Before the world was informed of the massive and invasive government spying programs run by the NSA and other countries, a mobile app called Burner appeared on the scene offering users disposable phone numbers which they could use to protect their privacy, or for other purposes. For example, the anonymity Burner provides makes sense for things like Craigslist postings or online dating, for when… Read More
Move Over Chat Heads. Ustwo’s New App Honk! Wants You To Meme-ify Your Friends With “Visually Explosive” Messaging
Just when you thought chat app makers had run out of things to say -- i.e. because they've said it all already, via text, VoIP, videochatting, emoticons, snaps, pokes, stickers, Chat Heads, WHATEVER -- along comes London-based app studio Ustwo to pour its distinctive brand of fun-loving mischief into the category, with an app called Honk! Read More
Line Adds French & Brazilian Portuguese Versions Of Its Messaging Apps As It Goes After South America & The U.S.
Line, the messaging-app-cum-social network that started in Asia but has spread beyond its home turf to amass more than 100 million users globally, has just added French and Brazilian Portuguese versions of its Android and iOS apps as it looks to continue ramping up its global user-base. Line told TechCrunch earlier this month that South America is a priority for it, along with the U.S. Read More
Japanese messaging app Line has just reported that new users in Hong Kong have been doubling each day for the past week since January 29. The app, which is the dominant messenger of choice in Japan, launched its Chinese version on December 12, and looks like it’s riding a huge wave of momentum in Asia, ranking first on the free app category in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand, to… Read More
Can A Messaging App Beat Standalone Social Networking? Khosla-Backed Stealth Startup Just.me Gears Up For Launch With iOS Beta
Just.me, the new project from Keith Teare, co-founder of TechCrunch and partner at Archimedes Labs, has launched in beta as an app for iOS -- ahead of a public release on the App Store, likely in a month. An Android app is coming soon -- due this quarter. Just.me is a unified messaging platform that offers private, shared and public messaging functionality within a single app interface. Read More