iOS: When you flip your iPhone over to the landscape view when you're typing a message, it automatically changes to the handwriting interface. Chances are, most of us don't hand write messages and would prefer the landscape keyboard here. Good news, though, How-To Geek points out that when you tap the keyboard button, iOS remembers your preference.
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If you live for great new music, we've already highlighted Noon Pacific's great weekly playlists, filled with new tunes to enjoy. If that's not enough for you, the service just launched a daily music subscription, where each day you'll get a text with a great new track to listen to. Here's how it works.
iOS: Not everyone likes the new features in Messages. So, if you have an annoying friend sending you a million stickers, you'll be happy to hear that it's possible to at least remove those stickers, though you can't stop them from arriving in the first place.
Most of us have used Facebook as a simple way to log into accounts. Today, Facebook's making it even easier by allowing you to login to websites with just your phone number. You don't even need to have a Facebook account.
Android: Previously mentioned hands-free driving app Drivemode has a lot of great features, but it just added a great one -- the ability to respond to messages in almost any texting app with your voice. SMS is included, but so is Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Gmail.
WhatsApp, the popular messaging app, has rolled out encrypted messages for its entire service. The encryption now protects texts, voice calls video and chat rooms.
We love two-factor authentication, and we love services that make our text messages accessible from our computers. However, if you don't want anyone else -- a snooping spouse, child, parent, or most importantly, a laptop thief -- getting hold of your private information, you might want to alter how you use two-factor authentication.
Android/iOS/Blackberry: There are lots of apps that can send "free" text messages, but most require your recipient to also have the same app. JaxtrSMS is a free service from Sabeer Bhatia, founder of Hotmail, that can send free texts to any mobile number in the world, and display it to the recipient as coming from your own phone number.