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By Stuart Houghton on at

The Best SMS Replacement App

The UK loves SMS. As a nation, we regularly send over ten million texts an hour and SMS is used at all levels of society, far more so than email or voice calls. Things may not always be so rosy for SMS, however. A recent Forbes report shows that SMS usage is falling worldwide. Even the traditional SMS fest on Christmas Day was down from 2010 -- too busy tweeting "Mum and aunty Beatrice are arguing about the gravy again," were we? There are now many apps and services that will let you send short, near-instant messages to your friend's mobiles. Here's our pick of the best:

Notes From the Frontline: the iPad Thief

By Matt Delito on at

"What the fuuuuuuuuu...", Simon wails, as his torch is spinning away into the darkness, creating a rapidly changing, ghoulish shadow-play on the walls, as the light from his torch is blocked by all sorts of rubbish on the floor.

This Is the Siri Advert Apple Should Have Been Forced to Play In the UK

By Sam Gibbs on at

My experience of Siri has been OKish as an Englishman with my generic southerner accent. But even I’ve got to admit the “I’m sorry, I can only… blah blah blah… in US English” really gets to me too, because frankly it’s not sorry is it? It’s just a machine, and it wouldn’t do it again if it was really sorry. Anyway, perhaps this is the advert the good old ASA should have forced Apple to run; it’s certainly a lot closer to the irritating truth for us Brits.