2 years ago

Spok Announces Availability of Notification Alerting on Apple Watch

SPRINGFIELD, Va.--()--Spok, Inc. announced today the availability of message notifications on the Apple Watch wrist wearable device to enable clinicians to enhance care coordination. The Spok Mobile secure texting app is currently used by numerous hospitals to give users quick access to the organizations directory, allowing staff to communicate securely through encrypted text, image, and video messages. In addition, the app can receive alerts from patient care, nurse call, and other monitoring systems to speed response to critical situations. Already a leader in clinical mobile technology, Spok currently provides flexible communication options for a range of devices, now including the new Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch gives Spok Mobile app users the ability to receive message notifications today. Now users will know when they have new messages without having to access their iPhone. In the coming months, additional capabilities will be added to further facilitate the incorporation of wearables.

Our early in-house integration with wearable devices has shown that wearables can enhance the workflows that already exist with smartphones, said Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer of Spok Holdings, Inc. We see this combination of phone and wearable as something that will push the envelope of communication methods in modern healthcare.

Spok focuses on providing solutions to support how clinicians want to manage and communicate patient information. This includes the incorporation of new wearable technology, which is poised to have a big impact on healthcare communication processes in the future.

About Spok

Spok, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Spok Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPOK), headquartered in Springfield, Va., is proud to be a leader in critical communications for healthcare, government, public safety, and other industries. We deliver smart, reliable solutions to help protect the health, well-being, and safety of people around the globe. Organizations worldwide rely on Spok for workflow improvement, secure texting, paging services, contact center optimization, and public safety response. When communications matter, Spok delivers. Visit us atspok.comor find us on Twitter @Spoktweets.

Spok is a trademark of Spok Holdings. Spok Mobile is a trademark of Spok, Inc. Apple Watch is a trademark of Apple Inc.


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2 years ago

Parents, do you know what these texts mean?


Websites translating teens' texts are an educational tool for parentsThere's a huge disconnect between parents and kids, expert saysTo demystify way teens communicate, parents urged to keep eye on texts, messages

(CNN) -- Do you know what this means: %*@:-( ?

Or this: ~~#ZZZZZZ ?

If the answers are no, you're not a teenager who uses alcohol or drugs.

'Boy am I old'

Six years ago, Ryan Jones didn't know what the above terms meant either -- but that was before he became an expert in the shorthand teens use to communicate about their illicit activities.

It all began in 2004, when Jones, a software engineer, received some odd ins

2 years ago

Why Texting and Dating Make Women Anxious | Julie Spira

In a new relationship, texting can be both exciting and filled with anxiety. Before you over analyze his texts, read this to find out how to text in style.

Since we live in a fast-paced digital world where texting and tweeting has replaced the human voice in matters of the heart, we often rely too heavily on the meaning of each text message.

When it comes to love and romance, that good morning text or smiley face emoticon can make your day. Receiving a text when your date gets home to say he had a great time will help you fall asleep with a smile on your face. Hearing the chime on your phone with a simple, "Sweet dreams" is an almost guarantee that you'll be dreaming about him

2 years ago

Android phones can be hacked with a simple text

This is likely the biggest smartphone flaw ever discovered. It affects an estimated 950 million phones worldwide -- about 95% of the Androids in use today.

The problem stems from the way Android phones analyze incoming text messages. Even before you open a message, the phone automatically processes incoming media files -- including pictures, audio or video. That means a malware-laden file can start infecting the phone as soon as it's received, according Zimperium, a cybersecurity company that specializes in mobile devices.

If this sounds familiar, that's because this Android flaw is somewhat like

2 years ago

This Gadget Lets You Text and Use Apps While Driving, Without Looking at Your Smartphone

Ding. You get a new notification on your phone. You want to check it. No, you need to, really badly, but youre driving. Ah, screw it. You glance down, away from the road, and you check the darn thing anyway. Its a potentially deadly decision millions of people make multiple times a day, one that Tel Aviv startup Project RAY aims to drive down with its new eyes-free RayGo device.

The black and yellow gadget, derived from patented smartphone technology originally created for the blind, enables you to talk on your phone and check your texts, email, and a host of apps while driving -- without taking your eyes off the road.

To use it, you first clamp the five-button, hard plastic RayGo controller to your steering wheel. Then you pair it with your vehicles Bluetooth feature. The RayGo unit, working with its companion mobile app (Android-only for now), converts your favorite apps, like Gmail, Spotify, your smartphones calendar, etc., to drive mode. The mode is essentially a simplified version of your existing apps that programs them to talk to you.

To respond to the RayGo-adapted versions of your apps, you can use the steering wheel remote or speak certain voice commands. Pressing up or down on the remote (using your thumb) scrolls through various menu options. Press the left side of the RayGo remote button to navigate back and press the right to signify enter or to give a voice command. You can scroll through and select which messages and notifications to listen to, then respond to them either by canned RayGo text responses (Sure! Im driving. Will call later, Call soon, Im busy, and Cant talk right now) or by speaking certain specific commands.

RayGos inventors, Israeli entrepreneurs Michael Vakulenko and Boaz Zilberman, designed the gadget to stop functioning when you shouldnt be using it. Relying on your smartphones accelerometer and GPS components, RayGo knows when youre driving fast or executing a turn. When speeding along at a good clip, the devices audible responses become delayed and more pronounced, reports USA Today. When you receive a message while in the middle of a turn, RayGo will pause until you finish the turn.

Despite being billed as an anti-distraction device, some claim that the RayGo in and of itself is a distraction, pulling your focus away from driving, even momentarily. It also somewhat limits where and how you hold your steering wheel and could possibly obstruct airbag deployment.

Theres a similar product called Navdy set to launch soon. Spun as a kind of Google Glass for your car, its a heads-up display that allows drivers to obtain directions and receive notifications on a dashboard-mounted transparent screen. Pre-ordering the unit will set you back $299.

RayGo is significantly cheaper at only $55 per device. The gadget, available for pre-order on Indiegogo right now, already surpassed its $30,000 funding goal on the popular crowdfunding platform with 13 days to go. Shipping is slated to start this October. For an amusing and alarming look at how it works, check out the promo video below:


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2 years ago

Specific text message disables iPhones

Last Updated May 27, 2015 11:57 AM EDT

A particular string of character sent by text message can cause an iPhone's messaging app to crash, or shut down the phone.

The message, revealed on Reddit late Tuesday, seems to exploit an inability of the app's preview feature to correctly render the characters, which are not the standard alphanumerics or emoticons one typically texts. After repeated attempts, the app crashes, leaving the user unable to send or receive texts as usual.

If the message is received while the phone is on the lock screen, it causes the phone to reboot.

Many iPhone owners took to Twitter Wednesday complaining they were hit.

Users on Reddit reported that the text also works via the messaging app WhatsApp and that it affects Apple Watches as well as iPhones.

CNET senior editor Jeff Bakalar described the exploit as a popular prank that can only be perpetrated by someone who has your phone number. "It's probably not going to happen to you unless someone you know, who has your number, targets you," he told CBS News.

And because the string is specific and unusual, it's unlikely to be sent by accident.

There are ways to fix the lockout, or prevent it from happening.

"The person who sent you the message can send you a followup, and that seems to undo the damage," Bakalar explained. "Or, if you have a Mac, you can log into your computer and have Siri send you a text message to wake it up."

It can be avoided by disabling notification alerts, according to some Reddit posters.

Similar tricks have popped up in the past and Apple has been quick to fix them with an update.

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