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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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Text messages on the front line of Ebola care

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Posted on October 22, 2014 by Charlotte Harrison

An SMS service is set to be introduced in West Africa in order to help identify new outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus. The text message service would enable people to report their symptoms by texting a single word, such as ‘fever’ or ‘cough’, and then receive a message directing them to the nearest treatment…

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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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