U.S., Canadian governments have their voice and text protected by BlackBerry's SecuSUITE

There is light at the end of the tunnel at BlackBerry headquarters in Waterloo. And no, it isn’t from an oncoming train. The company has a well received handset in the BlackBerry KEYone, it reported strong earnings for its fiscal first quarter, and its cybersecurity offering is providing more protection for the U.S. and Canadian governments. SecuSUITE for Government, a multi-platform solution designed to offer end-to-end encryption for texts and voice calls, is now a part of BlackBerry Secure.

With SecuSUITE for government on the job, federal agencies are protected from eavesdropping and …


Authorities release ironic last text message sent by electrocuted 14-year old

Last week we passed along the sad story about Madison Coe, the 14-year old girl who was electrocuted after bringing her cellphone into the bath with her. Yesterday, the Lovington Police released a text that was apparently sent just before Coe was shocked to death. The text, sent to a friend, contained a photo of an extension cord wrapped in a towel and read, “When you use and (SIC) extension cord so you can plug your phone in while you’re in the bath.”

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Lovington Police Department have determined that the phone itself never was submerged …

Watch ABBYY TextGrabber Pro 6 lift text, phone numbers, links, and addresses straight from video & TV

Digital scanning powerhouse ABBYY’s character recognition app TextGrabber has been an example of “black magic” mobile technology for a long time. If its ability to capture text from written pages failed to entertain you for some reason, check out what has come to the newly released version 6!

TextGrabber is now able to pick up text from live video streams, entirely offline and with support for 61 languages. Of course, we aren’t talking only articles or some sort of long-form literature. Rather, TextGrabber nabs links, phone numbers, addresses (e-mail, www, street), times and dates, and other …

WhatsApp's text status update now official in the app stores

Back by popular demand. This old saying fits perfectly with the drama that swirled out of nowhere around WhatsApp’s now infamous video status update. WhatsApp users, who seem to be a minimalistic bunch, or, rather, so used to a pretty barebones messaging app that every effort to dress it up seems like a blasphemy, did rebel against the video status update, as they felt WhatsApp would simply be copying Snap or Insta.

Well, copying is all messaging apps do these days, and there is barely a feature introduced by some team that others don’t pick up quickly. Even the unique proposition …

WhatsApp's previous text status returns on new beta version of the app

You might recall that last month, on its eighth birthday, WhatsApp announced the introduction of video status updates. This did not go down smoothly for WhatsApp subscribers, many of whom felt that the Facebook owned messaging app was merely copying Instagram and Snapchat. To prevent the torch and pitchfork crowd from making a raid on WhatsApp headquarters, the text status feature has made a triumphant return on the new version of the app, 2.17.95. This currently is available to beta users only.

Changing back to the previous text status requires a click on the overflow menu (the infamous …

The Google Assistant can now help with reading and replying to text messages

The Google Assistant has been a work in progress ever since its debut on the Pixel and Pixel XL, but as time has gone on, the virtual assistant has grown and developed with new features and tricks. While little additions here and there have been great, one feature that’s been absent since the Assistant’s release is its ability to interact with your SMS text messages. Users have been voicing their want for such integration since October, and it looks like Google has finally done something about it. 

If you’d like to prompt the Google Assistant to read off your text messages, …

Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway will sit and text just about anywhere on 'SNL'

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If a meeting with representatives from historically black colleges wasn’t important enough for Kellyanne Conway to get off her damn phone and take her feet off the couch, an hour and a half of live television ain’t gonna do it either. 

Conway has been a fixture on Saturday Night Live this season, with Kate McKinnon playing the president’s advisor in increasingly erratic fashion as the weeks go by. 

But tonight, instead of a whole sketch dedicated to the photo that broke Twitter (this week, anyway), McKinnon popped up in character throughout the episode, sitting in the now iconic pose.  Read more…

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Android Studio 2.3 released with new App Link Assistant, copy & paste text support

Google recently launched a new version of Android Studio, so those who create apps for its mobile platform will be pleased to know that there are plenty of improvements to benefit from in this release.

The new Android Studio 2.3 focuses on improvements across the IDE. Among the features that have been updated in this release, Google mentions the WebP support for app images, as well as the ConstraintLayout library support and widget palette in the Layout Editor.

Furthermore, Google added a new App Link Assistant, which should help developers build and get a solid view of their …

Google Sheets update adds support for mouse and rotated text

Google announced its Sheets app for Android and iOS devices had been updated with a couple of new features and improvements. Some of the changes are available on both platforms, while others are exclusive to one of them.

One of the most important new features is the ability to rotate text, which allows users to fit long header names into thin columns or fit more text on a single screen. The new option is available in Sheets by heading to Format / Text rotation.

Also, the latest update introduces accounting number formats, which enables Sheets users to read budgets, expense reports, …

If your iOS 10 powered iDevice is frozen, it probably is from this malicious text

There is a text message that can freeze an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 10 through iOS 10.2.1. Unlike the last malicious iOS text message we told you about, this one has an easy fix that will unfreeze your iPhone as though nothing ever happened to it. The text is made up of four characters. They are a white flag emoji, a character known as VS16 (which is not visible), a zero and a rainbow emoji. This text will freeze any iOS 10 powered device for two to three minutes before the phone crashes and comes back to life.

The reason that this works is believed to be due to the …