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Apple being sued because someone forgot to turn off iMessage when they switched to Android

A scorned ex-iPhone user is suing Apple over lost text messages that she is not able to receive after switching from an iOS device to a smartphone on another platform. Apple's iMessage service doesn't de-activate the iMessage service when a user switches to a non-Apple phone. In this case,...
iMessage lead departs Apple for messaging startup Layer

Andrew Vyrros, former iMessage lead at Apple, now at messaging startup Layer

Andrew Vyrros, formerly a senior engineer at Apple leading the team behind iMessage, has left the company to become CTO of Layer, a messaging startup. In addition to iMessage, Vyrros' team was also responsible for building and running FaceTime, Apple's Push Notification Service (PNS), and Back to...
How to setup and use text shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

How to setup and use text shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

Tired of typing out long words, names, email addresses, web addresses, or entire sentences over and over again? Well then, save yourself some time and effort and set up iOS keyboard shortcuts for any and all of the text you type regularly. By default, the iPhone and iPad ship with "omw" as a...
How to create and share animated GIFs right from your iPhone

How to create and share animated GIFs right from your iPhone

Animated GIFs are an entertaining way to share short clips via text and social networks. Most GIFs contain funny clips that are looped and annotated. If you've ever wondered whether or not you can make your own GIFs right from your iPhone, wonder no more — the answer is YES! How to make your own...
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...
How to quickly view all images in an iMessage or text thread on iPhone and iPad with iOS 7

How to quickly view all images in an iMessage or text thread on iPhone and iPad with iOS 7

The Messages app got a complete overhaul in iOS 7 and the changes weren't limited to just visual ones. One of the best new features of the Messages app is the ability to view all images you've received and sent in a thread in one easy to access place. Here's how: Launch the Messages app from the...
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...
How to create events in iOS directly in the Messages and Mail apps

How to create calendar events in iOS directly in the Messages and Mail apps

It's not uncommon for us to email and message people about plans we're making with them. If you pay close attention, iOS seems to know when we do this by underlining certain text. That isn't just to make it stand out more, it's to make it easier for you to add events to your Calendar app. Here's...
How to delete individual iMessages in Messages for Mac

How to delete individual iMessages in Messages for Mac

If you use your Mac for iMessage, you probably already know you can delete iMessage threads but what about deleting single iMessages on the Mac? We've already covered deleting individual messages in iOS 7 so here's how to delete them in the Messages for Mac app: Launch the Messages app on your...
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....
Don't like how iOS 7 only shows first names in the Messages and Mail apps? Here's how to fix it!

Don't like how iOS 7 only shows first names in the Messages and Mail apps? Here's how to fix it!

If you've upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 7, you've probably already noticed that the Messages and Mail apps both default to only showing the first name of a contact in a conversation thread. For those of us that have more than one John in our contacts, it can get pretty confusing....
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...

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