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

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

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

How Young Authors Are Publishing... by Texting?


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

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

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

How Texting Is Helping Victims of Violence Across the World


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

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

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

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

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

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07/22/2016 Text Messaging Creates Unique Brain Waves

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

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

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

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07/20/2016 Hotels Embrace Text Messaging

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Has Text Messaging Changed Real Estate?


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

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

How is Texting Impacting Human Trafficking?


07/08/2016 Why SMTP Messages Fail

The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is the most commonly used internet based protocol for third party SMS delivery. Almost every major carrier in the US and Canada supports this protocol and, as a result, this is the most heavily used protocol.

Why SMTP Messages Fail


07/06/2016 Sending Messages for Public Safety

In the Public Safety and Emergency Management world, making sure your messages are always delivered and received is incredibly important. There are many different ways to send messages and it can sometimes be confusing and frustrating to know what to do and how to do it. With that in mind, here are the best methods available to Public Safety and Emergency Management services for sending SMS messages.

Sending Messages for Public Safety


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

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

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

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

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

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

Mobile Healthcare Improves Postpartum Hypertension

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

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

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06/29/2016 10 Texting Tips and How to Avoid SMS Howlers

SMS marketing is recruitments best friend, and for very good reason. Not only can SMS save recruitment agencies money, but also recruiters time – and if that was not enough, candidates prefer to be contacted by SMS.

When candidates are on the hunt for a new job, it can be a little tricky if the candidate is in an existing job, emails are not immediate points of contact and phone calls are too risky – so SMS fills that void nicely.

When a recruiter receives a role, they might have 400 contacts that they know could fill the job – so what to do next?

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06/27/2016 Grandparenting Through Text Message

I do not think grandparenting through text message and Facebook is how either of us would like it to be. But after years of struggling to make our relationship work, this has grown into a wonderful option. And honestly, when I think about that, it makes me want to work harder to get along with my own children. And it also makes me hopeful that maybe, just maybe, using text and social media to reconnect with my mother will change things. Perhaps it will be the beginning of a rebirth for our relationship. One where I can call her for advice. One where we can casually chat and love each other without thinking about old tainted memories.

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06/14/2016 Smart Phone, Healthy You

Trying to keep that New Years resolution to stay fit? You'll be pleased to learn that technology can help you far more than it may distract you, if you use it right. Whether you want to stick to a fitness regimen, eat healthier, manage your weight, sleep better, or improve your overall wellness, there is, as they say, an app for that.

If you need some encouragement to stick to your workout routine, your smart phone's got you covered. Apps such as RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, and Fitocracy provide structure, incentive, and motivation by tracking your workouts. Tracking or logging workouts serves as an extra push to work out in the first place by making your adherence to your routine and your progress visible. And what's more encouraging than watching yourself improve?

Smart Phone, Healthy You


06/12/2016 Data 24-7 Integration Profile

Data24-7 is a real-time carrier lookup service that can be used in conjunction with PageGate to send messages without knowing an individuals telecom provider. Data24-7 and PageGate compliment one another by providing a total messaging solution. If you do not have a record of the telecom carrier(s) associated with a recipient's cell phone number, Data24-7 service can be a valuable addition to PageGate.

Data 24-7 Integration Profile


06/10/2016 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


06/08/2016 How to recover deleted text messages on your Android phone

You never get used to that gut-wrenching moment when one realizes a very important SMS message or thread has just been deleted. What do you do now? Desperate users will go through anything to save those crucial messages if the trashed information is important enough. Recovering deleted messages is no easy feat, but jumping some hoops will definitely get you somewhere. There are some chances you can get those precious text messages back, and we can help you get to them!

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06/06/2016 Text Messages Increase HIV Testing Among Young Women

Sending SMS text messages to college-aged Kenyan women significantly increased their likelihood of getting tested for HIV, according to a study published in the June issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

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06/04/2016 Send Orders By Text Messages

The Joint Commission has repealed its ban on the texting of orders for care, treatment, and services for all accredited hospitals and healthcare organizations as long as texting is done through a secure sign-on text messaging platform with several required features.

The ban was instated by the commission in 2011 over security concerns, but recent research suggests that platforms can be made secure and only authorized individuals can send and receive orders from their tablets and smartphones.

A recent study found that secure text messaging can help reduce hospital stays from 6 to 5.4 days within a month compared to traditional paging systems.

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06/02/2016 The First and Only National Text Message Crisis Line

We all experience moments of crisis. When we are vulnerable, it is easy to slip into helplessness. We begin to doubt and drown in despair. For some, social circles help us through. For others, it is not immediately apparent.

In desperate times, verbally articulating our feelings can difficult. Our voice can expose our innermost thoughts to prying ears. On the other hand, texting has become an extension of our thoughts and evolved to help us through our darkest hour.

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05/31/2016 Can Texting Double Your Odds of Kicking Smoking for Good?

Many smokers know all too well how difficult smoking can be to give up; a 2010 CDC survey showed that almost 7 out of 10 smokers wanted to kick the habit completely, yet many struggle to do so. And most smokers know how beneficial succeeding would be for their health-- after all, tobacco use is the greatest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States to this day, with more than 480,000 Americans dying from smoking or secondhand smoke each year. So, in the face of such difficulty but such importance, how does one quit for good?

Texting presents a tentative answer.

Can Texting Double Your Odds of Kicking Smoking for Good?


05/28/2016 Can SMS Bolster Skin Cancer Prevention?

Summer is in full swing, and for many of us, months of bright and sunny weather lie ahead. But before you pack the car and head to the beach, are you making sure you are protecting yourself from sun damage? If you find yourself forgetting the sunscreen or the hat a little too often, a new study from Australia may have a solution for you-- and that solution takes the form of texting.

Sun protection is of huge importance. We are hardly used to looking at a sunburn as a huge deal, but even one severe sunburn in one's childhood, or only five sunburns throughout one's life, can double one's risk of skin cancer, specifically melanoma. For our health and safety, it is critical to practice good sun protection habits.

Can SMS Prevent Skin Cancer?


05/26/2016 DaPro Systems Computer Aided Dispatch System

DaPro Systems computer aided dispatch software system gives 911 dispatchers the ability to record and manage all aspects of emergency calls for service, from the onset of the request for help until the call is cleared.

DaPro Systems CAD system relies on PageGate to provide first responders with immediate access to essential information and enables emergency calls to be processed accurately and efficiently. Critical information is immediately available, allowing personnel to maintain situational awareness and make timely decisions.

DaPro Systems Computer Aided Dispatch System


05/24/2016 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.

One device conservationalists are using to keep tabs on wildlife is cellular GPS collars.

Tracking Animals with SMS


05/22/2016 How SMS is Transforming Lives in Africa

The recent pace of economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa has undeniably been of enormous benefit to the continent. Countries such as Angola, Ghana, Mozambique, and Nigeria have profited from high levels of foreign investment and commodity exports, enabling them to invest in much-needed infrastructure. While this has certainly led to societal transformations, it has also exacerbated the gap between new technologies and old, often defective systems. Much of sub-Saharan Africa continues to be plagued by poor access to electricity, sporadic Internet coverage, and weak governance—none of which is promising for the development of the latest technologies. These obstacles, while challenging, have nevertheless provided fertile ground for innovations using an already widespread technology: the mobile phone.

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05/20/2016 Mercy Medicine Text Messages Keeping Diabetes in Check

Approximately one in six African-Americans in the state has diabetes, and South Carolina state has the 17th highest rate of diabetes among African-Americans in the nation. In 2014, three people died each day from diabetes, according to DHEC, and diabetes ranks as the seventh leading cause of death in South Carolina.

Diabetes also is a huge burden on the health care system: a total of $404 million in hospital charges related to diabetes was spent in 2014, representing a 60 percent increase over the past five years.

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05/18/2016 10 Things Your Phone Can Do in Emergency Situations

Owning a cell phone has come to be regarded as a necessity in modern society, and with the great advances that have been made in smart phone technology, most of us rely on our phones to help us in an array of situations. While most smart phone owners are acquainted with the helpfulness of features such as navigation apps and mobile broadband, many people have yet to discover the array of uses they may put their phones to in the event of a true emergency.

We have compiled a list of 10 things your phone can do in an emergency to shed light on this exciting and important realm of development:

10 Things Your Phone Can Do In An Emergency Situation


05/16/2016 How Text Messaging Has Changed The Real Estate Industry

Text messaging is in large part so impactful in realty because it is an ideal line of contact between buyers and sellers. Buyers increasingly feel comfortable with SMS, if not prefer it, as a mode of contact. Additionally, text messaging offers intrinsic benefits. It is much less invasive and time-consuming than a phone call, and it spares buyers the effort of writing down information received in a call, as a text message is its own record of information that can be revisited. Texting can even trump email, with more and more people prefering the convenience and casual nature of SMS.

How the Text Messaging Has Changed the Real Estate Industry


05/13/2016 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.

The Fire Horn


05/11/2016 Use Texting to Reach Millennials

Millennials have an overwhelming preference for texting according to new research. In fact, when given the choice between only being able to text or call on their mobile phones, 75 percent of millennials would rather lose the ability to talk.

Respondents to the survey from enterprise mobile specialist OpenMarket say texts are preferred because they are more convenient and on their own schedule (76 percent), texts are less disruptive than a voice call (63 percent), they prefer to text rather than call in general (53 percent) and because they never check voicemails (19 percent).

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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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