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Google Splits SMS and MMS from Hangouts App with New ‘Messenger’ App for Android

With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat last year, Google appeared to be going in the direction of Apple’s iMessage service, combining its SMS / MMS app with Google Hangouts. Hangouts messages, like iMessage, are sent via your phone’s data connection and don’t use the traditional SMS protocol. The unification of both into one app [...]

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How to Deregister Your Phone Number from iMessage When You Switch to Android

Since Apple first introduced iMessage, there’s been one major flaw: if you were to switch devices to something other than an iPhone (say, an Android device), you’d have a hard time sending and receiving SMS and MMS messages on the new phone, because your phone number was still “registered” with iMessage. Usually, the problem required [...]

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It’s About Time You Start Sending Texts Like This

Text messaging is convenient, but no one could really say it was creative, per se—until now. Ultratext is taking the GIF to a whole new level by making it super easy and super fun to create your own GIF text messages. Hold on to your butts. Currently only for iOS, Ultratext is fast and colorful, [...]

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Mark Cuban Wants Your Text Messages to Self Destruct

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and frequent “shark” on Shark Tank, has been pushing a new app on Twitter lately—Cyber Dust. It destroys text messages, much like Snapchat destroys photos. (PS, his handle for the app is @blogmaverick.) Cyber Dust for iOS (and coming soon for Android) sends completely encrypted text messages that [...]

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Apple Announces CarPlay Infotainment Coming to Ferrari, Mercedes, Honda, et al Later This Year

Beginning later this year, six top auto manufacturers will begin integrating iOS functionality in their vehicles, which will let you pair your iPhone for hands-free voice control of your phone calls, text messages, music, navigation, and of course, Siri. Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, Honda, Hyundai, Volvo, and Jaguar will be the launch partners for the in-car [...]

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Here’s why the cost to legally send web URLs in text messages is $750,000

A company in Chicago, Helferich Patent Licensing, is reaping the benefits of the smartphone-connected world, hand over fist. As it turns out, the man behind the name, Richard Helferich, has a small, but powerful portfolio of patents dating back to mid-90s. One such patent covers the sending of web URLs in SMS messages. Helferich obtained [...]