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How Snapchat will make us more honest

Before yesterday, I had sent less than five messages using the Snapchat app. To be honest, I didn't even know that a photo or video sent through the app and equipped with its risk-encouraging countdown clock was called a "snap."

But with the introduction of the Stories feature Thursday -- the ability to collect viewable moments in a personal timeline that sticks around for that day only -- Snapchat has become an overnight fascination of mine. It is, in my eyes, one of the most pivotal social-networking additions in recent memory.

While Instagram preps its network for the introduction of photo and video adsRead more

How to delete, forward messages in iOS 7

One of the most common questions I've received about iOS 7 beyond that of where Spotlight went, or how to force-close apps, is how to delete for forward messages.

The method to carry out either task has changed a bit from previous versions of iOS, but it's still just as easy.

When in a conversation in the Messages app and you want to delete or forward a message that was sent to you, you simply tap and hold on the message bubble until the options "Copy" and "More..." come up.

Tapping on "More...&… Read more

Apple promises iOS update to fix iMessage delivery issues

Apple confirmed on Tuesday that a software issue is disrupting the normal delivery of iMessages, but the company said it was readying a software update to resolve the issue.

For the past several days, iOS 7 users have complained about being unable to send texts on Apple's instant-messaging service, which provides free texting between iOS devices. A frequent complaint is that while messages appear to have been sent successfully, they later appear with an indication that delivery failed.

"We are aware of an issue that affects a fraction of a percent of our iMessage users, and we will … Read more

Unofficial Apple iMessage app removed from Google Play Store

An app that let Android users tap into Apple's iMessage protocol on their devices has been removed from Google's Play Store.

That app made waves after being discovered late Monday, and raised security concerns over how the service operated without Apple's permission. That included the security behind users offering up their Apple ID in order to log into the service. Such credentials could be used to access various other Apple services, and potentially even make purchases.

Despite such concerns, the application worked as promised -- allowing iMessages to be sent between Android and iOS devices.

According to … Read more

Review: Color Text Messages helps create colored and image-based messages

Color Text Messages lets you change the background image, font style and color, and more before sending a text message. By creating a small image of text that you can tweak with numerous options, you can adjust and then copy/paste the message directly into your SMS or e-mail, ensuring it looks exactly as it did in the app.

When you open Color Text Messages there are quite a few options onscreen. To start you must enter the text you want to send. Then you can use the random button on the right to create a random text effect, or … Read more

Unofficial iMessage app for Android appears, likely unsafe

A functional version of Apple's iMessage has arrived on Google's Android platform, though not with Apple's blessing, or without potential security risks.

The software is called iMessage Chat and was created by developer Daniel Zweigart. Users enter their Apple ID and password credentials and can text with registered iMessage phone numbers and e-mail addresses freely.

CNET has tested the software with dummy accounts and confirmed it works.

Per iOS developer Adam Bell, the service appears to be tricking Apple's iMessage server into thinking it's a Mac Mini -- Apple's entry level Mac desktop -- … Read more

You can block people from contacting you on iOS 7

One of the biggest complaints echoed by many iOS users since the introduction of iMessage and FaceTime with iOS 5 has been the inability to block people.

All it would take was one person getting your iMessage or FaceTime phone number or e-mail address, and you were an open target to constant messages and calls.

With iOS 6 Apple added the ability to silence messages originating from addresses not stored in your Contacts, but there was still no way to block a user.

With iOS 7, Apple has added the ability for people to block phone numbers and e-mail addresses … Read more

How to view Messages time stamps on iOS 7

One of the most annoying things about messaging on iOS is the lack of true time stamps for messages. It felt as if iOS would randomly place a time stamp throughout a conversation, but there was no obvious pattern. Because the time stamp was so random, it was very difficult to go back and view when a message was sent or received mid-conversation.

Someone at Apple finally was able to convince the powers that be to time-stamp every message in the Messages app. Can I get a "Huzzah!"?

To view a time stamp for a message, open the … Read more

The complete guide to iOS 7 (roundup)

A few months after iOS 7 was first shown off by Apple at its World Wide Developer Conference, the wait is finally over. iOS 7 is now available for iOS users around the world to download, install and start putting to use.

With the number of changes Apple included in iOS 7 there's bound to be questions regarding how to use old and new features alike. But that's what we're here for. Below you'll find a roundup of posts covering every possible aspect of iOS 7 we think should be covered; all of which will show … Read more

Secure SMS app Wickr finally hits Android

Wickr isn't the only encrypted text messaging app around, but it does provide a hard-to-replicate level of protection for your texts. Previously for iOS only, it launched Monday in beta on Android.

The app's argument is simple: its San Francisco-based makers claim that Wickr, now cross-platform between Android and iOS, provides the most secure text messaging apparatus currently available. It uses AES-256, RSA-4096, ECDH-521, Transport Layer Security, and SHA-256 to encode data while it's being stored on a server and while being transferred between devices.

Nico Sell, a Wickr co-founder, doesn't hesitate to talk about her … Read more