News tagged: Messaging
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.
During traditional Google I/O conference, Google has unveiled plenty of new projects and some of them are very interesting. One of the first news was the new Android Wear 2.0 platform that comes with improvements in three key areas, including watchface, messaging and fitness.
WhatsApp, the largest messaging service in the world, can finally be used on desktop through a dedicated app. The software is now available for Windows 8+ and OS X 10.9+, allowing you to use WhatsApp outside of your browser. You can sync your messages by scanning a QR code.
Since 2010, police in Canada have had a master key to BlackBerry's messaging encryption and it's been used on multiple occasions. Vice News and Motherboard report the Royal Canadian Mounted Police used the key between 2010 and 2012 to look at 1 million BBM messages.
Mobile messaging app Line has added support for group voice calls that include up to 200 users. The feature is targeted at both regular users and businesses, who may find it useful for conference calls. It's now available on Android, iOS, and Windows, with Mac coming soon.
Tumblr is now receiving a legitimate instant messaging feature and it's arriving eight years after the site launched. The rollout of this feature is moving slowly, meaning only a small portion of Tumblr users can actually send IMs right now. Everyone will get IMs soon.
Google has released an update for Hangouts for the Web and it comes with an improved interface and better streaming quality. Chats through the app will now appear "crisper," load faster, and have superior rendering. Along with the quality changes, the interface is better.
Using facial recognition technology, Facebook Messenger will begin examining your photos to find out who you may want to share them with. This technology is the same as what Facebook uses to tell people who they should tag in a photo. Facebook wants to encourage interaction.
Skype has effectively gone down for people around the world. Issues with the service are being reported in the US, UK, and other nations. Skype has already acknowledged the issue and says it is working on a "quick fix." As of right now, the service is still not working properly.
Yahoo's new messaging app, Livetext, is now available around the world. The audio-free video-based messaging app was launched last month, but it was originally limited to users in the US and a few test markets. Anyone on iOS or Android can now download the app.
BitTorrent has updated its Bleep messaging app to make the service's offline messages more secure. Privacy and security are at the core of Bleep and that's why the offline messaging side of Bleep has been improved. Online messaging is more secure in Bleep.
BlackBerry has updated its BBM messaging app to include a private chat feature. The platform has been updated by the Canadian company on all applicable platforms. BBM's main draw is its security and the service keeps adding new features like private chat to grow its user base.