Apple Now Allows You To Report iMessage Spam.


Do you get frustrating iMessage spam from people you’ve never met, or companies you’ve never heard of? You’re not the only one. Until now, you could either make friends with them and save yourself from loneliness on those cold winter nights, or you could ignore them and hope that they don’t text again.

But now you can report them to Apple, too.

Apple has published a new support document on its website, which was first spotted by MacStories, that explains the procedure for reporting iMessage spam. These are the steps you should take:

To report unwanted iMessage messages to Apple, please send an email with the following details to:

  1. Include a screenshot of the message you have received.
  2. Include the full email address or phone number you received the unwanted message from.
  3. Include the date and time that you received the message.

Apple then goes on to explain how to take screenshots on a Mac or iOS device, and how you can distinguish iMessages from traditional SMS and MMS messages.

Fortunately, I’ve never received iMessage spam, and I don’t know anyone who has. But clearly it’s an issue big enough to warrant an Apple support document. It’s unclear what Apple does with your report, but I’m assuming it has the facility to block frequent spammers from sending iMessages.


Source: Cult of Mac.

Put iTunes “Now Playing” Message In Your Mountain Lion Notification Center.

by Rob LeFebvre from cultofmac.

Put iTunes “Now Playing” Message In Your Mountain Lion Notification Center [OS X Tips]

Back in April, we told you about a nifty way to bring a “Now Playing” message from iTunes to your Dock. Now that Mountain Lion is out, that feature is missing. Luckily, there’s another slick way to get a notification of the track name and info right in Notification Center. Which sort of makes sense, since that’s where notifications go.

Using a third-party app from MediaFire, NowPlaying, you can make this happen on your own Mac running OS X 10.8, more commonly known as Mountain Lion.

Download NowPlaying from MediaFire and unzip the resulting file. Then, go to System PreferencesSecurity & Privacy > General and change “Allow applications downloaded from:” to “Anywhere,” if it isn’t already set that way. This will make sure that the new Gatekeeper feature in OS X allows you to run the new app.

Put NowPlaying into the Applications folder, and then double click to launch it. Now start a song in iTunes, and you’ll see the track name and artist appear in a Notification. Hit forward or back to switch songs, and it’ll happen again. Sweet!

To make this a permanent feature on your Mac, the developers suggest putting NowPlaying into your login items in System Preferences > Users & Groups. Select your account in the left-hand pane, then select the Login Items tab on the right. Press the little plus button under the list of items, and then choose NowPlaying app from the Applications folder. Then click the Add button. Now when you restart your computer and log in, NowPlaying will launch and you’ll get iTunes notifications without having to start the app on your own each time.