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Verizon lets you send Starbucks via Messages

Verizon lets you send Starbucks via Messages

If you don’t use Verizon Messages, you might want to start. Most of us probably migrate toward other chat services for our needs, even if we have a Verizon phone, but there’s a really good reason to start using Verizon Messages this winter. Especially if you forgot to give a gift, and apologies just aren’t your thing. You can now send Starbucks eGift cards via Verizon Messages to the tune of $5, $10, or $25 to any other Messages user you like.

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Hangouts update brings stickers, location awareness

Hangouts update brings stickers, location awareness

Last night, at least one member of the Google Hangouts team posted to their Google+ social feed that sleep was going to be tough, and that we’d see an update for Hangouts today. The Android world buzzed about what that meant; were we finally getting full Google Voice integration? Was Hangouts about to be less power consumptive? Nope, we got stickers — and last-seen timestamps along with location sharing. There are also filters for video chat, where you can mask yourself in sepia, black and white, or vignette, among other filters.

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Android 5.0 still doesn’t rely on Hangouts for messaging

Android 5.0 still doesn’t rely on Hangouts for messaging

With Hangouts, which replaced Google Chat and is trying to do the same to Voice, the idea was that we’d have one app to rule all the messaging. Instead, we’ve ended up with a mixed bag of kinda-works, sorta-works, and doesn’t-work-except-for-this-one-time. The Nexus 6 artwork, which prominently shows a messaging icon (new, but obviously a messaging icon) at the bottom, we all started questioning the direction. It seems google still hasn’t quite figured out messaging.

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New T-Mobile plan offers unlimited prepaid flexibility

New T-Mobile plan offers unlimited prepaid flexibility

T-Mobile already has the market cornered on low-cost, prepaid plans. They’re also not content to simply be the leader — they seem to want total ownership of prepaid. A new plan, breaking all kinds of molds in offering up ten-cent minutes and texts, speaks to that.

911 calls from smartphones giving wrong info, says FCC

911 calls from smartphones giving wrong info, says FCC

Calls made to 911 from a wireless device may not be as accurate as they need to be. A new study shows that roughly 10% of calls made to 911 from mobile phones in Washington D.C. have the necessary data for responders to help those in need. Just over 385,000 calls were made to 911 from mobile devices, with just shy of 40,000 having the right information.

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Text-to-911 available on all carriers starting May 15

Text-to-911 available on all carriers starting May 15

The ability to text an emergency to 911 has long been in the works, and will finally be realized this month. Starting May 15, all four major US carriers will be able to handle your 911 texts. While the program is not designed to take the place of calls to 911, it does provide a necessary option for those in dangerous circumstances.

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NSA Dishfire program pilfers millions of text messages per day

NSA Dishfire program pilfers millions of text messages per day

The latest in a long line of NSA-centric leaks comes a report about alleged project "Dishfire" from The Guardian, a program said to result in the harvesting of millions of text messages by the security agency on a daily basis. This is not targeted message collection, instead being the mass harvesting of nearly 200 million messages per day, which are then stored and used to extract details like credit card info, geolocation, and one's contact networks.

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