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Samsung SMS Messaging app for Windows spotted in the Microsoft Store

Samsung SMS Messaging app for Windows spotted in the Microsoft Store

There are a bunch of ways to access text messages from a desktop, including solutions from Google and Microsoft. And you know Samsung: once lots of other companies do something, it just has to have its own proprietary solution, too. Now we're getting early signs of a Samsung Messaging app hanging out in the Microsoft Store, which describes itself as a way to send and receive texts from your phone in Windows.

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Google is rolling back a Carrier Services update to fix SMS issues on some phones

Google is rolling back a Carrier Services update to fix SMS issues on some phones

Google has decoupled many system features from Android over the years to allow for seamless over-the-air updates, making millions of phones that don't receive new firmware releases as often as they should more secure. But sometimes, things go wrong despite this approach. This time around, we've received reports of people complaining about SMS sending and receiving issues following an update of the Carrier Services that has been rolling out over the past few days. Google has reacted swiftly and has already pulled the update, downgrading most phones to the previous version.

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Google Fi SMS bug that sent bizarre Chinese texts is now fixed

Google Fi SMS bug that sent bizarre Chinese texts is now fixed

Recently, some SMS/text messages sent by Google Fi subscribers were arriving as strange Chinese gibberish — with the occasional emoji thrown in for good measure. Tests confirmed that the problem seemed to be caused by an encoding issue, likely exclusive to Fi messages sent to Verizon subscribers. Google tells us it has since rolled out a fix for the problem.

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Personal results in the Google app are all but gone

Personal results in the Google app are all but gone

Google holds an astonishing amount of your personal data, and until recently, the company helped you easily access some of it through its Search app on Android. You could use the preinstalled search engine to find text messages, contacts, calendar events, email conversations, your web history, and more. The functionality even integrated with some third-party apps such as Todoist. However, it looks like the personal search results are now all but gone from the Google app.

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Some people have received texts from Valentine's Day out of nowhere

Some people have received texts from Valentine's Day out of nowhere

Yesterday night, many people woke up to strange text messages from friends, family, ex-partners, and even deceased ones originally sent on February 14, 2019 that never reached them before. Among some ensuing upbeat and fun conversations, there were also upsets and heartbreaks. The issue seems to stem from a misconfigured system in use across all major US carriers and some Canadian providers, affecting any mobile OS and even Google Voice.

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UK bank falls victim to SS7 attacks, allowing cybercriminals to drain accounts and reminding us why SMS two-factor authentication sucks

UK bank falls victim to SS7 attacks, allowing cybercriminals to drain accounts and reminding us why SMS two-factor authentication sucks

By now everyone should know that two-factor authentication via SMS is outdated and insecure. But in case anyone needs a reminder, here it is: Metro Bank in the UK was recently the victim of something called SS7 attacks, which basically allow anyone with access to reroute text messages and calls as they please, as well as track the location of a compromised phone. This is far from the first time this has happened, and it seems European banks are more at risk than US banks.

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[Update: Available to all] Android Messages web interface is starting to roll out, but the app needs an update

[Update: Available to all] Android Messages web interface is starting to roll out, but the app needs an update

Google has been planning a web version of Android Messages for months—we've seen it appear in teardown, after teardown, after teardown. Now, it's finally starting to show up for users. Well, sort of. The web interface has gone live, but the app doesn't appear to understand that yet.

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Report: The FCC Will Fine Sprint $105 Million For Overcharging Customers For Unwanted Text Messages

Report: The FCC Will Fine Sprint $105 Million For Overcharging Customers For Unwanted Text Messages

If you're an American wireless provider founded in 1978, here's your horoscope for today: avoid US regulatory agencies, customers whom you've charged for text messages without asking, and burly-looking men with open burlap sacks and insistent expressions. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Communications Commission intends to fine Sprint $105 million in punishment for sending unwanted text messages to its customers, then sticking them with the bill.

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The report says that the FCC is focusing on a three-month window in the fall of last year, during which the Commission received over 35,000 complaints from Sprint customers. The unwanted text messages included the usual carrier "alerts," ringtones, sports information, and even horoscopes, which the FCC says Sprint knowingly and willfully sent to customers with the intent to "cram" them with extra charges.

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QKSMS Is A Colorful And Modern Android Text Messaging Client That Pops [Hands-On]

QKSMS Is A Colorful And Modern Android Text Messaging Client That Pops [Hands-On]

Before the release of Android 4.4, stock Android came with a basic SMS app. It served as a simple way to exchange text messages the old-school way, without dealing with data connections or usernames. Then the functionality got merged into Hangouts, and while a new standard Messenger app is returning for 5.0, there are many people with devices that won't see that update for months—if ever.

That leaves plenty of room for a basic texting app, one without a fancy name or a distracting icon, and one that doesn't look out of place compared to Google's first-party offerings. After many months in development, QKSMS could be just the thing.

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Latest Pushbullet Update Now Lets You Initiate Texts From Your Computer As Well As Respond

Latest Pushbullet Update Now Lets You Initiate Texts From Your Computer As Well As Respond

They grow up so quickly. Just this summer, Pushbullet learned how to let its users respond to SMS messages via EvolveSMS. Then a few months later, it extended this functionality to all texting apps. Now the service is ready to give its users more than the ability to reply to text messages, but the power to start conversations from their computers as well.

As long as you have the Pushbullet Android app and browser extension installed, you just need to click on the SMS tab to get started. From there you can enter the name or number associated with the person you want to reach, type out your message, and click the green "Send" button.

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