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Famous Last Words

Of the many modern-day anxieties that have resulted from the advent of today's technology, few are as irritating as the complex relationship challenges presented by text messaging protocol. They're harder to ignore than email, because the texter knows you saw their message and the countdown is on for how long it's going to take you to respond. So panic strikes when you see your phone's battery is on its last legs and you race to compose a text informing the waiting recipient that you're going dark. At least, that's what you used to do before Last Message (free), an Android-only app that will email, text, tweet or Facebook message the folks in your inner-circle about the impending demise of your cellular device. It not only saves you some frantic last-second texting, but also the feelings of your pals who think you're just blowing them off. — Adam Albright-Hanna