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Texts encourage students to complete their courses

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Posted on July 24, 2015 by David Howells

A text scheme aimed at driving down truancy could be rolled out on a much wider scale, after its trial proved successful. Downing Street sought a way of encouraging pupils in further education to attend all their lectures and seminars, without resorting to force or cajolement. Eventually it was decided that text messages sent at…

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Northampton hospital uses texts to prevent missed appointments

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Posted on July 21, 2015 by David Howells

A Northampton hospital has turned to text messages in order to remind patients of appointments and curb the massive amounts of money it wastes. More than 20,000 people missed appointments at Northampton General Hospital in 2014, at a cost to the NHS of around £1 million. As a result, NHS chiefs have turned to text…

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Texting still the most popular messaging option

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Posted on July 20, 2015 by David Howells

Android users are most likely to use SMS when they want to send a message, according to a new survey. Research by Android Central found that 33 per cent of device owners turn to SMS first when they want to write something to a contact. This comfortably beat the 22 per cent that used Google…

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SMS helps to prevent ‘Grexit’

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Posted on July 17, 2015 by David Howells

The recent Greek bailout resolution owes a debt of gratitude to a somewhat unexpected source: the humble text message. With the dust settling on Europe’s resolution and finer details starting to emerge, it’s transpired the knife-edge talks would have crumbled were it not for a text sent by Dutch premier Mark Rutte, mashable.com notes. Late…

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SMS revealed as holidaymakers’ top mobile activity

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Posted on July 15, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

More than a quarter of holidaymakers still send text messages daily while on holiday, making SMS more popular than voice calling among travellers, a new report shows. After surveying more than 4,250 adults across the UK, Germany and United Arab Emirates, in-flight Wi-Fi provider AeroMobile found that 26 per cent use SMS while away, compared…

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Almost 10 per cent of the UK donated to charity via text message in 2014

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Posted on July 15, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

An estimated 5.8 million people – almost one in ten UK residents – donated to charity by text in 2014, a number that’s expected to grow in 2015. These figures come from the latest report by regulator PhonePay Plus, which claims text donation was worth a staggering £115 million to charities last year. Donation via…

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Apple updates keyboard to delight of texters

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Posted on July 15, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Apple has finally given in to user demand by announcing a minor change to its smartphone keyboard that will benefit millions of SMS users. In iOS 9, the latest version of its mobile operating system, the Californian tech giant has adjusted the on-screen keypad so that all letters appear in lower case unless the shift…

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WhatsApp, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger facing UK ban

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Posted on July 14, 2015 by David Howells

Over the top (OTT) messaging services such as WhatsApp, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger could be banned in the UK, if the controversial ‘Snooper’s Charter’ is passed. Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May have spearheaded a campaign to pass the Investigatory Powers Bill, known colloquially as the ‘Snooper’s Charter’. The legislation would see…

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Council allows residents to update electoral register via text

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Posted on July 14, 2015 by David Howells

Households across Britain could soon be allowed to make changes to the electoral roll by text message, if a trial in Kent proves successful. Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council is updating its electoral register, informing households that they need to be on it to cast their votes in next year’s elections, by-elections and referendums. In…

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New law forces charities to declare fundraising methods

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Posted on July 13, 2015 by David Howells

Britain’s biggest charities will soon have to publicly declare their fundraising methods, to ensure they are targeting people fairly. To combat the action of aggressive fundraisers, Prime Minister David Cameron announced a new law that will require British charities to create a written agreement detailing how they protect vulnerable donors. This is designed to prevent…

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