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How to Schedule Your Messages, Emails, and Tweets to Go at Any Time

Thanks to the internet and all the apps and services that run on top of it, we can now ping someone on the other side of the world instantly—but that person doesn’t necessarily want to hear from you in the middle of the night. The same goes for social media sharing, because the time when inspiration strikes may not be the best time for sharing. Read More >>

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Saudi Arabia Will Now Notify Women by Text If They’ve Been Divorced

Women in Saudi Arabia – who have long been subjected to a litany of misogynistic restrictions on their behaviour, including totalitarian male guardianship laws – will soon receive text messages to inform them of changes to their marital status as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “reforms” of the country’s monarchic government, CNN reported on Sunday. Read More >>

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The Txt Msg Trns 25 2day

Back in 1992 the world was a very different place. The world wide web was in its infancy, mobile phones were the size of actual bricks, and text messaging wasn't a thing. Or at least it wasn't until 3rd December. That's right, on this day 25 years ago the text message was born. Read More >>

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How to Set Up Auto-Respond Texts When You’re Driving

It’s incredibly tempting to reach out and respond to a text you get while you’re driving, but maybe less so when you realise that distracted driving is causing thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries every year. Take away the temptation by having your phone reply to messages for you, so you don’t have to worry about it. Read More >>

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“Sexting” Victim Wins £25,000 Compensation

A girl who was pressured into sending naked photos to the vice-principal of her school has won a compensation claim, making this the first time someone's won damages for the psychological harm caused by being effectively groomed into sending rude snaps. Read More >>

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Encryption as a Scapegoat Argument for the Paris Attacks Looks Even Worse

Law enforcement officials in the US are using the Paris attacks to argue that governmental powers need special access to crack encryption. As we expressed previously, that is a flawed argument, and it’s looking worse as more information comes out about how the attacks went down. Read More >>

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Temporary Texting Lanes Introduced to End Pedestrian Clash in Belgium

The Belgian city of Antwerp has taken a lead in the battle against low-speed pedestrian impacts by launching what it calls a "walking text lane" -- a special walkway for those who can't even stop looking at their telephones when off out to get some crisps. Read More >>

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Police Force Introduces Text-to-Grass Drink Driving Report Line

Police in Lincolnshire have launched a text-based reporting system, designed to let vigilant members of the public send in the details of people they suspect may be likely to get in their cars after more than the legal number of drinks. Read More >>

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Mum Called “PATHETIC” in SMS by Orange Staff Over Bill Dispute

23-year-old mum Emma Townsend has complained to mobile network Orange, after receiving a bizarre and abusive text message from one of its staff when a dispute over an unpaid bill turned nasty. The message read: "You are so pathetic you can't pay your bill and you blame it other people. You are sooo PATHETIC." Orange has said it's sorry. [Metro] Read More >>

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Former iPhone User Sues Apple Over iMessage Delivery Fails

The well-known bug that sees users of iMessage lose their cellular texting abilities when moving away from an iPhone has hit the headlines, with a user in the US now suing Apple for wrecking her mobile plan's ability to receive SMS messages. Read More >>

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There’s Finally an App That Lets You Escape Group Texts

When it comes to group texts, nothing is more infuriating than being trapped in an endless barrage vibrations signalling nothing more than "lol" or the occasional poop emoji. But until now, there was no convenient way to put an end to the madness without either A) blocking your friends or B) insulting them to the point that they cut off contact. GroupXiT fixes that. Read More >>

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MH370 Families Notified of Sad Fate by Text and Social Media, But What Do You Think Would’ve Been More Appropriate?

In this hyper-connected age, we're used to getting information in an instant. When you're solving a pub argument over a beer that's great, but, as our readers have discussed in relation to flight MH370, there are also certain situations where the immediacy of a text or email can seem cold compared to face-to-face human contact. Read More >>

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Text Messaging Fell Last Year as Modern Ways of Exchanging Words Exploded

The rise of Wi-Fi and 3G data messaging services like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Google badgering everyone into using Hangouts has contributed to a fall in UK text messaging, with 2013 seeing UK text numbers drop for the first time since the SMS system arrived. Read More >>

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Self-Love Portal Instagram May be Launching Direct Messaging Tools

It'll soon be much easier to make contact with those people you occasionally stalk on Instagram, thanks to a rumour that suggests the sandwich and sunset photography portal is about to bring direct messaging to its 200 million aggressively confident users. Read More >>

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Yes! Leaked Screens Show SMS In Google Hangouts Is Almost Here

Google's been leaky lately, first with Android 4.4 Kit Kat screens, and then with a whole manual for the Nexus 5. Now, some screens from Android Police are showing off the best upcoming feature on Android: SMS in Hangouts. Yes! Finally! Read More >>