Has iMessage Been More Screwed Up Than Usual for You?

iMessage has been screwing up. Which, well, isn't news to people who have been burned by iMessage before. But! It's been screwing up more than usual. Enough that Apple has finally admitted that a "fraction of a percent" of iMessage users are having issues with the blue text bubble messaging service. Are you included in… » 10/02/13 12:22am 10/02/13 12:22am

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… » 5/12/13 1:00pm 5/12/13 1:00pm

The Next Killer Feature in Smartphones

For a long time now, our smartphones have been getting more and more, well, smart. They do more things. You probably haven’t beaten your phone at chess in years. And the race to cram increasingly granular, eventually useless, features into them has defined the past few years of phone making. Except the next big… » 4/30/13 11:00am 4/30/13 11:00am

The DEA Is Upset It Can't Access iMessages (They're Just Like Us!)

We've all generally come to accept the fact that, in using iMessage, our correspondence runs the very real risk of being eternally damned to the iCloud ether. But at least now, we know we're not suffering alone; a document obtained by CNET has revealed that the DEA has also been whining about their inability to access… » 4/04/13 10:26am 4/04/13 10:26am

How To Fix iMessage If Someone Crashes You With That Vicious Text…

So the text string "File:SLASHSLASHSLASH" (with actual slashes) 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:SLASHSLASHSLASH salvos at your friends through iMessage. If you get hit, or you hit someone and feel bad afterwards,… » 2/04/13 11:29am 2/04/13 11:29am

Apple Finally Fixed the iMessage Bug That Let Stolen iPhones Receive…

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… » 11/20/12 10:15pm 11/20/12 10:15pm

Is Your iMessage Busted?

It appears that there is a large iMessage outage across iOS devices right now. iMessages will not send. Red alert! We're noticing problems on our iPhones in the office. It's pretty annoying that this seems to be happening all frequently for one reason or another. Is your iMessage working? And if not, how are you… » 10/25/12 5:14pm 10/25/12 5:14pm

Is Your iMessage Messed Up Right Now?

There have been reports that iMessage isn't so functional right now. Our limited experiments seem to support this theory. And if you'll remember the last time this happened, the improved centralized syncing between iOS devices popped up shortly after. What about you iPhone owners out there? Is your iMessage working at… » 9/17/12 3:11pm 9/17/12 3:11pm

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.… » 8/09/12 2:00am 8/09/12 2:00am

Are You Having Problems With iMessage and iCloud?

Reports are circulating that iCloud and iMessage are suffering from technical difficulties, some of which have been confirmed by Apple (namely the whole iCloud not loading messages sent prior to yesterday part). But the iMessage thing has gone unacknowledged, leading some to believe that the company might be tinkering… » 7/31/12 5:59pm 7/31/12 5:59pm