Items tagged with iMessage

A text message exchange between an Android and iPhone user can be a bit irritating. Not only do users have to stare at different-colored messages, but Android users receive long messages if someone who uses iMessages “reacts” to their text. Google is finally getting rid of at least one of these annoyances by improving... Read more...
It's no secret that Google wants its own messaging standard to become just that across all mobile operating systems. The maker of the Android operating system has been trying to get Apple to buy into its Rich Communications System (RCS) for years. Now it’s accusing Apple of using peer pressure and bullying tactics to... Read more...
Back when I was in high school, beepers (or pagers, i you prefer) were all the rage. I'd venture a guess that relatively few of my classmates went on to become doctors, but in an era before smartphones, beepers were an easy way to ping friends and family members. Fast forward what feels like 100 years and an app... Read more...
There are few things more inconvenient in the modern world than a bricked smartphone. A security researcher recently disclosed an iMessage bug that could brick a user’s iPhone. The bug was severe enough to require users to wipe and restore their device. What caused the bothersome issue? Google Project Zero security... Read more...
Apple's annual developer conference, WWDC, is just a few days away (it runs from June 13-17) and as such rumors and speculation are swirling in regards to what the Cupertino outfit might announce or reveal. One of the more interesting rumors out there is that Apple is bringing iMessage support to Android. That... Read more...
Encryption is a hot topic right now, especially as it pertains to the differences of opinion between Apple and the FBI. In short, the FBI wants the courts to force Apple to assist it with thwarting security measures in place on an iPhone 5c model that belonged that one of the San Bernardino shooters, while Apple is so... Read more...
The FBI came a’knockin’ at Apple’s doorstep this past summer, but instead of opening the door to welcome in the agency, Apple simply turned its back and went about its business. This standoff between Apple and the Justice Department has gotten a bit testy in recent months, with the latter imploring the former to hand... Read more...
Imagine that without any misguided action or behavior of your own your iOS device were to crash, simply as the result of receiving a text string via your iPhone or iPad's Messages app. Next, imagine that after this "What the heck!??!!" event (and device reboot, of course) you subsequently could not even open the... Read more...
Environmental stewardship may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Apple, but it’s certainly becoming a large part of the company’s self-perception under CEO Tim Cook’s leadership. Today, Apple announced that it will soon build two data centers in Europe to support its online services in the... Read more...
Still smarting from an embarrassing iCloud breach last fall, Apple is beefing up protection for its users. This week, the company indicated that it will roll out two-step authentication for two Apple services that are frequent targets of hackers and other malicious users: FaceTime and iMessage. If this seems like... Read more...
Apple is doing iOS defectors a solid by making available a simple web tool that simplifies the process of freeing up their SMS text messages from being tied to iMessage, Apple's proprietary messaging service. Without doing so, users who switch over to a new phone on a different mobile platform, be it Android, Windows... Read more...
Just how secure is your favorite chat app? The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) found out and is sharing the results of its research as part of its battle against NSA surveillance. As you’d probably expect, it has some complaints about the security of certain mainstream chat programs, but there are a few... Read more...
Yell loud enough, long enough, and even Apple will hear you. For years now, users who have dabbled in the iOS universe, only to switch back to a rival platform, have grumbled about lost messages. You see, once iMessage knows your phone number, it attempts to route texts and short messages to that via the iMessage... Read more...
Earlier this week, Apple released an updated set of legal guidelines spelling out exactly what it can and cannot access on your iDevice, what material it will turn over to the police, and under which circumstances it will surrender it. What's particularly interesting is the split response we've seen from different... Read more...