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People Blaming Encryption For The Paris Attacks Are Looking Dumber Every Day 

Law enforcement officials are using the Paris attacks to argue that the government needs special access to crack encryption. It’s a bad argument, and it’s looking worse as more information comes out about how the attacks went down.

Use IFTTT To Automatically Text Based On Your Location

IFTTT (IF This Then That) is an incredibly useful tool for all kinds of tasks, which is why we talk about it so regularly. The platform continues to expand its smartphone integrations for Android and iOS users, and one of the best ways you can take advantage is by automatically alerting your significant other when you’re heading home.

A Special Text Message Can Crash Any iPhone It's Sent To

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.

Here's Apple's Temporary Fix For Its iPhone-Crashing Messages Bug

Earlier this week, it came to light that a simple text message can crash Messages on any iPhone it’s sent to. Apple hasn’t fixed the problem at a software level yet — but it does have a temporary solution that you can use if you’re affected.

Get Ready For Cheaper Mobile Phones Calls And SMS

On the phone a lot? The ACCC has been pushing for cuts and caps to the prices telcos charge to access each other’s networks and send SMS.

Ordering $500 Of Random Crap By Text Message With Magic

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I’ll take it as a compliment that Brent Rose saw fit to explore the wondrous and alarming world of Magic in this video short for Wired. Giz got a fish, but Brent got a much larger collection of impressively random things.

Clean Out All Your Old Text Messages On iOS And Android

Those long-winded SMS/iMessage/Hangouts conversations filled with emoticons and pictures and GIFs aren’t doing the storage space on your smartphone any favours. And the clutter in your messaging app isn’t too much fun either. Fortunately, you can get your iOS or Android-powered mobile to erase older messages automatically. Here are the settings to use if you can live without your text history.

How To Auto-Respond To Calls With A Text On Android

In a car, in a meeting, in the library, clambering up a mountain face — the list of places where it’s not convenient to take a call is almost endless. The latest versions of Android include an SMS auto-response feature you can use to fire back a text if you can’t pick up. Here’s how to activate it and customise the messages to suit your needs.

Archive Texts And Call Logs On Android With SMS Backup +

SMS Backup + isn’t the only option for getting your texts and call data off your Android smartphone, but it’s one of the simplest and most effective. It archives all of your messages to Gmail (or Google Calendar), and it covers WhatsApp communications too. The app is free to download and install, though you can leave a donation for the developer if you wish.

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 blocking your friends or insulting them to the point that they cut off contact. GroupXiT fixes that.

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