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Facebook Messenger updated for iPhone 5

Facebook Messenger updated for iPhone 5

The Facebook environment on iOS for iPhone has been bumped upward once again with the Messenger app grabbing an update with a whole new user interface. If you're the type of person who loves to message back and forth with friend via Facebook and have never tried the stand-alone app for iOS, now's a better time than ever before! You'll be getting favorites integration, better performance than with any version that's come before, and the whole thing just looks a bit better - as it always does each time it's updated.

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Most other devices lack iOS SMS security hole

Most other devices lack iOS SMS security hole

Last week we found out about a new SMS security hole in the iPhone that could potentially leave users vulnerable to phishing attempts. To put it simply, this hole allows undesirable people to change the reply-to address on the texts they send you, making them appear to be legitimate and possibly convincing you to hand over some personal details. AdaptiveMobile has published a new report on the security hole, and while it may be scary for iPhone users, it appears that this flaw doesn't affect devices running a different OS.

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Apple iMessage bug allows others to spy on your convos

Apple iMessage bug allows others to spy on your convos

For iPhone users, the iMessage platform is quite a popular alternative to traditional SMS text messaging. But did you know there's a glitch that allows a third party to sneak in, view, and even participate in your iMessage conversations? It doesn't matter if you reset your password, disable your iMessages app, or even perform a remote wipe of your phone. On the flip side, though, it also isn't exactly an easy glitch to exploit.

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With a little work, Google Talk could blow iMessage out of the water

With a little work, Google Talk could blow iMessage out of the water

As the rumors go, Apple's iMessage announcement came as quite the unpleasant shock to the carriers, who until now had been happily encouraging SMS overuse on the iPhone. Reports of RIM executives weeping visibly over BBM are all anecdotal. iMessage promises to further prise the operator's hands from the ruddy teats of the SMS cash-cow, shifting traffic to cheaper data connections instead. Yet the real game-changer may still be waiting in the wings: with a little work, Google could blow iMessage, BBM and SMS out of the water.

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Sweden, Denmark to Pay Postage by Text

Sweden, Denmark to Pay Postage by Text

Sweden has had a long history of paying for things with your cellphone. I remember hearing years ago about vending machines that would bill your cellphone account for whatever delicious treats you wanted to vend. Now, the Swedish postal system has decided to offer a service that allows the use of a cellular text message (SMS) to pay for postage. The user sends an SMS message and service will send a special code back. Just write this code on the envelope in the place of a stamp to verify payment.

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ABI Research predicts 7 trillion SMS messages will be sent in 2011

ABI Research predicts 7 trillion SMS messages will be sent in 2011

I'm not a huge text message myself, but my wife is. Before we had unlimited texting on our mobile devices she once racked up a $500 bill in texting expenses alone. She's not the only one that texts a lot either, all of her gal pals text tons too, all I hear is her phone beeping all day. This happens all around the world apparently and ABI Research has offered up its predictions on how many SMS messages will be sent in 2011.

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FCC 911 update could allow SMS, MMS & video stream reports

FCC 911 update could allow SMS, MMS & video stream reports

The FCC has announced plans to open the 911 emergency system to text messages and even streaming video from cellphones, as part of a drive to increase usability and responsiveness. According to the FCC, the update was in part prompted by lessons learnt after the Virginia Tech campus shooting in 2007, where many people apparently attempted to send SMS messages to 911, messages that were never received.

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