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David enjoys writing about a range of subjects. He also likes travelling and listening to music.

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Posted on December 23, 2015

Emojis are no longer informal, colloquial ways of communication, but a bona fide “marketing phenomenon”, according to the Financial Times. The Pope, Kim Kardashian and Pepsi are just some of the big names that have recently been granted emojis of their very own. This means, according to FT reporters Hannah Kuchler and Shannon Bond, that…

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Posted on December 21, 2015

Google is expected to drop SMS and MMS functionality from its popular Hangouts app. Currently, Hangouts users have the option of routing their inbound texts through the app, to keep all messages in the same place, whether delivered across their network or OTT (over the top). This functionality could soon be coming to an end,…

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Posted on December 10, 2015

Poor punctuation in text messages may not be quite such a huge turn off after all, as some people see it as a mark of authenticity and honesty. Companies and organisations that use SMS have long been told to use correct punctuation wherever possible, to maintain an air of professionalism. Now, research from Binghamton University’s…

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Posted on December 09, 2015

Companies could soon use texts to send private, personal information, after researchers discovered a way of making these messages more secure and untraceable than ever before. Typically, SMS is used to send ‘lighter’ information, such as appointment reminders, delivery information or news on a certain product or service. However, the work of a team from…

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Posted on November 10, 2015

A text service has been opened in Hertfordshire to allow secondary school pupils the chance to seek confidential advice on health and wellbeing issues. ‘Chat Health’ was set up to provide pupils aged between 11 and 19 a chance to speak with qualified health professionals on issues that may be troubling them. As it’s all…

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Posted on October 28, 2015

Commuters who nod off on the train after a busy day at work no longer need to worry about missing their stop or forgetting to let loved ones know they’re near, thanks to a new invention. Nathan Miller was inspired to create a mobile app to rouse sleepy travellers after dropping off on the train…

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Posted on October 21, 2015

A National Helpline for victims of rape and sexual abuse has just opened a new SMS counselling service, to reach men who don’t yet feel ready to talk. Safeline’s ’5 Million Men’ helpline has been rolled out to try and help the UK’s five million male survivors of rape and sexual abuse. It’s hoped the…

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Posted on October 20, 2015

A quarter of Europeans ‘actively’ use mobile banking, compared to only 13 per cent who log into their accounts via tablet devices. New research from Forrester found that 25 per cent of Europeans use mobile banking, up from the nine per cent who did so in 2011. The ways in which smartphone owners communicate with…

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Posted on October 16, 2015

Yahoo! has ramped up its use of text messages to keep email accounts secure and move one step closer to passwords finally being eradicated. The long-established tech giant is just one of a number of firms looking to get rid of the traditional password once and for all. MasterCard has recently announced plans to replace…

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Posted on October 09, 2015

Text messages are just one of the many ways in which passwords could be made more secure and less prone to resets. The issue of password security is back in the news once more, after MasterCard announced that it would soon have the technology for account holders to replace traditional passwords with a simple selfie….

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