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BlackBerry to implement money-transfers in Messenger

BlackBerry to implement money-transfers in Messenger

Blackberry is working on implementing a money-transfer feature for its Blackberry Messenger service. It hopes that this feature will make Blackberry Messenger stand-out from all of the other messaging apps like WhatsApp, iMessage, and Facebook Messenger. Blackberry lost about 1 million BBM subscribers last quarter, and it is steadily losing more. With 3 out of 4 Blackberry users using the BBM service, Blackberry believes that this move will have positive effects.

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Facebook to offer free/discounted data for Messenger

Facebook to offer free/discounted data for Messenger

Facebook is working together with 18 carriers throughout 14 countries to bring free or discounted data for Facebook’s messaging services. The free/discounted data will be available for Messenger on Android, Messenger on iOS, and Facebook for Every Phone within the next few months. This will allow people to save money on their current messaging plans, and will also draw in more users from those emerging markets.

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Hands-free texting while driving is still dangerous, according to studies

Hands-free texting while driving is still dangerous, according to studies

Texting while driving is obviously really dangerous, and many states have already banned the use of mobile phones altogether while driving, with more and more states moving closer to that goal. However, with voice controls in smartphones becoming more prevalent, drivers are resorting to hands-free texting in the car, but recent studies show that hands-free texting is just as dangerous as hands-on texting.

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Wireless AMBER Alert program shutting down at end of year

Wireless AMBER Alert program shutting down at end of year

The coalition of groups and government agencies that brought us Wireless AMBER Alerts announced today that the program will be ending at the end of the year. AMBER Alerts, as most you already know, aim to alert the public to recent abductions in an effort to get kidnapped children home safely as quickly as possible. Never fear though, as Wireless AMBER Alerts aren't going away, they're just being rolled into a new program called Wireless Emergency Alerts, which was launched earlier this year.

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Police tell Congress they want carriers keeping SMS logs for two years

Police tell Congress they want carriers keeping SMS logs for two years

Law enforcement representatives from both the state and local level have submitted a proposal to the US Congress that would require mobile carriers in the US to keep SMS logs for all users for at least two years, just in case they're eventually needed for future criminal investigations. The law enforcement reps say that the lack of a current requirement "can hinder law enforcement investigations."

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Text messaging on decline for first time ever

Text messaging on decline for first time ever

Ever since SMS was first conceived, it has become an unstoppable force that has been taking over voice calling as the number one way to communicate with someone over mobile devices. However, for the first time ever, text messaging volume in the US has declined according to a new research report from Chetan Sharma Consulting.

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Swiss sheep text shepherds when wolves are near

Swiss sheep text shepherds when wolves are near

In many parts of the world raising and selling sheep is big business. The challenge for shepherds overseeing a flock is protecting them from predators. Apparently, Switzerland is having a big problem with hungry wolves attacking flocks. To help prevent shepherds from losing their sheep to wolves; a new high-tech collar is being developed.

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