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A plea to fix multi-group Messages — for our all our sanity

A plea to fix multi-group Messages — for our all our sanity

Though Messages has its quirks, I've been lucky to avoid most of them — I haven't had my message history disappear, nor have random contacts popped in or vanished out of thin air. I've rarely had problems with messages not being received or erroring out. But I'm not immune to every iMessage...
How to add someone to a group iMessage thread on iPhone and iPad

How to add someone to a group iMessage thread on iPhone and iPad

iMessage got some new tricks in iOS 8 and one of those is the ability to add new people to an existing iMessage group. That means instead of having to start a brand new conversation, you can just quickly add someone to the existing group chat in just a few taps! How to add a new person to a...
How to enable two-step verification for your Apple ID

How to set up two-factor authentication for iCloud

Most people use their Apple ID account not only for iCloud data, but to purchase content from iTunes and the App Store. That means that anyone who gets ahold of your account or manages to change your password could have access to your personal information and credit card information. If you want...
Apple reportedly adds two-step verification to iMessage and FaceTime

Apple rolls out two-step verification to iMessage and FaceTime

Apple has rolled out two-step verification to the company's iMessage and FaceTime. That allows you to combine your password with a token to help protect your accounts from unauthorized access. That way, even if someone finds or figures out your password, they still won't be able to get into your...
Ten ways to pester and delight your friends on iMessage

Ten ways to pester and delight your friends on iMessage

Last week, Ally somewhat accidentally discovered that if you change an iMessage's group name on your computer, it changes the name for everyone on the thread. It not only led to some pretty hilarious griefing for our other co-workers, but got me thinking about other ridiculous tricks and trolls...
How to use Google Hangouts with the Messages app on your Mac

How to use Google Hangouts with the Messages app on your Mac

The Messages app for Mac lets you easily send iMessages and even regular text messages without ever having to pick up your iPhone. Aside from cellular messages, the Messages app can also integrate into other messaging services, including Google Hangouts. Once linked, you can easily send and...
What would you change about Apple's Messages app?

What would you change about Apple's Messages app?

Messages launched with the original iPhone as "SMS", because that's all it did at the time. Apple had Safari, so they didn't build an old-school WAP browser and it turned out an old-school WAP browser is what MMS used and needed. So, Apple built one and, once carriers stopped freaking out about...
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;...
How to quickly share your location in iMessage for iOS 8

How to quickly share your location in iMessage for iOS 8

Sometimes we have the need to share our current location with someone, or in the case of younger children, you may want to always know where they are. Up until iOS 8 the only way to share a location was through the Maps app, which didn't give you constant location information, only current. Now...
How to quickly send photo and video selfies in iOS 8

How to quickly send photo and video selfies in iOS 8

iOS 8 has made it easier than ever to send both photo and video selfies with the help of the Messages app. Literally, a swish and a flick and your message is on its way to the recipient! How to send selfies and videos faster than ever with iOS 8 Launch the Messages app on your iPhone or...
How to use iMessage: The ultimate guide

How to use iMessage: The ultimate guide

iMessage is the name of Apple's proprietary instant messaging (IM) service that lets you send and receive free text, photo, video, and audio messages from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac to any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac. Not only does iMessage let you send free simple messaging...

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