This App Gives You a Tactile Way to “Read” Your Texts

Picture this. You’re in an important business meeting, and you get a text. No big deal, you think, and you ignore it and keep your attention on the matters at hand. Then you get another text. And another. And another. You have no idea what they’re about, but you wish you did. Only way to [...]


This Antenna Allows Smartphones To Text Even When There Is No Cellular Signal

A New York City company is selling a small antenna-like gadget that will pair with smartphones to create a long-range wireless network for sharing text messages and GPS coordinates even in areas where cellular of WiFi service is non-existent. goTenna is the name of the company and the device that goTenna founders hope will become [...]


The Next Version Of Android Will Let You Make Any Texting App The Phone’s Default

When Google releases version 4.4 of its Android operating system — which following the Android naming convention of desserts will be called “KitKat” — one new feature will allow users to choose any app as the phone’s default text messaging app. This feature will be a boon to users who want to use another service, [...]

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It’s Legal: Police may seize your phone and impersonate you

Be careful the next time you send personal information in a text message, you might be surprised who’s on the other end. In November 2009, police in Washington seized an iPhone belonging to Daniel Lee, who was suspected of being a drug dealer. While the phone was in the custody of the police, officers not [...]


Death of SMS – Is Facebook Messenger the Murderer? (via @jkhowland)

The New York Times Bits blog recently posted an article regarding the results of a telecommunications consulting firm report. A research note last Friday reported that “based on measured minutes of use, smartphone users were spending more time on Facebook and thus probably sending more messages with it’s service than they are text messages.” Real [...]


Spammers are invading the final frontier of unwanted marketing: Your text messages (post by @TySpace)

Have you been receiving spam via text message on your cell phone lately? If so, you’re not alone. On Sunday, the New York Times reported that spammers, experiencing the diminishing returns of harassing people via e-mail and telephone, have turned to text messaging, contacting cell phone users in an unsolicited manner with promises of free [...]


How-to: Facebook chat with Apple’s new Messages app

You can use Apple’s new Messages app to chat with your friends on Facebook. Here’s how to set it up: Go to Messages in the Messages Click Preferences (or use the keyboard shortcut: ⌘,) Select Accounts Add an account by clicking the + sign, which takes you here: Account Type: Jabber Account Name: Get [...]


Best Buy’s Super Bowl commercial introduces us to some great inventors

Sometimes it’s nice to put a face to a name. In this case, Best Buy’s new commercial helps us put a face and a name to some of the most popular recent inventions and apps. I thought this was a pretty clever way to advertise the fact they’ve “created a better way to buy a [...]