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Q&A: How text messaging can drive recruitment success Special

Text messaging can play an important today’s recruiting process. According to the company Canvas, messaging can help businesses recruit up to 10 times the number of candidates they previously could using traditional methods.

New software detects if people text and drive

Waterloo - Using mobile devices while driving is fraught with danger, especially those who engage in texting. This is a concern for businesses who require drivers to transport goods. To alert drivers, new software has been developed.

Man sues date who texted at the movies

Austin - A Texas man has launched a lawsuit against a woman he took to the movies after she insisted on texting during the film. Describing the encounter as a “first date from hell” the man is attempting to recover the cost of the ticket he bought for her.

Seniors, don't text? — You will be locked out of Social Security

For some senior citizens, their lack of texting skills are locking them out their Social Security accounts online because of a new security measure added this week.

After Orlando, more U.S. jurisdictions considering texts to 911

In the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando last month, more American jurisdictions are considering allowing people to text 911 rather than call. But there are downsides to implementing texting as well as obvious benefits.

Some Sydney traffic lights going into the ground for texters

Sydney - Texting and walking can undoubtedly lead to getting hit by a car if one isn't careful, and that's why Australia is experimenting with putting some traffic lights in the ground.

Proposed sexting law is facing pushback in CO

A proposed sexting law in Colorado is receiving pushback. Concerns about how to punish teens engaging in sexting are being raised.

Texting while walking may become illegal in New Jersey

A distracted walking measure was recently proposed by an assemblywoman in New Jersey, and if it's passed, then people who text while walking could face fines or jail time.

Employee fired for texting while girl stuck on climbing wall

Surrey - An employee at a children's play facility in British Columbia was promptly fired after she continued to use her cellular phone after a young girl started crying for help.

20-foot sculpture moved due to texting people colliding into it

A massive sculpture outside Salisbury Cathedral outside of London had to be moved because careless people texting while strolling on the grounds kept whacking their heads on it.

Text messages will alert Swedish blood donors when they've saved lives

Stockholm - The Swedish Blood Alliance has come up with a new way to maintain the loyalty of blood donors: thanking them by text messaging. The new way of communication seems to be working, with Swedes returning to donate at a higher rate.

Op-Ed: Are pollsters out of touch?

Denver - Polls, sales and collectors are being hurt by people getting off the grid. When cell phones first came out in large numbers, users did not have to worry about unwanted phone calls. That has all changed.

Volkswagen 'Eyes on the Road' ad inspires road safety (Video)

Some adverts can confuse and seem totally unrelated to whatever they are trying to sell. Others tell a story in a strong and meaningful way, like this Volkswagen ad promoting road safety.

Father hits teacher with baseball bat after texting daughter

Perry Hall - The father of a Perry Hall, Maryland student struck a teacher with a baseball bat after he saw a series of text between the 42-year-old male teacher and his 15-year-old daughter.

Op-Ed: Study - Teen drivers still texting & drinking behind the wheel

A recent study shows that while teen drivers know which behaviors are risky, they don’t quite understand what it means to engage in those behaviors.

Apple’s latest idea set to revolutionize how we text on the go?

Apple has long been known as a source of innovation in technology and design, yet now have they solved one of the most tedious problems that has frustrated (and even injured) mobile users for years? Maybe.

Is the Facebook WhatsApp buy about defense in emerging markets?

Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp appears to be a defensive move among teen users and the broader mobile environment, but is it really about international and emerging markets?

'Eat Fruit And Veg' — UK council to send out motivational texts

Stoke - A council in the United Kingdom will send out text messages to those that have signed up for a service that motivates them to lose weight.

Study: Texting interferes with other motor skills

Everyone knows the dangers of texting while driving, but a new study out of Australia's University of Queensland looks at texting and walking. But the findings should come as no surprise.

Texting comes to 911 calls Special

Aspen - The Federal Communications Commission is testing mobile phone texting as a way to make 911 calls. Major providers such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Spring have voluntarily agreed to provide such service by the middle of next year.

Rumor: Twitter to launch standalone messaging app

Rumors are circulating about Twitter's private messaging feature. A recent report from All Things D reveals that the company is making improvements to its direct message function, and that Twitter may even release a separate messaging app.

Op-Ed: Has texting poisoned our social skills?

Communication. It’s an essential element of any personal or professional relationship and some people do it better than others.

Brolly Umbrella — Now you can text and email in the rain Special

Chicago - A unique umbrella, Brolly, has been developed with a special grip that allows for texting and emailing in the wind and rain and gives added comfort for those suffering from arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. You can now multi-task in the rain.

Judge jails juror for texting during trial

Salem - An Oregon judge sent a 26-year-old juror to jail for texting during a trial. After explaining to jurors cellphones were not allowed, one juror disobeyed the rule.

AT&T report: Adults texting more than teens while driving

Despite advertising campaigns outlining the dangers of texting whilst driving and adults admitting knowing that texting while driving is dangerous, it seems adults can't control themselves; they continue to text away at the wheel - more so than teens.

Texting: Teenagers are doing it in their sleep

Villanova - We all know the type - people walking along like zombies, or sitting, totally unaware, in parks or public places, with their eyes and fingers glued to their phones. Well now, apparently, they are doing it in their sleep too.

Redesigned umbrella handle for those who can't stop texting

A new type of umbrella is on the market that texting enthusiasts may find appealing. The umbrella has a redesigned handle that eases trying to balance the umbrella while texting.

Facebook pushes deeper into mobile market with Messenger app

Facebook is introducing a feature in its mobile apps that allows people to message one other without needing a Facebook account. It appears this design will help the company grow deeper into the mobile market it has long coveted.

TMI - sharing too much information online biggest pet peeve

A new survey has found that people sharing too much information online, is the biggest complaint people have about new technology. And it seems to be an issue all over the world.

Tired of phone brightness at the cinema? There's an app for that Special

Toronto - A lot of individuals feel it is necessary to text, check email or play around with their mobile phone in the middle of a movie at the local cinema. Many have complained about the annoying light, but there's an app for that.
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Kenyans using cellphones to text
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Texting while driving leads to increased distraction.
Texting while driving leads to increased distraction.
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Screenshot of Facebook messenger
Australia's coordinates are currently out by more than a metre and the discrepancy could cause ...
Australia's coordinates are currently out by more than a metre and the discrepancy could cause major headaches for new technologies which require precise location data, such as the satellite navigation systems used on smartphones
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texting while driving
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Users can text questions to a staff awaiting their questions  but only on iOS for now.
Users can text questions to a staff awaiting their questions, but only on iOS for now.
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When it comes to mobile phone calls and data usage  US consumers are paying nearly 20 times as much ...
When it comes to mobile phone calls and data usage, US consumers are paying nearly 20 times as much as Europeans
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