apps
There's Finally an App That Lets You Escape Group Texts

When it comes to group texts, nothing is more infuriating than being trapped in an endless barrage vibrations signalling nothing more than "lol" or the occasional poop emoji. But until now, there was no convenient way to put an end to the madness without either A) blocking your friends or B) insulting them to the point that they cut off contact. GroupXiT fixes that. Read More >>

chatroom
MH370 Families Notified of Sad Fate by Text and Social Media, But What Do You Think Would've Been More Appropriate?

In this hyper-connected age, we're used to getting information in an instant. When you're solving a pub argument over a beer that's great, but, as our readers have discussed in relation to flight MH370, there are also certain situations where the immediacy of a text or email can seem cold compared to face-to-face human contact. Read More >>

networks
Text Messaging Fell Last Year as Modern Ways of Exchanging Words Exploded

The rise of Wi-Fi and 3G data messaging services like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Google badgering everyone into using Hangouts has contributed to a fall in UK text messaging, with 2013 seeing UK text numbers drop for the first time since the SMS system arrived. Read More >>

instagram
Self-Love Portal Instagram May be Launching Direct Messaging Tools

It'll soon be much easier to make contact with those people you occasionally stalk on Instagram, thanks to a rumour that suggests the sandwich and sunset photography portal is about to bring direct messaging to its 200 million aggressively confident users. Read More >>

android
Yes! Leaked Screens Show SMS In Google Hangouts Is Almost Here

Google's been leaky lately, first with Android 4.4 Kit Kat screens, and then with a whole manual for the Nexus 5. Now, some screens from Android Police are showing off the best upcoming feature on Android: SMS in Hangouts. Yes! Finally! Read More >>

networks
North Yorkshire, Suffolk and Glasgow Testing Nationwide Mobile Emergency Network

The government seems to be expecting something bad to happen in Easingwold, Leiston and Glasgow, as these are the three areas that'll be testing two new emergency alert systems for mobiles. Read More >>

phones
It Takes Longer To Compose Texts That Have A Lie In Them

Most people lie. Whether it's once and a while or daily, everyone has to do their thing and sometimes lying seems like the best way to make it all work. But liars have tells, which can be just as important in life as in poker. And a new study suggests that people take longer to respond to texts when they're cooking up a lie. Just one more thing to factor into the social calculus. Read More >>

hacking
Millions of Phones Could Be Vulnerable to This SIM Card Hack

A German cryptographer claims to have hacked a SIM card. It's never been done before (as far as we know), so it's kind of a big deal and shows that millions of phones are potentially vulnerable from hack-by-SMS. Read More >>

google
Google's Hangouts Chat World Will Soon Pull in SMS Messages

Google's attempt to assimilate the communications of the world will soon take a huge step forward, with a company staff member unofficially suggesting that text messages will soon slot themselves into its Hangouts cross-platform chat suite. Read More >>

chatroom
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 >>

smartphones
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 >>

chatroom
How Many Texts a Day Do You Send?

Apparently messaging apps like WhatsApp have finally overtaken SMS as the medium of choice for burst-fire messages. According to new stats, 1.4 billion more chat-app messages were sent than texts last year, marking the first time the humble SMS has been beaten. Read More >>

movies
How Hollywood Is Making Texting Look Dramatic

We all increasingly rely on non-verbal forms of communication — email, IM, texting — to let people know what's going on in our lives. That's great for us, but it's causing headaches in Hollywood when it comes to creating drama. Read More >>

iphone apps
Sending Secret Encrypted Text Messages on Your iPhone Just Got Easier

One thing your iPhone could be better at: sending secret encrypted messages (aka for sexting and/or illicit relationships). The regular messages app leaves everything hanging out in the open! Text Fortress is an app that encrypts the messages you send and locks them down so only the person you sent it to, can see it. Read More >>

money
"Pay By Text" the Next Big Thing in UK Mobile Money Management

Forget the masses of differing complicated NFC virtual wallets that no one seems to want to use, there's about to be an exciting new modern payment method in town -- the humble SMS message. Read More >>

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We've Known Texting Was Going to Destroy Conversation for Over a Century

If you've ever thought "man, texting is really ruining verbal communication" stop right now, before you start feeling like you've had an original thought. People were thinking the same thing about the telegraph in 1906. Then again, depending on who you are, maybe it's an improvement. [Kip W via Buzzfeed] Read More >>

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