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  • Facebook Tests SMS Integration In Messenger, Launches Support For Multiple Accounts

    Facebook Tests SMS Integration In Messenger, Launches Support For Multiple Accounts

    Facebook says it’s testing a way for users to receive, read and respond to their SMS-based conversations in its Messenger application for mobile devices. The feature, which would be optional if broadly rolled out, could help to shift users away from their default texting application and see them increasing their time spent Facebook Messenger instead. Also new is added support for… Read More

  • Walmart Simple Text Could Be Walmart’s Version Of Magic

    One of the very cool things about hackathons is that you learn what type of technology that people are really using. We’re all wondering what the hot “trends” are going to be at one of these things. At the Disrupt Hackathon, we’re learning quite a bit. An early trend is SMS. Surprise! There’s Magic, Facebook M, Operator and now Walmart Simple Text. The latter is… Read More

  • Pop Launches An App That Makes Video Chat As Easy As SMS

    Pop Launches An App That Makes Video Chat As Easy As SMS

    A new video messaging app, Pop, founded by Josh Nguyen, who previously ran product at both Tumblr and Flickr, is launching today to make video messages as easy to send as traditional SMS. Using a simple, one-screen interface, Pop connects with your phone’s address book and lets you send out a short video with just a tap, even allowing you to add colorful filters on top of the message… Read More

  • Red Hot Remind101 Gets $15M From John Doerr To Bring Free, Secure Text Messaging To Teachers

    Red Hot Remind101 Gets $15M From John Doerr To Bring Free, Secure Text Messaging To Teachers

    Brothers Brett and David Kopf launched Remind101 out of Imagine K12 in late 2011 to tackle what they saw as one of the key problems in primary education: The lack of simple, user-friendly tools that help teachers better communicate with both students — and their parental units. Today, in spite of how critical effective communication is within the K-12 learning equation, schools continue… Read More

  • MightyText, “The iMessage for Android,” Targets iCloud With New Cross-Device Photo And Video Sync

    MightyText, “The iMessage for Android,” Targets iCloud With New Cross-Device Photo And Video Sync

    Today, our lives are spread across a growing array of digital devices, from smartphones and laptops to tablets and connected TVs. While each device tends to perform certain tasks better than others, as we use tablets to read books and shop, laptops for work-related tasks and smartphones to check the weather, stocks and email, increasingly, our devices are working together in concert and… Read More

  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Text And Walk: Distracted Walking Is On The Rise

    Friends Don’t Let Friends Text And Walk: Distracted Walking Is On The Rise

    In this season of mall-going and power-shopping, it behooves us to remember that texting and walking don’t mix. In fact, according to a study in Injury Prevention, one in three walkers will wander into crosswalks, down sidewalks, and in crowds while looking at their phones, resulting in some of the 4,000 pedestrian fatalities that occur each year. Read More

  • Ex-Googlers Launch MightyText, An iMessage For Android Users

    Ex-Googlers Launch MightyText, An iMessage For Android Users

    During their lengthy careers at Google in both senior technical and product management roles, Maneesh Arora and Amit Sangani were able to geek out on products like AdSense, AdWords, and the now-defunct Google Health. Arora tells us that, while his time at Google was defined by smart people and ambitious ideas like these, in development there was often a tendency to “over… Read More

  • Sonalight Lets Android Users Text While Driving Without Touching A Phone

    Sonalight Lets Android Users Text While Driving Without Touching A Phone

    Android users finally have a way to show up their iPhone-toting, Siri-using counterparts. With Sonalight Text by Voice, a new Y Combinator-backed startup, you can perform entirely hands-free texting. And by hands-free, I mean you don’t have to push a button, tap the screen, or perform any other actions that would require you to take your hands off the wheel. Yes, that’s right… Read More

  • U.S. Teens Triple Data Usage

    U.S. Teens Triple Data Usage

    Nielsen is reporting today that teens have more than tripled mobile data consumption and also continue to hold top spot as the most engaged mobile messaging segment. The report states that “In the third quarter of 2011, teens age 13-17 used an average of 320 MB of data per month on their phones, increasing 256 percent over last year and growing at a rate faster than any other age… Read More