Apple's New Emoji Open Up A Whole New Realm Of Painful Awkwardness

Those who have updated their iPhones to iOS 8.3 have already seen the future: Among the many updates out today is a redesigned emoji keyboard with new and improved (and “diverse“) emoji. Basically, the plot of every Wes Anderson movie just got way easier to recap.

Ordering $500 Of Random Crap By Text Message With Magic

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I’ll take it as a compliment that Brent Rose saw fit to explore the wondrous and alarming world of Magic in this video short for Wired. Giz got a fish, but Brent got a much larger collection of impressively random things.

The Most Horrifying Texting App Shares Everything You Type In Real-Time

There’s a reason kids these days have a tendency to text whenever possible — not being able to meticulously craft your every last word is the worst. But now a new messaging app called Beam wants to take all that hard-earned neuroticism away from us. It shows people exactly what you type, as you type it. We’re doomed.

It's Time To Kill The Phone Call

The phone call isn’t dead. Despite what many a journalist/blogger/paranoid internet commenter might have you believe, smartphones can indeed still dial out. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not in the process of dying. And if you have even a shred of decency about you, you’ll help take it out back Old-Yeller-style and put everyone out of their misery. Friends, it’s time to kill the phone call.

Using iOS 8's QuickText On Tinder Will Not Get You Laid

Among the worst features of Apple’s iOS 8 is QuickText, a feature that believes it can figure out what you’re going to text someone before you even think of it. It could be magical, instead it’s only good for writing nonsense sentences and mangling famous movie quotes. But maybe, just maybe, you can use it to get laid on Tinder?

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.