iMessages to Nowhere?

Apple Inc. said it’s aware of a glitch in iOS 7 that is disrupting some iMessage texts and is working on a fix to quell mounting complaints after the company released the biggest overhaul of its iPhone operating system in years.

Put the Camera Down

There have been bands that have actually requested us to put up signs. We’ll put up signs, but I don’t think we want to be sending (9:30 Club security guy) Big Josh into the audience, bothering people that are texting.

— Club owner Seth Hurwitz on the (un)likelihood of banning smartphones at concerts

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint Unite for Documentary Cautioning Against Texting and Driving

The film, directed by Werner Herzog, illustrates what can happen in the second one looks away from the road to see or answer an incoming text.
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Media Messaging Startup Invi Raises $3 Million

Invi, an Android-focused startup that brings multimedia HD messaging to texting, announced that it closed a $3 million seed round of funding. Participants include Li Ka-shing’s Horizons Ventures, Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s A-Grade Investments, Alpha Investment, UpWest Labs and a number of angel investors. Similar to Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp and MessageMe, Invi lets users of the app send messages between themselves for free over data and Wi-Fi.

Average American Spends an Hour a Day of Quality Time With Their Smartphone

For iPhone owners, it’s more like an hour and 15 minutes, while Android owners spend about 50 minutes per day using their phones.

Nancy Lublin on Tackling That Toughest of Emerging Markets: Teenagers (Video)

Try texting, not email. That’s just one of many things the “chief old person” at DoSomething.org has learned about how to reach the next generation.

Do Not Stop at Go

In this case, Mr. Kohler failed to meet his obligations and failed to honor the direction of this court. My hope is that he will use his time in jail to reflect upon his behavior.

— Oregon Judge Dennis Graves, who sent a juror to jail for two days for texting during a trial


From Talkies to Texties

Hollywood is grappling with the storytelling challenges of a world filled with unglamorous smartphones, texting and social media.


The Messaging Apps Taking on Facebook, Phone Giants

Messaging apps with funny names like WhatsApp, WeChat and KakaoTalk have become an indispensable form of communication for hundreds of millions of people world-wide. They are also rankling technology giants from Silicon Valley to Seoul.

Don’t U Dis Txtspeak; It’s a “Linguistic Miracle,” Says Professor

“Texting is fingered speech. Now we can write the way we talk.”

Facebook Messenger Finds Its Voice

The Amazing Internet Girlfriend