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Ending Text Messages With Periods Can Make Them Seem Insincere Ending Text Messages With Periods Can Make Them Seem Insincere

Ending a text message with a period might make it grammatically correct, but a recent study suggests it can also make it seem cold and insincere.

Easily Transfer Old Messages Archives from One Mac to Another Easily Transfer Old Messages Archives from One Mac to Another

If you’ve been using Messages for a while, you may not want to let your archived messages go when you move to a new Mac. iCloud should backup and restore a lot of it, but if that history goes back pretty far, it won’t get it all. iMore shows you how to make sure it comes over to your new computer.

Kaboom Gives You Self-Destructing Messages You Can Share Anywhere Kaboom Gives You Self-Destructing Messages You Can Share Anywhere

Android/iOS: “Self-destructing messages” are mostly BS. There’s no way to ensure the message is ever really gone, and most apps require all your friends to sign up just to share messages. Kaboom solves at least the latter problem, by letting you share those timed messages anywhere, with anyone.

Quickly Cancel Sending a Message by Turning On Airplane Mode Quickly Cancel Sending a Message by Turning On Airplane Mode

Ever type out a message, hit send, and immediately regret it? OS X Daily points out that if you’re quick enough, you can enable Airplane Mode to cancel that message from being sent.

Keep Group Messages Organized on iOS By Naming Them Keep Group Messages Organized on iOS By Naming Them

Group messages get a little messy if you use them with a lot of different people, but The Sweet Setup reminds us that one of the new features in iOS 8 is the ability to name those messages. Once you do, it's a lot easier to find what you're looking for.

Give Yourself a Cool Off Period Before Replying to Frustrating Texts Give Yourself a Cool Off Period Before Replying to Frustrating Texts

When you get a text message or email that makes you a little pissed off, it's easy to just reply as quickly as possible without really thinking about it. Chances are, you'll say something stupid here. Instead, The Wall Street Journal suggests giving yourself some cool off time.

The Best Text Messaging Replacement for Android The Best Text Messaging Replacement for Android

It's been a while since we last looked at Android text messaging replacements. Our previous choice was Google Voice, but with that app being rolled into Hangouts, it seems like it's time for an update. For dedicated SMS users, Handcent SMS seems to take the cake.

Catch a Lie in an Email or Text Message by Looking for These Red Flags Catch a Lie in an Email or Text Message by Looking for These Red Flags

Catching a liar in person usually just means looking for a variety of nonverbal cues, but that's not as easy when it's written in a text message or email. For that, The Wall Street Journal suggests looking for subtle changes in how someone words things.

The Best Way to Text From Your Computer on Android The Best Way to Text From Your Computer on Android

You don't switch away from your PC to your smartphone to reply to an email or an instant message, so why should a simple SMS message be any different? Thankfully, if you have an Android device, you can continue using your PC (and its full-size spacious keyboard) to read and send text messages. Our choice for this…

What's the Deal with All These Messaging Apps? What's the Deal with All These Messaging Apps?

Dear Lifehacker, I've been hearing a ton about different messaging apps these days, but I don't understand why I should care. One search shows WhatsApp, Viber, iMessages, Snapchat, Kik, Facebook Messenger, and dozens more. I already have text messaging. Why do I need these other apps?

How Not To Piss People Off in a Group Text Message 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.

Hello SMS Brings Tabs and Easy Photo-Sharing to Text Messages Hello SMS Brings Tabs and Easy Photo-Sharing to Text Messages

Android: In KitKat, Google has replaced the old Messaging app with Hangouts. If you still want a dedicated app for SMS, or if you're on an older version of Android and want a better messaging app, Hello SMS is a strong contender as a beautiful replacement with a unique tabs-based interface.

Build Your Own Raspberry Pi Powered Text Messaging Espresso Machine Build Your Own Raspberry Pi Powered Text Messaging Espresso Machine

Ever wished you could just send a text message to your espresso machine and have it start making your coffee automatically? The folks over at Zipwhip wanted to make it possible, so they used a Raspberry Pi and a custom board.

When Data Isn't Available, Just Choose to Send Your iMessage as SMS When Data Isn't Available, Just Choose to Send Your iMessage as SMS

Apple's iMessage is great when it works, but several recent outages haven't made it a little unreliable. Fortunately your iPhone can send any iMessage as an SMS text message when the service is down. Lifehacker reader Raj Nagra explains:

ImmediateSend Replies to Text Messages from Anywhere on the iPhone ImmediateSend Replies to Text Messages from Anywhere on the iPhone

iOS (Jailbroken): When you get a text message on your iPhone, you always have to pop into the messages to reply. It's a little cumbersome if you just want to quickly reply to something. ImmediateSend allows you to reply to any text message from any screen quickly and easily.

Merge Keeps iMessage Threads Consistant Regardless of the Contact Number Used Merge Keeps iMessage Threads Consistant Regardless of the Contact Number Used

iOS (Jailbroken): One of the problems with iMessage is that the service doesn't automatically group your contact's different information together. So, if you get a message from an email address, it doesn't combine that with previous messages from a phone number. Merge is a jailbreak tweak that fixes this.

Does Proper Grammar Matter in Text Messages? Does Proper Grammar Matter in Text Messages?

It's no secret that text messaging has changed the way we communicate, but it has also changed the meaning of sentences, punctuation, and grammar. So, we want to know, does proper grammar matter to you in text messages? If so, when's it important?

Uninstall Messages Beta to Fix Your iMessage Lag Uninstall Messages Beta to Fix Your iMessage Lag

Apple's SMS replacement protocol, called iMessages, lets you send free text messages between iPhones, which is great. What's not so great is that a lot of users have been experiencing iMessage lag involving long delays receiving new messages. If that sounds familiar to you, the New York Times' Brian X. Chen has a…

How to Get the Best Features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion Right Now How to Get the Best Features of Mac OS X Mountain Lion Right Now

This morning, Apple announced the next version of Mac OS X, dubbed Mountain Lion, is scheduled to be available at the end of summer. It's filled with cool new features, but who wants to wait until this summer to get them? Here's how you can get the best features of Mountain Lion right now.

Black SMS Encrypts and Decrypts Your Text Messages Black SMS Encrypts and Decrypts Your Text Messages

iOS: Anyone can pick up your phone and read your text messages. It's also not that difficult for someone to install spy software or for the U.S. government to acquire your messages from your carrier. If you want to keep your text messages private, Black SMS is an app that provides a very simple method for doing so. …

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