By Ed Sutherland on Apr 30, 2013
While in the middle of being told Apple is washed-up, a has-been being overtaken by Android, comes a patent which reminds us the company actually has some good ideas left.
Take, for instance, those annoying calls which seem to arrive in the middle of dinner. The gear heads at Apple also find them annoying and created a way to put you in control of who calls you when and whether a text might suffice. Particularly when you have a mouth of spaghetti.
The granted patent describes a “system for facilitating contacting people using electronic devices.”
Instead of taking the usual path most technology firms selling smartphones would follow – creating multiple ways to blast messages to you – Apple goes for a more zen-like approach, realizing that understanding when not to make a call could make for the ultimate smartphone… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 28, 2013
WhatsApp Messenger is a wildly popular cross-platform SMS replacement service. It allows you to group chat and send media files to other users, and it’s estimated to have in upwards of 300 million users.
Well if you’re one of those 300 million users, you might be interested to know that according to a new report, the app violates international privacy laws due to the way it handles Address Book data… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Sep 22, 2012
We all know these days that sending text messages while driving is a pretty bad idea. Raising awareness of the risks is always a worthwhile exercise though, and doing just that is what has earned one 11-year old girl a cool $20,000.
As part of a hackathon last month, the young lady created a concept mobile app that hopes to raise awareness for the “It Can Wait” campaign. This led AT&T to award the prize of $20k for the creation.
Not bad for a kid… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 19, 2012
According to iOS hacker Joshua Hill aka p0sixninja, many security vulnerabilities have been stamped out in iOS 6.
Earlier today, Hill tweeted that pod2g’s SMS exploit was among one of the security issues addressed. Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 24, 2012
Last week, infamous iOS hacker pod2g released a report regarding a new security flaw he discovered in Apple’s mobile software. The exploit allows for SMS spoofing, and could be used for malicious purposes.
The following day, Apple issued a statement on the texting bug, saying that it was a problem that all manufacturers had to deal with. But according to a new report, that may not be the case… Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 28, 2012
There are a few qualities that can make a jailbreak tweak great: Originality, function, and usefulness. Grafiti [sic] is a jailbreak tweak that features all three of these qualities, and it’s inexpensive to boot.
Grafiti allows you to draw pictures inside the stock Messages app, and send those pictures to your friends. Check inside to see how it works… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2012
As noted by Cult of Mac‘s Killian Bell, Apple now offers text alerts for order and pickup status of warez bought through its online store. The new feature is available here and at the time of this writing was limited to United Stats and Canada, though other regions may follow at a later stage… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on May 13, 2012
We all know that texting while driving is a huge safety risk and illegal in most countries and states, but what about texting while walking? Is that dangerous, too? Maybe this is the perfect ad for Apple’s Siri?
If you’ve ever walked into a lamp post whilst sending a message – come on, admit it – then you’ll probably say yes, but we doubt most would agree. If you happen to be passing through one US town though, texting while working could actually land you in trouble and hurt your wallet to boot.
Fort Lee, New Jersey, is set to be the first to ban texting while walking, with a fine being levied against those that flout the law. No, really… Read More