Instant Messaging

  • LINE’s Cheap Voice Service, LINE Call, Now Live For Android Users Of The Messaging App In 8 Markets

    LINE’s Cheap Voice Service, LINE Call, Now Live For Android Users Of The Messaging App In 8 Markets

    In the ongoing battle for more users and differentiation in the battle between messaging apps, today LINE has launched its newest feature: a flat-rate voice calling service called LINE Call, to expand an already existing feature that let LINE users call each other via the app. The first markets to get the service will be Android users in eight markets — Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Peru… Read More

  • Twitter Expands Its Alerts Service To The UK And Ireland To Push Out Critical Info From The Met Police And 56 Others

    Twitter Expands Its Alerts Service To The UK And Ireland To Push Out Critical Info From The Met Police And 56 Others

    Twitter Alerts — a service that Twitter launched in September for emergency, relief and charity organizations from the U.S., Japan and Korea to send out critical messages to opted-in users — is getting more international. Today, the newly public company is turning on Twitter Alerts in the UK and Ireland. Read More

  • Nimbuzz Offers Free Service To Hutch In Sri Lanka, Continues To Push Telco Strategy in Asia

    Nimbuzz Offers Free Service To Hutch In Sri Lanka, Continues To Push Telco Strategy in Asia

    Nimbuzz is continuing its push for South Asian dominance with its latest telco partnership. The Indian messaging startup just announced a tie-up with Hutch in Sri Lanka, offering six months of free Nimbuzz usage to Hutch subscribers. Today’s announcement is just another in a steady string of telco partnerships that the company has been striking up. In May, it linked up with Mobilink… Read More

  • HootSuite’s Conversations Adds Real-Time Chat To Its Social Media Dashboard

    HootSuite’s Conversations Adds Real-Time Chat To Its Social Media Dashboard

    HootSuite has carved out a position as a popular way for businesses to manage their social media profiles on sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, but in its quest to become more of a one-stop “dashboard” for all social media interactions, it is adding a new feature: Conversations, an integrated, real-time messaging service, which goes live today and is available in a beta… Read More

  • Salesforce.com To Announce Cross-Company Instant Messaging For Chatter

    Salesforce.com To Announce Cross-Company Instant Messaging For Chatter

    Salesforce.com will announce new features for its “Facebook for enterprise” service Chatter this week at its annual Dreamforce conference. CEO Marc Benioff already revealed during his TechCrunch Disrupt fireside chat that the company is adding a Box/Dropbox-style file-sharing system called ChatterBox. Now I’m hearing from multiple sources that Chatter will also be getting… Read More

  • Yammer Is Launching A Chat Feature Called Online Now ‘In A Couple Of Weeks’

    Yammer Is Launching A Chat Feature Called Online Now ‘In A Couple Of Weeks’

    Yammer, the enterprise social networking company that was recently bought by Microsoft for $1.2 billion, is getting ready to add a new instant messaging feature called Online Now to its main service, enabling users to chat to each other in real time. Online Now will sit alongside existing services that let users post status updates and media as well as send private messages. The feature… Read More

  • Instant Messaging Service Imo.im Launches Real-Time Social Network

    Instant Messaging Service Imo.im Launches Real-Time Social Network

    Imo.im, which you probably know as the multi-platform free instant messaging product for the web and mobile devices is launching its own real-time social network today. For now, the network is only accessible online, but the company says it will soon integrate the new features into its mobile app lineup, which currently includes apps for the iPhone/iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia devices. Read More

  • 2010: The year instant messaging finally died?

    2010: The year instant messaging finally died?

    Has Twitter killed instant messaging? That’s one possible explanation for the sudden and precipitous drop in instant message traffic in the past few years. A recent study shows that Britons spent an entire 14 percent of the online-time instant messaging back in 2007. Now? That number is a paltry 5 percent. Is IM dead, dying, or merely going through growing pains? Read More

  • Meebo chats its way to the Android platform

    Meebo chats its way to the Android platform

    It was only a few days ago that we tore into the 20 dollar IM+ application for being overpriced, buggy, and lacking anything that justified that 20 dollar price tag. At the tail-end of that review, we expressed our hopes that an IM app done right would come along soon. Enter Meebo for Android, brought to you by the same people behind the awesome browser-based IM application of the same name. Read More

  • iPhone Edition of 'mundu' handles IM with ease

    iPhone Edition of 'mundu' handles IM with ease

    Previously available by invite only, mundu is now available to the rest of us. It allows you to use your Yahoo!, Google, MSN, and AIM accounts with ease. Emphasis on “ease.” I was up and running and logged in on my iPod Touch in under a minute. Very, very simple stuff here. You’re able to be logged in to more than one service at a time and you can make your own status… Read More

  • Skype and MySpace in cahoots

    Skype and MySpace in cahoots

    MySpace users will soon be able to call and/or instant message anyone else on the network with the click of a button, thanks to Skype. The service will be called "MySpace IM" and will be rolled out in November, although there’s a Beta version available now. It looks similar to AOL’s popular Instant Messenger program. This news comes not a moment too soon the for two… Read More

  • Goodness Gracious, Another Palm Treo 755p Review: CNET Calls it "Very Good"

    Goodness Gracious, Another Palm Treo 755p Review: CNET Calls it "Very Good"

    The Palm Treo 755p “drops” this week and CNET already reviewed the damn thing (a nice complement to this video review), giving it the reviewer’s crutch of “very good,” which translates to a 7.3. Truth be told, nothing really stands out about the Sprint smartphone, which is set to replace the now ancient 700p, nor is it a “major overhaul” of the… Read More