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One in three Brits prefers to donate to charity by text message

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Posted on April 24, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Charities in the UK should be focusing more on text messages for fundraising, as a new study reveals that a third of Brits give their donations this way. Online shopping scheme Give as you Live surveyed 4,000 people on their charity supporting habits and preferred methods of giving. More than 30 per cent of people…

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Text messages can support new mums with post-natal depression

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Posted on April 21, 2015 by Laura Varley

Text messages could provide help for new mothers living with post-natal depression, new research published in the JMIR Mental Health journal reveals. A team of researchers from Saint Louis University in the US sent 4,158 text messages to 54 mothers at risk from developing post-natal depression over a six-month period. Each mother received four messages…

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SMS used to run an exclusive ecommerce business

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Posted on April 16, 2015 by Laura Varley

An American ecommerce business is exclusively using SMS to trade, in a bid to make its products more exclusive and desirable. The business, which is called Stefan, only sells its limited edition products to approved consumers over SMS. To sign up, the shopper has to send a text message, Stefan then texts back and asks…

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Bizarre new tech allows you to send texts by stroking your hair

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Posted on April 13, 2015 by Laura Varley

Anyone with long hair can discreetly send messages simply by stroking it, thanks to a new technology called Hairware. Far from being a spoof or PR stunt, the tech could actually work as a security device for women, allowing the user to send an emergency text message secretly when they feel threatened. Since all the…

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UK texters can now buy almost anything using SMS

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Posted on April 10, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

A new service has launched which allows mobile phone users in the UK to order almost any kind of legally purchasable product or service simply by sending a text message. FetchMe works by providing consumers with a standard mobile number, to which they can send requests for specific items or services. It’s possible, for example,…

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Breast cancer screenings boosted by text message reminders

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Posted on April 09, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

A new study published in the British Journal of Cancer has revealed that text message reminders are having a massive impact on breast cancer screenings across the UK. Women who received a text message prior to their appointment were 20 per cent more likely to attend than those who didn’t. The study, which had 985…

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New battery means smartphones could be charged in one minute

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Posted on April 09, 2015 by Laura Varley

A new, powerful aluminium battery could ensure that no one ends up with a drained smartphone again, as it can be charged in just one minute. Created by scientists at Stanford University, the battery is also able to withstand more charges than its standard lithium-ion counterparts. Normal batteries can only be charged around 1,000 times,…

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New wifi service helps ‘notspot’ customers receive texts and make calls

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Posted on April 08, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

A new service offered by mobile network EE aims to help customers living in areas of poor mobile reception. The WiFi Calling service will bridge the gap between 3G/4G mobile coverage and internet connection, allowing customers to send text messages and make phone calls even when the signal drops out. The system isn’t just ideal…

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Text messages becoming invaluable during recruitment

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Posted on April 08, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

Drawn-out email exchanges, missed calls and unheard answer phone messages could become a thing of the past in the recruitment sector, as the use of text messages during the hiring process is on the rise. A recent US study by web.jobvite.com found that, of the 2,084 adults surveyed, more than half (51 per cent) of…

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Watchdog now has more power to tackle spam text messages

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Posted on April 07, 2015 by Charlotte Harrison

New rules that tackle those companies which ignore good practice when it comes to text message marketing have come into force this week. The Information Commissioner watchdog now has more powers to fine companies that send unsolicited text messages known as spam, reports sky.com. Until now the authorities had to prove that the recipient had…

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