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TextPad review

TextPad is a program that lets you create, open, and edit text files, so you can make any necessary changes and organize them thoroughly.

Pros

Streamlined navigation: This app boasts a clean and intuitive interface that lets you navigate through the different sections using the tabs across the top of the window. Whether you're creating a new text file or making some quick edits to an existing one, the tools you need are right where you want them.

Quick customization: There are some nice features in this app that let you make certain changes or additions quickly. For instance, … Read more

TypeText review

TypeText gives you the ability to enter in lines of text that you type often and then have the program auto-type them with just a few taps. This is a great help if you find yourself typing out certain items over and over again.

Pros

Good functionality: With this program, you can enter in a list of terms, phrases, e-mail addresses, or anything else that you type out frequently, and then call that list up by pressing "CTRL+B" whenever you want to type any of them. Select the item you want from the list that pops up, … Read more

Text Posts Editor review

Text Posts Editor gives you the tools to customize your Facebook and Twitter posts by adding images, adjusting text color, and more. With this program, you can add emphasis to your words, or you can give extra context to a picture with text. Either way, you'll have a great image to share as your status update that will surely get the attention of your friends and family.

This app has a straightforward interface, with all features accessible from the main screen. When you open it, you'll see a large white box in the middle of the screen, which … Read more

Man, mad at Internet seller, texts him Shakespeare (all of it)

Getting mad occasionally results in getting even, but often only in getting madder.

Ultimately, the whole point of revenge isn't even to get even at all. It's to feel that you have.

Edd Joseph needed to feel better about an internet transaction. As the Bristol Post declaims it, he bought a PS3 online for 80 British pounds (around $132) on the Gumtree site and the transaction went perfectly.

Except for the tiny detail that he didn't receive his PS3.

This he deemed an arrow of outrageous fortune. So he mulled and cogitated and pondered and thought therefore … Read more

Accused movie theater shooter was himself texting, report says

A couple of months ago, Chad Oulson was shot dead, allegedly by retired policeman Curtis Reeves in a spat over Oulson's texting before a movie started.

It's easy for cases like this one from Florida to be forgotten.

Once it emerged that Reeves was said to have had previous arguments with movie theater texters, one imagined that there mightn't be any new facts.

On Thursday, however, the prosecution reportedly released documents that show Reeves himself was texting just before the movie started.

As the Associated Press reports, Reeves' son Matthew, himself a police officer, allegedly received a … Read more

The one real problem with Republic Wireless

Republic Wireless has attracted a lot of attention in recent months by offering one of the most attractive smartphone deals ever: a $299 Motorola Moto X and no-contract service for as little as $5 monthly.

I've been using the phone and service for over a month now, and just a couple weeks ago I professed that despite a few little quirks, I had no qualms about recommending both.

I now have a qualm.

Republic doesn't currently support short codes, which is something you've probably never heard of and therefore don't consider a big deal. That was … Read more

'Hitchhiker's Guide' text adventure gets 30th-anniversary update

Gather round, children. Way back in 1984, a software company released a text adventure version of Douglas Adams' classic offbeat sci-fi tale, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." As usual with the text adventure genre, there were no fancy graphics, elaborate sound effects, or any of the trappings of modern video games. It was just words describing scenes and giving you a chance to try to manipulate objects and solve puzzles, all based on Arthur Dent's journey through a somewhat tragicomic universe.

It's now 2014 and text adventures are relics of the past, but that hasn't stopped the BBC from issuing a 30th Anniversary Edition of the original Infocom game. This new version works in HTML5, has a large interface, and includes a feature that lets you tweet from the game to share your achievements.

The game is alternately challenging, frustrating, and fun. The BBC gives fair warning: "The game will kill you frequently. It's a bit mean like that."

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10 must-see videos of the week

It should be no surprise that this week's video roundup is all about Mobile World Congress. All eyes were on Samsung this year as they announced an assortment of new goodies, including the Gear 2, new Gear Fit as well as the highly-anticipated Galaxy S5. Senior Editor Jessica Dolcourt runs down the key specs and features of the new superphone from Samsung in our First Take. With its fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, and a whole roster of muscular specs loaded with features Apple Byte wonders, should Apple be worried? Would the rumored iPhone 6 be able to top … Read more

California court: Drivers can use smartphone maps, for now

Texting or chatting on the phone while driving is illegal in California, but the law seems still to be catching up with technology when it comes to other aspects of smartphone use behind the wheel.

A court of appeals has reversed an earlier court decision that ruled map reading on a cell phone was taboo under the law, according to the Associated Press. The 5th District Court of Appeal said the law currently applies only to talking and texting on mobile devices and doesn't yet have legal language for app use.

The case came about in January 2012 after … Read more

Text Tones for iOS 7 Free review

Text Tones for iOS 7 Free provides dozens of new ringtones that you can add to your phone and then set as your default for any alerts. This app gives you the tools to get new ringtones onto your phone via syncing with iTunes so you can have ringtones that set you apart from all the other iPhone users out there.

Opening Text Tones for iOS 7 Free takes you to a list of recommended ringtones. You can also switch to the list of all ringtones by touching the tab at the top of the screen. No matter which list … Read more