[Giveaway] Decipher TextMessage: Save iPhone SMS & iMessage Threads To PC

Back in the days of using Symbian ‘smartphones’, before threaded messaging perhaps even existed, I was a huge fan of text messaging. The biggest bummer than dumb phones posed at that time, at least from my point of view, was their limited message memory. When I got my hands on my first iPhone, the biggest relief was the fact that it was able to store virtually unlimited number of messages. Then, over time, the SMS craze diminished, until text messages remained only a form of communication that my phone was capable of doing – until recently. For some reason, I needed to save some messages off my iPhone, and that’s when I realized there was no way to do it (well, no easy way, at least). The hard way involved manipulating the sqlite database that stores iPhone’s messaging threads manually, while the easy way required shedding off some bucks for outstanding results. Decipher TextMessage is one such cross-platform paid application that will allow you to view and export all your iPhone’s messaging threads (SMS, MMS and iMessage) as text or HTML files and save locally, along with a few other, highly useful options, such as recovering deleted messages. Read More

Search, Caption & Share Photos With Blurtt For iPhone

Most of us spend more time texting, or using messengers, than we do making phone calls. Writing words has become an important medium of sharing, specially since the advent of SMS. There are occasions, however, when the complete spirit of what you are trying to say cannot be conveyed fully with mere words. In scenarios like these, you just wish that there was some way to tell your correspondent the way you meant to say something. The easiest method of doing so is via photos, and that’s why so many people like to use emoticons with their texts. Blurtt is an iOS app which takes things a step further and using this app you can choose any picture, add a caption to it and then share it with your friends via Email, SMS, on Facebook or through Twitter. Read More

Real-Time Photo, Text & Voice Sharing App Coco Voice Comes To Android

Coco Voice is a free cross-platform IM client for Android and iOS-powered devices that allows users to share text, photo and voice messages with each other in real-time over the internet. Initially available only in the iTunes App Store, the app has just made its way into the Android Market, sporting all the cool features that we get to see with its iOS counterpart. Using Coco Voice, you can initiate a conversation session with other app users to share voice messages in real-time, just like a walkie talkie. Each shared voice message is played almost instantly in high quality, and gets stored as an individual audio clip within the conversation history. In fact, the app supports saving your entire conversation sessions, so that you can take a glance at your recent chats with friends, and listen to their messages as many times as you like. The app also lets you natively post status updates on the Coco Voice network, Facebook and Twitter. It also supports sharing text as well as email messages from within the app. Real-time status bar notifications keep you apprised of any friend/chat requests, as well as other activities from the network that involve you in one way or the other. All in all, a fast, simple and fun way of interacting with your buddies via your smartphones/tablets. Read More

MailWidget: View Number Of Unread Messages In Mail App On Dashboard [Mac]

If you were to name a few things you always want to keep on your screen, they would probably be the time, Wi-Fi status, Mail alerts and the Mayan Calendar so you always know how many days are left until the world ends. While users may add a lot more to this list, this is the bare bone of it. MailWidget is a Dashboard widget for Mac that puts the number of unread messages in Apple Mail on Dashboard. The widget lets you choose which account you would like to view unread messages from (supports only one), and how frequently it should check for new messages. While you will need to configure an email account with Apple Mail, you do not necessarily have to keep it running for the widget to work. Read More

OS X Mountain Lion’s New Messages App [Feature Review]

If you’ve been following the buzz around Apple’s latest OS X release (no longer to be called Mac OS), then you know that it’s got a slew of new features, one of which is Messages. The beta version of Messages is available for download and will run on OS X 10.7.3. Messages is by far one of the more talked about apps there is, and will replace iChat. According to Apple, the noteworthy features of this app are sending unlimited messages to any Apple device (Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch), transferring files between your devices, and AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, Gtalk account support. Here is a step by step break down of how to get started with Messages, set up your account and understand the interface. Read More

xMessages: Add Timestamps & Contacts Photos To All SMS Threads [Cydia]

In most iOS devices, Apple’s main focus is to make things as aesthetically pleasing as possible, and at times, this might lead to omission of some useful features. Take the Messages app in the iPhone as an example; it is difficult to find the exact time of every message, as timestamp is not added to each SMS in a thread. xMessages might not be the first Cydia tweak which brings this feature to the iPhone, but it does come for free, and also has the functionality to add photos of your contacts to their respective SMS threads. Read More

iMessage Is A Native 3G / WiFi Messaging Service For All iOS 5 Devices

iMessage can be called the flagship feature of iOS 5 in many ways. Simply put you can think of this feature as a hybrid of an Instant Messenger and a texting app running over a data connection. It can prove to be extremely helpful if many of your contacts use iDevices. The biggest perk; iMessage works on iPad and iPod touch too! So how can you use this marvelous on your iOS device? Read on to find out. Read More

Privnote Sends Private Self Destructing Notes Mission Impossible Style

Ever wanted to communicate discretely? Ensure your messages couldn’t be intercepted? Pretend you work for the Secret Service? Keeping things on a level of sanity, what you can do is send secure self destructing messages using Privnote. Privnote is a free web service that lets you create a private message and provides a link to it that works only once. When you send the link to someone, they can use it one time only to read your message and after that it becomes useless. It doesn’t necessarily explode like in movies but your message can no longer be read, not even by the original recipient. Read More

Post To Multiple Social Media, Blogs & More With Sendible For Android

Sendible is a social media management app and for Android that allows you to publish content with multimedia and send messages to multiple social networks, mail services, messaging services, blogs and select web services all in one go. Messages can be easily composed and sent instantly or you can also save them as drafts. The app keeps a track of all your messages, status updates, comments and more. Sendible has been around in the iTunes App Store for quite some time and now its available on the Android Market. To use Sendible services, you need to have a valid Sendible account. Sendible offers free sign-up to all users. A new account can be set up from from within the app or you may visit the Sendible website to do so. Read More

Viber For Android – Free Calls & Text Messages Over WiFi & 3G

Viber is a well-known VoIP client with well over 20 million registered users worldwide. Viber offers its users free calling and messaging features without requiring you to set up additional accounts or login to some external application – a feat unmatched by most clients as of this writing. With Viber, you can call and text all phone contacts that have Viber app running on their devices. Communication is done over Wi-Fi or 3G and Viber doesn't charge you a dime for its services. The voice and service quality provided by Viber is near perfect. After gaining ample popularity in the iTunes store over the past 12 months, Viber has just shed its beta tag and hit the Android Market with some force. Perhaps, Android variant of the app has taken a bigger stride forward with couple of handy options such as using Viber as a default dialer, in-app call logs and pop-up text notifications. Remember, only registered users can enjoy Viber services. Read More

Add Contacts To Android From Browser And Send/Reply To SMS From Gtalk

Your Android may be your life line when you’re on the go but when you’re planted in front of your system and it’s always ringing/vibrating or doing backflips whenever you get a message it can be anything from distracting to annoying. Android Push Contacts is a web service that lets you add contacts and send messages from your browser to your Android device. It also lets you receive and reply to messages by connecting with GTalk. It uses your Google account to connect your phone to your browser and requires you have the Android app installed on your device. The web service responds fast; it lets you see all contacts that you’ve added, search them in real time and send a message to any one of them. Read More