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Smart screen could allow motorcyclists to access texts on the go

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Posted on March 30, 2016 by David Howells

Samsung has unveiled a ‘smart’ screen that allows motorbike riders to have text messages beamed safely into view. The mobile giant has been lauded for investing heavily in new, potentially revolutionary technologies – the latest of which has been dubbed the ‘Samsung Smart Windshield’. It released a promotional video for the new product (created in…

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Text messages to save health board £1 million

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Posted on March 24, 2016 by David Howells

A South Wales health board estimates that £1 million could be saved in just one year by sending appointment reminders to patients via SMS. The Aneurin Bevan Health Board has launched an initiative to message patients with appointment reminders in the hope of driving down costly DNAs (did not attends). As part of the new…

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SMS appointment reminders save Welsh NHS Trust £1.5 million

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Posted on March 10, 2016 by David Howells

A North Wales NHS Trust has revealed how text messages helped it make £1.5 million in cost savings. The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) covers much of North Wales, including hospitals across Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham. In a bid to drive down missed appointments, it sent out some 500,000 messages to…

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Youngsters feel workplace tech is behind the times

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Posted on March 03, 2016 by Charlotte Harrison

Texting and video communications should be more common in the workplace, according to young people in the UK entering or about to enter work for the first time. Business communications company Fuze surveyed 22 million UK workers, as well as capturing the attitudes and expectations of 5,000 workers and 2,500 teenagers. The results of the…

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Virtual keyboards let texters create messages out of thin air

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Posted on March 02, 2016 by Charlotte Harrison

Scientists in Seoul have developed new technology which allows wearers of smart glasses to type text messages on virtual keyboards that pop up in their line of vision. The K-Glass 3 smart glasses work using a stereo-vision camera, creating an effect similar to 3D sensing in human vision. Unlike Google Glass – which requires a…

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VR headsets could come with SMS integration

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Posted on February 24, 2016 by David Howells

We’re all well aware that texts can effectively reach people wherever they are, but a new development will enable those even in the virtual world to still pick up their messages. Virtual reality (VR) is big business, with companies scrambling over one another to be the first to release gaming headsets that provide wearers with…

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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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