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… » 9/08/13 9:19am 9/08/13 9:19am

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. » 4/08/13 6:26am 4/08/13 6:26am

Why Breaking Up With Someone Via Text Sucks

Probably the worst part about all the great technology we use to communicate with one another is the ability it gives us not to communicate with one another. Rarely will a text message accomplish what a conversation can. Which is why you should never, ever, not ever break up with somebody via text message. (There are… » 10/01/12 8:30pm 10/01/12 8:30pm

Ballistic Device Launches Analog Text Messages

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the text message, legendary notebook company Moleskine has come out with a limited edition notebook that becomes a ballistic device for launching mini (printed) text messages. » 4/18/12 7:40pm 4/18/12 7:40pm

Some Dude Wants $60m For a Patent Protecting The Distribution of URLs…

There are a lot of sad sites at CES. But Robert Sanchez telling an empty room about his plans to sell a patent, that details delivery of URLs via text message, for $60m has to be one of the most desperate. » 1/12/12 5:41am 1/12/12 5:41am

Text Messages Bring Out The Liar In All of Us

Next time your date cancels by SMS, be suspicious. Because a new study suggests that people lie more often when they communicate by text compared to face-to-face conversations or speaking on the phone. » 12/21/11 8:50am 12/21/11 8:50am

Don't Insult the Thai King in an SMS, Unless You Like Prison

We've all said things we don't really mean in text messages. But when a retired Thai truck driver sent an SMS that insulted his king, he got more than he bargained for. Twenty years more, in fact. » 11/24/11 4:30am 11/24/11 4:30am

We Need Another Messenger App Like We Need Extra Nipples

BlackBerry Messenger, GroupMe, iMessage, Facebook, Google Voice, and now Samsung's ChatON. These message apps (and many others) promise to deliver us from the tyranny of SMS messaging. Let's talk about why this, too, will suck. » 8/29/11 11:08am 8/29/11 11:08am

DIY Meat Smoker Texts You When Your Meat's Ready

I'm happy admiring most do-it-yourself projects from the remove of the internet, but this, an electronic meat smoker than buzzes you with a text when your shanks are adequately smoked, is one I need to try in person. » 9/02/10 9:20am 9/02/10 9:20am

Swype is Developing an App for iPhone, But Will Apple Allow It?

It's not just Android that Swype, the company which pioneered an ultra-fast texting method, has its eyes on—they're apparently developing an iPhone version, which they're hoping Apple will have no objections to. » 6/24/10 8:14am 6/24/10 8:14am

Text Message Donations to Haiti Pass $4 Million

mGive, a non-profit organization working with Red Cross to collect donations via text message, has announced that they have collected over $4 million for Haitian relief. Jenifer Snyder, mGive's executive director, said that donations are coming in at the rate of $200,000 an hour, though they have capacity to take on… » 1/14/10 2:45pm 1/14/10 2:45pm

Sending a Text Message to Canada Saved a Woman in Haiti

A Canadian woman trapped under rubble after the recent earthquake in Haiti managed to send out a text message to the Foreign Affairs Department in Ottawa, a place nearly 3,000 miles away. And it saved her life. » 1/14/10 12:00am 1/14/10 12:00am

Sext Messages Make Us All Sound Equally Ridiculous

Everyone's taking the piss out of Tiger Woods lately, but I feel sympathetic after seeing these text messages he exchanged with a lover. He sounds as ridiculous as anyone else would in lusty, loverly, silly, and random text messages. » 12/10/09 10:20pm 12/10/09 10:20pm

TiVo Gets Text Message Scheduling via kwiry

kwiry, the web application which enables commands via text messaging, has now added support for TiVo Scheduling. The service is open to any phone capable of texting and no web connection is needed. » 1/14/09 12:00pm 1/14/09 12:00pm

Lenovo Lets You Disable Your Stolen Laptop With a Stern Text Message

In the next couple months Lenovo will be rolling out a BIOS update for its Montevina laptop users which enables remote shutdown and subsequent encryption via text message. The tech relies on the laptop having a WWAN connection and activates when a custom string, defined by the user and sent from a single, paired… » 11/25/08 5:40am 11/25/08 5:40am

Giz Tip: Don't Hire A Hit Man via Text Message

Oklahoma native and rebellious speller Tonia Mullins, in a spectacular act of self-incrimination, used text messages to contact a hit man to "take care" of her lover's wife. Mullins conspired with her beau, Army soldier Michael Andrew Crawford, to have the poor Mrs. Crawford killed and her insurance money used to buy… » 11/22/08 12:00pm 11/22/08 12:00pm

Democrats Still Most Tech Savvy, Rent Digital Billboard to Text Message…

Click to view » 10/07/08 8:20pm 10/07/08 8:20pmNeed more evidence that Democrats are more than their elephantine counterparts? At a Sarah Palin rally in LA on Saturday, the California Democratic party rented a digital billboard across the street which displayed questions for the veep candiate sent by text message. Granted, even if Palin did read…

Announce Fake Obama Running Mate with Text Messages

Barack Obama is set to notify his subscribed fans » 8/21/08 6:20pm 8/21/08 6:20pm supporters when he selects a vice-presidential candidate. lets you send a free text message to anyone on their network, so use Obama's short code (62262) and announce the running mate of your choice. The picture above, unfortunately for followers of His Steveness, is…

Finnish Spitzer Sends 200 Sex SMS to Exotic Dancer and Her Sister

An SMS-savvy Finnish Foreign Minister has joined former New York governor Eliot Spitzer in the "thinks with the wrong head" club this week. The 60-year-old Ilkka Kanerva was discovered to have sent more than 200 text messages to an exotic dancer named Johanna Tukiainen, 29. And her sister! Despite the fact that… » 3/30/08 2:00pm 3/30/08 2:00pm

Valentine's Day Is Most Popular Texting Holiday

Maybe it was induced by the shorthand we'd read for years off Necco Sweethearts, but according to AT&T, Valentine's Day is the most popular holiday for text messaging. From February 13th to the 14th, there's a 33% spike in texting traffic. Yes, you know what that means. The cellphone owning population is trying 33%… » 2/12/08 10:41am 2/12/08 10:41am