How to use OS X Yosemite to send texts from your Mac.

In the past, using the Messages app on a Mac could be an irritating experience. And what if a friend dared to send a green-bubble text from an Android phone? When texting from your Mac, messaging those friends wasn’t possible until now.

In today’s Cult of Mac video, find out how to enable Text Message Forwarding between your iPhone and Mac. With iOS 8.1 and Yosemite installed, enjoying this seamless feature is just a few short taps and clicks away. Find out how to do it all in this speedy tutorial.

 

Apple Now Allows You To Report iMessage Spam.

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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: imessage.spam@icloud.com

  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.

App-based messaging overtakes SMS.

Numbers from research group Informa show that for the first time, messages sent via chat-apps has overtaken SMS messages.

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The figures show that in 2012, almost 19 billion messages were sent via chat apps, whilst only 17.6 billion texts were sent. Whilst Informa claims that there’s still a lot of life in texting, it is predicted that by 2014 chat apps will process nearly 50 billion messages a day, whilst only 21 billion text messages will be sent a day. Because the majority of chat app users are smartphone owners, the number of chat app users is increasing along with the smartphone market, however the majority of customers still don’t have the kind of data plans that make messaging via chat apps a viable alternative to texting, and so whilst the margin will continue to widen, text messages will still remain a key part of the mobile user experience.

Source: TodaysiPhone.