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Google switches focus back to SMS with new mobile OS

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Posted on October 16, 2014 by Charlotte Harrison

The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system (OS), Android 5.0, will come equipped with a new SMS feature. In the last version of Android, known as ‘KitKat’, SMS capabilities were integrated with Google’s own web-based messaging service, Hangouts. This meant that conversations could be carried over from one format to another without the user…

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Government to crack down on spam texts and nuisance calls

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Posted on October 13, 2014 by Laura Varley

The government is set to introduce new regulations that make it easier to fine firms that spam people with text messages and cold calls. It is expected that changes to the law, which are aimed at stamping out rogue practices, will be announced later this month. The Conservative minister of state for culture and the…

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‘Smart ring’ launched that lets you write texts in the air

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Posted on October 10, 2014 by Charlotte Harrison

A new ‘smart ring’ has been launched that allows smartphone owners to write and send text messages without picking up their devices. The ring, which fits on the user’s index finger, enables controlling of paired mobile phones – or other devices – wirelessly by reading pre-determined hand gestures. Users can read and send texts and…

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Girls send more texts than boys, Ofcom says

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Posted on October 10, 2014 by Charlotte Harrison

Teenage girls aged 12 to 15 send more text messages and make more phone calls than boys of the same age, a new survey has found. Research by regulator Ofcom also found that almost half of these girls claim a mobile phone is the device they would miss most if it was taken away, compared…

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SMS can improve mental healthcare, study claims

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Posted on October 09, 2014 by Charlotte Harrison

Text messages between therapists and patients can have a big impact on overall mental healthcare, a new study has found. Research conducted at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia has found that texting enhances support and improves outcomes for mental health patients. Participants in the study who received text messages from their therapist were found…

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