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Text messages at the centre of future tech security

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Posted on October 01, 2014 by Charlotte Harrison

A new range of solid-state drives (SSDs) that owners can tell to self-destruct by sending a simple text message could be giving us a hint into the future of tech security. The Autothysis128s and Autothysis128t SSDs, made by British company SecureDrives, have the same functionality as other models on the market, plus automatic 256-bit self-encryption….

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Air passengers can now send and receive texts mid-flight

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Posted on September 30, 2014 by Charlotte Harrison

Airlines across Europe have been cleared to allow passengers to use their mobile phones during flights. New assessments from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have shown that portable electronic devices (PEDs) do not pose a safety risk and passengers can now use their devices throughout flights. Until now mobile phones and other PEDs have…

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‘World first’ SMS calving alert device unveiled

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Posted on September 25, 2014 by Charlotte Harrison

A new device that alerts farmers via SMS when a cow is about to give birth has been unveiled, in what is being called a ‘world first’. The mobile calving device, created by Irish start-up Moocall Sensors, clips on to a cow’s tail and uses ‘gesture recognition’ technology to note the movements a cow makes…

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SMS improves communication between tenants and landlords

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Posted on September 24, 2014 by Charlotte Harrison

A housing association in Scotland is welcoming the use of new technology to help improve communications with residents. Tenants of Argyll Community Housing are now able to access information on their rent account all from their mobile phone. A new text service will also allow residents to easily check their account balance and request a…

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Food and drink giants commit to new responsible ad policy

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Posted on September 23, 2014 by Charlotte Harrison

New SMS advertising restrictions are set to come in to force, following a move by food and drink industry giants. An alliance of global food and drink companies, including Coca-Cola, Nestle and Mars, has expanded its voluntary restrictions to create a new policy for responsible advertising to children. This commitment by members of the International…

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