Tagged With text messaging

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Texting is long overdue for a makeover. The simple, utilitarian Short Message Service (SMS) has served our messaging needs well for more than a decade, but as our texts become increasingly crammed with photos and videos, it's clear that SMS can no longer meet the needs of the average smartphone user. That's where Rich Communications Services (RCS) comes in: the much-better platform that Google wants to put on your phone.

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It's a shame you can't unsubscribe from group texts. This week I was one of the recipients of a never-ending text bacchanal with a bunch of people I didn't know. But it wasn't fun or consensual. It was just a good reminder that we need to talk about text etiquette.

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Your dear grandma and grandpa are wonderful, caring people who love you very, very much. But why is it that when they add technology into the mix, it messes everything up? What happened to sweet Gammy? Maybe they're taking too much advice from Conan, who's hilarious Senior Tech 101 series breaks down how to use technology like texting for old people. Watch it below.

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A few years ago, texting was the bomb. It was quick, easy, way better than having to open yourself up to an actual back-and-forth conversation with someone, and perfect for surreptitious communication in class or meetings or whathaveyou. That said, I'd be glad to never get a text message ever again.

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The SMS protocol on iOS previously had an issue that allowed anyone to manipulate the little-used "Reply To" field to make it look like a text message was coming from someone else. iOS 6 fixes the exploit, so the days of pulling that stunt on an iPhone are over.

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17-year-old Justin Bieber lookalike Austin Wierschke is $US50,000 richer today, thanks to his speedy-quick thumbs and unfailingly accurate dexterity. He's a two-time prize-winning SMS champion who undeniably deserves large piles of cash.