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‘Father of SMS’ dies age 63

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Posted on July 01, 2015 by David Howells

Matti Makkonen, a man described as the ‘reluctant father of SMS’, has died age 63. The first text message was sent on December 3 1992, but it was almost a decade before that the idea was first mooted by Finnish telecoms pioneer Makkonen. At a conference in 1984, he put forward the idea of a…

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NFC to revolutionise B2C communications

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Posted on June 29, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Near-field communication (NFC) could revolutionise British homes, opening a world of opportunity for businesses to interact with their customers, experts claim. NFC uses chips to enable devices such as washing machines, heating systems and shop tills to communicate wirelessly. When placed in close proximity to one another, NFC-enabled devices can interact, with data transferred between…

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Emojis give tone and meaning to texts, communication coach claims

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Posted on June 26, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Emojis may not be to everyone’s taste, but they are one of the best ways to eliminate ambiguity in text messages. This is the opinion of actor-turned-communication coach Robin Kermode, who told theguardian.com that the place of emojis in today’s language isn’t as negative as many like to make out. Despite being labelled the “fastest…

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iPhone users alerted to better SMS notification feature

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Posted on June 25, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

There’s an additional iPhone notification for text messages that many users are unaware of, according to one tech journalist at mirror.co.uk. Compiling a list of some lesser-known features on the ubiquitous devices, Jeff Parsons noted that iPhone users can use flashing LEDs to alert themselves to notifications they may otherwise have missed. By heading to…

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Festival-goers kept connected thanks to giant charging bull

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Posted on June 22, 2015 by Laura Varley

People attending Glastonbury this year will never have to worry about their smartphone’s battery dying, thanks to EE’s ‘Charging Bull’. The huge charging station in the shape of a green and yellow bull was inspired by Somerset’s famous ‘Field Marshall’, also known as Britain’s biggest bull. Festival-goers can either choose to recharge their phone directly,…

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Apple looks to reinvent the text message

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Posted on June 18, 2015 by Laura Varley

Apple has recently patented a technology that will enable people to have more control over when text messages are sent. The new tech will allow users to schedule text messages according to the weather, time and location. This would allow iPhone users to decide the exact conditions under which their SMS should be sent, rather…

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New Swedish app could save lives through text messaging

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Posted on June 17, 2015 by Laura Varley

A Swedish mobile app aims to help save lives through SMS by texting people trained in CPR when someone nearby has had a cardiac arrest. The app, called SMS Lifesavers, sends text alerts to trained volunteers whenever they are less than 500 meters away from someone suspected of having a heart attack, in the hope…

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Texting during lessons could boost test results

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Posted on June 12, 2015 by Laura Varley

Using texts as a learning tool can help pupils get better results in their tests, new research published by The National Communications Association has revealed. Teachers who encourage pupils to text about the subject they are studying can potentially help their students receive better marks than their non-texting counterparts. The research states that texting messages…

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Swedish blood service using SMS to thank donors

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Posted on June 11, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

In a bid to keep stocks up in the wake of a donation decline, Sweden’s blood service has started using text messages to let donors know when their sample has been used to save someone’s life. Initial ‘thank you’ text messages are being sent directly after appointments, and then people are contacted by SMS every…

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PayPal clarifies its stance on controversial SMS announcement

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Posted on June 09, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Following backlash from the media, PayPal has clarified its position on sending unsolicited text messages and automated phone calls, offering an opt-out for customers. It was reported last week that the online payment service would be changing its terms of use following its split from parent company eBay. This change was reported to include a…

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