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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?


How Hollywood Is Making Texting Look Dramatic

We all increasingly rely on non-verbal forms of communication — email, IM, texting — to let people know what’s going on in our lives. That’s great for us, but it’s causing headaches in Hollywood when it comes to creating drama.


Horrible Grammar In Text Messages Could Be A Sign Of A Stroke

In the rankings of where you need to use proper grammar and spelling, text messages has to be in the neighbourhood of last place. It’s because texts are a mindless, quick, short form of communication. But maybe writing poor word-vomit texts points to something larger… like having a stroke. That’s what some doctors have found. And they’re calling it dystexia.


Sending Secret Encrypted Text Messages On Your IPhone Just Got Easier

One thing your iPhone could be better at: sending secret encrypted messages (aka for sexting and/or illicit relationships). The regular messages app leaves everything hanging out in the open! Text Fortress is an app that encrypts the messages you send and locks them down so only the person you sent it to, can see it.


Texting While Driving Hands-Free Is Still Very Unsafe, Says Science

California just passed a law that says drivers are free to text and email while they drive, as long as they’re doing it by voice. Sounds safer, right? Not exactly, according to quite a bit of research.