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More than half of Brits can't survive a day without checking their mobile

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Posted on February 09, 2016 by Laura Varley

Some 58 per cent of Brits say they could not survive a whole day without looking at their mobile phone, according to new research from Nationwide. Consumers love their phones so much that being without them would be worse than not being able to speak to their partner for 24 hours; just over a quarter…

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Did you realise you can text 999?

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Posted on February 03, 2016 by Charlotte Harrison

Browse through enough local news sites in the US at the moment and you’ll likely come across a few stories on ‘text-to-911′. It’s a new service being slowly rolled out across the country that allows people to text their requests for help in the event of an emergency. As the Federal Communications Commission’s site explains,…

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Text messages are "a gift from God", says Pope Francis

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Posted on February 02, 2016 by Charlotte Harrison

We all know how good text messages are, but Pope Francis has taken it to a new level, describing text messages, social networks and the internet as “a gift from God”. His message, entitled ‘Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter’, came as Pope Francis welcomed the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, to the Vatican. The…

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Windows 10 Mobile now supports real-time SMS indicators

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Posted on January 28, 2016 by Charlotte Harrison

Microsoft has introduced real-time SMS indicators for Windows 10 Mobile users, allowing them to see when a contact is writing a message. This is a brand new feature for SMS on Windows 10 Mobile, which is similar to the ‘…’ indicators used by some web-based messaging services. Not only that, though, Windows 10 Mobile also…

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Could SMS solve the UK’s high blood pressure dilemma?

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Posted on January 22, 2016 by Charlotte Harrison

For a developed and established nation, the UK is all too familiar with health problems; it seems we don’t always take the time to look after ourselves properly. One of the biggest issues we face is high blood pressure – it’s something that affects more than a quarter of the population, and around five million…

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Text-speak is not ruining language, expert claims

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Posted on January 19, 2016 by Charlotte Harrison

Few technologies have impacted the way humans communicate like SMS. It’s not just the convenience it affords either; many people argue that texting has influenced the evolution of the English language. After all, without it, oxforddictionaries.com probably wouldn’t list terms like ‘lol’, ‘OMG’, or ‘srsly’ alongside its other, more traditional entries. New research from the…

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Government puts faith in SMS with ‘Notify’

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Posted on January 18, 2016 by Charlotte Harrison

Rarely are the British government’s attempts to save money greeted with positivity from the public; most spending cuts spark more protests than praise. One of the latest cost-cutting moves could well be widely welcomed, however, for the convenience it offers if nothing else. ‘Notify’ is a new notifications platform that will see people updated on…

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SMS could fix NHS woes and save £200 million

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Posted on January 05, 2016 by Charlotte Harrison

Most of us have, at one point or another, struggled to get a decent doctor’s appointment. Our GPs have hundreds of people to see every week, and only so many hours in which to do it. Annoying isn’t it? What’s even more frustrating is the fact that so many people don’t bother turning up for…

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Apple Pay could allow payments by text

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Posted on January 04, 2016 by Laura Varley

A new feature that allows Apple Pay users to make payments simply by sending a text could be on its way. Although the feature is not confirmed yet, Apple has filed a patent for it, which also includes other forms of payment. If the patent does become a reality, iPhone users will be able to…

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Impressive Text Santa milestone shows the power of SMS

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Posted on December 24, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Most people are familiar with Children in Need; it’s a national institution that does great work for young people across the country. The brainchild of the BBC, it has been running annually since 1980, raising millions of pounds. The charity has also provided inspiration for other kind-hearted broadcasters, with rival ITV launching its own ‘Text…

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