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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, 27 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Last Build Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:59:50 -0500

 



The City of Everett is Using PageGate

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

The city of Everett, MA has deployed the PageGate GUI Client to workstations within their dispatch center for manual messaging of personnel and has configured PageGate to read data from a CAD system to automate certain types of messages.

The City of Everett



Critical Alert Systems

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Critical Alert Systems (CAS) offers an advanced, reliable and secure Nurse Call system. The Critical Alert solutions enable hospitals to improve patient satisfaction, enhance outcomes and drive down costs.

Critical Alert Systems uses technology to increase patient safety, leads to quieter, more efficient units, improved outcomes for patients, and better utilization of nursing resources.

Critical Alert Systems



GroundProbe

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

GroundProbe provides high value information to help customers to better manage risk. With a range of slope monitoring solutions built on the successful detection of over 500 wall failures, GroundProbe's products, services and people enable customers to make confident decisions about mine safety and ongoing production.

GroundProbe



TigerText Works with PageGate

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:00:33 -0500

TigerText and PageGate are a combined solution. TigerText allows you to recall your message at any time and knows when your messages have been read. The unique features of TigerText allow for HIPAA compliance, SOX and other regulatory compliance. PageGate can use the TigerText message delivery gateway to send regulatory compliant messages and, as such, there are many different functions that the combined solution can provide.

TigerText



Five Ways SMS and MMS Enhance the Customer Experience

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:00:10 -0500

With 90 percent of companies today competing solely on the basis of the customer experience, it is imperative that organizations work to enhance their sustomer experience strategy. One easy way to consistently deliver amazing customer experiences is through short message service (SMS) and multimedia message service (MMS), both which have been proven as preferred means of engagement among consumers today.

Here are five ways that SMS and MMS specifically enhance the customer experience:

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The Future of SMS

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Business Use Will Increase
SMS has a bright future in the business world. More and more businesses are understanding the versatile role SMS can play in marketing and customer service and are exploring new opportunities for increasing customer engagement.

Did you know that 90 percent of smartphone users enrolled in SMS loyalty clubs with companies feel like they benefit from the interaction?


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How to block text messages on iOS and Android

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

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.

However, there are times when you may receive a message from a contact you’d rather not see again, or get a random message from someone with a questionable number. Sure, you can delete the message and move on, but a much more permanent solution is to block those people entirely, thereby preventing their texts from reaching you until you decide otherwise. Thankfully, both iOS and Android devices allow you to easily do this, and we’ve taken to breaking down the various ways to do so.

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3 Ways to Get More Done Right Now

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

When I need to get something done in a hurry, I use three time management tactics to maximize my available time and sharpen my focus. For instance, when I returned home last year from my active duty military deployment, I had to quickly readjust to my corporate job and get up to speed with team priorities and deadlines.

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Permanently Delete Text Messages on Your iPhone

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Keeping text messages private may seem like a pretty simple task, but more often than not, those embarrassing and incriminating texts can still be accessed even when you delete them from your iPhone. Sometimes, all it takes is a Spotlight search.

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AT&T 2G

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

On 1/1/2017, AT&T terminated 2G service. If you have a 2G cellular device such as a cellular modem, those devices will no longer function and you must upgrade to a 3G or 4G device.

As far as replacements go, while there are many different makes and models of cellular modem available, our clients have had the best experience with cellular modem hardware made by a company called Multitech () and good examples of their hardware are the MTC-H5 and the rCell 100.



Did You Know that NotePager Pro Has Calendar Based Scheduling?

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

You can schedule a single message or a series of messages and you can configure them to repeat at an interval of your choosing.

Did You Know that NotePager Pro Has Calendar Based Scheduling?



FireTextResponse

Sun, 5 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

A supplemental emergency alert notification and response system that is fully autonomous.

FireTextResponse



SMS vs MMS

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

In a world where half of customers prefer texting for service and support, short message service (SMS) and multimedia message service (MMS) have become vital for engagement and retention. A 2014 study, for instance, found that nearly one-third of customers believe it is important for companies to make texting an available support option; meanwhile, 47 percent believe that texting would improve their overall satisfaction.

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Transfer SMS Messages From Android To iPhone

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

You may want only to transfer SMS messages from an Android device to iPhone. The reason: you might be switching over to an iPhone (nothing wrong with that!) or for some reason you may require the SMS conversations present on your Android device to also be on your iPhone. We will show two of the easiest ways by which you can transfer SMS messages from Android to iPhone.

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Samsung Galaxy smartphones can be crashed with a single SMS

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 -0500

Security researchers from Context IS have uncovered serious vulnerabilities in a number of premium Samsung Galaxy phones which allow attackers to crash devices using a single SMS message and initiate ransomware attacks.

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Happy Valentines Day 2017 Wishes: Best Valentines Day SMS, Quotes, WhatsApp and Facebook Messages to send your Valentine!

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:26:20 -0500

Valentines Day is much more than just whispering sweet nothings to each other. Even those who are away from each other in terms of distance, try and spend time with each other on this day. It’s true, the Day of Love has something for everyone who understands and values true love.

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Text Messages Reduce Problem Drinking in Adults Feinstein Institute Study ShowsX

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Researchers at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health have found that text messaging is an effective tool to reduce heavy drinking in adults seeking help on the internet. The results of the first-of-its-kind study, published today in PLOS ONE, show that when drinkers received adaptive tailored texts, their drinking reduction was similar to many in-person moderation treatments.  

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Text Messages Improve Birth Control Compliance, Says Study

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Study after study points to the power of text messaging to connect health care providers to their patients, improving patient compliance with medications and appointments and giving medical professionals better data. A 2015 Johns Hopkins University study on birth control compliance in young women is no exception, demonstrating the potential texting holds to impact the often underserved area of women's health.

The study, published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health in May, recruited about 100 participants living in Baltimore. The participants, all young women between the ages of 13 and 21, were using the contraceptive injection.

Text Messages Improve Birth Control Compliance, Says Study



Juror Notifications Via Text Message Streamlining Jury Duty

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

No one likes getting their jury duty summons, and scheduling around jury duty can be an even greater nuisance. Thankfully, some states and counties are beginning to find ways to reduce this problem, with text messaging taking a central role.

Juror Notifications Via Text Message Streamlining Jury Duty



How Construction Firms are Using Text Messaging

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 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



2017 Predictions: A2P text messaging set to impact enterprise, IoT space

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Application-to-person messaging is going be a major player in the telecoms space this year, with new partnerships forming between instant messaging apps and large enterprises. The A2P text messaging business-as-a-service model, already gaining significant traction in 2016, will advance even faster as operators ally with mobile messaging specialists to handle A2P text messaging traffic.

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How Text Messaging Tap And Encourage Students To Apply for College

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

With the hundreds of thousands of high school students who graduate every year, many of them make unwisdecisions about where to go to college or whether they should be going to college. A lot of them make the wrong choices about the institutions they enroll to, and a lot more even decide to never enroll at all.

In order to close this gap, a new approach in the form of text messaging was put in place to reach students during summer and encourage and remind them of the deadlines and the requirements of the college or university they intend to apply for. This is in fact a smart move because young people love to text and this form of communication has already somehow replaced phone calls.

In a study, 72 percent of low income students who got the text message decided to enroll in college, according to NY Times, compared to the 66.4 percent who were not able to get the information.

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Text Your Way to College

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Every year, hundreds of thousands of high school seniors make bad choices about where — or whether — to go to college. Some who would excel at top-ranked institutions opt for second-tier institutions. And more than 200,000 students who have been accepted by colleges never enroll.

The good news is that, for students in both groups, a dollop of information or a helpful nudge can change their decisions.

Many high achievers from poor families don’t even consider elite schools. Scared off by the sticker price, they enroll at community colleges and less selective institutions instead. That is one reason 72 percent of students at the most competitive universities come from families in the top quarter of the income bracket, while students from families in the bottom quarter make up only 3 percent.

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6 Ways To Use SMS To Engage Your Customers

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

More than half of all American adults (68%) own smartphones.

And do you know what the most popular smartphone feature is? Texting. A staggering 97% of smartphone owners use their phone to text versus 75% who check social networks and 47% who play games.

Many businesses have experienced commercial success by employing SMS in their marketing plan. Thats because text messaging is a popular and powerful tool for businesses to reach out to their clients.

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Digital Services Send Messages to Your Loved Ones After You Die

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

If you could use technology to receive messages from a loved one who has died, would you?

Thanks to a growing industry dedicated to managing death in a digital age, it's no longer a hypothetical question. Smartphone apps and services like SafeBeyond have made it possible for users to upload video, audio, photo or text messages that will be sent electronically to a chosen heir at the date, event, or even location of their choosing.

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6 Things That Do Not Translate Well Over Text Messages

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Texting has become a gateway of covering real, raw emotions of what we actually mean vs. what we think it means. Yes, I blame texting for this because there is always a misinterpretation of what someone sends you.

There are some emotions, sentiments, and words that we should try to keep alive and well in the dying art of a face to face conversation. Some words just do not feel the same when Iȗm seeing it light up on my phone than hearing it. When I hear your voice and see your face a whole new connection is being made.

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Here is How The New Wave Of Messaging Has Transformed Customer Service

Sat, 4 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

If your customers will not even call Mom on the phone anymore (they are texting her instead), why are you forcing them to call your business on the phone any time they need customer service or support?

In their personal lives, your customers spend five times longer messaging (texting) every day than they do on voice calls, and this is true across all  demographics: Millennials exchange an average of 67 text messages each day with friends and family, and the use of texting by older customers follows close behind.

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Text message saves life of woman trapped in car trunk

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

The woman called 911 to say a man had kidnapped her and thrown her into the trunk of his car; but they were on the move, and her phone signal dropped out.

That is when the dispatcher got the idea to text her. And it worked.

They stayed in communication, and with help from Verizon, they were able to track the moving car and arrest the driver.

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For Diabetics, Texting Program Improves Health

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:00:31 -0500

When living with diabetes, diligent self-care is essential, and at times overwhelming. The demands of self-awareness and self-care can be exhausting, or simply easy to forget about at times, but a lapse can be dangerous for diabetics. In an effort to make keeping on top of the daily responsibilities of diabetes easier, researchers have begun to explore how texting might be used to lighten this load and improve the health of diabetics.

For Diabetics Text Messaging Improves Health



Top Carrier Settings for Sending Messages

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:08:13 -0500

Large collection of  Top Carrier Settings for Sending Messages



Integration Methods for Public Safety

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 09:05:07 -0500

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.

Integration Methods for Public Safety



SMS Learning Center

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:03:13 -0500

SMS Learning Center



Latest News from NotePage

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:00:42 -0500

Welcome to NotePage news. If preferred this newsletter can also be viewed online at: http://www.notepage.net/newsletter-12-06-2016.htm Verizon Changes Many of NotePage's customer's use Verizon's public gateway to send messages and have experienced problems lately.  Verizon has updated their receiving SMTP infrastructure and now has a limit on the number of messages you can send to their public SMTP gateway (phonenumber@vtext.com) per day. Customers are reporting receiving a 554 response when attempting to send messages. Learn how you can resolve this issue: http://www.notepage.net/verizon-changes-to-public-smtp-gateway.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. DaPro Systems - CAD System http://www.notepage.net/dapro-systems/dapro-systems.htm FireText Response - Emergency Alerts http://www.notepage.net/firetextresponse/firetextresponse.htm QED - Medical Dispatch Software http://www.notepage.net/qed/medical-dispatch.htm Turn-Key Lone Worker - Personal Duress Alarm System http://www.notepage.net/lone-worker/lone-worker.htm Did You Know that NotePager Pro Has Calendar Based Scheduling? You can schedule a single message or a series of messages and you can configure them to repeat at an interval of your choosing. http://www.notepage.net/did-you-know-notepager-pro-has-calendar-based-scheduling.htm Texting Toward Degrees Texting and schooling: they don't quite seem to work together. But, schools are showing us more each day, they do. We often tend to think of texting as a plague to education, and maybe it has been, distracting leagues of students studying at home and even students who find their focus wavering in the classroom. But schools are turning the tables, embracing the medium in a number of ways to improve the students' experience at school. Could texting become a boon, not a bane, to education? http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/texting-toward-degrees.htm How Texting is Helping Victims of Violence 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. http://www.notepage.net/learning-center/how-texting-is-helping-victims-of-violence.htm Can SMS Improve Medication Compliance It can be all too easy to miss doses of medication by simply forgetting to take them, and many who are prescribed medication choose not to take it, feeling uncertain about its risks or that they may not need it. In short, medication compliance can be dangerously low; almost one third of patients prescribed medication prescribed to control blood pressure and lipids, medicine that can be critical to a patient's health, are not compliant with thei[...]



3 Brutally Honest Reasons Why People Do Return Your Text Messages

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

OK, I exaggerated a bit: Some people return messages — quickly and informatively. But most do not.

This issue was crystallized for me in a recent offhand comment by a business colleague. We were discussing an issue of mutual interest, and she said — in reference to a third person involved in our transaction — He’s a Millennial, so he’s probably not going to return my call, but I’m going to leave him a message anyway.

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World SMS Birthday: 6 ways texting has evolved since it was introduced

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:45:29 -0500

On Dec. 3, text messaging celebrated its 24th birthday. Since the first short message service — or as we call it, SMS — text was sent in 1992, texting has evolved from a rarely used gimmick to one of the most dominant forms of communication. To commemorate the world SMS birthday, here are six ways texting has evolved since it was introduced.

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FAA Ready to Roll Out SMS

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

In 2016, the FAA published a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) proposing an SMS requirement of certain certificated airports. Under the proposal, these airports would develop and implement processes and procedures to proactively identify hazards and mitigate unacceptable risk. In addition to safety risk assessment and management, the proposal would require these airports to also deploy confidential hazard reporting systems, provide training and orientation programs, and offer enhanced safety communications. Together, these elements form the building blocks to support an organizational culture that values safe practices.

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Chemical Messages

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

It is probably not going to catch on with teens anytime soon, but scientists have found a new way to send text messages: with chemicals.

Researchers at Stanford University have built a device that encodes messages in the same 1s and 0s that our phones and other devices do. But instead of sending them with electrical or radio signals, theirs uses vinegar and glass cleaner.

On one end of the system, a computer translates the message into a series of bits, 1s and 0s. Then it sends pulses of vinegar or glass cleaner down a series of tubes. Vinegar is an acid, while glass cleaner is a base. At the other end, a detector records the changing pH and a second computer decodes the message.

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Text Message Notification for Web Surveys

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:59:00 -0500

Sending texts to survey panel members shortens response time.

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 – 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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EPA Employees Not ‘Intentionally’ Breaking Law By Deleting Official Texts

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials only archived 86 text messages out of 3.1 million agency employees sent and received in 2015, according to a federal watchdog’s report made public Wednesday by House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith.

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The use of secure text orders is not permitted at this time.

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

iOS 10 has brought its own share of problems since Apple pushed it out, but now there’s a text message that can crash any iPhone running on it. Those who are unlucky enough to receive the text will find that it makes their iPhone crash, and it could bring a sense of déjà vu with it.

In the past, other bugs have caused iPhones to crash via a text message. For example, last year there was a text that crashed the iPhones of those who received it and then triggered a never-ending reboot loop. Then this year, iOS devices were hit by a malicious link on Safari that also caused them to crash. Then last month, another malicious link—a video this time—began circulating. This link was able to crash all iPhones and iPads running on all iOS versions.

iOS 10 patched all of these bugs, but it didn’t take long for a new text messaging bug to appear on the scene.

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Joint Commission Clarifies Text Messaging Rules for Doctors

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

All healthcare organizations should have policies prohibiting the use of unsecured text messaging - that is, short message service (SMS) text messaging from a personal mobile device - for communicating protected health information.

The Joint Commission and CMS agree that computerized provider order entry (CPOE) should be the preferred method for submitting orders as it allows providers to directly enter orders into the electronic health record (EHR).
I
n the event that a CPOE or written order cannot be submitted, a verbal order is acceptable.

The use of secure text orders is not permitted at this time.

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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.

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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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