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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 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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Posted on October 05, 2015

The average British woman checks her phone up to 100 times a day and reads text messages within three minutes of them arriving. This is the outcome of a survey by Nestle Fitness, which aimed to discover what British women are most concerned about – their health or their social lives. It found that the…

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Posted on October 02, 2015

Essex Police have announced plans to text local residents to let them know of any crimes that have been committed nearby. The Essex Community Messaging (ECM) system sees local residents sent texts, emails or voicemails to report instances of local crime. Anyone who wants to opt-in to the scheme only has to provide their contact…

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Posted on September 23, 2015

A new monitoring system that texts care workers when it detects potential health risks to newborn babies is being trialled. The first hours and days of a baby’s life are among the most fraught with risk, which is exactly why a team of researchers from Huddersfield developed a text-based alert system. It works through soft…

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Posted on September 22, 2015

Sending encouraging text messages to patients with coronary heart disease could help them to live healthier, happier and longer lives. Friendly and helpful messages were sent to people with heart disease to test whether the soft approach would be enough to bring about real change in their lifestyles. Examples of these messages included: “Walking is…

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