News tagged: Messaging
We all have sent a message and then wished to take it back, but that wasn't possible. While Viber, Skype and a few other messaging services have a recall feature, WhatsApp has yet to get something like that. According to a recent tweet by @WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has been
More companies are thinking about joining the messaging app market, including Amazon, but it will take some time if they want to challenge Viber and WhatsApp, two messaging apps that are definitely ahead of others and both are adding new features every month.
Amazon might be on the verge of entering the messaging app industry. AFTVnews reports the company is developing an app called Anytime that'll be available on Android, iOS, and desktop. It'll offer text message encryption along with video chat and voice chat.
Messaging app Telegram will partly give in to demands from Russian authorities, but it won't fulfill all of their requests. The company has decided to register with the government, reports Reuters, yet it will continue refusing demands for user data and messages.
More creative ways of interacting are now available in Facebook's messaging service. The video chat side of Messenger has been updated with live filters and animated reactions. With the latter, Messenger's five emoji responses can become overlays in the chat.
Multiple companies, including Amazon, are interested in acquiring business-centric messaging app Slack. The platform has become the go-to for messaging within many businesses and other team environments, making it quite valuable. An acquisition could value Slack at over $9bn.
US intelligence agencies tried to convince Telegram employees to build encryption backdoors into its app, says founder Pavel Durov. On Twitter, he claimed US agencies made two separate attempts to bribe some of the company's developers when they were in the US last year.
After months of developing and testing, Microsoft is now rolling out a major software update to Skype. The new version is completely revamped, with a new set of features that is very similar to its messaging rivals Messenger and Snapchat, such as Stories, which is called
Facebook appears to be creating an app for teenagers. Code found within the main social network app points to the existence of Talk, a chat app for young people. You may be able to use the app without even having a Facebook account. It comes with some parental controls.
Your messages on Snapchat no longer have to be time-limited. The app has introduced two features: Limiteless Snaps and Looping Videos. With the former, you'll be able to send a picture without placing a time limit. That means the picture won't disappear automatically.
The Amazon Echo series, including the newly introduced Echo Show, now include calling and messaging features. You can use Alexa to place a message or call with commands in the format of, "Alexa, call X." The feature also works with Amazon's new Drop Ins feature.
A security flaw in the web version of WhatsApp exposed "hundreds of millions" of accounts to hackers, according to a report from Check Point. The flaw allowed an account to be taken over through a single malicious message. The same flaw was found in Telegram.
Exclusive TV-style content is making its way to Snapchat, furthering the app's journey away from its original focus on ephemeral messaging. The platform is going to receive a reality dating show from Vice. It is called Hungry Hearts with Action Bronson.
After launching Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, many users wondered what will happen to the current Hangouts platform. The two new services are based on Hangouts platform, but are aimed more towards enterprise users. However, you don't need to worry about the consumer version of
Snapchat was one of the first that brought self-destructing messages, but many platforms now have something similar. The messaging service Viber has now introduced almost the same feature, which enables users to send photos and videos that automatically delete after a set period
Slack, the go-to communication service for many teams, now has threaded messaging. Your threaded messages will appear in the side panel, allowing the main message section to be less cluttered with different conversations. Threads can start from any message.
An in-app messaging feature is being trialed in YouTube. It's currently being tested on Android and iOS, and it lets users share clips, text content, and links without leaving the app. For now, the feature is only available in Canada. This may not turn into an official feature.
Facebook is constantly testing new features that should improve the social networking platform. The company has been trying out several messaging features recently and a feature called Rooms could be rolled out for its Messenger app in Australia and Canada.
A few additions to Twitter's direct message feature have made that part of the social network more like a full-fledged messaging app. The large DM-centric update includes read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews, among some other things.
More than a billion people are now using Facebook Messenger each month, making it one of the most popular messaging apps in the world. Since the service spun off from the main Facebook app two years ago, it has quickly become a top chat service on mobile devices.