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Telecom Industry News and Software Tips for Text Messengers. Daily information and news related to telecommunications, paging, text messaging, and sms messaging. Includes news announcements from the industry and tips related to text messaging and SMS.



Published: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Last Build Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2016 19:37:47 -0400

 



Integration Partner Directory

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400

NotePage's Integration Partners are software developers that have complimentary product lines, that have a need or an option of integrating text messaging into their applications. NotePage has worked with the following software companies to develop tutorials detailing how NotePage's software can be used in conjunction with their solutions.

Integration Partner Directory



PageGate SMS and Text Messaging Knowledgebase

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Questions and answers about text messaging and SMS

PageGate SMS and Text Messaging Knowledgebase



PageGate Interface Introductions Video Tutorial

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400

In this tutorial, we'll be going over a brief introduction to the different interfaces for PageGate and their functions.

The full list of interfaces that PageGate supports is as follows:
GUI Client
GetASCII
GetMail
GetSerial
GetTAP
GetWeb
GetSNPP
GetTouchTone

PageGate Interface Introductions Video Tutorial



Direct Database Integration with PageGate

Sun, 6 Nov 2016 19:27:26 -0400

Follow these steps for direct database integration with PageGate Direct Database Integration with PageGate



How Construction Firms are Using Text Messaging

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 15:25:37 -0400

Texting has become a major mode of communication and coordination for many workplaces, allowing colleagues to exchange information rapidly and effectively. While SMS is of great aid to office environments, firms with more widely distributed work sites could benefit even more from the extensive and efficient communication network that texting affords. Construction firms are no exception, where text messaging is put to task as an effective way of keeping employees up to date and safe.

Using text messaging to perform basic employee coordination is especially important for construction firms, which may mobilize multiple teams of workers to a range of sites in one day.

How Construction Firms are Using Text Messaging



Is Texting Keeping Teens Up at Night?

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400

It is hardly news that teenagers are not getting enough sleep--90% of teens get fewer than the eight to ten hours of sleep per night recommended for healthy development and function. A growing public health concern, sleep deprivation is particularly dangerous for youths, who rely on sleep for healthy mental and physical development. With teen sleep loss growing in public attention, and technology in a sense dominating the lives of young people, we must wonder if and how our devices play into this phenomenon.

Is Texting Keeping Teens Up at Night?



Tracking Animals with SMS

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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. Cellular collars are affixed to animals, which then use GPS to calculate the animal's coordinates.

Tracking Animals with SMS



Condoms on call: An SMS can save you from having that baby

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

If you are still shy of buying a condom or if you just remembered that you needed lube, here is help at hand. Here are two initiatives helping people avoid being embarrassed and practising safety in their intimate moments.

Now you do not need to think twice before buying a condom or a contraceptive, thanks to the young entrepreneur Sirhaan Seth. The eighteen-year-old has started an SMS Contraceptive venture where one can order condoms, emergency contraceptives pills, lubes and pregnancy tests through Snapchats, WhatsApp or text message.

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NIH funds innovative study to examine use of text messaging in improving diabetes care

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:00:21 -0400

Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute has received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund an innovative clinical trial that will use mHealth technology and text messaging to improve type 2 diabetes management among high-risk Hispanic patients in San Diego County.

Known as Dulce Digital-Me, this is the third research effort by the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute to win funding from the federal agency in the past 13 months. In August 2015, the Scripps institute received $2.1 million to study the use of specially trained medical assistants as diabetes health coaches. A month later, the institute received $2.4 million to study a nurse and volunteer team approach to reduce hospitalizations among Hispanic patients with multiple chronic conditions.

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Pilots, air traffic controllers shifting to text Messaging

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation's busiest airports by the end of the year, a milestone that holds the potential to reduce delays, prevent errors and save billions of dollars in fuel cost, says the Federal Aviation Administration.

Controllers and pilots will still use their radios for quick exchanges like clearance for takeoff and in emergencies and situations where time is critical. But the nations air traffic system is gradually shifting to text messages for a majority of flying instructions.

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A Virtual Text Messaging Counselor

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:14:01 -0400

Struggling to meet the rising demand for mental health services on campuses, colleges turn to online platforms and text messaging services. Experts are divided on the effectiveness of these approaches.

The platform is one of several digital tools -- from online portals to text messaging services and smartphone apps -- that colleges are using to provide wider access to mental health services as campus health centers struggle to meet the rising counseling demands of students. Use of what’s called telepsychology for mental health services is increasing, according a survey released earlier this year by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors. In the 2013-14 academic year, 6.6 percent of counseling centers reporting using telepsychology in some form. The following year, the figure was up to 9.1 percent.

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How businesses benefit from text messaging

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:12:19 -0400

Text messaging also has the advantage of being a native phone function. Itȗs a universal platform that is more prevalent than the many messaging apps where chatbots tend to reside. Texting is something most people use in the course of regular communications. In fact, around 97 percent of Americans text at least once a day on their cell phones.

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Why Campus Security Needs Texting

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

With instances of gun violence and other emergency situations on college campuses making the news all too often, security systems at colleges and universities remain of the utmost importance. Campus security not only needs to be strong, but current to ensure the safety of students. Following the model of many of our world's functions today, many colleges and universities are looking to text messaging to keep campus safety as modern and powerful as possible.

Why Campus Security Needs Texting



You Will Not Believe How These People Are Texting

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Most of us know textings being used for just about everything these days, but some of the new ways texting is being applied to our lives still manage to surprise us. For instance, have you ever twirled a piece of hair to send a text, or brushed away a rogue strand to take pictures on your cell phone? Or imagined one day dairy cows might text their farmers to let them know how they are doing? Neither had we, but new technologies have allowed these seeming absurdities, and more, to become realities.

You Will Not Believe How These People Are Texting



Innovative ways your phone can help you get home safely

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:00:50 -0400

Have you ever had the feeling that someone was following you? Or maybe you were out with a group and suddenly found yourself surrounded by strangers. It is not safe to go for a walk, shop, exercise, or drive alone anymore.

You have one gadget that can let others watch over you and in the event of an emergency, summon help. But your phone must have the tools before you need them.

After you read about the tools, take the next step and put them on your phone. It may save your life someday. Be sure to share this article with family and friends, especially college students and anyone living alone. Just remember, nothing is a substitute for common sense and good planning

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The Death of the Telephone Call

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:00:20 -0400

Not entirely of the past, of course; phone conversation lives on in roughly the same way that swing dancing lives on, or Latin declension, or manual transmission. You can still find it, but you have to look a lot harder, because it is no longer a way of life.

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Spotlight on Schools: Text messaging program encourages at-home reading

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Get Georgia Reading, a statewide reading enhancement program, began its Ready4K text messaging program on Monday to encourage parents to read to their students.

Thousands of parents and guardians signed up last year to receive text message reminders, in both English and Spanish, to help prepare their 4- and 5-year-olds for success when they begin kindergarten.

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Text Message Notification for Web Surveys

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Text messaging has grown in popularity in recent years, leading survey researchers to explore ways texts might be used as tools in the public opinion research process. In the U.S., at least, researchers must obtain consent from respondents before they are permitted to send an automated text. This means that text messaging can not be used in standard one-off surveys of the public ȑ surveys where pollsters reach out to a randomly sampled list of telephone numbers. Texting also presents measurement challenges in terms of offering only limited space for writing questions and requiring respondents to type rather than click. While these factors limit the utility of texting for interviewing itself, texting has been explored as a means of alerting people to complete a survey, such as by sending them a link to a web survey.

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Abu Dhabi Police to send instant texts on traffic violations

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Abu Dhabi: Motorists in Abu Dhabi will receive instant text messages about traffic violations committed by them thanks to an advanced messaging system developed by Abu Dhabi Police.

Brigadier Ali Khalfan Al Daheri, general manager of Central Operations General Directorate, said Abu Dhabi Police are going to make its text messaging system for motorists more advanced and flexible.

When a motorist commits a traffic violation, he or she will get an instant text message with all relevant details such as the fine amount, nature of violation and exact place, etc. The message will also mention the previous violation and its fine.

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Is Texting Changing Our Brains?

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 15:14:40 -0400

Texting touches nearly every area of our lives these days, taking an increasingly large role in our social, personal, professional, and romantic lives. With its great impact, and our near obsession with our cell phones, it does not seem far-fetched that our texting habit is affecting our brains. But could it be true?

Is Texting Changing Our Brains?



Integration Methods for Public Safety

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:11:12 -0400

There are many different ways to integrate PageGate with other programs and hardware and these forms of integration are invaluable to Public Safety and Emergency Management Systems because it allows you to send pages to pagers, SMS to cell phones, Email to email addresses or any combination of the three. It is a fairly easy process but knowing how to integrate with our software is a key step in understanding what's going to be best for your environment.


Integration Methods for Public Safety



Direct Database Integration with PageGate

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:08:47 -0400

Follow these steps for direct database integration with PageGate

Direct Database Integration with PageGate






Texting To Improve College Transitions

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:02:59 -0400

We use text messaging for a variety of things; to chat with family and friends, to check-in with a coworker, or send a photo, but what about for academics?

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has been a pioneer in helping to develop a national text message counseling program that helps first-time college students transition more easily into college life. This year, that program goes statewide.

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Consumers text YES for healthcare messages

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:08:00 -0400

The three-month study compared 17,000 newly enrolled IEHP members who participated in an IEHP text message program, to IEHP members who did not receive text messages.

A total of 227,222 messages were sent to IEHP members over the course of the study. The messages were automated and targeted to factor in a consumer’s age and if they spoke English or Spanish. The messages were typically about: choosing a doctor, using the nurse advice line, scheduling routine care, finding an urgent care clinic, operating the community resource center, and health tips and challenges. IEHP sent four types of messages: information, open-ended, on-demand resources and challenges, and interactive polls.

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Can This App Change Your Day with One Text Message?

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:04:53 -0400

Can an affirmation in the form of a text message alter the course of someones day? Naomi Hirabayashi, co-founder and co-CEO of Shine Text, an app that delivers daily affirmations and life advice to users via text or Facebook message, says: without a doubt.

During a process called value affirmation, a person thinks about something that's important to them — whether it be religion, family, etc. — which causes the rewards center of the brain to activate. Because this area of the mind is responsible for causing behaviors to repeat, the good feeling of reminding oneself of a paramount purpose makes the brain seek out that positivity again and again.

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How to block text messages on iOS and Android

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:03:14 -0400

Regardless of which feature-rich smartphone you have, its main function is to keep you in contact with the people in your life. Calling someone is one way to catch up, but it’s hard to argue against texting and SMS messaging, which, for many, is faster and more convenient

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Why You Could Never Forget an Appointment Again, Thanks to Texting

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Many of us have tried leaving ourselves notes or setting alarms as reminders of appointments and meetings, with varying degrees of efficacy, but what about reminder texts? Scheduling text messages that remind you at opportune times of commitments could be an easy and effective way to help us avoid forgetting them. Reminder texts can also be a great alternative to the reminder mailings or phone calls many practices use to confirm appointments.

Why You Could Never Forget an Appointment Again, Thanks to Texting



How to Integrate Messaging Into Existing Apps

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:00:00 -0400

PageGate has been designed to integrate as easily as possible with existing application. Here are some ways to use PageGate's modules to integrate with other applications:

How to Integrate Text Messaging into Existing Apps



How Texting Can Keep You Safe in Severe Weather

Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:39:16 -0400

Most of us can recall a time when we wished we'd planned a little better during a big storm. After all, bad weather is an unavoidable fact of life, and all we can do when severe weather is expected is plan accordingly to stay warm, dry, and safe. Believe it or not, text messaging can help you do that: SMS weather alerts are perhaps the most powerful and effective tool to stay in the know, and therefore to plan right, for severe weather.

Text message weather warnings take advantage of the immediacy of SMS. During an inclement weather situation, it is best to be in the know as soon as possible. Rather than finding out via friends and family or news articles, getting information from text alerts ensures that updates are immediate. And text messages are more likely to be seen, and seen immediately, than other media like broadcasts and emails.

How is Text Messaging Can Keep You Safe In Severe Weather



10 Things Your Phone Can Do in An Emergency Situation

Mon, 5 Sep 2016 12:35:26 -0400

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 Emergency Situations



Can text messages lead to safer sex?

Tue, 6 Sep 2016 12:34:03 -0400

The Safetxt trial, funded by a £1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), is designed to reduce sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in young people in England by sending regular text messages offering non-judgemental sexual health support. The messages, developed after a pilot trial and consultation with young people, will support recipients in telling a partner about an infection, using condoms, and getting tested before unprotected sex with a new partner.

Younger people have the highest rates of STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, which can have severe long-term health effects including ectopic pregnancy and fertility problems. In the UK, the estimated direct cost of treating chlamydia and gonorrhoea in 2004 was £70 million, while the overall cost of treating STIs and resulting conditions in 2003 was £700 million.

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How Has Text Messaging Changed Real Estate?

Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:00:27 -0400

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.

How Has Text Messaging Changed Real Estate?



How is Texting Impacting Human Trafficking?

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:00:47 -0400

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?



4 clever online dating messaging tips to keep in mind

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Have room to improve your messaging? Keep these tips in mind

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10 keys to keeping text messages safe

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Before implementing a secure text messaging approach, leaders from IT, clinical, security, legal and human resources must collaborate to develop policies and procedures ensuring that all processes and technology involved will be effective and secure. Here are 10 ways to get there, based on research by Spok, a vendor that specializes in messaging applications.

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Georgia launches voter registration effort via text message

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Georgia officials launched a new service Wednesday allowing residents to register to vote via text message.

To use it to register or to check your current voter status, text GA or Georgia to 2VOTE (28683).

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Text messages are educating teens about sex, to curb HIV infection rates

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Teens in Mozambique with questions about sexual health and HIV can turn to an expert in the same way they communicate with friends or family. A text messaging platform in the African country answers questions young people have about sex and relationships, destigmatizing curiosity about reproductive health.

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Is Texting Changing Our Brains?

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Texting touches nearly every area of our lives these days, taking an increasingly large role in our social, personal, professional, and romantic lives. With its great impact, and our near obsession with our cell phones, it doesn't seem far-fetched that our texting habit is affecting our brains. But could it be true?

Is Texting Changing Our Brains?



Texting Art: How Technology and Tradition Might Be Reconciled

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Text message art displays have been housed temporarily across the country in pop-ups at museums, art shows, festivals, and other venues. In all these places they have done service both to the tradition and future of art as well as our technology and its important implications. Perhaps they have left inspiration and hope for the harmonious existence of our ubiquitous technology and our higher pursuits.

Texting Art: How Technology and Tradition Might Be Reconciled



Text messages are helping moms with postpartum depression

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400

A text message could be the difference between life and death for mothers severely suffering from postpartum depression, and one local medical team is using the technology to save mothers and their newborns.

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Pilots are Using Text Messaging

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Under the new Data Comm system, pilots receive flight plans, landing clearances, and other instructions from air traffic controllers through a text message on a cockpit screen. Pilots confirm receipt with a single button.

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Updating Telephone Technology for the Deaf Community

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:00:00 -0400

For most Americans, making a phone call is an easy matter. But individuals who are athaf or severely hard of hearing are dependent on adaptive technologies to transmit or translate their text input and enable phone calls to friends, employers, and even emergency responders.

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking and issued a proposed rule that would require providers and manufacturers to replace the currently mandated but outdated text telephone technology with real-time text technology. Unlike text telephone technology, real-time text works over IP-based wireless services, provides instantaneous communication, and does not require additional hardware.

Female hands touching and using cell in sun filled roomText telephone technology was first developed in the 1970s. It was a remarkable breakthrough in communication for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. But it is now increasingly obsolete. The technology requires the use of a specialized device, a teletypewriter, in order to send messages. The teletypewriter can only send sixty words per minute and employs a limited set of characters, preventing the communication of anything employing special characters or non-English letters. In order to communicate with someone who doesn’t have a teletypewriter, a person needs to employ a third-party translation service.

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Why Putting a Period in Your Text Messages Makes You a Monster

Mon, 8 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400

There is a whole lot of nuance when it comes to text messaging—especially in the subtleties of punctuation. Obviously, a question mark conveys some sort of inquiry and an exclamation point denotes varying degrees of enthusiasm (depending on how many are actually used), but there is one type of punctuation that, despite its necessity in all other types of communication, invariably conveys something negative when used in a text: the period.

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How Young Authors Are Publishing... by Texting?

Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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?



How Texting Is Helping Victims of Violence Across the World

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



VA Ignored 30 Percent Of Text Messages Sent To Suicide Crisis Hotline

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Consumers want text message reminders for prescribed medications, Locent and Google survey finds

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Text Messaging Creates Unique Brain Waves

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Hotels Embrace Text Messaging

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Bastille Day killer sent creepy final text message

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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How Has Text Messaging Changed Real Estate?

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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?



How is Texting Impacting Human Trafficking?

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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?



Why SMTP Messages Fail

Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



Sending Messages for Public Safety

Wed, 6 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



UW Literacy Research Center Brings Text Messaging Program to Wyoming

Mon, 4 Jul 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Text Messaging for the Win on High Blood Pressure

Fri, 1 Jul 2016 14:25:01 -0400

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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10 Texting Tips and How to Avoid SMS Howlers

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Grandparenting Through Text Message

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Smart Phone, Healthy You

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



Data 24-7 Integration Profile

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



How Realtors are Using Text Messaging

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



How to recover deleted text messages on your Android phone

Wed, 8 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Text Messages Increase HIV Testing Among Young Women

Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Send Orders By Text Messages

Sat, 4 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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The First and Only National Text Message Crisis Line

Thu, 2 Jun 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Can Texting Double Your Odds of Kicking Smoking for Good?

Tue, 31 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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?



Can SMS Bolster Skin Cancer Prevention?

Sat, 28 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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?



DaPro Systems Computer Aided Dispatch System

Thu, 26 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



Tracking Animals with SMS

Tue, 24 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



How SMS is Transforming Lives in Africa

Sun, 22 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Mercy Medicine Text Messages Keeping Diabetes in Check

Fri, 20 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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10 Things Your Phone Can Do in Emergency Situations

Wed, 18 May 2016 09:00:03 -0400

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



How Text Messaging Has Changed The Real Estate Industry

Mon, 16 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



The Fire Horn

Fri, 13 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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.

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Use Texting to Reach Millennials

Wed, 11 May 2016 09:00:37 -0400

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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10 Texting Habits You Need to Drop

Mon, 9 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



Did you know PageGate Can be Used Without Carrier Specific Information?

Fri, 6 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



QED CAD Integratoin With PageGate

Wed, 4 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



Text message medication reminders can save the lives of those with chronic illness

Mon, 2 May 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Your texts are not as secure as you think

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Using automated health text messaging in pediatric obesity

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:00:43 -0400

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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How Text Messages Are Saving Moms From Dying During Childbirth

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:00:35 -0400

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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Zetron Integration

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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



Did You Know PageGate Can Post Updates to a Webpage?

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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?



7 gotta-know iOS and Android Text-messaging Tricks

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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The Messaging Wars

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Marijuana Study to Utilize Text Messaging

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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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Can Text Messaging Boost Prenatal Care?

Fri, 8 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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

Can Text Messaging Boost Prenatal Care?



Text Messaging Medication Reminders Can Save the Lives of those with Chronic Illness

Wed, 6 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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

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

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Text Messaging Mix Up Ends in Good Deed

Mon, 4 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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

Mark and Lindsey Lashley welcomed their first child on Saturday.

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

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NotePage Newsletter

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Hi , Welcome to NotePage news. If preferred this newsletter can also be viewed online at: http://www.notepage.net/newsletter-03-22-2016.htm New Integration Profiles We are very pleased to announced four new integration partner profiles. All of these partners use PageGate to enhance their existing solutions. Zetron - Terminal Manufacturer http://www.notepage.net/zetron/zetron.htm GroundProbe - Slope Monitoring Solution http://www.notepage.net/groundprobe/groundprobe.htm The Fire Horn - Public Safety Solution http://www.notepage.net/firehorn/firehorn.htm Spillman Autopage - Computer Aided Dispatch http://www.notepage.net/streamline-solutions/streamline-solutions.htm Did You Know PageGate Can be Used to Post Updates to Websites? Did you know that PageGate can post updates to a website via CGI commands? The current version of PageGate can use the GET and POST methods of passing CGI variables to a web server, allowing you to pass updates to a website as part of your outbound messaging. http://www.notepage.net/did-you-know-pagegate-can-post-updates-to-website.htm Did You Know PageGate Can Update Twitter? You can use an app like Tweetymail, TweetByMail or Tweetc to link an email address that PageGate can deliver traffic to. Every time an email gets delivered, it will post to your Twitter account. To configure PageGate to send an email, SMTP configurations vary from network to network. Some networks allow direct SMTP over port 25, others require that you relay your messages through a mail server. http://www.note[...]



GroundProbe Slope Monitoring Solution

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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

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

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Text Messaging and Blood Pressure

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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

1. What was the motivation behind your study?

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

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5 Common SMS Sext scams, and how to Avoid Them

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0400

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

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How Construction Firms Are Using Text Messages

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500

Texting has become a major mode of communication and coordination for many workplaces, allowing colleagues to exchange information rapidly and effectively. While SMS is of great aid to office environments, firms with more widely distributed work sites could benefit even more from the extensive and efficient communication network that texting affords. Construction firms are no exception, where text messaging is put to task as an effective way of keeping employees up to date and safe.

Using text messaging to perform basic employee coordination is especially important for construction firms, which may mobilize multiple teams of workers to a range of sites in one day.

How Construction Firms are Using Text Messaging



Top Settings for Carriers

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500

Top Carrier Settings for Sending Text Messages.



Spillman AutoPage Works with PageGate

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500

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

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How Text Messages and Volunteer Midwives are Saving lives in Rwanda

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 09:00:00 -0500

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

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