messaging apps

  • WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee, Tests Business Accounts But No Ads, Says CEO

    WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee, Tests Business Accounts But No Ads, Says CEO

    Today at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany, the CEO of Facebook-owned WhatsApp made a couple of big announcements about how the messaging app plans to evolve to its next phase as it approaches 1 billion users: the company plans to drop its $0.99 annual subscription fee, and it will start to test out more commercial services — specifically a B2C business for companies to… Read More

  • Tumblr’s Instant Messaging Now Available To All, Adds Support For Sharing Posts

    Tumblr’s Instant Messaging Now Available To All, Adds Support For Sharing Posts

    Last month, Tumblr rolled out instant messaging on the web, iOS and Android to a subset of Tumblr users ahead of a broader launch. Today, the company says that all users will now have access to this feature, which introduces a way to communicate directly with others on the service, in a private, chat-like interface. Originally, the product itself was fairly bare-bones – you could… Read More

  • WhatsApp Is Blocking Links To Rival App Telegram On Android

    WhatsApp Is Blocking Links To Rival App Telegram On Android

    Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp appears to have started deliberately blocking links to rival messaging app Telegram so users can’t share clickable Telegram-associated URLs in their chats. The URLs just appear as unlinked text. Read More

  • Messaging Apps And Revenge Of The Computer Science Nerd Crunch Network

    Messaging Apps And Revenge Of The Computer Science Nerd

    Early websites were simple HTML. They followed a pattern of a long-form equation, with perfectly balanced sides. There was no CSS to make the HTML code appear a three-dimensional hyperbole, which it is today. I hated CSS then, and I still do today. I feel that designers, whom I both love and hate, took over my web. They took over my simple long-form HTML code and poured it in to the boiling… Read More

  • Kibo iOS App Lets You Hide Messages In Your Messages

    Kibo iOS App Lets You Hide Messages In Your Messages

    Just when you thought the wonderful world of digital messaging couldn’t get any more rich and layered, along comes another app to prove there are more ideas in the digital sphere than can be contained within the average web user’s philosophy… Just don’t call Kibo a messaging app. Read More

  • Forget Apps, Now The Bots Take Over Crunch Network

    Forget Apps, Now The Bots Take Over

    As the number of mobile apps increases while the size of our mobile screens decreases, we’re reaching the limits of the mobile “OS + apps” paradigm. As an alternative, messaging apps are becoming the new platform, subsuming the role played by the mobile operating system. Just as websites replaced client applications, messaging bots will replace mobile apps. Bots, therefore… Read More

  • Formerly Known As Bolt, Charge Messenger Raises $1.7M Seed Round And Launches Web Client

    Formerly Known As Bolt, Charge Messenger Raises $1.7M Seed Round And Launches Web Client

    With messaging apps like WhatsApp, Line, and Viber fighting for growth around the world, is there room for smaller, newer players? Charge Messenger thinks so and to prove that point, it just announced $1.7 million in seed funding and a new web client that lets users sync chats on their iOS and Android devices to desktop. Read More

  • WhatsApp’s Web Client Adds iOS Support

    WhatsApp’s Web Client Adds iOS Support

    WhatsApp has finally added iOS to the platforms supported by its web app. This means that iPhone users can now sync their accounts and chats to WhatsApp Web. iOS is already listed on WhatsApp Web’s site, but is still gradually rolling out to iPhone users in the app’s latest update. Read More

  • Invi’s SMS Replacement App For Android Exits Beta, Still Dreaming Big

    Invi’s SMS Replacement App For Android Exits Beta, Still Dreaming Big

    U.S. startup Invi reckons there’s space for one more messaging app play. Not a little one either. Co-founder Iddo Tal sees a gaping hole in the market for a North America-focused messaging platform giant to flourish — and, he hopes, become a global marketplace for content distribution. Such stuff startup dreams are made on. Read More

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