WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission voted on Wednesday to clarify that wireless carriers have the authority to block unwanted or spam text messages, but Democrats warned the decision would allow carriers to block or censor texts that customers send. FILE PHOTO - A woman holds a drink while using her mobile phone on a hot summer day in Central Park, Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 01, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz The FCC voted 3-to-1 to classify text messages as an information service rather than a telecommunications service, which it said would have limited the ability of wireless carriers to combat robotexts and spam messages. The FCC said text messages have become a trusted form of communication as wireless providers like AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and Sprint Corp successfully eliminated most spam texts. In 2017, 1.77 trillion text messages were exchanged in the United States. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the commission’s … [Read more...] about FCC affirms that wireless carriers can block unwanted text messages
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Ben Wessel, the youth vote director at NextGen America, a liberal organizing group backed by California billionaire Tom Steyer, said that campaign tactics are just following people’s changing habits: “Young people live their lives much more on text over email.” Depending on the service, campaigns can send emojis, photos, videos or meme-filled GIFs, and they’re using the texts to help register people to vote, organize events, raise money, recruit volunteers and spread advertising. While campaigns say texts have a higher return on investment than other types of messages, political texts have bugged plenty of people this year, according to complaints they have posted on social media. Ken Webster Jr., a radio producer in Houston, last week tweeted a screenshot of a text he got from the campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. When Webster responded to the test with criticism of mass texting, the unidentified person responded, “Awesome.” “If annoying … [Read more...] about From sofas and iPads, campaign workers use text messages to reach midterm voters
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Sarah Shemkus Globe Correspondent July 03, 2018 With much of Massachusetts wilting under heat-wave conditions this week, a new initiative is aimed at getting people to reduce pollution and energy costs by paying attention to when they use electricity, not just how much they consume. The Shave the Peak program was launched last week by Mass Energy Consumers Alliance and its Rhode Island-based partner organization, People’s Power and Light. Consumers who sign up for the free program receive text alerts when a particularly hot day is expected to send people running for their air conditioners, putting pressure on the electric grid. The text messages encourage consumers to scale back their own power usage during these predicted hours of high demand, and it offers tips on how to do that. “It’s not just about lowering energy consumption in a day … [Read more...] about Can a text message help cool energy use on hot days?
Although mobile health technology could have the answers to preventing and managing heart disease, there are still questions on how to utilize the technology effectively and maintain patient engagement, according to a review published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Mobile health (mHealth) technology has been a key tool in finding a way to improve attention on cardiovascular prevention by targeting modifiable risk factors in a more affordable way, according to Eurek Alert!. "mHealth interventions are a novel, exciting, and expanding field in medicine that will potentially transform healthcare delivery by improving access to treatments that would otherwise require frequent clinic or hospital visits,” said lead investigator Clara Chow. “There are already an overwhelming number of cardiovascular mHealth options available to consumers. However, the utility of applications to improve health outcomes has been poorly evaluated. There is limited research evidence for … [Read more...] about Text Messages May Help Patients Manage Heart Disease Risk
Bottom line: Walmart is trying to remain relevant in the digital age with enhanced user experiences. Amazon is still dominating the online marketplace while other businesses are struggling to adapt and make it easy to order anything at the push of a button. Mobile apps exist for nearly every major brand that has a product to sell. After all, it should be made as easy as possible for consumers to purchase if high volume is to be expected. In an effort to standout from the pages of shopping apps already available, Walmart is backing a new startup service called Jetblack, branded as "J". Instead of being yet another app that gets downloaded and forgotten about, Jetblack is a text message service that allows items to be purchased. Should you need some help deciding what to buy, it is possible to ask questions about products. For now, the service will start being offered in Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York. When a text message is sent, a mass of artificial intelligence bots scan the query. … [Read more...] about Walmart supports startup Jetblack that allows you to shop via text message