communications

  • The enterprise is the next logical step for Slack

    The enterprise is the next logical step for Slack

    Slack took a big step in its evolution as a startup yesterday when it launched Slack Enterprise Grid, the enterprise version of its popular messaging platform. For Slack to continue its growth trajectory, it had to move on from being a tool for discrete teams to one that could deal with substantially more users, and provide some security and governance as it connected to other departments… Read More

  • The new Google Voice launches, bringing a modern look, group chat, photo sharing & more

    The new Google Voice launches, bringing a modern look, group chat, photo sharing & more

    Confirming reports from earlier this month that a Google Voice update was in the works, Google today has launched a refreshed version of its VoIP calling service on mobile and the web. Largely, the update is about giving the product a more modern look-and-feel, after having not received a major upgrade in years. But the relaunch also includes a few new features, like support for… Read More

  • Google brings RCS, the next-gen upgrade to SMS, to Android phones on Sprint

    Google brings RCS, the next-gen upgrade to SMS, to Android phones on Sprint

    As promised earlier this year, Google is bringing RCS – Rich Communications Service, an upgrade to the SMS standard – to Android devices. Its first carrier partner on the initiative is Sprint, which is rolling out RCS messaging to its customers with Android devices, starting today. Once enabled, RCS will offer Android users an enhanced messaging experience over SMS, with features… Read More

  • Rush's app adds chat to email

    Email or IM? Rush’s app combines them both — with productivity tools thrown in too

    Email? IM? IM? Email? The rise of mobile messaging apps has challenged email as the primary communications channel for all things, including work — what happens when you blend them together? That’s the approach taken by Rush, an app that combines email and messaging, but also includes your calendar and other productivity tools. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, but with offices… Read More

  • Twilio’s Jeff Lawson says bots are overrated

    Twilio’s Jeff Lawson says bots are overrated

    In a wide-ranging interview with TechCrunch reporter Frederic Lardinois today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, Twilio co-founder and CEO Jeff Lawson talked about the trials of going public, why paying attention to the stock price is unproductive, and how bots are overrated. It’s certainly interesting that the leader of one of the premiere communications companies today thinks bots… Read More

  • WhatsApp plans to let businesses onto its service before the end of the year

    WhatsApp plans to let businesses onto its service before the end of the year

    WhatsApp will finally take a step to becoming a platform after the Facebook-owned company revealed it will begin to integrate businesses services into its app before the end of this year. Read More

  • Microsoft brings Skype to businesses’ iOS and Android apps

    Microsoft brings Skype to businesses’ iOS and Android apps

    Microsoft is further opening up Skype to businesses. On Thursday, the company launched its Skype for Business SDK – tools which allow iOS and Android developers to integrate Skype’s messaging, audio and voice capabilities into their own mobile applications. The idea is to allow Skype to power the communications experience inside applications, so developers can focus on building… Read More

  • Computing’s future? It’s in your pocket

    Computing’s future? It’s in your pocket

    Technology’s neverending story has always, apparently, been the quest for The Next Big Thing. Whether that thing is something entirely new and transformative — unimaginable except within the fantastical confines of the sci-fi genre, say. Or just a far faster/more powerful iteration of the rough-round-the-edges gizmo sitting on your desk today — one which delivers a bona fide… Read More

  • Cisco bringing advanced search to Spark platform with Synata acquisition

    Cisco bringing advanced search to Spark platform with Synata acquisition

    Cisco announced it has purchased Synata, a search startup that allows users to search across on-premise or cloud repositories simultaneously. Cisco plans to integrate the Synata technology into its Spark communications platform (which should not to be confused with Apache Spark). While Cisco usually reveals purchase prices, because it was under $100 million, it chose to keep this one… Read More