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GroupMe group messaging service launches beta BlackBerry app

GroupMe, the group texting and call conferencing service that made its name by relying on SMS to send group messages, has launched an application for BlackBerry smartphones. The app is still in beta stage, and it doesn't seem to incorporate the most recent changes to the company's iOS and Android apps, which now also let you use your data connection to send messages. GroupMe beta for...

Facebook reels in Beluga to bolster group messaging

Facebook has snatched up Beluga, one of the most popular group messaging services around. We recently mentioned Beluga in our round-up of cross-platform BlackBerry messenger alternatives, and it's been growing steadily in popularity ever since it launched just a few short months ago. In its official announcement, Facebook says it is "excited that the [Beluga] team will continue their vision...

djtxt: Collaborative Grooveshark music playlists via SMS, Twitter and email

Fresh from the fragrant and bohemian confines of the New York 2011 Music Hack Day comes djtxt, a surprisingly awesome Web app that lets you collaborate on the perfect Grooveshark party music playlist. All you have to do is run the djtxt 'client' (which is just a matter of opening Grooveshark and clicking a bookmarklet) on a computer that's attached to some (preferably loud) speakers. Anyone...

SMS to Swype for Android adds your common words to Swype's dictionary

Earlier, Erez covered Swype's excellent word-learning abilities. Not only is its built-in dictionary comprehensive, but it also learns names from your address book. There's still one stumbling block to switching to Swype, though: all of your custom words and phrases that you've already added to the dictionary. Depending on where you live, and your circle of friends, you probably use very different...

Android text messaging bugs acknowledged, fixes in the works

Google has come out and officially acknowledged that Android has two SMS messaging problems, but that a fix is in the works. The bug, which can take two forms, essentially revolves around the miss co-ordination of contact-to-message linking. While the first issue -- opening a text message from one contact and getting an entirely different message being displayed -- is annoying, the second one --...

SMS Popup for Android enables quick (and preset) replies

SMS Popup is an Android application that shows a pop-up screen each time you receive a new text message, regardless of what you're doing on your smartphone at the time. The pop-up contains the sender's picture (if there is any assigned, of course), the full contents of the message you've just received, and three customizable buttons underneath it that allow you to quickly type a reply (or choose...

Facebook launches one-time passwords, makes remote logout available to all

Facebook is gradually rolling out a feature that creates one-time passwords for use with public computers. The theory is that you won't expose your actual Facebook account password when you're logging in from airports, Internet cafes and the likes. This works if you are in the US and have associated a mobile number with your Facebook account. In order to get a one-time password, you need to text...

HeyWire for iOS sends international text messages for free

One app I've been trying to find for my iPod touch for quite some time is a free SMS app -- and one that actually works. I've tried a couple before, but with no success. Maybe because I'm in Canada. Maybe because I was missing something. Either way, I was still without a way to send text messages to my contacts. Thanks to HeyWire, however, my SMS prayers have been answered! The app works...

GroupMe group text service gets an iPhone app, better web interface

Last month I raved about GroupMe, a free group text and conference call service that works on any phone. GroupMe's new iPhone app and web interface make groups a lot easier to manage, so I think they warrant a little additional raving. GroupMe's designed for anyone, even users of ancient dumbphones, but if you do happen to have an iPhone, the GroupMe app makes it easy to manage your group,...

GroupMe offers super-easy group texting and conference calls from any phone

As long as text messages have been around, there's never been a really easy solution for having a group conversation via SMS. GroupMe fixes that by making SMS more like an email thread with multiple recipients. See, your group has its own phone number, and everyone can just text (or call!) that to communicate with the whole crew. It's such a simple, elegant solution to such an old problem that I...

MonitorServerUptime is a monitoring solution for small websites

Large websites (like DownloadSquad or any other major blog/site) have full-time sysadmins, dedicated hosting facilities, and a ton of fail-safe mechanisms to ensure that they're always up and available. However, if you have a small site that's running off of a shared host you may sometimes be surprised to discover that it's down. That rarely happens, but when it does happen you usually discover...

HP Labs India creates Internet-via-SMS

By harnessing the power of the cloud, HP Labs India has just revolutionized Internet access for some 300 million mobile phone users. It's called SiteonMobile, and as the name suggests, it's all about compressing the Web experience into simple SMS- and voice-driven interaction. It works by 'packaging' popular interaction on websites into 'tasklets' that can be executed via SMS or interactive...

Get Facebook alerts when someone uses your account from an unknown computer

Facebook has added a new security feature that will send you an email or SMS when someone logs in to your account from a computer that Facebook doesn't recognize. It takes a little bit of work to set up, but it could be a very clever line of defense against Facebook hackers or "friends" who might have gotten your password somehow. To turn this feature on, go to Account Settings and find...

Hacked iPad 3G sends texts, runs on T-Mobile

Our friends over at Engadget are reporting on a wicked hack for the just-released iPad 3G that allows you to send SMS messages and use the device on US carrier T-Mobile. iPhone fans who are dissatisfied with AT&T's performance have been using jailbroken phones to get around the AT&T/Apple exclusive carrier contact and use T-Mobile for some time. It's good news, then, that there's a trick...

Brightkite launches free group text service and starts Check.in beta

The team at Brightkite is not content to linger in the shadows of super-trendy location-based checkin services Foursquare and Gowalla. They've burst back onto the scene in the past month with some killer new features, including a free group-text service and the beta launch of their multi-service checkin app, Check.in. We've covered Check.in before, so all we have to say here is that you should...