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How Not to Piss People Off in a Group Text Message

It's a shame you can't unsubscribe from group texts. This week I was on the receiving end of a never-ending text bacchanal with a bunch of people I didn't know. But it wasn't fun or consensual. It was just a good reminder that we need to talk about text etiquette. Read More >>

Fake iMessage for Android Riddled With Security Problems

Android-wielding iPhone wannabes (you know who you are) were in luck yesterday, when iMessage for Android unexpectedly popped up in the Google Play Store. However, you might want to close the champagne and hide it far, far, away, since that app might've been sending stuff like your Apple ID back to a nefarious hacker. Read More >>

Where Do You Chat?

Real-time chat has been everywhere for, you know, forever now and has swallowed everything in its path. Integrating chat platforms and finding a way to coherently deal with texting vs. chatting has become a major issue. Other than venting here in hallowed Gizmodo chatroom posts, how do you manage all the Google chat options, Facebook chat, Skype and everything else? Chit chat below. Read More >>

The Next Big Feature in Phones Is Universal Chat

Ironically, through all the Foursquares and Ubers and even Google Nows, the one area where our phones haven’t really improved all that much recently is as pure communication devices. Oh, we’ve got some of the standby services on there, like Google Talk, or Skype, and even some genuine breakthroughs, like GroupMe. But no one’s really nailed it. There is no one phone you can unbox, activate, and immediately log in and message with every contact you’ve ever had, right through the first party software, and access it from anywhere — your computer, the web, your phone, your tablet. But that’s where we’re going next. Read More >>

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How To Fix iMessage If Someone Crashes You With File:///

So the text string "File:///" can inexplicably crash just about any app on Mountain Lion. Aside from being a curiosity, it can also be a weapon if you start hurling File:/// salvos at your friends through iMessage. If you get hit, or you hit someone and feel bad afterwards, here's how you can fix the damage. Read More >>

Apple Users Sending 2 Billion Glitchy, Slow iMessages Every Single Day

Apple's talked a load of finances last night, and dropped some pretty crazy factoids in the process: not only are there 250 million iCloud users, they're sending two billion messages per day. Billion. Now if only the damn thing worked well. Read More >>

The Future of Texting Is a Mess

SMS messaging turned 20 years old the other day, and feels even older. It's decrepit, though, wildly overpriced, and too limited to be our long-term texting solution. Read More >>

Apple Finally Fixed the iMessage Bug That Let Stolen iPhones Receive Messages Not Meant for Them

iMessage, which can be a fickle bitch sometimes, had an annoying, downright scary flaw that remained unfixed for too long: if your iPhone got stolen, the stolen phone would keep receiving messages sent via iMessage even after a remote wipe out and deactivation. That meant the thief who stole your phone, could see your messages. Apparently, it's been fixed. Thank God. Read More >>

Apple Just Can't Keep iCloud In the Air

Today, iTunes Match went down. Yesterday, it was iMessage and FaceTime. Since launching iCloud to the public on October 12th, 2011, Apple just hasn't been able to keep its cloud-based services airborne. Read More >>

Dear Apple: Please Set iMessage Free

Normally I avoid complaining about Apple because (a)there are plenty of other people carrying that flag, and (b) I honestly like Apple and own numerous lovely iProducts. I'm even using one to write this post. Read More >>

Apple: Just Use iMessage Because Our Texts Are Weak

After iPhone text messages were found to be hackable, meaning that text for your Mum might easily be from a filthy scammer, Apple's answer is to just use iMessage, because everybody uses an iPhone, right? Read More >>

Counterpoint: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People Using iMessage

Nobody enjoys being ignored. It is the worst, most loathsome feeling in the world. And being ignored via text message is the double worst, because your whole body is practically salivating for that familiar chime or buzz alert, and it just. never. comes. It's like the worst, most emotionally fraught, prolonged sneeze. Have I made my point? Read More >>

This Might Explain Why Your iMessages Are F*cked Up

Are your special blue iMessages acting up? Do they arrive late, or maybe not at all? It looks like there's a solution—and Apple is to blame. Read More >>

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: Read More >>

Apple Explains the iMessage Bug (Updated)

According to Apple, the iMessage bug we posted yesterday isn't really a bug. It's a rare incident caused by an employee's over eagerness to help a customer. Read More >>

The Apple Bug That Let Us Spy on a Total Stranger's iPhone

Every single iMessage to and from this man's iPhone—his friends call him Wiz—has been sent to us by accident. We know about his job, sex life, and address. Apple, you might want to fix this. Read More >>


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