How to convert text into a spoken iTunes track on Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on May 2, 2016

Whenever you want to save a block of important text to your Mac, you probably copy and paste it into the Notes app or into a text editor to save it as a text document. But, did you know you could save any body of text on your Mac as a spoken iTunes track instead?

In this tutorial, you will learn how to convert any highlighted body of text into a spoken iTunes audio track.

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Tip: how to add a new email to your iMessage account in iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 29, 2016

iMessage, one of the most popular features on the iPhone, allows you to keep in touch with your friends, family and co-workers whether you have a cellular connection or connected to WI-Fi. iMessage uses iCloud to stay spread out across all of your iOS devices and Macs, and utilizes not only your primary iPhone number, but also your email address(es).

You can manage what email addresses are allowed to be used for iMessage, and you can even add or remove email addresses that you can use for sending and receiving message.

In this tutorial, we’ll be showing you how you can add another email address to iMessage. Read More

 

iOS tip: changing the email address your iMessages are sent from

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 28, 2016

iMessage lets you keep in touch with other iOS and OS X users, and it ties together your Apple ID with your preferred email address and your iPhone phone number.

If you’ve ever wondered how you can control what phone number or email address the other person you’re texting can see, then you may be interested in learning how to set the default email address your iMessages get sent from on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

In this tutorial, we’ll cover just that, and we’ll also talk about some scenarios where doing this is very important. Read More

 

Watch Apple’s cool new environment video: it’s all about iMessage

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 22, 2016

Apple yesterday published a cool new video on its YouTube channel that does a very good job explaining to the general public, in layman’s terms, its renewable energy strides.

The 45-second clip is all about iMessage, Apple’s own messaging service that’s built right into the stock Messages application on iOS and OS X.

With an average of tens of billions of iMessages hitting Apple’s data centers on any given day, the Cupertino firm wanted to make it clear that the impact on our environment is negligible because Apple’s servers run on 100 percent renewable energy. Read More

 

Bookmark specific SMS or iMessage messages with SmsSave

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 11, 2016

Every so often you send or receive a cherishable or important message in the Messages app on your iPhone, whether by SMS or iMessage. In some cases, it would be really nice if iOS offered a way for you to boak ark those messages so you could look back on them more easily later on.

A new free jailbreak tweak called SmsSave is available in Cydia and gives you the power to bookmark messages right inside of the Messages app on your iOS device. We’re going to show you in this review how it’s used and talk about why it’s going to be helpful. Read More

 

This tweak keeps you from accidentally deleting your Messages app conversations

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 10, 2016

A problem that has happened to me more than once is I’ve accidentally deleted a really important SMS or iMessage conversation in my Messages app, and had no way to get that stuff back again.

A new free jailbreak tweak called MessagesDeleteConfirmer has just hit the Cydia store and ensures you won’t be deleting conversations by accident in your Messages app any time soon.

In this review, we’ll show you how it works and explain why it can be a life-saver. Read More

 

6 great jailbreak tweaks for the Messages app

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 1, 2016

If you have an iOS device, then you already know one of the main features is the Messages app. On iPhone, it serves as an iMessage and SMS platform; on iPod touch and iPad, it serves as an iMessage platform only. Nevertheless, you can even use your iCloud account to sync your SMS messages with all your devices across the board.

Despite how useful it is to be able to message anyone on demand from any of these devices, jailbreaking has opened many doors for incredible functionality for the Messages app that Apple has yet to implement in iOS in its stock form.

In this roundup, we’ll be showing you some of our favorite jailbreak tweaks for iOS 9 that enhance the messaging experience in Apple’s mobile operating system. Read More

 

CKCounter displays the number of messages in your texting conversations

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 25, 2016

Chances are a lot of you use your Messages app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to keep in touch with others via iMessage or SMS.

If curiosity has ever struck you as to how many messages have been sent back and forth in each conversation you have sitting in your message list, then you might find interest in a new free jailbreak tweak called CKCounter. Read More

 

OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 is out with full Live Photos sharing, password-protected Notes and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

After spending more than two months in beta, OS X 10.11.4, a fourth major update to OS X El Capitan, today released for public consumption. The software update is now available and recommended for all OS X El Capitan users.

Even though it comes with a few noticeable outward-facing changes, OS X 10.11.4 does pack in some newsworthy improvements—namely in stock Messages, Notes and Photos apps. Full sharing of Live Photos via iMessages has been implemented throughout the system, too. Like other major OS X releases, 10.11.4 includes a handful of under-the-hood changes and tons of bug fixes and performance optimizations. Read More

 

iOS 9.3 patches a bug that would let attackers decrypt photos and videos sent via iMessage

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 21, 2016

A group of Johns Hopkins University researchers led by computer science professor Matthew D. Green has discovered a critical bug in Apple’s stock Messages app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The vulnerability would allow nefarious users to decrypt photos and videos sent over iMessage, but there’s nothing to worry about—iOS 9.3, which we expect to release after today’s Apple event wraps up, contains a patch for this oversight on Apple’s part. Read More

 

Nuntius gives your Messages app new abilities and customization options

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 11, 2016

Nuntius is a new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $1.49 with its sights set on those of you who love the Messages app of your iOS device(s), but wish it could do so much more than it does already.

Although biteSMS might be gone for good, Nuntius is a great messages app-enhancing tweak that will give you many of the features you may be nostalgic for. In this review, we’ll take you though some of the features and benefits of using Nuntius on your jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Read More

 

FastShare: use Activator to quickly share content to Facebook, Twitter, and Messages from anywhere

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 11, 2016

FastShare is a new jailbreak tweak available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $1.49 that lets you harness the power of Activator to allow you to more easily share information with your friends, family, and followers.

The tweak comes with a unique interface for sharing information across your favorite social mediums, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Messages, and it includes options that you can configure to your liking so the tweak looks and behaves how you want it to. Read More

 

This tweak lets you choose whether a message is sent as SMS or iMessage

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 20, 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to send a message as an SMS instead of an iMessage, or vice-versa, you’re in luck, because SwitchService is a jailbreak tweak now available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository free of cost that will let you do just that.

Whether you’re having problems with one of the services and want to use a different one, or feel that one of the services would better fit your needs at a certain point in time, this tweak will have you covered. Read More

 

How to turn iMessage read receipts on and off

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 9, 2016

One of the features you can take advantage of in iMessage, as well as many other internet chat services, is sending and receiving read receipts, which are a type of confirmation that tell you when the recipient has read the message you’ve sent to them.

It’s useful for when you want to ensure they’ve received your message, and although not everyone likes to have people knowing when they read people’s messages, some like to let others know when their message was received loud and clear, whether they’re able to respond right away or not.

In this post, we will talk about the implications of using read receipts or not. We’ll also show you how to turn read receipts on or off for iMessage on your iOS devices, as well as on your Mac. Read More

 

How to view time stamps in the Messages app on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 2, 2016

An important part of the OS X experience is the Messages app, which allows you to iMessage your friends, family, and co-workers, and even use SMS if you have configured an iPhone to forward SMS messages over to your Mac.

Sometimes, you may have a reason to look into when you received or sent a certain message, and fortunately for you, OS X comes with a way to view a time stamp of when the message was sent, whether it’s an iMessage or SMS.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through how to view time stamps in the Messages app in OS X. Read More

 

How to bulk delete attachments from the Messages app on your Mac

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 1, 2016

Just like the Messages app in iOS, the Messages app in OS X allows you to send and receive attachments via iMessage or SMS. Over time, these attachments can take up a lot of storage space and even keep a running history of the things you’ve been sending and are receiving if they’re not dealt with.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can go through your attachment history in your Messages conversations to delete unwanted attachments that are eating up your storage space. Read More

 

VirnetX seeking to extract $532 million from Apple in patent infringement retrial

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 26, 2016

Patent holding firm VirnetX yesterday told a federal jury that Apple should be slapped with a $532 million fine over an alleged patent infringement pertaining to FaceTime, iMessage and VPN technologies used in its products, which is nearly 45 percent higher than an initial damages award vacated last year.

According to Bloomberg, the notorious patent troll “keeps moving the boundary, asking for more and more and more,” said Apple’s lawyer. Read More

 

How to bulk delete attachments from the iOS Messages app

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 26, 2016

Apple’s Messages app for iOS is capable of not only sending and receiving texts in the form of iMessages or SMS, but it can also send and receive files, which are known as attachments.

Over time, attachments add up, taking up valuable storage space on your device and keeping a paper trail of everything you’ve sent and received to one another.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can easily bulk delete attachments from a conversation in the Messages app without deleting the entire conversation. Read More

 

How to hide text & email notification previews from the Lock screen

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 19, 2016

Typically, iOS shows a preview of your incoming iMessage, SMS, and email messages on the Lock screen whenever you have a pending notification, as shown above on the left. When privacy is a big concern for you, and it should be, you might want to disable this feature so that prying eyes don’t see everything you’re being sent.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to hide message previews from the Lock screen so your incoming notifications that are displayed on the Lock screen will be more private. Read More

 

How to set text messages to be kept for 30 days or 1 year (not forever)

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 14, 2016

Messages, one of the most frequently used application in iOS, stores on your device text messages, iMessages and any media attached to them. Like most people, I message my friends and family quite a lot on any given day.

Needless to say, animated GIFs, pictures, videos and other media attached to messages can easily clog up your iPhone’s storage, which can be especially problematic on devices with just sixteen gigabytes of storage.

What most users don’t realise is that deleting a conversation doesn’t remove it immediately from the Messages database on your device.

Thankfully, iOS provides a setting for how long to keep messages on your device. This tutorial will teach you how to tell Messages to permanently delete your conversations after 30 days or one year. Read More

 
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