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…
I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I'd receive nothing, and they'd get a "Delivered" receipt in their Messages app as though everything were working as…
FreedomPop's crazy free voice, text, and data plan is awesome, but the one catch was that you had to buy in with a (sort of meh) $100 phone. Not anymore. If you have an old Sprint phone laying around, you might be able to get on the FreedomPop train without spending one single cent.
Trolls are the worst but funny trolls are shake-your-head enjoyable. You can't help but appreciate their mastery of that craft. Textastrophe is the perfect example of that. He texts people who leave their numbers in public and weaves an epic conversation that makes clowns, Moonbounce renters, movers and other poor…
Two sixteen-year-old Norwegian kids recently spotted a fox near their homes, so they decided to lure him in with an app that mimics the cries of a dying rabbit. Because, why not.
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.
17-year-old Justin Bieber look-alike Austin Wierschke, of Rhinelander, Wisconsin (and a native of the United Kingdom?), is $50,000 richer today—thanks to his speedy-quick thumbs and unfailingly accurate dexterity. He's a two-time prize-winning SMS champion, ladies and gents, the fastest in our great nation.Is…
TimeHop is a curious thing—it's the purest form of the stupid Internet faux nostalgia phenomenon. But it's also a lot of mindless, sentimental fun, a snapshot of your (digital) life a year ago. Now it reads your texts.
I love it when old people try to understand the inner workings of the teenage brain. Like if they think hard enough they'll figure out why little Amanda sneaks out at night. Please. Kids are kids! So parents, just understand that you'll never understand the advanced and possibly unreal sexting terminology of your kids.
In the New Yorker this week, William Sorensen delves into the strange and amusing world of parental texting. Highlights include: "T4W = Time for whiskey" and "RxV—>BW = Got Viagra prescription, just need Barry White cassettes."
Carries can't continue capping data when text messages are slowing off. They just can't. Even though it's not even launched yet, iMessage is one of the services being blamed by the CTIA.
Anticipating that a lot of Americans will be trying to contact loves ones in Japan, AT&T has implemented free international calling and texting until March the 31st. UPDATE: Verizon too, until April 10th. [PRNewswire]
How often do you weigh parcels at home and then print out the postage, so you can pop it in a post-box and avoid a lengthy queue at the post-office? Now there's an even easier way to pay for postage—in Sweden and Denmark at least, where customers will be able to pay via SMS.
Have you heard about this hot new sexting craze? All the kids are doing it, according to Fox News. And they're here to help you navigate the potential sociological minefield that is SMS flirtation. Let's take a walk through some of Fox's more salient sextiquette tips, shall we?With, uh, mixed results. Sounds…
How are the youth of America spending their witching hours? Typing on the phone, apparently, an average of three dozen times per night. My god, how do they have that many friends? Sounds exhausting.
Click to viewFlorida's gubernatorial race has been too tight to call, which is why CNN brought the two candidates on for a debate last night. During which Democrat Alex Sink was busted, on camera, for receiving an illicit text from her campaign.
Apple is continuing its war on sexxy content on your iPhone! The next victim: Text messages. A patent (filed in 2008) was just approved for "systems, devices, and methods" of filtering "text-based messages" based on "objectionable content." You know: Sexting.
Crazy texting app Swype has broken its previous record for the world's fastest texting, with a British woman texting the Guinness Book of World Record's tricky phrase in just 25.94 seconds on a Samsung Galaxy S phone.