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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.


Google Axed SMS Search Thinking People Wouldn't Notice

Shocking no one, or very very few people, Google turned off its SMS search service on Friday. Reports of the outage have begun to sloooowly trickle in on Google forums and Reddit, but for the most part the spacetime continuum seems to be holding up.


Where Do You Chat?

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?


Sadly, People Who Walk And Text Could Actually Use This

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.


The Next Killer Feature In Smartphones

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.


Are Sane Adults Allowed To Ever Use ;) ?

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?


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