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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.

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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.

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Kenya has a lot of beautiful, rare animals, but unfortunately a lot of people are keen to kill them, and sell bits of them for money. Kenya's got a new plan to try to keep those poachers in check though, and it's good old-fashioned text messaging.

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The safe sexting app that automatically deletes pictures you send to friends a few seconds after they view it has added something that could get a lot raunchier: videos. Yep, Snapchat does video now. You can record a video up to 10 seconds long and send it to your Snapchat friends. They can only watch it once before it self-destructs into porny oblivion after a few seconds.

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Try and tally up all the text messages you have ever sent in your life. Every single one. From the very first time you recharged your Nokia 3315 with credit, to the terrible way you broke up with your high-school sweetheart, right through to the one you sent this afternoon telling that gambling site to stop spamming you. Those three messages count towards the total of eight trillion text messages sent every year, and today is the anniversary of the very first. So what did it say?

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I don't really like my HTC Sense-flavoured SMS app. In particular, the lock-screen notifications really bug me — there's no way to see if you've gotten more than one message. And group messages don't really work properly. Do you have one you like?

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Probably the worst part about all the great technology we use to communicate with one another is the ability it gives us not to communicate with one another. Rarely will a text message accomplish what a conversation can. Which is why you should never, ever, not ever break up with somebody via text message. (There are a few possible exceptions to this rule.)