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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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?
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
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…
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.
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. …