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Text message service helps police locate missing people

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Posted on January 28, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Police in Northumbria have voiced their support for the use of text messages to help locate missing people. Independent charity Missing People has unveiled a new SMS operation dubbed ‘TextSafe’. By requesting a TextSafe, vulnerable missing children or adults can be sent a text direct from Missing People as opposed to the police, explaining how…

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Majority of businesses to increase mobile investment

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Posted on January 16, 2015 by Laura Varley

Almost nine in ten businesses (87 per cent) will boost the amount they invest in mobile marketing this year, a new survey from RetailMeNot reveals. The majority of firms (71 per cent) aim to increase the number of ecommerce sales made via mobile devices, but 63 per cent also noted they were aware that final…

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Prime minister wants to ban encrypted messaging apps

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Posted on January 15, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

David Cameron has threatened to block WhatsApp and Snapchat under new surveillance plans. The instant messaging apps are encrypted to protect their users’ information from being read, but could be banned if the PM ramps up terrorist surveillance following last week’s Paris attacks. These new rules would be expected to come into force if David…

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SMS reminders drive up flu appointments

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Posted on January 12, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Doctors in the UK may want to take some inspiration from their counterparts stateside, after a report highlighted the effectiveness of using SMS for appointment reminders. The study, published in The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, saw medical staff at three New York clinics send text messages to parents, reminding them of…

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New charger powers up phones in 30 seconds

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Posted on January 09, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

A new charger has been revealed which can fully charge a phone in the time it takes to boil a kettle. Demonstrated to visitors at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) in Las Vegas, the charger from Israeli start-up StoreDot could transform the mobile phone industry. Previously making the news in November for a…

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Text messages used in drink drive campaign

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Posted on January 09, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

A scheme allowing members of the public to text police if they know of someone drink driving has been dubbed a huge success. Taking place in Sussex and Surrey, the joint campaign saw over a hundred arrests made during the winter crackdown, reports courier.co.uk. Aimed at catching those putting other drivers at risk by drink…

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High street optician warned over message content

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Posted on January 08, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

High street optician Optical Express has been pulled up by the privacy watchdog for sending thousands of unsolicited texts The Glasgow based chain has been hauled over the coals for bad text-behaviour, after complaints were received by the Information Commissioner (ICO) concerning unsolicited messages. Members of the public were bombarded with texts offering entry into…

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Town campaigns for better mobile signal after third blackout

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Posted on January 08, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Mobile phone users in a Cambridgeshire town were left angry after a reception blackout wiped out communications for the third time since October. Customers of EE and Three in Saffron Walden lost signal on Monday and did not regain service until yesterday (Wednesday). It’s the third time that residents have experienced a complete loss of…

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Mobile phone sales to grow in 2015

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Posted on January 07, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Mobile phone sales are predicted to go from strength to strength over this year, according to new Gartner figures. Predictions from the research giant show that the mobile phone market will continue to increase in 2015, with shipments expected to rise by 2.3 per cent, from 1,838 million units in 2014 to an estimated 1,906…

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Over a million texts prevent NI crimes

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Posted on January 06, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Over one million text messages have been sent by Garda in Northern Ireland as part of a crime prevention strategy. The system saw more than 100,000 people sign up from 550 groups in towns and villages across the country, newly released figures show. The text alerts allow communities to rapidly exchange information, advising locals on…

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