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Turn Off Read Receipts

Rumour has it, Apple wants to give you the option to use read receipts on a contact-by-contact basis in iMessage. This is a dreadfully bad idea that will undoubtedly destroy relationships, estrange friends, and piss off teens. Why? Because read receipts are awful, and making them more sophisticated is bullshit.


Bacon, Selfie And 36 Other Brand-New Emoji Are On The Way

It has already been a great year for emoji. Apple recently began supporting a refresh of certain characters, including more racially and gender-diverse people as well as a few new emoji like an Apple Watch and a taco. Now 38 brand-new emoji are coming!


Microsoft Has Given Us The F**k-You Emoji We All Wanted

Briefly: Insult emoticons have arrived at last, thanks to Microsoft. Windows 10 will feature the first wave of blatantly offensive emoji, a collection of middle fingers in full F-you salute. One sad step closer to Instagramese becoming the de facto language of humanity.


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.


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