Messenger

  • Chat Heads Comes To Facebook Messenger For Android, Works Across Apps Even Without Facebook Home

    Chat Heads Comes To Facebook Messenger For Android, Works Across Apps Even Without Facebook Home

    Facebook Home is due out today and will likely arrive soon, but the standalone Messenger app update is already here, and it brings Chat Heads support to most Android devices, regardless of whether or not you have Home installed. That means that when you’re using other apps or on the home screen, Messenger messages will pop up with the Chat Head icon of the person messaging you, allowing… Read More

  • Facebook Rolls Out VoIP Calling To U.S. iOS Messenger Users

    Facebook Rolls Out VoIP Calling To U.S. iOS Messenger Users

    Facebook originally started testing a new free (minus andy data usage fees you incur from your carrier) calling feature for users of its Facebook Messenger app for iPhone in Canada early this year, and now the service is available to U.S. users as well. The free call button app now shows up in the app for U.S. users, in any conversation where both parties are using the Facebook Messenger app. Read More

  • 30M Users Strong, Kik Tries To Preserve Messaging Simplicity While Adding Features With Kik Cards

    30M Users Strong, Kik Tries To Preserve Messaging Simplicity While Adding Features With Kik Cards

    Waterloo-based mobile messaging app Kik, while immensely successful in its category, faced a problem: once you’ve nailed cross-platform messaging, and added group features, where do you go from there? Do too much, and you risk watering down the core product, the one that has helped Kik sign up over 30 million registered users who are coming on board at a rate of about 100,000 new user… Read More

  • Bag Week Reviews: Tenba Messenger Photo/Laptop Bag

    Short Version: Tenba’s Messenger Photo/Laptop bag is my favorite so far this week. It combines the two features I really need: a padded, secure way to transport my laptop, and somewhere to put my DSLR when I don’t want to pack all my camera gear with me. Read More

  • Windows Live To Focus On The Essentials (Hotmail And Messenger)

    With Bing stealing the online spotlight at Microsoft recently, Windows Live has been collecting dust in a corner. But Microsoft is preparing to update the core services that make up Windows Live over the next few months, and is refocusing what used to be a hodgepodge of different online services into three main products: Hotmail, Messenger, and Windows Essentials (which includes… Read More

  • MSN Messenger accidentally blocks YouTube links

    Last Friday and Saturday, MSN Messenger users found themselves unable to send YouTube links to each other. Microsoft acknowledged and fixed the problem, pointing the finger at “a 3rd party that is a Microsoft partner” responsible for managing potentially harmful URLs that are sent through the Messenger program. A company blog post says: “Microsoft did not request to block… Read More

  • BlackBerry inks deal with MS for Windows Live stuff

    I’m not sure how many BlackBerry users also use Hotmail, but the three or four of them will be happy to know that BlackBerry devices will soon support push Hotmail. Oh, and Windows Live Messenger, too. Read More

  • Caller ID on Your TV

    Need to see who’s calling without actually schlepping over to your 1986 landline phone that your wife won’t throw out because her mother gave it to you as your wedding present? Then grab this TV Messenger Caller ID, which displays the caller ID log on your TV directly on whatever you’re watching. The messenger holds 14 callers in its log, which displays the name, number… Read More