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05/09/2016 10 Texting Habits You Need to Drop

We all have those friends we love very much, but sometimes just hate to text. Bad texting habits can happen to good people, and even those of us who fancy ourselves masters of text message etiquette invariably catch ourselves indulging in poor texting behavior from time to time. We've created a guide to help you avoid falling victim to these common texting misfires--or to gently suggest to someone you love it's time to put down the emojis. These are ten texting habits you should do your best to minimize.

10 Texting Habits You Need to Drop


05/06/2016 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.

Did You Know You Can Use PageGate without Carrier Specific Information


05/04/2016 QED CAD Integratoin With PageGate

The QED and PageGate interface is designed to automatically send alphanumeric pages to responding Fire, Law or EMS units. In addition, Telecommunicators have the capability to send on demand individual alphanumeric messages to any pager defined in the system. The page activation process is done all from within the QED CAD package and does not require that the user toggle to a different software application or use unrelated paging hardware.

QED Integration with PageGate


05/02/2016 Text message medication reminders can save the lives of those with chronic illness

If you are diagnosed with a chronic disease, chances are you will have to manage it for the rest of your life. This means changing your lifestyle and taking medications as directed.
Many find this challenging. In fact, within a year of being diagnosed with a chronic condition, only 50% of patients still take their medications correctly.

Some have stopped altogether. These patients can unwittingly put themselves at greater risk of heart attack, stroke or premature death. So how can we ensure this does not happen?

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04/29/2016 New Research Suggests Text Messages Improve Election Day Turnout in the Developing World, With Conditions

The spread of cell phones coupled with the ease and efficiency of text messaging helps people save, spend, and invest their money more wisely. Text messages and mobile apps improve health outcomes by teaching people about nutrition and reminding patients to take their medication. They also further education by helping students learn more effectively through virtual tutoring.

We now have evidence that text messages improve civic engagement in emerging countries by encouraging people to vote. A recent study I conducted in Kenya with Benjamin Marx, an economist at MIT, and Vincent Pons, of Harvard Business School, found that get-out-the-vote text messages increased Election Day turnout by as much as 2 percentage points.

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04/27/2016 Your texts are not as secure as you think

I decided to conduct a fun little exercise while writing this column, which is about the cyber security of your text messages. I went back and reviewed the last twenty texts that I had sent, to see how I would feel if they were broadcast to the world.

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04/25/2016 Using automated health text messaging in pediatric obesity

This research was conducted in families with a preschool-aged child recently diagnosed as overweight or obese by their primary care provider. Parents were coached on skills to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors using cognitive behavior therapy. All of the skills were supported using tailored, adaptive text messaging. The novel feature of this program is that the parents helped to create messages that spoke to them. Using an automated software application messages were delivered based on desired content, timing, and frequency to support behavior change or skills practice at home.

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04/22/2016 How Text Messages Are Saving Moms From Dying During Childbirth

The text-messaging service and app gives women in out-of-the-way rural communities free health advice, sending reminders about prenatal check-ups and childrens vaccinations. It tells users when and where to get the treatment they need, and gives them access to doctors who can answer health-related questions.

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04/20/2016 Zetron Integration

Zetron is one of the largest paging terminal manufacturer in the world. Zetron is a manufacturer of award-winning communication systems for control rooms, manufacturers and those who need crtical communications. Zetron terminals are used in factories, hospitals, and telecom carriers all over the world.

Zetron Integration


04/18/2016 Did You Know PageGate Can Post Updates to a Webpage?

The current version of PageGate can use the GET and POST methods of passing CGI variables to a web server, allowing you to pass updates to a website as part of your outbound messaging.

Did You Know PageGate Can Post Updates to a Webpage?


04/15/2016 7 gotta-know iOS and Android Text-messaging Tricks

The standard Android and iOS messaging apps—you know, the app you use for trading all those text messages, photos and videos—can do much more than you might think. Not only can you forward any text messages you receive, you can also (depending on whether you're using an iPhone or Android phone) find out when a given message was sent or received, shush an annoying group thread, or lock a message that s particularly important.

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04/13/2016 The Messaging Wars

Since the birth of the smartphone, people have relied less on traditional calls and text messages and more on other messaging services and apps. This increased demand has created a slew of apps, from companies big and small, that handle billions and billions of messages per day. The total volume of SMS messages sent daily is around 20 billion; at the start of last year WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Facebook, said it had surpassed that with its users sending over 30 billion messages a day. Other chat apps, such as Kik, are also seeing phenomenal growth.

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04/11/2016 Marijuana Study to Utilize Text Messaging

The National Institute of Health has announced that it will be supporting a study at UNC about how marijuana relates to academic motivation and performance. Over the next three years, Kristina Phillips and Michael Phillips, professors of psychology, and Trent Lalonde, a professor of applied statistics and research methods, will study 150 UNC students who use marijuana.

According to Kristina Phillips, the application process for the study was extensive. The main component of the application was writing a proposal based on scientific research. This included reviewing past research on the topic, what gaps there may be in the current literature and considerations about how the study would attend to those gaps. They also had to discuss data that they had already collected on the topic.

The Phillips and Lalonde have hypothesized that the more cravings students have for marijuana, the more they will use it—impacting their focus and academic work. Kristina Phillips explained that there has been almost no prior research on the consequences of heavy marijuana use in relation to academics, even though a number of studies on adolescents have shown there to be an inverse relationship between the two.

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04/08/2016 Can Text Messaging Boost Prenatal Care?

Anyone who has been up close and personal with pregnancy, be it their own or a family members, friends, or partners, knows that it's a lot to keep track of. After all, a pregnant person needs to meet the care demands of two bodies, and must heed very particular self-care and lifestyle guidelines in order to do so. A major interest in developing modern health solutions is helping young people look after the health of themselves and their pregnancies.

Can Text Messaging Boost Prenatal Care?


04/06/2016 Text Messaging Medication Reminders Can Save the Lives of those with Chronic Illness

If you are diagnosed with a chronic disease, chances are you will have to manage it for the rest of your life. This means changing your lifestyle and taking medications as directed.

Many find this challenging. In fact, within a year of being diagnosed with a chronic condition, only 50% of patients still take their medications correctly.

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04/04/2016 Text Messaging Mix Up Ends in Good Deed

A text messaging mix-up resulted in a memorable moment for some new parents in Georgia.

Mark and Lindsey Lashley welcomed their first child on Saturday.

During all the excitement, they realized their family had included a wrong number on a text message announcement about the birth.

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03/30/2016 NotePage Newsletter

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New Integration Profiles
We are very pleased to announced four new integration partner profiles. All of these partners use PageGate to enhance their existing solutions.

Zetron - Terminal Manufacturer
http://www.notepage.net/zetron/zetron.htm

GroundProbe - Slope Monitoring Solution
http://www.notepage.net/groundprobe/groundprobe.htm

The Fire Horn - Public Safety Solution
http://www.notepage.net/firehorn/firehorn.htm

Spillman Autopage - Computer Aided Dispatch
http://www.notepage.net/streamline-solutions/streamline-solutions.htm

Did You Know PageGate Can be Used to Post Updates to Websites?
Did you know that PageGate can post updates to a website via CGI commands? The current version of PageGate can use the GET and POST methods of passing CGI variables to a web server, allowing you to pass updates to a website as part of your outbound messaging.
http://www.notepage.net/did-you-know-pagegate-can-post-updates-to-website.htm

Did You Know PageGate Can Update Twitter?
You can use an app like Tweetymail, TweetByMail or Tweetc to link an email address that PageGate can deliver traffic to. Every time an email gets delivered, it will post to your Twitter account. To configure PageGate to send an email, SMTP configurations vary from network to network. Some networks allow direct SMTP over port 25, others require that you relay your messages through a mail server.
http://www.notepage.net/did-you-know-pagegate-can-update-twitter.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

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.
http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/how-texting-can-keep-you-safe-in-severe-weather.htm

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.
http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/why-campus-security-needs-texting.htm

10 Ways to Cure Your Mobile Phone Bill
Cell phones are ubiquitous, and tend to be important if not necessary to own. Yet sometimes the cost of owning and using a mobile phone can get out of hand. And the prevalence of daunting cell phone bills only grows as more and more apps and functions that use data come into popular use.
http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/10-ways-to-cure-your-mobile-bill.htm

Tracking Animals with SMS
Oftentimes, we think of the conservation of the old as incongruous with the use of newer technology like mobile devices. This is far from the case; in fact, GPS technology is being combined with text messaging to track both wildlife and livestock, a useful tool to keep an eye on both the farm animals we depend on and the increasing number of endangered or threatened species.
http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/tracking-animals-with-sms.htm

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03/28/2016 GroundProbe Slope Monitoring Solution

Groundprobe is a global company that deploys slope stability monitoring systems to the open cast mining environment. The systems utilise Windows as the operating platform. The clients rely on GroundProbe systems to provide them with 24/7 notifications if any thresholds are attained in the monitoring of pit wall movement, the options for a client to receive the notifications are a computer screen with alerts displayed for operators to see the alerts visually, the alerts can be sent via email..

PageGate can be used as the bridge between GroundProbe SSR Viewer to expand the notification functionality of GroundProbe. The notifications keep everyone informed about issues happening in the mining environment and action can be taken is a speedy manner if there is a safety issue.

GroundProbe


03/25/2016 Text Messaging and Blood Pressure

Hypertension health promotion via Short Message Service (SMS) at a Community Health Centre in South Africa: a mixed method study

1. What was the motivation behind your study?

Effective communication is key to public health. But in multilingual South Africa, where 70% of consultations occur across language barriers, communication in healthcare is a problem. Our research group works to address language barriers and advance access to health care. The motivation for this study was to find novel ways to communicate health information.

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03/23/2016 5 Common SMS Sext scams, and how to Avoid Them

You have to be careful with texts, especially if you can’t be sure who sent them. They could be scams intended to steal your money or your information.

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03/23/2016 How Construction Firms Are Using Text Messages

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


03/21/2016 Top Settings for Carriers

Top Carrier Settings for Sending Text Messages.


03/18/2016 Spillman AutoPage Works with PageGate

Need to send messages from Spillmans Computer Aided Dispatch Software? Use Spillman AutoPage, how the programs work together are detailed.

More on Spillman AutoPage


03/16/2016 How Text Messages and Volunteer Midwives are Saving lives in Rwanda

Musabyimana is one of this east African country’s 45,000 community health workers (CHW), including 15,000 dedicated to improving maternity support, who are helping transform healthcare. Elected by village committee, these volunteers have contributed significantly to Rwanda’s progress in reducing the deaths of mothers and young children. Between 2000 and 2015, this country of just under 12 million people achieved the highest average annual reduction in both the under-five mortality rate and the maternal mortality ratio in the world. The UN estimates 590,000 children have been saved, with child deaths now at 42 per 1,000 births compared with 300 in 1994. The figure for maternal deaths is 210 per 10,000, around a fifth of the rate in 2000.

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03/14/2016 Researcher says Constant Teen Text Messaging can be Positive

Digital communications psychologist Marion K. Underwood addressed a BYU audience about adolescent digital interactions on Thursday, Feb. 11. She said teen texting is not nearly as negative as many parents fear, and she recommended that parents actively learn about their children’s social media usage.

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03/11/2016 Text Message Service Sends Support With Daily Affirmations

As the chief marketing officer for DoSomething.org, Naomi Hirabayashi spent the last five years helping millions of young people take social change into their own hands. Her latest project, Shine Text, cofounded by DoSomething.org Director of Mobile Product & Messaging Marah Lidey, aims to offer help to its participants directly. The text message service is designed to send daily affirmations and messages of support to marginalized workers (including women and minorities, to name a couple).

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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


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