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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 a lie. Just one more thing to factor into the social calculus.

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With the NSA leaks going full force it probably won't sound like news at all that a German cryptographer claims to have hacked a SIM card. But that's never been done before (as far as we know...) so it's kind of a big deal, and shows that millions of phones are potentially vulnerable.

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Humanity is finally starting to realise 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 a peculiar kind of power — don't abuse it.

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Real-time chat has been everywhere for, you know, forever now and has swallowed everything in its path. Integrating chat platforms and finding a way to coherently deal with texting vs. chatting has become a major issue. Other than venting here in hallowed Gizmodo chatroom posts, how do you manage all the Google chat options, Facebook chat, Skype and everything else?

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Anyone who has tried to navigate down a busy footpath while dodging people who are obliviously looking down at their phones will appreciate this latest prank by ImprovEverywhere. Its latest mission in New York City was to pose as municipal workers, with orange "Department of Transportation" vests, and act as "Seeing Eye People" for texting-obsessed pedestrians.

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For a long time now, our smartphones have been getting more and more, well, smart. They do more things. You probably haven’t beaten your phone at chess in years. And the race to cram increasingly granular, eventually useless, features into them has defined the past few years of phone making. Except the next big waypoint won’t be some technological marvel like week-long battery life. It’s something much simpler: plain old chat.

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You probably haven't regularly used smileys since your middle school days, when modems screeched and President Clinton rained ordnance against Bosnian war criminals. You've grown up since then, but the ;) has remained inert, a relic of type. In our new modern age, is it ever OK to drop a smiley?