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How to block a contact through iMessage and FaceTime in OS X

How to block FaceTime calls and iMessages on the Mac

If you're being stalked, spammed, pranked, or otherwise abused over iMessage or FaceTime, you can block that contact and prevent them from bothering you ever again, even on your Mac. It's simple, it's easy, and it's oh-so-gratifying. If there's an especially annoying someone you've been waiting...
Where's iMessage for Android?

Where's iMessage for Android?

Why Apple keeps iMessage locked to a single platform in a cross-platform messaging world iMessage is Apple's text and media messaging service, bundled into the Messages app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. And that's where the platform support ends. There's no iMessage for Android or for Windows....
How to see all the unread message notifications on your iPhone, all at once, all in the same place

How to see all the unread message notifications on your iPhone, all at once, all in the same place

Instant Messaging (IM) — and the notifications that come with them — are horribly fragmented. iPhone users have iMessage built-in, but if you use Facebook then you likely also have Facebook Messenger, if you use Google you likely also have Google Hangouts, if you come from BlackBerry you likely...
Best WhatsApp alternatives for Facebook haters

Best WhatsApp alternatives for Facebook haters

If Facebook buying Whatsapp means you're busy looking for a new instant messaging app to call your own then here are the best alternatives for you to consider! Let's be clear — if you used WhatsApp today, very little will change today and likely tomorrow. According to WhatsApp's statement, not...
How to deactivate iMessage before switching to BlackBerry, Android, or Windows Phone

Not getting texts after switching from iPhone to Android? Here's how to turn off iMessage and fix it!

If you've succumbed to the temptations of Android — or even Windows Phone or BlackBerry — there are some steps you need to take to make sure the iPhone friends you leave behind can still reach you. iMessage works by routing iPhone to iPhone messages through Apple's servers instead of sending them...
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Southwest Airlines offering in-flight iMessage access for $2

With your iPhone or iPad you're already able to use iMessage on in-flight WiFi in the U.S. already, but Southwest Airlines is today making it easier for its passengers by offering a new, reduced rate iMessage only plan. Until now, keeping in touch with your iMessage buddies on the plane has...
SMS, iMessage, BBM, Skype, Line, Twitter, Facebook: Which messaging systems do you use? [Poll]

SMS, iMessage, BBM, Skype, Line, Twitter, Facebook: Which messaging systems do you use? [Poll]

Which messaging systems do you use? My life is a series of dissonant beeps and buzzes. My friends and family contact me via Apple's iMessage or old-school SMS, which are at least both built into the same Messages app on iOS, and the former of which at least has a desktop app on OS X. We use...
Is iMessage secure? The good, the bad, and the complicated

Is iMessage secure? The good, the bad, and the complicated

Last week, researchers from QuarksLab gave a presentation at HITBSecConf2013 on the security of iMessage. The researchers sought to investigate claims made by Apple that nobody but the sender and receiver could read iMessage data thanks to their use of end-to-end encryption. While the researchers...
Apple says theoretical exploits be damned, they can't read your iMessages

Apple says theoretical exploits be damned, they can't read your iMessages

Earlier this week security researchers presented their paper highlighting how a man-in-the-middle attack could let Apple, or an agency compelling Apple, read our iMessage despite the end-to-end encryption. Not so says Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller. AllThingsD: iMessage is not architected to...
Apple working on a fix for 'fraction-of-a-percent' experiencing iMessage problems

Apple working on a fix for 'fraction-of-a-percent' experiencing iMessage problems

iMessage has been frustrating some people following the iOS 7 software update. Either not sending, not receiving, or just plain not working. We've given you some potential iMessage fixes to try, which might help, at least temporarily. However, a proper fix looks like it's on the way from Apple....
How's iMessage working for you on iOS 7?

How's iMessage working for you on iOS 7?

How is iMessage working for you? We're still hearing from a lot of you with iOS 7 iMessage issues. It's never been perfect, especially when OS X is added to the loop, but since iOS 7 it appears a lot more people are experiencing a lot more pain. I have two phone numbers attached to mine, and...
'iMessage Chat' app shows up for Android, isn't pretty, don't trust it

'iMessage Chat' app shows up for Android, isn't pretty, don't trust it

"iMessage Chat" has shown up in the Google Play Store, and it seems to be an actual, working, not-very-pretty iMessage app for Android. Unfortunately, since Apple didn't make it, and there's currently no way to look inside the APK file and see what's happening, it shouldn't be trusted. In order...
Having trouble with iMessage or FaceTime? Here's the fix!

Having trouble with iMessage or FaceTime? Here's the fix!

iMessage and FaceTime are wonderful, empowering, enabling technologies that... can frustrate the crap out of you at times. One of those times is when you update or restore your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to a new operating system - like millions of people just did with iOS 7 - and it stops...
What you need to know about the CoreText exploit that can crash iOS and OS X apps

What you need to know about the CoreText exploit that can crash iOS and OS X apps

An exploit in CoreText, the font rendering framework in current, publicly available versions of iOS and OS X, has been discovered that can cause apps to crash. According to habrahabr.ru, it can be remotely triggered via SMS or iMessage, Safari, and even the ESSID of a Wi-Fi network when scanning...
iMessage, some iCloud services down for small number of users

iMessage, some iCloud services down for small number of users

Apple is currently experiencing a number of service outages that it says affects "less than 1% of users." The affected services are iMessage, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, iCloud Backup and iPhoto Journals. From the Apple System Status portal: Multiple Services - Less than 1% of users...
How to report iMessage spam to Apple

How to report iMessage spam to Apple

A new Apple Knowledge Base article details steps that people can take to report spam iMessages. If you receive and unwanted iMessage, you can report it to imessage.spam@icloud.com by sending a screenshot of the message, the sender's email address or phone number, and the date and time that the...
iOS 7 preview: Phone, FaceTime, and Messages blocking promises to put an end to annoying contacts

iOS 7 preview: Phone, FaceTime, and Messages blocking promises to put an end to annoying contacts

With iOS 7, Apple is adding the ability to block people from reaching - especially disturbing or otherwise harassing - you via the phone, FaceTime, and Messages. One of the downsides of the constant connectivity we enjoy on the iPhone is constant availability, and while it's annoying when people...
iMessage read receipts:  A little bit of heaven... or a lot of hell?

iMessage read receipts: A little bit of heaven... or a lot of hell?

Today's Talk Mobile is all about social etiquette and how technology can affect the way we treat our fellow human beings. Case in point, when Apple introduced iMessage in iOS 5 they took a page from BlackBerry Messenger and offered "read receipts", a way for you to know not only if your instant...
Investigating iMessage security and privacy claims

Investigating iMessage security and privacy claims

How secure and how private is iMessage, Apple's SMS/MMS-like communications platform? Earlier this month, after news broke about the NSA's electronic surveillance program, codenamed PRISM, Apple released a statement detailing some specifics on the number of requests they receive from government...
How to send an iMessage from the Contacts app for Mac

How to send an iMessage from the Contacts app for Mac

While iMessage has its own native Mac app, you also have the ability to quickly send an iMessage via the Contacts app if you're running OS X Mountain Lion. Whether you're looking for a specific number or not done looking through your contacts just yet, here's the easiest way to get a message sent...

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