Tag: text

Texting and driving. Try it. You’ll crash.

I’m not totally sure how this video has gone viral suddenly, because it’s around three years old now. Anyhow, this happens all around the world. Nobody is perfect and I’ve seen drivers across Europe, America, China and here in the UK doing it at the wheel. The familiar …

HTC Add Wi-Fi Calling to HTC One M9 on EE

Wi-Fi Calling is almost the holy grail for people such as myself where the signal at home is shall we say less than desirable. The news is therefore good for those with an HTC One M9 on the EE network for Wi-Fi calling is about to be rolled …

Android bug leaves nearly all devices open to attack

If you’ve got yourself an Android and you were having a good old laugh at the iPhone text messaging bug a few weeks ago, it’s time to stop. Now there’s an Android bug which pretty much affects all Android devices. It’s occurs when an MMS arrives with a …

ther hz Bin a crash lolz. Pls cum qix sum1 iz hurt.

You may have seen the headlines today and, by the way they’re written, you may be of the belief that kids will soon be able to send messages littered with “text speak” to the 999 emergency number. It’s not quite going to be that way.. hopefully. If I’m …

Text walking lanes introduced in Brussels

We’ve seen something like this before. China tried it but, from what I remember, it was abandoned because mobile phone users didn’t see the signs or the phone-only walkway. Now something similar is rolling out in Antwerp, with “text lanes” trying to separate “phone zombies” from other pavement …

Apple publish official workaround for text message bug

Earlier this week we reported on the fact that you could reset an iPhone and generally annoy the owner by sending them a simple text message. The workaround, as we mentioned then, is to get Siri to respond to the text, or you can turn off message notifications. …

Crash an iPhone with a text message

Fancy totally upsetting your iPhone friends? Well, send them a text. It seems that if that text has a certain Arabic character sequence in it then it’ll totally ruin their day. Good huh? Well maybe. Something like this… لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗 ..will totally crash their …

WhatsApp gets voice calling for (almost) all

If you use WhatsApp then I really don’t need to sell this thing to you. It’s a cross-platform messaging app that cuts out the need to use text messages. Instead you send everything over your data connection and you can also keep in touch with people in other …

Want to text from your phone without touching it? Try MightyText

You’ll have seen services like this before I’m sure. Oh and yes, I’m sure there’s a great deal of you who use Google Hangouts or WhatsApp to keep in touch too, but MightyText seems to have a rather slick solution if texting off your smartphone is becoming a …

Tell the spammers to PPIs off

Hello, it’s me Gears. Call me Leigh. I’ve had the man flu for a month solid and this is perhaps the first article I’ve written without tissues (steady), so you may notice an ounce of exuberance in this particular missive. Spam. It’s a pain in the flippin sausage. …

It’s not just a text editor, it’s a Firefox OS text editor

I’ve just read the email about this and have instantly transported back to 2003, when someone developed a text editor app for Microsoft Smartphone 2002 and we all thought that it was the most amazing … thing…..ever. Now the new Firefox OS (which you lovely Coolsmartphone readers will …

Roaming rates slashed. Now just £470 per GB!

Blow up the balloons, order a cake, we’re going to have a party! Roaming rates are dropping today. New EU limits kick in to…slightly reduce your costs. Data especially is now a lot cheaper, but we’re still a long way from being able to use phones as we …

Do you text in sick? You’re not the only one

We’ve had an email from a company called Intercity Telecom. They’re trying to get us to mention their Orbit system, which lets you access your desk phone, mobile, instant messaging and email all in one place. A lot of companies do this, but they add a survey in …

Text payments service to launch in UK in Spring 2014

UK mobile users will be able to send and receive money by sharing only their phone number by Spring 2014, the Payments Council has said. Account owners will be asked by their banks if they want to opt-in to a database that will allow the sending of money …

Choose when and where to send texts – ZMS

It’s 20 whole years since the first text message was sent and, despite data-enabled phones and always-on email, we’re still sending a huge amount of texts. Tech start-up “inZair” has just launched an app called ZMS. It’s completely free and available for both Android and iOS. The texting …

Get Olympics-style scrolling text messages

We miss the Olympics. We miss the opening and closing ceremonies. Sure, we would’ve liked a longer set from Fat Boy Slim during the closing ceremony, but apart from that it was all good. During these ceremonies you may have seen a number of athletes displaying messages to …

Just how quickly can you text?

This 17-year old chap is called Austin Weirschke from Queens. The New Yorker has received a cheque for $50,000 after becoming the fastest texter in America. Austin won the LG-sponsored competition after having to memorise and type phrases on a sliding QWERTY phone. He also had to type …

MightyText – Like iMessage, but better

What is it ? This app will sync your text messages to other devices and it’ll even connect your texts to web browsers so that you can send and receive texts from the comfort of your own browser. It’s completely connected to your phone number, so there’s no …

Don’t know how to text? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one

We get a few press releases and research results posted through our door here at Coolsmartphone towers. This one flashed up on our radar and well, we figured it was worth telling you about. The Geek Squad asked 1,837 people about their mobile phone usage and found that …

Skype 2.6 for Android, now send photos and videos too

You’ve got Skype, right? No? Ohh man, you’re missing out. The new Android refresh includes some tweaks to give you better battery life and better video quality on devices with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 CPU. For the unaware, Skype let’s you make video calls with friends, but now …