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07/17/2015 Text Messaging Therapy

If people could text their therapist when they need them from their own home, would that make people more likely to use a therapist and use them more often?

The tele-therapy trend was the driving force for Talkspace, a company married couple Roni and Oren Frank founded and launched in 2012. Roni credited therapy with saving their marriage.

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07/15/2015 Text Messaging Exercise Study

Chetan Mistry and the Behavioural Medicine Lab at the University of Victoria (BC) are seeking participants for an exercise planning study, delivered entirely via mobile phone through text messages!

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07/13/2015 FCC Approves New Rules So You Can Block Robocalls And Spam Text Messages

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted in favor of the protection of consumers against unwanted spam text messages and robocalls on both landlines and mobile phones.

The FCC approved new rules that will allow carriers to provide better call-blocking services to subscribers without violating rules on connecting calls. The agency also detailed a few exceptions to the new order, such as pharmacies calling customers for medication refills or calls from financial institutions alerting patrons of possible fraud on their bank accounts. However, debt collection or marketing calls from these companies are not included in the very narrow exclusions.

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07/10/2015 How Does Your iPhone Actually Crash?

You know that text thats going around? The one that will crash your whole iPhone if you get it? You may already know first hand, but it is for real. Here's how it works, as far as we can tell.

So what is this nasty little piece of text doing? Before we get there lets lay out a little vocab.

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07/08/2015 Text Messaging Surveys

A new study in PLoS One suggests that surveys delivered via smartphones as text messages may gather higher quality data than phone calls.1

The ubiquity of smartphones make them a great resource for gathering all sorts of data. UCSF’s Health e-Heart study is built on that idea, aiming to collect health data on a million people through their smartphones – including survey data.

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07/06/2015 Crashing Cell Phones

All it takes to crash an iPhone is one text message, because of a small set of Arabic characters that grow longer when you delete them. Probably.

So says Tom Scott, a British engineer and TV personality known for his explanatory YouTube clips. He tackled the interesting bug in a video published Friday.

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07/02/2015 Making Use of Cell Phones Abroad

Prices for calling, texting and using data overseas continue to fall, but the larger system relies on a haphazard and incomplete set of agreements among wireless companies from every country on earth.

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06/30/2015 Textitis?

Texting has made communication swifter and more accessible than ever before, but that is not without pitfalls. Texting is distracting, and texting while driving has been documented as even more dangerous than drinking behind the wheel. Texting can exacerbate joint pain and, in more serious conditions, lead to neurological damage. With eyes glued down to a screen, texting can lead to everyday aches and pains.

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06/29/2015 Text Alerts

When authorities became aware that kidnapping victim Cassidy Hayes might be in Arizona Monday, June 22, tens of thousands of smartphones sounded a loud tone and a text message warned users of an Amber Alert.

Residents in the Valley are familiar with this system, called Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)-they get fairly frequent alerts this time of year, warning  of severe monsoon weather.

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06/19/2015 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.

One major component of the role of mobile devices in politics is their effect on the spread of information. Cell phones, especially smart phones, afford their users faster, easier, and more frequent access to information, making them less likely to miss updates on campaigns and political events and issues. The convenient and quick access that smart phones afford their users may also encourage smart phone-owning voters to be more active in following political news than they would if they did not use smart phones.

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06/17/2015 Message Can Crash Skype

A new bug appears to crash Skype when a short string of text is sent as a message across the service — and the effects are so bad that it requires a reinstall to get things working hitch-free again.

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06/15/2015 Recovering from iPhone Crash

Have you heard about the nasty new iPhone prank that’s going around? Last week, it was discovered that a person could crash your iPhone by sending you a very specific string of non-Latin characters as a text message. If your iPhone attempts to display the text as a banner notification, the device will suddenly reset. Even attempting to view your Messages app can cause a repeat of the crash.

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06/12/2015 The One Text Message Everyone Hates Getting

Debt collectors reportedly have a new strategy to get consumers attention: text messages.

YOUR PAYMENT DECLINED WITH CARD ****-****-****-5463 . . . CALL 866.256.2117 IMMEDIATELY, reads one such text, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

The agency has temporarily halted three debt collection operations that allegedly misused texts and is attempting to permanently ban the activity as part of its Messaging for Money enforcement sweep.

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06/10/2015 Hairware Sends Text Messages From Your Hair Extensions

The wearable device translates hair-related gestures into common messaging means.

The specially designed hair extensions recognize certain user based behaviors that are not readily noticeable to most. The hair extensions are chemically metalized which enable electrical conductivity. The extensions are then touch sensitive, letting the user perform various tasks with different touches. Algorithms are used to interpret the persons commands and then do things like text message, record conversations and take pictures with their cell phone, all based on where the user touches the hair extension.

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06/08/2015 Text Message Crash

If the recipient uses an iPhone and has notifications turned on, a message will instantly crash their smartphone.

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06/05/2015 Active911 Wiki Details PageGate Integration

here are several ways to configure PageGate to send messages to Active911. The easiest method is to create a new recipient and add this recipient to the desired group in PageGate that is currently receiving messages over either SNPP or SMTP.

Active911 Details PageGate Integration


06/03/2015 Juror Notification via Text Message

It can be difficult to schedule life around jury duty, but a new tool in San Joaquin County may make it easier to find out when to show up for court by using text messages to notify jurors.

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06/01/2015 Settling Text Messaging Disputes

Google wants to settle that argument you’re having with your friend over text message.

Already the go-to destination for daily disputes over historical facts, figures and more, the search giant has patented a way to immediately look for answers right inside a text message window, Quartz reports. The new software would embed a search function within a messaging platform that allows users to seamlessly ask Google a question without leaving the conversation.

Google received the patent on May 12, and it aims to halt arguments by quickly looking up the requested information.

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05/29/2015 Text Messaging for Pain Management

Patients who text message someone, even a stranger, before having minor surgery have a reduced need for pain medication, according to a recently published study by Research Triangle Park-based RTI International, Cornell University and LaSalle Hospital in Quebec.

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05/28/2015 Text Messaging for Birth Control

Sending teen girls periodic text messages reminding them to follow through on their clinic appointments for periodic birth control injections can go a long way toward improving timing and adherence to contraception in an age group that is notoriously noncompliant, according to a small study from the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center.

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05/26/2015 Sprint Offers Free Calls And Text Messages To Nepal

Following in the footsteps of Skype of Microsoft, Sprint, one of the major mobile service providers here in the US have announced that they will be waiving and crediting calls and text messages made by Sprint customers to Nepal – in a retroactive move, starting from April 25 onward, and this particularly benevolent move is set to continue all the way through to May 16, 2015. In other words, if you were to make calls or write out texts to Nepal, there will be no charges involved to all postpaid and prepaid customers of Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.

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05/22/2015 Updated TAP Telephone Numbers

TAP paging terminal phone number directory. Text messages can be sent to SMS devices, phones or pagers via paging terminals.

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05/20/2015 How to Flirt With Text Messages

There are so many benefits to sending sweet or naughty text messages. For starters, they are a great way to keep the spice in your relationship and serve as a thoughtful reminder when received unexpectedly. If you want to let your man know what you're thinking but have a hard time saying it, the text will do it for you!

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05/18/2015 Deadly Text Message Prediction

The driving drunk text message saying Driving drunk woo. I'll be dead thanks to you, came eerily true just three minutes after the text message was sent by 24-year-old Mila Dago in Miami, Florida. Dago, who sent the angry text message to her boyfriend during a nasty breakup, did not know how quickly her words would turn into reality.

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05/15/2015 SNPP Settings for Carriers

We are frequently updating our SNPP Listings at http://www.notepage.net/snpp.htm

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05/13/2015 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. The down side to this protocol is that it is effectively Email, which means that there are a lot of issues that can arise from using it.

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05/11/2015 U Washington Delivers Sex Ed Via Text Message

Text messaging that connects teens with sexual health educators is effective for delivering sexual health information, according to a recent study in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. The research abstract is online and the work will appear in an upcoming print issue of the journal Health Education and Behavior.

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05/08/2015 Supportive Text Messages May Help Moms with Postpartum Depression

Researchers at Saint Louis University have found that sending supportive text messages to low-income mothers with postpartum depression can be a useful, low-cost adjunct therapy to counseling.

For the study, at-risk, low-income mothers of racial and ethnic minority backgrounds were sent supportive text messages four times a week for six months in addition to traditional counseling services in an academic pediatric office. By the end of the study, 4,158 text messages were successfully delivered to 54 mothers.

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05/06/2015 U.S. Marshals Ask the Public to Use Text Messaging to Report Non-Compliant Sex Offenders

The U.S. Marshals Service is launching tip411, an internet-based tool from CitizenObserver that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to the Marshals and lets investigators respond back in real time to create an anonymous, two-way conversation.

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05/04/2015 How Smart Phones Have Changed the World

With the ongoing move of smart phones towards near-ubiquity, much of society has come to take these do-all devices for granted. In overcoming the novelty of smart phones, many of us have lost our one-time sense of awe at this technology, and ceased marveling at the effect it has had on the world around us. However, it is undeniable that smart phones have exerted a huge and multi-faceted impact on society, and continue to do so to this day.

How Smart Phones Have Changed the World


04/30/2015 Why Doctors Like Healthy Mass Text Messaging

Missed appointments are a common problem in the health care industry, and they can result in a significant waste of resources.

As such, many health care providers are trying to develop effective systems to minimize missed appointments.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to remind patients of appointments is to send them text messages.

Here is a look at how doctors in the United States are using text messaging to keep missed appointments to a minimum.

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04/28/2015 Mobile Messaging can cut Hospital Readmissions

A 10-month Philadelphia hospital text message and email reminder pilot scheme cut its 30-day readmission rates among chronic heart failure patients by 10%.

The pilot, which involved 368 congestive heart failure patients and a total of 784 discharges, found that patients were not only more likely to arrange and attend their follow-up appointment if prompted by a text message, phone call or email reminder, they were also less likely to be readmitted to hospital.

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04/26/2015 Eyes Up: Text Message Tombstones Aim to Curb Distracted Walking

Distracted walking is another known danger, with digitally-distracted pedestrians a threat on our sidewalks and intersections—prompting a handful of US communities to now fine people caught in the act of walking and texting.

These technology addicts are not just a public nuisance. Ohio State University researchers found that more than 1,500 Americans ended up in the hospital from accidents related to being distracted while walking—and that was based on emergency room visits through 2010.

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04/24/2015 Rwandans Adopting Text Messaging In Huge Numbers

More Rwandans have turned to short text messages to communicate, with the number of SMSs sent last year rising by over six billion for on-net texts compared to the previous year.

According to the telecom sector 2014 report by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority, close to 7.4 billion on-net short messages were sent out last year compared to 961.7 million in 2013. Off-net text messages also increased tremendously to 159.9 million texts, up from just 22.8 million SMSs the previous year.

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04/22/2015 Text Messages May Be A Good Way To Help Mothers With Postpartum Depression

Researchers at Saint Luis University are explored the feasibility of helping low-income mothers through postpartum depression using text messages.

For the study, researchers evaluated the feasibility of sending supportive text messages to low-income mothers of racial and ethnic minority backgrounds with postpartum depression and gauge the perception of receiving such message for depression.

Mothers found to be at risk received supportive text messages four times a week for six months, in addition to receiving access to traditional counseling services in an academic pediatric office. By the end of the research period, 4,158 text messages (86.1 percent of those sent) were successfully delivered to 54 mothers.

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04/20/2015 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.

Smart Phone, Healthy You


04/17/2015 7 Rules of Texting Etiquette

Speed plus convenience makes texting the go-to option for on-the-go conversation. In fact, over five billion messages are sent per day! While a text message may be more casual than a phone call or an email, texting whatever, whenever, to whomever has consequences.

Avoid these gaffes when you send messages from your cell phone

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04/15/2015 Are You Worried About Text Messages?

Are you worried about hackers stealing millions of your customer records? According to one security vendor, you should be more worried about your employees spilling corporate secrets via text message, 160 characters at a time.

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04/13/2015 Text Messages from Cows?

Text messaging is now being used for a different purpose than to keep contact with friends and family. It is being used on dairy farms to send farmers information about equipment

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04/08/2015 How to Travel with Your Phone

We hve all heard horror stories about the traveler who comes home to a $6,000 phone bill after using their device abroad. While using your phone outside of the country is likely to cost you a little more than usual, you shouldn't be afraid of taking your phone with you on your travels. Before shooting that MMS with the view from your hotel room, though, you should do a little research to make sure you are not in over your head.

How to Travel with Your Phone


04/06/2015 Should We Keep a Low Profile in Space?

For more than a half-century, a small group of astronomers has sought intelligent company among the stars. They have done so by turning large radio antennas skyward, hoping to eavesdrop on signals from an advanced society. It’s a program known as SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

But now some researchers propose that we should do more than simply don headphones and await E.T.’s call: We should make serious efforts to encourage a response from putative aliens by deliberately transmitting our own messages.

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04/03/2015 To Help Language Skills of Children, a Study Finds, Text Their Parents With Tips

Preschoolers performed better on literacy tests when their parents received text messages with tips on how to help them, a study in San Francisco found.

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04/01/2015 Text Messaging Reminders for Breast Cancer Screenings

Do text message reminders sent to women increase the number of women who will attend a screening?

Just last year, the Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku in Finland published a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research and found that 77 percent of the studies they reviewed found that text messaging improved health care outcomes such as appointment attendance.

In this double-blind randomized controlled study, a team of researchers funded by the Imperial College Healthcare Charity, had set out to test whether text message reminders were effective in reminding women about their breast cancer screening appointment.

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03/30/2015 Texting Saves Newborns

Representatives of the South-Korean cooperation agency Koica and the UN childrens fund Unicef have visited Bugesera to assess how health services providers and community health workers use Rapid SMS technology to assist pregnant women and newborns. Both organizations have supported the establishment of the system.

According to Unicef deputy representative Oliver Petrovic, beneficiaries of rapid SMS include pregnant mothers, newborns and children under the age of two, while users are among others community health workers, providers at health centers, district hospital local administrators, as well as private sector and policy makers at central and district level .

He said that he was impressed by the work being implemented on the ground, where the Rapid SMS system is reducing maternal deaths and improving the lives of mothers.

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03/23/2015 Health Implications of Text Messaging

When we think of texting, we tend to envision a purely social medium: first to come to mind is often the image of teenagers firing off messages bereft with acronyms. While texting is an enormously popular social medium and has played a key role in shaping communication, it plays other significant roles in our lives. In fact, texting may have a variety of surprising implications for the world of health and medicine.

Health Implications of Text Messaging


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