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 >>

user manual
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 >>

research
Research Suggests Texting While Walking is a Recipe for Disaster

So it's pretty well ingrained into the social consciousness that texting or phoning while driving is dangerous, if not patently illegal. Furthering that, a study published from the University of Queensland has investigated what risks there are associated with the thoroughly modern practice of texting on a mobile device while walking and what dangers it may pose to the text-walker and the other pedestrians around them. Read More >>

iphone
This iPhone Prank Tricks People Into Thinking They're Getting a Text

Well, not really. It would not be funny if you were standing there, staring at your phone waiting to get a text for two minutes, much less ten. (You know you've done it.) But if it happened to a friend—now that would be funny. 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 >>

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 >>

giz explains
When Should You Use Emoji?

To me, the answer to the question of when you should use emoji is an emphatic always. But I get it, if you're texting something important to a humourless prick, a top hat with a lipstick kiss and prayer hands might not be well received. So follow this flowchart created by artist and friend of Gizmodo Wendy MacNaughton and Caroline Paul to figure out proper emoji etiquette. Read More >>

wtfriday
Don't Text and Drive Because You Might Crash into a Manure Truck

So we might have found Biff Tannen. A guy in the US was texting and driving a Ford Mustang convertible when BAM... he crashed into a tractor pulling a trailer "full of liquid manure". Yikes, that might actually be worse than Biff's fate in Back to the Future. Read More >>

language
Autogrammar Is About to Make Autocorrect a Lot More Naggy

Are you a lazy texter? Do you have fat fingers? Did you sleep through all of your English classes? Well, none of that matters anymore with the imminent release of new software that not only autocorrects your misspelled words but also fixes your grammar mistakes. Read More >>

chatroom
Have You Been Charged For Using WhatsApp Yet?

WhatsApp on the iPhone has finally gone free and has switched to a yearly charge of 69p for the privilege of messaging your million friends. It supposedly brings the iPhone app in line with the Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone apps, but have you actually ever been charged for using WhatsApp past buying the app in the first place? Read More >>

humour
Texting People Who Leave Their Numbers in Public Is Both Awful and Great

Trolls are the worst, but funny trolls are shake-your-head enjoyable. You can't help but appreciate their mastery of their craft. Textastrophe is the perfect example of that. He texts people who leave their numbers in public and weaves an epic conversation that makes clowns, bouncy castle renters, movers and other poor innocent bystanders regret ever putting their number out. Read More >>

chatroom
When Was the Last Time You Thought About T9?

Yesterday I was hanging out with a friend who has a dumbphone and he was lamenting the time he wastes composing texts. When I mentioned that I was pretty speedy with T9 in my day he stared at me blankly. And then he asked me a question that I thought I would never hear again. "What's T9?" As waves of early 2000s nostalgia washed over me, I began picking out words on his phone's virgin, unadapted T9. And it was pretty great. 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 >>

science
Horrible Grammar in Text Messages Could Be a Sign of a Stroke

In the rankings of where you need to use proper grammar, spelling and sentence structure, text messages have to be in the neighbourhood of last place -- right next to YouTube comments. It's because texts are a mindless quick-shot form of communication, surely? But maybe writing poor word-vomit-texts points to something larger... like having a stroke? That's what some doctors have found, and they're calling it "dystexia." Read More >>

user manual
Is It Okayyyyyy To Say Heyyyyyyyyyy?

There's a virus we need to talk about. It's spread between our brains, fingers, and keyboards, we rarely think about it, and we almost all do it. Maybe it's harmless. Or maybe it's corroding our entire language. Ughhhhhhhhhhh! Read More >>

gadgets
Redesigned Umbrella Handle For Those Who Refuse To Stop Texting When It Rains

If you've ever tried to frustratingly juggle your phone and umbrella like some hapless idiot in an infomercial, you can rest assured there's at least one other person who's been in the same situation. But instead of grumbling about it, they went and created the Brolly: an umbrella with a redesigned handle that makes it easier to text in a downpour. Read More >>

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