mobile phones
Ofcom Wants To Let You Dump Your Mobile Provider By Text

Switching mobile networks isn't especially hard right now, but Ofcom wants to make it even easier and even more suitable for those of us who hate speaking to human beings on phones. The proposed system will allow you to dump your current mobile provider by text. Your jilted provider will then text you a code, which you can give to your new bae to pick up an exciting new relationship. Read More >>

cars
Government Looking at Automatically Blocking the Phones of Car Drivers

A report in The Times claims that the Department for Transport is trying to come up with a tech solution to the problem of distracted drivers texting while at the wheel, and are looking into solutions that could automatically block the features of phones while driving. Read More >>

transport
Text/Driving Prosecutions Plummet Because the Police Aren’t Bothered

Stats assembled by motoring organisation the RAC show that prosecutions for driving and texting (or instant messaging or tweeting or taking photos of your sexy driving face) have fallen by half in the last five years, but it's not because we've got the message and stopped using mobiles while driving. It's because traffic police have more important things to do. Read More >>

stunts
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 >>

ios
Bizarre iPhone Messages Hack Locks App and Crashes Phone

A straightforward text message has the ability to completely break the iOS Messages app, locking users out of their messaging tool and causing iPhones to crash and reboot. Read More >>

chatroom
Tell Us About Your Cross-Platform Emoji Miscommunication

Half the time I send an emoticon I have no idea what the person on the other end is actually seeing. Which may seem pretty trivial, but is not entirely trivial! A lot of care goes into crafting a chat or text so as to relay tone and intention without body language. The emoji is real. And out of control. Read More >>

google glass
Rare Actually Useful Google Glass Thing Demonstrated

A tool that adds live captions to real-world conversations through Google Glass has been demonstrated, showing that, if the ideas are good enough, there might be some use for Google's head-mounted folly out there in the real world after all. Read More >>

security
Why You Should Never Use Pixelation to Hide Sensitive Text

Pixelation is great for hiding faces and covering up nakedness, but it's not good for disguising text. It's so bad, in fact, that it might not even protect you at all. Read More >>

apps
This App Could Let You Text Arsehole Drivers by Scanning Their Number Plate

The number of idiot drivers on the roads seems to be increasing every day. How can you make them realise how much of an idiot their driving makes them appear? With the DiDi Plate app, you could snap a picture of their number plate and then send that driver a text message. Read More >>

phones
Flip the Bird With the New Middle Finger Emoji

Can't be bothered to call a pal to tell them how pissed off you are? Or even text them with proper words and letters? Then you need the new Middle Finger Emoji, the best in impersonal digital chiding. Read More >>

booze
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 >>

apple
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 >>

design
I Wish I Could Read Wikipedia Like This

I love Wikipedia, but too often the articles are just not that easy to read. It's not that my English isn't good enough. My English good. There is Simple English Wikipedia, but it doesn't cover as many topics and it's not as thorough. Read More >>

networks
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 >>