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5 Cost-Efficient Alternatives to Text Messaging

It’s hard to deny the sheer convenience of text messaging: punch a few buttons, hit send, and you’re instantly in touch with your friends and family without all the unnecessary small talk that a phone call demands. Unfortunately, that kind of convenience comes at an equally inconvenient – and unrea Full story

Skype, robocalls being used by crooks for scams

Criminals are putting a new voice to the traditionally anonymous world of online crime. Scammers have taken to making calls via Skype — the popular Voice over IP (VoIP) calling software — and attempting to scare victims into downloading and installing rogue antivirus software. Full story

Donors use texts, social media for Japan relief

In the early hours of the Japan crisis, Satomi Dohi turned to her mobile phone for two reasons: to check in with family in Fukushima and text message a donation. Full story

Your Career: Moms stressed by e-mails, texts

The PDAs, cell phones and pagers that are supposed to make their lives easier are actually stressing working moms out. Full story

'SMS of Death' Text Message Renders Phones Inoperable

Cell phones, cower in fear: the "SMS of Death" is here. Full story

Universal Inbox to Unite the Digital Text Mess

In most cases, technology aims to simplify. But when it comes to text-based digital communications — e-mails, texts, chat messages, tweets and Facebook correspondence -- the technological mess only grows messier. Today, turning on one’s mobile device after leaving a movie theater could reveal an arr Full story

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  New Tech Aims to Stop Distracted Drivers

The Department of Transportation is beginning a two day summit on distracted drivers, and high on the agenda is stopping text messages on cell phones. CNBC's Phil LeBeau takes a look at a technology that can prevent messaging while you're driving.

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