At WWDC, Apple showed off a crazy new version of Messages. Feeling pressure from other messaging services like Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, and Google’s new Allo, Apple has completely reimagined its app for the youths. In just the few days we’ve spent with iOS 10’s developer preview, we’ve found more than a dozen new…
Sure, writing a note on a piece of paper and plopping a magnet on it to stick it to a refrigerator works perfectly fine. But if you have an old Kindle around and want an over-engineered, but fun new way to leave fridge messages, DIYer Pete Vojtek shows you how to display notes on a Kindle.
A newly discovered bug seems to cause Messages on iOS to crash when a specific string of text is received—and if it happens while the phone is locked, it also seems to reboot the iPhone too.
This is really fun: A web service that will turn your text messages into video messages using words taken from famous movies and TV series.
Last year, when Voyager I left our solar system for the lonely pastures of interstellar space, it carried a message for extraterrestrial life: A golden record containing images and words selected by Carl Sagan and others. But that was almost 40 years ago. Now, NASA is making a whole new message from the Earthlings of…
Before I go off calling everyone who has read receipts on but still doesn't reply in a timely matter rude assholes, please note that I am one of them. But still! I hear it's verrry annoying for other people to see some messages be read (and for Facebook, it pretty much has to be that way) and quickly replied to while…
In 2012, 19 billion chat messages were sent each day across the world—compared to just 17.6 billion SMS messages.
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.
Today Facebook is adding a couple of new settings for messages to make sure you see the ones you need to see. And it's also testing a system where you pay a buck to ensure someone you aren't friends with reads a note you sent. Ugh, hopefully that test fails.
Papa John's has clearly been a little over-eager with its digital promotion. Now, it's facing a $250 million class-action lawsuit over all the spammy text messages it's been sending you and everybody else around the US.
Facebook Messages, which has been the stuck-in-2004 ugly big sister to the already-butt-ugly Facebook Chat, actually looks sort of usable now thanks to a new two-panel design.
If you worry about who's read your posts on a Facebook group, now you can breathe easy. From today, Facebook groups will tell you—and the rest of the group's members—exactly who's read the post. Which is either useful, or incredibly creepy.
Are your special blue iMessages acting up? Do they arrive late, or maybe not at all? It looks like there's a solution—and Apple is to blame.
It's long been theorized that many hardcore, anti-gay homophobics are often repressed homosexuals themselves. There certainly has been a lot of anecdotal evidence from notable political figures to support this theory, but now science is stepping in with some raw data.
The more I read about this, the more I want to go to China and punch all these idiots out of their underpants: people paying one dollar a month to add a "sent from my iPhone" to every message they send.
OS X Mountain Lion's Notification Center looks incredible. So good, in fact, that we've been wondering what's going to happen to Growl notifications in the future. Some crafty developers have presented one answer to that question with Hiss, a program that integrates the latter utility into the former.
You can try out the beta for the new Messages app that'll be in OS X Mountain Lion right now, but once the release rolls around, you'll have to install Mountain Lion to use the full version.
AIM, Gchat, FaceTime, and iMessage—too many ways to communicate between too many different devices. Not anymore. The new Messages app—available as a beta from OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion—fixes that. This is how our fingers will talk now.