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Text surveys can keep researchers safe

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Posted on October 30, 2014 by Laura Varley

Surveys conducted via SMS can help keep researchers safe during crises, such as the Ebola pandemic. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) recently conducted a survey which found that households in two districts in Sierra Leone badly impacted by the Ebola virus are struggling to meet their basic food needs. To cope, they are using…

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Smart windscreen sticker sends parking fine text alerts

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Posted on October 30, 2014 by Charlotte Harrison

New smart technology could help to reduce parking fines by sending text messages to car owners when their vehicles need to be moved. The TowStop sticker can be placed in a car windscreen and linked to the driver’s smart phone. When the sensor is touched by a traffic warden, it sends an automated text to…

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Text message reminders prove effective at tackling malaria

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Posted on October 29, 2014 by Laura Varley

SMS messages reminding people to take their malaria medication could help fight the disease, a new study by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Harvard University suggests. Malaria is a difficult disease to tackle, as many drugs that once worked no longer do because it has become resistant. Only one form of treatment remains effective…

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Firms could be fined up to £500,000 for spam texts and cold calls

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Posted on October 28, 2014 by Laura Varley

Firms that send spam texts or conduct cold calls which cause consumers to become annoyed, inconvenienced or anxious could be fined as much as £500,000 under new rules. Culture secretary, Sajid Javid, claims that current regulations allow firms to get away with irritating consumers because the text messages or cold calls do not cause “enough…

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Mass text message alerts saving lives in India

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Posted on October 24, 2014 by Charlotte Harrison

Text messages are currently being used to reduce potentially deadly conflicts between humans and animals in southern India, saving hundreds of lives. Mass text alerts are sent out to subscribers in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Assam, Maharashtra and Odisha to warn them of wild animals close by, most commonly being herds of wild…

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