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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.


Yes! Leaked Screens Show SMS In Google Hangouts Is Almost Here

Google’s been leaky lately, first with Android 4.4 KitKat screens, and then with a whole manual for the Nexus 5. Now, some screens from Android Police are showing off the best upcoming feature on Android: SMS in Hangouts. Yes! Finally!


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


Millions Of Phones Could Be Vulnerable To SIM Card Hack

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.


How To Respond To Texts From Strangers Without Ruining Lives

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.