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Google Voice won't forward text messages to outside numbers much longer

Google Voice won't forward text messages to outside numbers much longer

The slow, painful stagnation of Google's call forwarding service continues. An update to the support text for Google Voice says that soon SMS forwarding for Google Voice will no longer operate. That will leave the Google Voice app, on your phone or the web, as the only place that they're visible. Google says that carriers are beginning to block these messages, which is, indeed, something we've observed over the last few weeks.

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Zoleo adds satellite-based texting to any smartphone for the low price of $200

Zoleo adds satellite-based texting to any smartphone for the low price of $200

Satellite phones are great and all, but what if you want to send text messages from remote locations? Toronto-based tech company Zoleo believes it has the solution: a large device of the same name that connects to your smartphone, granting you the ability to send and receive messages with hundreds of characters from anywhere on Earth.

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'Simjacker' exploit can compromise vulnerable phones with just an SMS message

'Simjacker' exploit can compromise vulnerable phones with just an SMS message

Yesterday, security researchers at AdaptiveMobile Security revealed the existence of a new exploit they call "Simjacker," which they say allows for remote surveillance from targeted phones (among other potential actions) using nothing more than a malicious SMS. They even claim that the exploit has been actively used over the last two years by "a highly sophisticated threat actor in multiple countries." It all sounds like a pretty big deal, and unfortunately for concerned consumers, the researchers leave plenty of unanswered questions.

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Pulse SMS v4.8 beta adds support for Smart Replies [APK Download]

Pulse SMS v4.8 beta adds support for Smart Replies [APK Download]

Google introduced Smart Replies with its short-lived Reply app over a year ago. Since then, the tech has been added to more prominent apps from the company such as Messages, Gmail, and Hangouts Chat. The Smart Reply API was only made available to third-party developers a few days ago, but Klinker Apps has already gone ahead and incorporated it in the latest beta of its popular Pulse SMS app.

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Some Pixel phones can't receive any text messages, Google is working on a fix [Update]

Some Pixel phones can't receive any text messages, Google is working on a fix [Update]

Google can't go a few days without some sort of critical issue hampering the use of their products. Most recently, there was the issue with Artem's Home Mini recording everything he said, but there have also been multiple bugs with Android Auto, Google Clock, and more. The latest problem? Some Pixel phones can't receive texts. This looks to have been an issue for a while, though it's taken until now for Google to respond. And until the company releases an actual fix, there's nothing Pixel owners can really do about it.

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AT&T's New Android App Lets You Send And Receive Text Messages From Landlines (Remember Those?)

AT&T's New Android App Lets You Send And Receive Text Messages From Landlines (Remember Those?)

Believe it or don't, some people still pay for and allegedly use landline telephones. Most of them are either A) business owners or B) old, and in fact the only person I know with a landline phone in her house is my grandmother. (Though technically, she's using Verizon wireless service with a landline telephone adapter.... so I guess I don't know anyone with a landline?) Anyway, yes, they're still around, and in some cases still necessary. And if for some reason you want to use text messages with your landline, AT&T would like a word with you.

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You Can Now Sign Up For Facebook Messenger Without A Facebook Account

You Can Now Sign Up For Facebook Messenger Without A Facebook Account

Facebook would really appreciate it if you would help them take over the world. You know, if you're not too busy or anything. To that end, they've decided to make Facebook Messenger (recently graduated from a simple social network feature to a quasi-platform) truly stand on its own. So now you can use Facebook Messenger even if you're not one of the billion or so people with a Facebook account - or even if you are, and you don't want to associate your account with your messages.

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Facebook made the announcement in its official Newsroom blog, encouraging new users to simply use their phone numbers to create a Messenger profile.

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Apple Tool Removes Phone Numbers From The iMessage System, Making Switches To Android Easier

Apple Tool Removes Phone Numbers From The iMessage System, Making Switches To Android Easier

Apple's proprietary iMessage system lets iPhone users send text messages to other iPhone users over a data network, avoiding SMS charges and making texting free, at least within Apple's ecosystem. It's an impressive run-around of the entrenched carrier system - the same basic idea, applied to an agnostic model, has made texting alternatives like WhatsApp fantastically popular. But users found that trying to leave Apple's walled garden was much harder after setting up iMessage with their personal phone numbers.

If you're moving from an iPhone to another smartphone platform, you must first de-associate your phone number with iMessage, not only on your iPhone, but on any other Apple device (iPad, OS X) that you've used it with.

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Snowball, Backed By Google Ventures, Is A Multi-App Chat Heads Alternative That's Missing One Crucial Feature

Snowball, Backed By Google Ventures, Is A Multi-App Chat Heads Alternative That's Missing One Crucial Feature

The "floating notification" style of app seems to be popular with a small but enthusiastic subset of users. Now those users have at least one more alternative, this time encompassing a wide range of texting and chatting apps. Meet Snowball, designed by a team that's being directly funded by a prospective investment from Google Ventures, among others. The idea behind the app is to create a unified messaging inbox that floats above the rest of Android.

Snowball lives in a little white slide-out circle, almost entirely hidden on the side of your screen. When one of the compatible chat apps gets a new notification, the circle pops out and the tiny abominable snowman mascot waives at you, very much like Facebook's Chat Heads feature.

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WearResponses Xposed Module Lets Rooted Users Create Custom Android Wear Responses For SMS

WearResponses Xposed Module Lets Rooted Users Create Custom Android Wear Responses For SMS

It never ceases to amaze me how much rooted users can get done with the Xposed Framework customization engine. The latest add-on module lets you expand the somewhat basic canned responses available on Android Wear-enabled text messaging apps. With WearResponses, you can add in just about any custom message to the list that appears on your watch, which should be handy for specific work replies that are too unique for voice detection. Like "GB419 is ready to ship," or "Horiguchi wants the meeting changed," or "SOON BACKANSWER!"

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After installing the Xposed module and restarting your phone to activate it, WearResponses guides you through creating, editing, and deleting canned responses.

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