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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.

How to Dispose of an Old Cell Phone


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.

7 Cell Phone Safety Tips for Kids


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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06/16/2014 NIH Spent $480,500 to Text Message Drunks

The National Institutes of Health has spent nearly half a million dollars text messaging alcoholics to encourage them to stop drinking.

Dr. Frederick Muench, an assistant professor in Columbia Universitys psychiatry department, is leading the $480,500 study aimed to reduce problem drinking.

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06/12/2014 PageGate Version 7 Is Now Available!

We are very pleased to announce the release of PageGate v7. The new version of PageGate has a variety of new features you can see a list of What is New in Version 7 at http://www.notepage.net/pagegate-v7-whats-new.htm


06/11/2014 Central African Republic Suspends Text Messaging

In the Central African Republic capital of Bangui, residents have been using SMS text messages to incite violence.

This has prompted the government to ban text messages to help alleviate security concerns.

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06/09/2014 Text Messaging Software Helps Smokers

More than 11 percent of smokers who used a text- messaging program to help them quit did so and remained smoke free at the end of a six- month study as compared to just 5 percent of controls, according to a new report by researchers at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

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05/29/2014 Step by Step PageGate TAP Setup Tutorial

Video tutorial that explains step by step setting up the TAP interface in PageGate


05/28/2014 Professional Text Messaging Tips

With the overwhelming number of communication channels available to businesses, figuring out the best way to reach clients can be tricky. While you want to make sure your customers get the message, you also do not want to annoy them with too much contact.

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05/27/2014 Apple Faces Lawsuit for Missing Text Messages

iPhone owners are reportedly finding that they no longer receive text messages  after switching to an Android or other device. This is due to an old bug in Apples iMessage service. The problem is caused by the way Apples iMessage has been developed. It is a separate messaging system unlike any other SMS app and Apple uses end-to-end encryption, which means it is totally secure. When a user signs up for iMessage, their number is stored in a separate database that is accessed when another iDevice wants to ping them with a message. So your contacts device knows the other person is using iMessage and does not send an SMS but an iMessage IM. For numbers not in the database, an SMS is sent, which would entail carrier charges.

However, the problem arises when switching to another device. When your contacts with iMessage send you a message, it keeps looking for your Apple device ID, as it had been registered in the past. So it keeps trying to send you an iMessage IM instead of an SMS. The SMS is never delivered and naturally, the iMessage is not either.

This has led to a new class action lawsuit in Federal District initiated by Adrienne Moore who switched from an iPhone to a new Samsung Galaxy S5. Moores suit sought class action status for all users who may be in a similar situation, which could end up running into thousands of potential victims. It asks for Apple to fix iMessage so that users can exit the ecosystem without any issues and has asked for punitive damages to the affected class members.

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05/29/2014 SNPP, TAP, WCTP Recipients Setup

Step by step video tutorial for setting up SNPP, TAP, and WCTP Recipients.


05/27/2014 Huge List of SNPP Settings

Huge list of settings for SNPP Carriers


05/23/2014 Step by Step Setting Up an SNPP Carrier

Video tutorial that explains how to setup an SNPP Carrier in PageGate


05/22/2014 A New Role for Text Messaging

A Maryland group home that received state funding closed last week, its workers notified via text message.

The Temple Hills group home closed about a week ago. Its workers were told via text message, after investigating today I found out the company went under. I had all the residents removed immediately.

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05/21/2014 Text Messages in a Marriage

Have you ever wondered what your text messages reveal about the relationships in your life?

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05/20/2014 PageGate Beginners Tutorial

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05/19/2014 PageGate SMTP Recipients Setup Video Tutorial

Step by step how to setup SMTP recipients in PageGate software.

PageGate SMTP Recipients Setup


05/17/2014 SMS Trojans

SMS trojans are starting to appear in more and more countries, and for the first time, researchers have detected an active SMS trojan in the US.

Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakeInst.ef actually targets users in 66 countries, but has finally landed on US shores. According to Kaspersky, FakeInst disguises itself as an application for watching porn videos, and is capable of sending messages to premium-rate numbers. Once installed on the phone, the trojan can intercept incoming messages and then perform various actions, including steal messages, delete them or even respond to them.

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05/16/2014 Texting Babies

Here is how it works: You go to the website and impregnate a friends phone by entering their name and cell number. Then, for 14 hours the next day, you and your friend will receive demanding but adorable texts from virtual babies.

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05/15/2014 Startup Uses Text Messages to Help Kids Study

Teachers have struggled for years to get students off their cell phones, but that logic is being turned on its head across sub-Saharan Africa as educators look to mobile technology to reach a population scrambling to prepare for economic growth in a region plagued by poor funding and infrastructure.

Now a growing group of entrepreneurs are capitalizing on the fact that the vast majority of people in sub-Saharan Africa don’t own a laptop or computer, but do have a phone, and know how to use it.

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05/14/2014 Text Message Ends a High Speed Chase

A woman who thought she had successfully dodged police in a high-speed car chase admitted defeat after receiving a text message from the officers that urged her to hand herself in.

St Kilda police texted the 22-year-old Reservoir woman after she failed to stop during a car chase on St Kilda Road just after 1am on Tuesday.

The chase was called off after the woman allegedly drove through a red light, but the officers were not willing to give up.

The woman has since been charged with reckless conduct endangering persons, evading police, driving in a dangerous manner and at dangerous speed, and other traffic offences.


05/13/2014 Very Expensive Text Message

One careless text message ended up costing a Buffalo, NY-area man $53,000, the Buffalo News reported earlier this week. Louis J. Billittier Jr. dumped his fiancee with a terse text message, breaking off their engagement. Apparently trying to calm down the situation, he then sent a fateful text: Plus you get a $50,000 parting ring. Enough for a down payment on a house. Each of those 90 characters ended up having a price tag of roughly $600.

New York state law usually sides with men, giving them the right to demand back an engagement ring if a wedding never takes place. But the man’s text message using the term parting ring seemed to indicate that his former fiancee was entitled to keep the 2.97-carat diamond ring.

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05/12/2014 Buffalo Bills Paying for Over Texting

A couple years back, Bills fans signed up to receive text messages featuring news and offers from the team. The fine print said they'd receive no more than five a week. This guy Jerry Wojcik got six! And then, a few weeks later, seven! So he sued. And now the Bills have agreed to cough up more than $3 million to settle the thing.

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05/10/2014 Suspicious Sexting

Honesty, we are constantly told, is the bedrock of a solid romantic relationship. And yet, people lie to their romantic partners all the time - to sidestep arguments, avoid hurt feelings, or cover up problematic behavior.

Now, a research team has discovered a new medium where mendacity is the norm: sexting.

In a sample of 155 college students, nearly half of those who had ever sent a sexually explicit text admitted that at least some of the messages they sent to their significant others were lies.

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05/07/2014 SMS to Space Station

Russian citizen got the chance to send text messages to the International Space Station as part of a unique action launched by the countrys space agency to coincide with Cosmonauts Day last April 12.

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05/06/2014 PageGate SMTP Carrier Setup

Step by step instructions in a video tutorial to setup the SMTP Carriers.

PageGate SMTP Carrier Setup Video Tutorial


05/05/2014 Apple System Prevents Texting While Driving

Apple has patented a system that would lock drivers out of their smartphones while on the move, in a bid to cut down on accidents caused by texting and other distracting features.

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05/02/2014 Text Do Not Call

State senators hope to ban unsolicited text messages from telemarketers.  They recently passed a multi-part bill that adds texts to the Do Not Call list.

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05/01/2014 Google Hangout Update Merges SMS and Hangouts

Merged conversations, the biggest feature the update is bringing and one that has long been requested combines SMS and Hangout conversations with the same recipient. Users can choose to send a message via Hangouts or SMS just by flipping a switch on the app. Google has also made it easy for users to tell between SMS and Hangout messages by adding a via SMS label below messages received via SMS while sent messages will be differentiated by color - green for Hangouts messages and white for SMS messages.

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04/30/2014 Russian SMS Trojan for Android hits U.S.

An Android Trojan app that sends SMS messages to premium-rate numbers has expanded globally over the past year, racking up bills for users in over 60 countries including the U.S., malware researchers from Kaspersky Lab said.

The malware program, which Kaspersky products detect as Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakeInst.ef, dates back to February 2013 and was originally designed to operate in Russia.

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