What Is Even Happening
Google's Ripping Text Messages Out of Hangouts, But You Have Options
The search giant wants Hangouts to become a Slack-like chat app for teams, and is consequently stripping out features intended for everyday people.
You're Probably Fine with SMS-Based Two-Factor Authentication
SMS-based two-factor authentication has got a lot of bad press recently. But the fact is the majority of people have a lot to gain from it.
Wireless Emergency Alerts of the Future Will Support Clickable Links
The current alerts, used for things like weather emergencies and Amber Alerts, only support text.
Here’s How to Prevent WhatsApp from Giving Facebook Your Phone Number
WhatsApp claims giving Facebook your phone number will lead to an improved experience, but you can sidestep the move for now.
The Technology Helping Undocumented Immigrants Avoid the Police
For some users, these services are a way to avoid traffic. But for undocumented immigrants, knowing where the police are and how to avoid them is just part of daily survival.
An Artist Created an Opera Performed Through Text Messages
The "audience" will receive two SMS messages a day combining straight narrative, images, and video. The vibration from their phones creates the opera's "music."
This Journalist Is Helping Isolated Communities Share Their Stories Using Cell Phones
Libby is the founder of On Our Radar, a platform that allows citizen journalists in isolated communities around the world to share their experiences, using nothing more powerful than a text.
Indonesia Has Declared War on 'Gay Friendly' Emojis
It's only one aspect of the country's entrenched homophobia.
What I've Learned Ghostwriting Other People's Texts and Emails
I've written letters to clients' grandmothers, offered replies to late-night sexts, and sent sympathy cards to sick loved ones—all pretending to be someone I'm not.
The Messages We Wish We Could Un-Send
"I once sent my girlfriend-at-the-time a text that said 'I'm going to make your vagina cry.' By mistake, I sent it to my mom."
Cathedral Installation Turns Text Messaged Thoughts Into Shooting Stars
Filipe Vilas-Boas brings his latest project, "Shooting Thoughts," to the French Gothic church of Saint-Eustache, Paris.
How the Humble Text Message Can Help Democratize Healthcare
It's not the coolest tech out there, but it is relatively low-tech, ubiquitous, and cost-effective.