Using iOS 8’s QuickType on Tinder Will Not Get You Laid

Among the worst features of Apple's iOS 8 is QuickType, a feature that believes it can figure out what you're going to text someone before you even think of it. It could be magical, instead it's only good for writing nonsense sentences and mangling famous movie quotes. But maybe, just maybe you can use it to get laid… » 10/13/14 12:00pm 10/13/14 12:00pm

Using goTenna's Pocket Antenna to Send Texts Without Cell Service

Inspired by the downed cell towers and utility outages of Hurricane Sandy, the folks at goTenna wanted a way to keep smartphones connected even when the grid fails. What they came up with is a pocket-sized handheld antenna that lets users send texts and location info without cell service. And we got to see a prototype… » 7/24/14 1:50pm 7/24/14 1:50pm

How to Ditch Google Voice (and Keep All the Best Features)

Google Voice is a service we've loved for a long time, but any Voice user that's honest with themselves knows the service has been a second-class citizen for a while now. If you're feeling like it's time to move on, here's how to ease the transition (and even keep most of your favorite features in the process). » 7/08/14 1:25pm 7/08/14 1:25pm

Fleksy Messenger Makes Typing on a Smartwatch Slightly Less Impossible

Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch can be handy for checking your text messages without whipping your phone out of your pocket. But it's impossible to type on—literally, you can't reply to texts on the watch. Fleksy just changed that with Messenger, a Gear 2 SMS messaging app that brings Fleksy's intelligent keyboard to the… » 6/18/14 10:00am 6/18/14 10:00am

Apple Admits iMessage Screw-Up, Has a Fix Coming... Sometime

If you've tried to transition out of your iPhone into an Android or Windows Phone device, you've likely known the singular frustration of having your text messages vanish into the iMessage ether. Today, in a statement to Recode, Apple acknowledged the problem, explained why it's been particularly awful lately, and… » 5/22/14 9:01am 5/22/14 9:01am

Thank God: There's Finally an App That Lets You Escape Group Texts

When it comes to group texts, nothing is more infuriating than being trapped in an endless barrage vibrations signaling nothing more than a "lol" or the occasional poop emoji. But until now, there was no convenient way to put an end to the madness without either A) blocking your friends or B) insulting them to the… » 4/02/14 5:26pm 4/02/14 5:26pm

This iPhone Prank Tricks People Into Thinking They're Getting a Text

You know the feeling. You and a friend are having a conversation via text and the little bubble with the blinking dots shows up indicating that she's typing. So much anticipation! You'd stare at those dots for hours waiting for a text, wouldn't you? Wouldn't it be funny if the dots just kept blinking? » 10/08/13 4:20pm 10/08/13 4:20pm

Will New York's New Highway "Texting Stops" Curb Distracted Driving?

In an attempt to curb the number of dangerous drivers on New York highways who are distracted by their smartphones, the state is introducing dedicated Texting Zones where motorists can pull off, park, and safely use their mobile devices. But the initiative doesn't require any new construction since existing rest stops… » 9/24/13 12:00pm 9/24/13 12:00pm

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 to Respond to Texts From Strangers Without Ruining Lives

Humanity is finally starting to realize that we dont need to make phone calls and leave voicemails like a bunch of animals. Instead, we've moved on to the more refined, less-social-anxiety-inducing text message. But with the rise of SMS comes a relatively new phenomenon: The misdirected text from a wrong number. It's… » 7/12/13 3:20pm 7/12/13 3:20pm