Texting Is Changing Dating and Relationships


02/04/2016 Are Text Messages Increasing Your Global Footprint

Text messaging has become a vital piece of technology for so many people in everyday life. Some send dozens of texts every day, communicating with family members, co-workers and even using them to stay informed about dangerous weather as conditions rapidly change.

But is our addiction to texting harming the environment and speeding up climate change?

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02/02/2016 Text Messaging Improves Crime Stoppers Tips

Text messages are the latest arrows in the quiver police can draw from to fight crime.

In 2015, Nanaimo and District Crime Stoppers added texting to the ways tips can be submitted and while the technology has not sent tip numbers soaring ȑ 548 tips were made to Nanaimo Crime Stoppers in 2015 versus 513 in 2014 tipping online has vastly improved the quality of information police can follow up.

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01/31/2016 Text Messages Boost Activity for Patients at Risk for Heart Disease

The use of a text messaging intervention program can help to boost physical activity levels for individuals who are at risk for heart disease, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, Clinical Innovation & Technology.

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01/29/2016 How Much Do Your Text Messages Contribute To Global Warming?

What is the carbon footprint of a text message, and how much could that footprint, multiplied by all the text messages around the world, contribute to climate change. Can you help me decipher that and get the answers?

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01/27/2016 Can Text Messaging Help Protect Your Kids from the Flu?

The researchers focused on developing educational text messages, and divided participants in their study into three groups: one that received conventional written reminders of appointments for the vaccine, one that received reminders in the form of text messages, and one that received educational texts that detailed the importance of receiving both doses between the ages of six months and eight years.

Can Text Messaging Help Protect Your Kids from the Flu?


01/25/2016 Text Me to Church

One church in Illinois is notably using text messaging to resolve a problem. St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, located in Crystal Lake near Chicago, has noticed a sharp increase in the number of attendants only during major Christian holidays, and hopes to retain those who come only on days like Christmas and Easter. The church has adopted texting as a means of encouraging these followers to come to other services.

Text Me to Church


01/22/2016 How We Message With Text

In 2013, the United Kingdom-based discount service Net Discount Codes—not exactly a prestigious peer-reviewed journal—released a study that found the average mobile user will send out two million words over their lifetime. Net Discount Codes determined this by extrapolating the average texts a person sends per day—four messages of 20 words—over the average human lifespan. Admittedly, these findings are mostly irrelevant.

Maybe the average person will type out a million words over SMS, maybe not.

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01/20/2016 Colorado Physicians Group says Text Messaging Saved Them

The practice manager of Broomfield Family Practice in Broomfield, Colorado discovered something that recent research has verified: How and when to send out reminder messages to patients can impact a practices bottom line.

To mitigate loss of income due to no-shows, Humphreys started using Apptoto, a cloud-based, automated appointment messaging service. Aside from offering automation, Apptoto has devised a number of messaging strategies it says can significantly impact patient attendance rates -- from the best times to send reminders to simple considerations like the wording of messages. (You can also use PageGate for patient reminders)

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01/18/2016 Best Android Apps of 2015

There were some awesome apps released in 2015 that deserve your attention. If you missed them when they were first released earlier this year, now is the time to give them a closer look.

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01/15/2016 Text Messaging Improves Birth Control Compliance

Study after study points to the power of text messaging to connect health care providers to their patients, improving patient compliance with medications and appointments and giving medical professionals better data. A 2015 Johns Hopkins University study on birth control compliance in young women is no exception, demonstrating the potential texting holds to impact the often underserved area of women's health.

Text Messaging Improves Birth Control Compliance


01/13/2016 Juror Notifications Via Text Message

No one likes getting their jury duty summons, and scheduling around jury duty can be an even greater nuisance. Thankfully, some states and counties are beginning to find ways to reduce this problem, with text messaging taking a central role.

Juror Notifications Via Text Message


01/11/2016 Grammar Haters Score a Win in Text-messaging Study

I try to maintain grammatical integrity no matter what I’m typing. But a new study suggests that people may not appreciate that while text messaging, and it is not just because they think I’m showing off how much gooder I can word.

The researchers concluded that texts that end in proper and correct periods come off as insincere.

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01/08/2016 Text Messaging Linked to Unique Brainwave

Researchers have identified a unique brainwave that's initiated by text messaging.

Technologists first identified the unusual rhythm in patients with paroxysmal neurologic events undergoing video electroencephalographic (EEG) monitoring. Researchers have now studied 129 such patients from two centers: Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. Overall, about 24% of those tested had this unique rhythm while texting.

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01/06/2016 The Worst Text-Messaging Sins

1. Using multiple texts to say one thing.
2. Sending a text to a very distant acquaintance without identifying yourself.

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01/04/2016 Text Messages Prevent Deaths by Elephants in India

In India, millions of people live alongside Asian elephants. Generally, they interact peacefully. But sometimes encounters can turn deadly.  

The stakes are particularly high in the southeastern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Between 1994 and 2013, 41 people there lost their lives in encounters with elephants. But now, new technology is helping prevent such deaths: An early warning system texts residents if elephants are near.

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12/13/2015 Text Messaging Improves Breast Cancer Screening Attendance, Study Shows

The importance of breast cancer screenings, particularly among women at higher risk, is clear: detecting cancer early increases the likelihood of recovery. And with simply forgetting appointments being cited as the most common reason for missing breast cancer screening appointments, it seems ensuring that women in at-risk groups remember their appointments is a priority.

Text Messaging Improves Breast Cancer Screening Attendance, Study Shows


12/11/2015 Texting and Hospitality

But texting hotels can not change the hospitality industry, right? Or can it? Just imagine…

~ Once your flight lands, you get a text from your hotel from your rental car service asking what make and model you would like. After confirming, your car is ready and waiting when you get down there.
~ As you get in your car, you also get a text from your hotel asking if you’d like to order anything from room service. You text back your order.
~ As you park at your hotel, you get a geo-targeted notification welcoming you and notifying you of attractions/upcoming events in your area.
~ As you’re eating your meal, you get a text with from the concierge letting you know you can text them for anything you might need.

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12/09/2015 Seeds, Soil and SMS: How Mobiles Promote Resilience Among Small-Scale Farmers in Africa

Despite producing more than 70% of the world’s food, most small-scale farmers live on less than $1 a day. Typically, they lack access to finance, traditional markets and much-needed agricultural products. Not only that, many also live in remote areas without Internet access meaning they have no way to access vital agricultural advice or information, either. In this issue of Digital Diversity, we look at WeFarm, a mobile service that enables smallholder farmers to share agricultural information without the need for the Internet, and without even having to leave their farm.

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12/07/2015 Where Mobile Messaging Is Merging With Payments

One group of innovators is hoping that one of those ways is via mobile messaging.

You can see why they might think that way. eMarketer released data this month that shows how fast mobile messaging has grown on a global basis. They say that when 2015 is all said and done, mobile messaging apps will be used by more than 1.4 billion global consumers in 2015, a 31.6 percent increase from 2014. Seventy-five percent of them also use a mobile messaging app at least once a month.

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12/05/2015 Text Messaging and Real Estate

These days, those sales signs planted in front yards are your gateway to loads of information. If you see a home you like, text the number on the sign and you will receive an instant brochure sent to your phone providing details aplenty, said Felicia Dragone, a Mullica Hill-based Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway.

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12/03/2015 Farmers Are Sharing Tricks of the Trade Across Continents Via SMS

More than half the world still does not have regular access to the Internet; WeFarm uses SMS to let farmers exchange information across continents.

The model is simple: A farmer sends a question to WeFarm. That question is translated and shared with other farmers—in the same country or beyond. The goal is to have farmers come up with their own solutions, and WeFarm helps them achieve that by using a peer-to-peer platform.

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12/01/2015 Sensory Messaging

It is a phrase and concept he has patented. And it took him four years to do it, he said.

Bugg said we use sensory messages all the time – in a handshake, a hug, a slap on the back. There are lots of touches that have meaning that we all understand.

Then, the question became, how can we do that remotely?

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11/30/2015 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?


11/28/2015 SMTP Settings for Telecom Carriers Updated

We have recently added a number of new settings for Telecom Carriers to the list of SMTP Settings


11/26/2015 NotePager Pro v5 Registration

If you have already purchased and wish to register the program, left click on the Enter Registration Information button.

When you left click on that button, the program will then ask you for the registration information.

The registration information must be typed exactly as it was originally sent to you. It is both punctuation and case sensitive.

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11/24/2015 Study uses Text messaging to Help Oncology Patients

In a recent study, researchers at Michigan State University evaluated using text messages to help patients self manage their cancer treatment when they were prescribed oral anti-cancer agents. In addition to attempting to prove the concept, researchers assessed the effect of the intervention on symptoms and medication adherence.

The study is a response to a growing number of people receiving outpatient cancer treatment with oral anti-cancer agents.

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11/22/2015 Ready to eat? Now you can get a text alert

Olive Garden may be saying arrivederci to those buzzing electronic pagers.

Parent company Darden restaurants says Olive Garden is testing text-message paging for customers at 13 Orlando area restaurants. Customers still have the option of the old pagers, but they can now give the staff their phone numbers and get a text message when the table is ready.

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11/20/2015 Recent NotePage News

Welcome to NotePage news. If preferred this newsletter can also be viewed online at: http://www.notepage.net/newsletter-11-03-2015.htm

NotePager Pro Version 5 has been released!
NotePager Pro version 5 contains a variety of new features to send text messages, including calendar based message scheduling, advanced cellular modem support and a host of other features which you can read about at http://www.notepage.net/notepager-pro-v5-whats-new.htm

NEW How to Upgrade NotePager Pro from v3-v5 Video Tutorial
http://www.notepage.net/videos/notepager-pro-v5-upgrade.htm

NEW NotePager Pro v5 Registration Video Tutorial
http://www.notepage.net/videos/notepager-pro-v5-registration.htm

Integration Steps for Active911
http://www.notepage.net/active911/integrationfaq.htm

Did You Know PageGate Can be Used Without Carrier Specific Information?
NotePage, Inc. is pleased to announce our PageGate software can now utilize a new carrier lookup service called Data24-7. Data24-7 is a carrier lookup service, which means you don't have to know the carrier of the cell phone numbers you would like PageGate to send messages to. With this service, PageGate can perform on the fly lookups of your cell phone numbers, matching them against the carrier list provided by Data24-7.
http://www.notepage.net/did-you-know-pagegate-can-be-used-without-carrier-specific-information.htm

Texting Toward Degrees
Texting and schooling: they do not quite seem to work together. But, schools are showing us more each day, they do. We often tend to think of texting as a plague to education, and maybe it has been, distracting leagues of students studying at home and even students who find their focus wavering in the classroom. But schools are turning the tables, embracing the medium in a number of ways to improve the students' experience at school. Could texting become a boon, not a bane, to education?
http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/texting-toward-degrees.htm

Can Text Messaging Help Protect Your Kids from the Flu
The researchers focused on developing educational text messages, and divided participants in their study into three groups: one that received conventional written reminders of appointments for the vaccine, one that received reminders in the form of text messages, and one that received educational texts that detailed the importance of receiving both doses between the ages of six months and eight years. The results speak clearly: of the group that received the educational texts, a large proportion of 72.7% of the children whose families received the texts received their second vaccine.
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11/18/2015 Can Text Messaging Help Protect Your Kids from the Flu?

The researchers focused on developing educational text messages, and divided participants in their study into three groups: one that received conventional written reminders of appointments for the vaccine, one that received reminders in the form of text messages, and one that received educational texts that detailed the importance of receiving both doses between the ages of six months and eight years.

The results speak clearly: of the group that received the educational texts, a large proportion of 72.7% of the children whose families received the texts received their second vaccine.

Can Text Messaging Help Protect Your Kids from the Flu?


11/16/2015 Text Messages Combat Costly Doctor Appt No-shows

Each year thousands of people forget to show up or cancel their doctor appointments, costing municipalities millions. The southern city of Hämeenlinna has recently joined several other municipalities in paying to send their customers text message reminders.

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11/14/2015 Is Future Food Delivery as Simple as a Text Message?

Products and services are becoming increasingly easy to access. Whether it is the latest on-trend clothing or a flight to Boston, new startups are cutting out the middle men and using social platforms to connect with consumers in quick and easy steps. The latest company to offer such simplicity is Dashio, a new food delivery service that asks users to simply text a mobile number the word hello and their order.

Dashio is available from 10am to 10pm, seven days a week, and once the initial set up has taken place the aforementioned hello text), users can request literally anything within the culinary world, be it a hamburger or a bottle of wine.

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11/12/2015 The Rise of Text Messaging

With all the mobile phones in the world today, it just doesn't pay to ignore mobile marketing. According to Pew Research, 35 percent of adults in the U.S. owned a smartphone back in 2011. Fast forward to 2015, and that figure has grown to 64 percent.

Those promising numbers represent a big opportunity for small businesses eyeing text messaging as a way to connect with customers.

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