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Yahoo's Livetext video-messaging app popped up in Hong Kong's iTunes store a few days ago, and now it's rolling out to more locales. The app is the company's effort to provide software similar to its popular Messenger app that's appropriate for how people are chatting these days. This means offeri...

July 29th 2015 at 12:45pm 0 Comments
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What if the default texting app on your phone offered some of the same handy features as iMessage or Hangouts? Well, if you're a T-Mobile customer, you'll soon be privy to more tools. The Uncarrier announced its Advanced Messaging tech today, delivering options like near real-time chat, larger ima...

July 22nd 2015 at 3:16pm 0 Comments
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It's a sad day in the cellphone world. Matti Makkonen, widely considered the "father of SMS," has died from illness at the age of 63. The Finnish creator pitched the concept of text messaging over cellular networks in 1984 and helped get the ball rolling on the technology in its earliest days....

June 30th 2015 at 10:06am 0 Comments
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We already know Apple is working on a fix for a recently discovered texting bug that can render your Messages app useless (and in some cases even reboot your phone), but now there's a faster solution for anyone affected. You just need to use Siri to read your unread messages and send a dictated re...

May 29th 2015 at 10:44am 0 Comments
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Texting while driving is against the law and it can put you and other people on the road in serious danger. That can't be understated. However, when it's your main objective when playing a virtual reality racing game, it can also be seriously good fun. That's the premise of SMS Racing, a diminutiv...

May 12th 2015 at 5:17am 0 Comments
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Hangouts may be Android's star messaging app at the moment, but Google is still willing to show its original Messenger client a little TLC. The company has updated its basic Android texting app with support for quick replies from notifications. While the feature isn't quite as slick as what you ge...

April 29th 2015 at 6:46pm 0 Comments
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Humans are bred to lie, and while police officers probably receive the bulk of our untruths, doctors get a fair share as well. Like, when someone walks into a clinic complaining of a busted tendon in their hand, it's only natural that they'd say that they were, uh, playing Candy Crush too hard tha...

April 15th 2015 at 1:29pm 0 Comments
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If you live in the United States, you might've been surprised when Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19 billion -- or, in other words, thing-you'd-think-you'd-have-heard-of money. Facebook identified what those of us in the US with texting plans and Apple Messages haven't noticed: There are whole e...

March 22nd 2015 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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Want to know if that burrito is made from sustainable, organic ingredients? If you found the restaurant on Google Search, you might be able to ask the proprietor himself on Hangouts, thanks to a new experimental feature. A Google rep told Techcrunch that it's testing text chat from Search with a f...

February 26th 2015 at 1:42pm 0 Comments
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If you rely on your iPhone for Google Voice, Hangouts just became much, much more useful. As on Android, the messaging app's iOS version now shows your Google Voice texts and voicemail -- you won't have to switch apps just because you're embroiled in an online conversation. There are a few tangibl...

January 7th 2015 at 4:44am 0 Comments
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There's definitely no shortage of messaging apps around. With services like Google Hangouts, Facebook Messages, iMessage, Path Talk, Snapchat, Whatsapp and countless others, it's a pretty overwhelming task to figure out the best way to contact your friends. How do you choose which app is the right...

October 12th 2014 at 4:49pm 0 Comments