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How to send regular text messages from your iPad with SMS relay

How to setup and use SMS/MMS relay to send and receive texts on your iPad

SMS/MMS relay is part of Apple's Continuity feature. It lets you send and receive standard texts — the "green bubble" kind — through the built-in Messages app on your iPad, just like you've always been able to do on your iPhone. As long as your iPhone and iPad are online, as soon as your iPhone...
How to use quick reply messaging in iOS 8

How to quickly reply to an iMessage using interactive notifications in iOS 8

Many of us have wanted a quick reply messaging option to come stock in iOS for years. And finally, after years of begging, Apple has granted our wish with iOS 8 via interactive notifications. If you receive a message while you're using your iPhone or iPad, you can now respond without ever even...
How to deregister your phone number from iMessage

How to remove your phone number from iMessage if you switch to Android

If you've switched from iPhone to something else, like Android, and aren't receiving text messages, it could be that your phone number is still registered with iMessage. If that's the case, Apple has an online tool you can use to deregister with iMessage and get your SMS/MMS working properly with...
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Cellular voice and SMS can reportedly be listened in on, FaceTime and iMessage safe

Cellular voice and SMS can reportedly be listened in on, FaceTime and iMessage safe

Security researchers in Germany have reportedly discovered two ways to both capture and decrypt voice and SMS communications that travel over SS7, a set of protocols used by phone systems. The Washington Post The flaws discovered by the German researchers are actually functions built into...
iOS 9 wish-list: 'Favorite' iMessages

iOS 9 wish-list: 'Favorite' iMessages

Sometimes I'm having a conversation on iMessage and the person — or one of the people in a group — I'm conversing with says something so funny, so profound, so touching, or so important I just want to favorite it so they'll know, and so that I'll be able to find it again in the future when I want...
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Judge says Apple has to deal with message blocking lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled this week that Apple will have to face the allegations of a plaintiff who claims in a lawsuit that the company failed to mention that messages from other Apple devices might be blocked if a person switched from using an iPhone to an Android device. Judge Koh...
How to deregister your phone number from iMessage

How to remove your phone number from iMessage if you switch to Android

If you've switched from iPhone to something else, like Android, and aren't receiving text messages, it could be that your phone number is still registered with iMessage. If that's the case, Apple has an online tool you can use to deregister with iMessage and get your SMS/MMS working properly with...
New Apple iMessage de-registration tool lets you switch to another OS, reclaim your SMS

New Apple iMessage de-registration tool lets you switch to Android, reclaim your SMS

Apple has launched a new online tool that makes it easier to switch from the iPhone to a competing smartphone platform and not risk text messages getting stuck on the iMessage servers. The web-based tool allows you to enter your phone number into the system to de-regsiter it. Once entered,...
How to send regular text messages from your iPad with SMS relay

How to setup and use SMS/MMS relay to send and receive texts on your iPad

SMS/MMS relay is part of Apple's Continuity feature. It lets you send and receive standard texts — the "green bubble" kind — through the built-in Messages app on your iPad, just like you've always been able to do on your iPhone. As long as your iPhone and iPad are online, as soon as your iPhone...
EFF ranks iMessage, Facetime more secure than mass market competitors

EFF ranks iMessage, Facetime more secure than mass market competitors

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued security rankings for several popular communication platforms, including Apple's iMessage Google's Hangouts and Skype from Microsoft. Both iMessage and Apple's FaceTime were named as the best mass market options for secure messaging according to...
How to receive text messages from your iPhone on your Mac

How to setup and use SMS/MMS relay to send and receive texts on your Mac

SMS/MMS relay, part of Continuity, lets you send and receive standard texts — the "green bubble" kind — through the built-in Messages app on your Mac, just like you've always been able to do on your iPhone. As long as your iPhone and Mac are both online, as soon as your iPhone receives an SMS or...
How to set up a PIN code on your iPhone SIM

How to set up a PIN code on your iPhone SIM

A SIM pin can prevent anyone who gets unauthorized access to your iPhone from accessing the cellular data network. While there's tons of pre-emptive measures you can take, including using Touch ID, a password, or passcode to secure the Lock screen, a SIM pin is yet another layer of protection for...
Messages in OS X Yosemite: Explained

Messages in OS X Yosemite: Explained

OS X Yosemite makes key improvements to Messages to help enhance productivity and make it easier to communicate. Among the improvements in this update are soundbites, compact audio files you can record with the click of a button and include in your iMessage; SMS/MMS support through the iPhone;...

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