Anyone who’s ever been stuck at a nightclub, concert, or sporting event with spotty wireless connectivity knows the frustration of being unable to ping friends or family waiting nearby. That no longer has to be the case thanks to FireChat, a free messaging app for iPhone that takes advantage of the Multipeer Connectivity framework introduced with iOS 7. This service allows nearby devices to discover and communicate with each other using peer-to-peer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, even in areas where an Internet connection is unavailable.
Verizon executives have steadfastly refused to jump into a price war with rivals AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, but we can't help but think the carrier is feeling the pressure with its latest plans that offer more of... well, everything.
Siri has improved considerably since her (or his) first appearance back in 2011, but what happens when she improves to the point of self-awareness? As Cult of Mac reports, that's the joke behind the latest short released by the Austin, Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse chain of indie theaters, which is directed at rude moviegoers thinking about sending texts while attending screenings of Spike Jonze’s film Her.
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) got off to a rocky start on iPhone and Android when it was surprisingly launched (and then pulled) in September, but the free app is finally here for real and ready to connect the world’s most popular mobile operating systems with the remaining 60 million active users of BlackBerry smartphones. It’s a mostly capable messaging app, but it’s so tardy to the cross-platform messaging party that it faces an uphill battle due to strong competition.
Texting while driving has become such a big problem that all four major U.S. cell phone carriers have chosen to come together to educate consumers on the dangers, with an extension of AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign.
If you're the type who wants to be notified of every change in the status of your online orders, Apple has introduced just such a service for U.S. customers, which sends a text message when your order status changes.
A picture says a thousand words, and though cartoonish emoticons might not be the most beautiful images around, we reckon they’re still worth a few dozen, especially in the limited character count of a tweet or a text message. To send smiley faces with a bit more personality than a colon and parenthesis can offer, plus loads of other weird and wonderful icons, follow the steps below to add a whole new keyboard to your device – but be aware that they’ll only show up on other iOS devices and OS X 10.7.
We have yet to meet a person who didn't find the way text bundles are priced as anything other than completely mercenary. Seriously? Our only options are the just enough (if you use sparingly) 200 or the waaaay too much (unless you refuse speaking on the phone and only text) 1500? No middle ground, AT&T? None?
This is precisely where third party app developers have stepped into the gap. And, boy, have they. There are nearly as many texting apps as there are fart soundboards. What's a discerning customer to do? You could spend a couple days downloading and trying out what the app store has to offer, or you could sit back and let us do the work.
One of the earliest complaints about the iPhone among heavy users of SMS text messaging was the lack of a hardware keyboard -- but it appears that lightning-fast typing is indeed possible on a software keyboard after all.