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03/13/2015 Verizon Conversion from TAP to SMTP

SMTP configurations vary from network to network. Some networks allow direct SMTP over port 25, others require that you relay traffic.

To determine which variety of SMTP is available to you, there is a connection test you'll need to run that requires the Telnet Client to be enabled in Windows.

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02/11/2015 How Your Phone Can Make Driving Safer

As much as we love our phones, their widespread use has a number of negative consequences, and the fact that almost one in four car collisions involve cell phones is a particularly grave one. However, many innovators have responded to this danger, developing technologies that aim to reduce the role of cell phones in distracted driving. These devices and applications serve to build understanding of the perils of distracted driving as well as to fight drivers' urges to use their phones on the road.

How Your Phone Can Make Driving Safer


03/09/2015 A vicious new Android bug can make calls, send messages, and take photos all while your phone is OFF

A sinister new bug hitting Android devices is capable of making calls, sending messages, and taking pictures, all while the phone appears to be off.

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03/06/2015 TD Bank Using Texting for Pilot Program

Canadian financial institutions have made significant advancements towards mobile banking, such as cheque deposits, stock trading, viewing bank balances, and transferring funds.

TD Bank, the second largest bank in Canada, has announced a new way for customers, or future customers, to seek quick feedback. Rather than calling into the call centre, TD Bank has launched the ability to connect via text message with TDHELP. This was originally a pilot project that kicked off last Fall and allows to ask questions about TD Banks services.

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03/04/2015 Text Messaging Declines in U.S. for First Time

In countries around the world, text-message traffic has been shrinking because Internet-powered alternatives are becoming so widely used. American carriers have fought off the decline — until now.

For the first time, the American wireless market saw a decline in the total number of messages sent by each customer each month, according to a report published Monday by Chetan Sharma, an independent mobile analyst who is a consultant for wireless carriers. In the third quarter of this year, cellphone owners sent an average of 678 texts a month, down from 696 texts a month in the previous quarter.

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03/02/2015 What is the Right Age for a Cell Phone?

It is generally accepted that most young people own and use cell phones, but how young is too young? Unfortunately, there is no magic number or formula that resolves the question of when your child should be given a cell phone.

What is the Right Age for a Cell Phone?


02/27/2015 SAT Word of the Day Via Text Message

A texting service that sends a message to your phone everyday with a word + definition + example sentence. Now available via email!

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02/25/2015 How Text Messaging Has Impacted Your Health

It seems self-evident that the health sector, among others, would utilize text messaging for near instant communication among doctors, nurses, and other hospital and clinic personnel when time is quite often of the utmost essence with patient lives.

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02/24/2015 5 of the Funniest Autocorrect Fails in Work Text Messages

So we love our phones and for good reason. But, sometimes, those amazing little devices play tricks on us. Have you ever sent a text to someone and realized a moment later that you sent it to the wrong person?

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02/23/2015 Text Messages a New Tool in the Fight to Prevent Skin Cancer

Funded by Cancer Australia, the 12-month trial targeted individuals aged between 18 and 42 - an age group in which mobile phone use is almost universal - and the results have just been published in international journal Preventative Medicine.

A Queensland-first, the Healthy Text trial tested the impact and value of SMS-delivered messages promoting sun protection along with skin self-examination for early detection of skin cancer, while a third group received texts encouraging physical activity.

Weekly texts for the first 12 weeks were followed by monthly text messages for another nine months and a final in-depth telephone interview was conducted.

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02/20/2015 Can a Text Message Help Bridge the Word Gap for Low Income Children?

Studies show that by age four, kids from low-income households will hear 30 million less words than their more affluent counterparts, who get more quality face-time with caretakers. That means the already disadvantaged are falling behind before the academic race has even begun. Educators have so far been largely unsuccessful when it comes to finding ways to bridge the so-called word gap.

But researchers at Stanford University think they may have found a solution.

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02/18/2015 Texting Not Yet a Standard in Doctors Office

A new survey from Salesforce of 1,700 American adults shows that most are satisfied with the care they receive from their physicians, despite fairly limited adoption of online tools to communicate with their doctors.

Less than 10 percent of those surveyed said they use the web, email or text to set up appointments, compared to 76 percent that still do so over the phone and 25 percent that schedule their appointments in person.

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02/17/2015 Crisis Line Taps Youth Social Media Leanings to Text Troubles

A new Wisconsin crisis line that encourages youths to text their troubles could be a boon to help increasing numbers of stressed adolescents cope, according to a La Crosse County health officials.

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02/16/2015 Text Message Preceding Deaths is Telling

On the way to the outdoor resort where former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was killed, he sent a text message to the friend sitting next to him about the third man in the truck: This dude is straight-up nuts.

and the response He is right behind me. Watch my six, Littlefield wrote, using a military phrase meaning watch my back.

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02/10/2015 A New Version of PageGate is Available

A new version of PageGate has been released details about the point release can be found in the PageGate release notes.


02/09/2015 Net Neutrality and SMS

Despite the attention, huge swathes of the American population still have no clue what net neutrality refers to. According to a recent Pew poll, some 40 percent of Americans either do not understand the concept or they have flat out never heard of it.

Even fewer understand the relationship between net neutrality and SMS.

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02/06/2015 52 Text Messages Love Bombs

One of his tips was to send loving text messages to each other during the day. Enter: love bombs. Enjoy the list!

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02/04/2015 Service Bays Turn to Texting

Many customers of Mossy Toyota, a San Diego dealership near the beach, are millennials, generally ages 18 to early 30s. In an increasingly digital, on-the-go world, Dale Snows challenge was to devise the most effective way to update them on car repairs.

The answer? A text message.

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02/03/2015 Library Adds Text Messaging

If you are eager to know when a book or other library material that you have put on hold is ready for pick-up, we have a new service to help you. Now you can sign up to receive a text message alert on your mobile phone that your hold item is in. It also allows you to renew your items just by sending us a text message.

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02/02/2015 Verizon is Discontinuing Support for TAP!

Verizon is discontinuing support for its TAP service effective 2/2/2015. If you have the Verizon TAP system configured in NotePager Pro or PageGate, this configuration will no longer function.

To quote Verizons support page:

Beginning 01/31/2015 we will no longer offer support for TAP (Telelocator Alphanumeric Protocol). If you are using a modem-based 1-800 TAP service to send text messages through our network, contact your business sales team for support.

If you or your organization are not part of an Emergency Management Service, unfortunately, this only leaves SMTP as a viable protocol for delivering messages to Verizon cell phones and you will need to update your configuration from TAP to SMTP.

If you or your organization are part of an Emergency Management Service, you can register on the Verizon Enterprise Messaging Access Gateway (EMAG, for short) by contacting your organization, city, county, state or regional Verizon Representative and requesting their assistance to register. Once the registration is complete, this will provide you with access to use SNPP, WCTP or SMTP to deliver your messages.


01/30/2015 New Role of Cell Phone in Politics

With the expansion of cell phones into so many aspects of our lives, it's hardly surprising that cell phones are playing a growing role in the political sphere. A huge majority of 88% of American voters own cell phones, 27% of whom have used their devices for politics-related purposes. While it is clear that the relationship between cell phones and politics has grown to be significant, it is less immediately evident what, exactly, the new role of cell phones in politics is.

New Role of Cell Phone in Politics


01/28/2015 Text Messaging Can Boost Medical Research Clinical Trial Recruitment

A real-world case study measuring the impact of Short Messaging System (SMS) or Text Messaging on clinical trial patient recruitment using an interactive two-way patient engagement platform by Mosio, Inc., which provides clinical research services designed to increase patient recruitment, engagement and retention, found that use of text messaging alone can be an effective means of patient engagement that results in clinical trial patient enrollment.

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01/27/2015 Text Messaging Glasses May be Coming to a Face Near You

The gadget: a pair of glasses that displays incoming text messages and allows you to answer them without touching your phone. They work by connecting to a mobile device via Bluetooth and allowing the user to use the glasses head and eye movement tracking to navigate through incoming or cached text messages which are displayed on the lens.

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01/26/2015 Should Parents Monitor Text Messages?

According to Pew Research Center, 63% of young people trade text messages every day with people in their lives, so your child is likely doing it. And, if you are worried you are crossing some kind of parental line by checking your childs text messages, stop worrying.  Cleveland Clinic Childrens psychologist Dr. Kristen Eastman says parents have every right to read them, they just have to go about it the right way.

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01/16/2015 When Crisis Strikes

We have all seen the tragedies that have struck a little too close to home. Be they humans doing or the acts of mother nature, they are jarring at best, in part because they so often feel as though they are beyond our control. While we certainly can't prevent all tragedies, or even predict them, the way we react to such events can be powerfully influential.

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01/09/2015 9 Most Famous Text Messages

In honor of the anniversary of the first text message, here are nine of the most famous text messages ever sent:

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01/07/2015 Bitcoin and Coinapult Transfers via SMS

Two days before the 2014 Bitcoin International Conference kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Coinapult joined forces with 37 Coins to launch a new bitcoin transfer service using SMS cellphone messaging. The two companies seek to expand the use of bitcoin to populations without smartphones or access to contemporary banking methods.

Bitcoin users worldwide are now able to send and receive payments, as well as view their transaction history, with a basic cell phone.

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01/06/2015 New Speakers From LG Can Be Controlled Through Text Messages

LG has unveiled its newest Music Flow products that includes three Wi-Fi speakers and three sound bars. The novel thing about these speakers is that it can be controlled via text message.

The new Wi-Fi Music Flow speakers can accept command from the messaging service Line. LG has also introduced its first battery-powered speakers.

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01/05/2015 SMS Information System for Airline

Ethiopian Airlines announced on Thursday the commencement of a Mobile Short Message Service (SMS) information system for customers of the Airline, starting from November 21, 2014. The service will permit customers to check flight availability, departure and arrival times, flight status and cargo shipment information by sending a mobile short code SMS text to the Ethio Telecom 8611 messaging number, instead of a regular mobile or fixed line call to Ethiopian Central Call Center.

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12/31/2014 Happy New Year SMS

Welcoming New Year with lovely SMSs is the current practice. Millions of people will send out New Year SMS wishes to their dear ones on December 31, 2014 and January 1, 2015 sharing the joy that comes at the fresh beginning of a year.

The flow of sending New Year SMS on December 31st is huge. It is one of the most used non-voice service that allows senders to stay connected and exchange ideas and send wishes to their loved ones.

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01/02/2015 Security Concerns with Android and New Virus

Cyber security sleuths have alerted Android-based smart phone users against an infectious Trojan virus which steals vital information from the personal device and can even illegally send SMSes to those on the mobile contact list.

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01/01/2015 Monitoring Kids Text Messages

According to Pew Research Center, 63% of young people trade text messages every day with people in their lives, so your child is likely doing it. And, if you are worried you are crossing some kind of parental line by checking your childs text messages, stop worrying.

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12/30/2014 Ethiopia Uses Text Messaging to Combat Ebola

Ethiopia launched on Saturday a phone text messaging campaign to raise funds as part of a continental drive for fighting the deadly Ebola virus.

The campaign seeks to encourage ordinary Africans to be part of the fight against the virus by sending text messages with their cell phones with the slogan StopEbola 7979 written in them.

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12/29/2014 Text Messaging Helps People Take Medications

Regular text message can help people on long-term prescriptions for chronic illness in remembering to take their medicines, study finds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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11/03/2014 Text Message Evidence

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

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

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

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

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