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

Send an iMessage from almost any application

If you use Apple's iMessages service to communicate with friends and colleagues, then you might regularly open the program either in iOS or OS X to compose your message.

Apple offers some sharing services that interface with Messages, which if supported in the program you are currently using, can be taken advantage of to send a basic message to any of your Messages contacts.

These sharing services are intended to send a selected object, be it an image in iPhoto, or a file in the Finder, or some text in a program like TextEdit. When invoked, these services simply … Read more

Ping app makes e-mail more like chat

When Erez Pilosof told me his iPhone app Ping makes e-mail fun, I didn't believe him. You probably won't either -- until you get your hands on the app.

Ping, launching later this month, is meant to be e-mail's hipper younger sister. With color themes, photo-sharing, funky audio alerts, doodles, real-time and voice messaging, and even video chat, the app acts more like WhatsApp than your traditional e-mail account. Ping is still e-mail, of course, but with a fresh twist on organization and the modern feel of mobile messaging.

"I hate my e-mail," Pilosof said, &… Read more

Review: Secret Message for Mac creates and reveals hidden messages

Secret Message for Mac's streamlined interface makes it an ideal application for children to send and receive secret messages. A useful Help file and good performance also contribute to the overall appeal of this entertaining application.

Secret Message for Mac unzips and opens directly to the program's interface. The menu bar options are basic, allowing users to check for updates, or consult the valuable Help section. The application's interface is quite basic with a text box for users to compose a plain message and a secret message, followed by a selection of radio buttons where users may … Read more

Review: GIF Photo Share creates and shares animated images from your device

GIF Photo Share is designed to help you create and manage GIFs on your iPhone for sharing via messaging apps, Facebook, or Twitter among others, and it works well for the most part. The core function of this app is to create new GIFs, and while the options here can be limited depending on what you are trying to create, the overall experience is a good one.

After you set up GIF Photo Share you can connect your social networks or start creating GIFs. The app will find and load images from your library if you already have GIFs on … Read more

Apple iCloud services offline for a few million users

Update at 9:30 a.m. PT: All services were restored as of 8:30 a.m. PT.

Apple iCloud users were hit by yet another outage, though this one seems to have affected a relatively small percentage of users.

As of Thursday 4 a.m. PT, Apple's status page reveals issues with iMessage, Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, Backup and Restore, and iPhoto Journals. Apple's description of the problem reports that people may be unable to use those services and unable to send or download attachments in iMessage.

The page says that less than 1 percent … Read more

Prevent Facebook friends from seeing you've read a message on Android

Privy Chat for Facebook is a free Android app, available in the Play store, that prevents your friends from being able to see you've read a message. Originally covered by Ghacks, this small app is sure to be useful to Android users everywhere.

We've all felt the pressure to immediately reply to a message after opening it, knowing the sender can see you've read it. Or the rage that boils up inside after sending a message, only to see it's been read and no response sent in return.

As clever as read receipts appear to be … Read more

Flickr founder plans to kill company e-mails with Slack

When Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield and his team realized that their online game Game Neverending wasn't going to be a hit, they turned the game's photo-sharing tool into a stand alone product -- and got lucky.

Flickr was a hit. It quickly caught the attention of Internet giant Yahoo, which bought the site for a reported $35 million in 2005.

Fast forward 8 years and Butterfield is at it again. His new company Tiny Speck, which employs much of the same team as before, shelved its online game Glitch last year. Now, they've taken the customized communications … Read more