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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 July 22, 2014

Microsoft is expected to roll out its SMS-reading ‘personal assistant’ on UK smartphones by the end of the year, according to forecasters. Named ‘Cortana’, the technology will be in direct competition with the likes of Google Now and Apple’s Siri, which have been on the market for much longer. Cortana has already been rolled out…

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Posted on June 20, 2014

Facebook suffered a rare outage yesterday (Thursday), rendering it unavailable for 30 minutes. Millions of account holders were thought to have been affected by the half hour outage, which theguardian.com has claimed is the longest spell of downtime Facebook has experienced in four years. It’s also one in the eye for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg,…

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Posted on May 21, 2014

Organisers of Manchester’s Parklife Weekender festival have apologised for the “unnecessary personal distress” it may have caused by sending out text messages appearing to be from ‘Mum’. The ill-fated marketing campaign involved sending a text message to Parklife ticket holders which read: “Some of the Parklife after parties have already sold out. If your [sic]…

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Posted on April 17, 2014

New encryption technology could make text messages so secure that new bank card PINs could be sent as an SMS, theregister.co.uk reports. Serbian company Infobip has created the Secure Smart Messaging Service (SSMS), which has already passed the rigorous PCI DSS standards for that payment card industry. The system works by encrypting everything from the…

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Posted on April 02, 2014

Appointment no-shows are down at Dorset County Hospital because of a new text-based reminder service, dchft.nhs.uk reports. Every year sees around 19,000 missed appointments at the Dorchester hospital, which costs the local NHS Trust in the region of £3 million. In a bid to combat the wastage, hospital chiefs decided to roll out a text…

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