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This genius chatbot will blow off unwanted text messagers

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The makers of the famed Burner app -- an app which lets users create and use temporary phone numbers -- recently came out with a new piece of chat software designed to take care of unwanted text messages. Dubbed Ghostbot, the software is the perfect solution for bad dates that simply can't take the hint.

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Yoni Heisler

June 22nd

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AMC Backs Down on Its Nightmarish Vision of Texting In Movie Theaters

Earlier this week, America was up in arms against the latest popcorn-related scandal to rock the country. AMC Theaters chief Adam Aron said that the largest theater chain in America was considering allowing moviegoers to text during screenings to attract millennial audiences. Well, the people have spoken, and the plan is no more.

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April 15th

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Texting May Soon Be Allowed Inside America’s Biggest Movie Theater Chain 

It’s come to this: texting may soon be allowed in movie theaters, according to the head of America’s biggest chain. It’s all part of a scheme to lure in younger audiences, which apparently would be worth the trade-off of angering anyone who actually wants to enjoy a movie without the distraction of little glowing screens everywhere.

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April 14th

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People will absolutely hate this new tech, but it might save their lives

Textalyzer Texting Driving Law

DORCs made it happen.


Texting and driving might become a thing of the past if new legislation passes in New York City. The proposed law would allow police to use a special device to determine instantly whether a driver involved in a car accident was using a mobile device for any purpose at the time of the accident.

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Chris Smith

April 13th

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T-Mobile makes calling & texting Nepal free, waives bills to aid earthquake relief efforts

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Many tech companies are attempting to help victims of the devastating Nepal earthquake this week and the latest is T-Mobile. The carrier announced that it’s making calling and texting Nepal free in order to aid relief efforts:

In the wake of the devastating Nepalese earthquake, many T-Mobile customers are trying to stay in touch with their family and friends in Nepal.  T-Mobile is making this easier by waiving and crediting fees for all calls and text messages to and from Nepal from Saturday, April 25 through Saturday, May 16.  Calling and texting to and from Nepal without charges applies to all postpaid and prepaid customers of T-Mobile, MetroPCS, GoSmart Mobile and Walmart Family Mobile with international calling.

T-Mobile also notes that its customers can text to various charities to make a donation that will be charged to their mobile bill:

  • Save the Children – Text NEPAL to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children
  • UNICEF – Text NEPAL to 864233 to donate $10 to UNICEF
  • World Vision – Text NEPAL to 777444 to donate $10 to World Vision

Google and Apple have also launched efforts to aid people in Nepal impacted by the earthquake.


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Jordan Kahn

April 27th

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Apple’s New Emoji Open Up a Whole New Realm of Painful Awkwardness

Those who have updated their iPhones to iOS 8.3 have already seen the future: Among the many updates out today is a redesigned emoji keyboard with new and improved (and “diverse ”) emoji. Basically, the plot of every Wes Anderson movie just got way easier to recap.

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Alissa Walker

April 9th

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Ordering $500 of Random Crap by Text Message with Magic

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I'll take it as a compliment that Brent Rose—occasionally of Gizmodo dot com—saw fit to explore the wondrous and alarming world of Magic in this video short for Wired. Giz got a fish, but Brent got a much larger collection of impressively random things.

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Eric Limer

March 2nd

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The Most Horrifying Texting App Shares Everything You Type in Real-Time

The Most Horrifying Texting App Shares Everything You Type in Real-Time

There's a reason kids these days have a tendency to text whenever possible —not being able to meticulously craft your every last word is the worst. But now, a new messaging app called Beam wants to take all that hard-earned neuroticism away from us. It shows people exactly what you type, as you type it. We're doomed.

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Ashley Feinberg

November 14th

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Kill the Phone Call

Kill the Phone Call

The phone call isn't dead. Despite what many a journalist/blogger/paranoid internet commenter might have you believe, smartphones can indeed still dial out. Of course, that doesn't mean it's not in the process of dying. And if you have even a shred of decency about you, you'll help take it out back Old-Yeller-style and put everyone out of their misery. Friends, it's time to kill the phone call.

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Ashley Feinberg

November 11th

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Textplus moves on to Nextplus, adds improved WiFi calling/texting, GIFs, and more

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Popular texting and calling app Textplus, which is a more affordable alternative to a standard carrier plan, branched off to a new app called Nextplus today. The new app still has the same texting and calling core, but is it now optimized for WiFi networks. The developers tell us that many people want to use unlocked older iPhones (without carrier plans) to text and make phone calls, so Nextplus is a solid alternative to signing up for a normal plan from a carrier.

The new app has also (finally) been modernized with GIF images and stickers support. The iPhone and iPad app is free to download and calling/texting between Nextplus/Textplus users is free. If you want to call a landline or a non-Nextplus user, Nextplus offers some competitive rates per minute, with calls to the U.S., U.K., Mexico, Canada, and Australia costing 2 cents per minute.

If you’re an iOS user, making calls between iOS devices via FaceTime Audio is a great solution, but Nextplus is a great option if you’re looking to talk affordably to landlines and other platforms.


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Mark Gurman

November 5th

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