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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 March 30, 2016

Samsung has unveiled a ‘smart’ screen that allows motorbike riders to have text messages beamed safely into view. The mobile giant has been lauded for investing heavily in new, potentially revolutionary technologies – the latest of which has been dubbed the ‘Samsung Smart Windshield’. It released a promotional video for the new product (created in…

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Posted on March 24, 2016

A South Wales health board estimates that £1 million could be saved in just one year by sending appointment reminders to patients via SMS. The Aneurin Bevan Health Board has launched an initiative to message patients with appointment reminders in the hope of driving down costly DNAs (did not attends). As part of the new…

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Posted on March 10, 2016

A North Wales NHS Trust has revealed how text messages helped it make £1.5 million in cost savings. The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) covers much of North Wales, including hospitals across Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham. In a bid to drive down missed appointments, it sent out some 500,000 messages to…

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Posted on February 24, 2016

We’re all well aware that texts can effectively reach people wherever they are, but a new development will enable those even in the virtual world to still pick up their messages. Virtual reality (VR) is big business, with companies scrambling over one another to be the first to release gaming headsets that provide wearers with…

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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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