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A Smartphone Sidewalk Pops Up On A Busy Street In China

Back in mid-July, a two-way walking lane appeared in Washington, D.C. One side was a dedicated path for smartphone users and the other for people not hunched over their devices. It wasn’t put there by the city, but was part of the National Geographic behavioural science show Mind Over Masses. However, one city in China doesn’t think it’s such a bad idea.


The Best (And Worst) Texting Scenes In TV And Movies

Text messaging is new enough that movies and TV shows haven’t landed on a consistent way to show viewers what their characters are saying. Done incorrectly, an on-screen text session can look immediately dated or weird. But with the right visuals, the effect can be great.


How Hollywood Figured Out A Way To Make Texting In Movies Look Less Dumb

Typing on screens is, as we know, pretty boring to watch. But Hollywood has lately gotten a lot smarter about depicting this ubiquitous technology on screen. A radically new film convention, what we might call the “beyond screen text message,” is emerging right before our eyes.


'Text Neck' Is The Latest Health Craze That's Going To Injure You

At this point, it seems like our electronics are out to kill us because a doctor is warning rabid texters of a new condition called “text neck”. Dr Dean Fishman, who not only is a chiropractic physician, but a crafty wordsmith since he trademarked that phrase, claims that the craning of our neck is damaging your posture and contorting that way your body grows.


Using goTenna's Pocket Antenna To Send Texts Without Mobile Service

Inspired by the downed mobile towers and utility outages of Hurricane Sandy, the folks at goTenna wanted a way to keep smartphones connected even when the grid fails. What they came up with is a pocket-sized handheld antenna that lets users send texts and location info without mobile service. And we got to see a prototype in action.


Fleksy Messenger Makes Typing On A Smartwatch Slightly Less Impossible

Samsung’s Gear 2 smartwatch can be handy for checking your text messages without whipping your phone out of your pocket. But it’s impossible to type on — literally, you can’t reply to texts on the watch. Fleksy just changed that with Messenger, a Gear 2 SMS messaging app that brings Fleksy’s intelligent keyboard to the very, very small screen.


Apple Admits iMessage Screw-Up, Has A Fix Coming... Eventually

If you’ve tried to transition out of your iPhone into an Android or Windows Phone device, you’ve likely known the singular frustration of having your text messages vanish into the iMessage ether. Today, in a statement to Recode, Apple acknowledged the problem, explained why it’s been particularly awful lately and promised a fix.


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.


Text While Driving In San Francisco And You Might End Up On A Billboard

This month, some residents of San Francisco might discover photographs of themselves engaging in rather embarrassing behaviour. A website has been collecting photos of people texting while driving, and some of those photos have now found their way onto billboards throughout the region. Check this out!


How Not To Piss People Off In A Group Text Message

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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