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  • Apple patent shows Siri inside iMessage to help with scheduling, payments and more

    Apple patent shows Siri inside iMessage to help with scheduling, payments and more

    Google’s smart virtual helper Google Assistant is finding its way into everything from the company’s chat app Allo to Pixel smartphones and its Amazon Echo rival, Google Home. Now it appears that Apple is considering following suit in at least one of those areas. A newly unearthed Apple patent indicates the company is looking into integrating Siri into its own messaging… Read More

  • SoundShare’s new iMessage app lets you text your friends entire songs

    SoundShare’s new iMessage app lets you text your friends entire songs

    A new iMessage app from the music-focused social network SoundShare will now let you share entire tracks with your friends over text messaging. Of course, there are already a number of ways to text friends your favorite music, thanks to the launch of the iMessage App Store. Apple Music has a built-in iMessage app, for example, and Pandora also rolled out one of its own earlier this month. Read More

  • Pandora’s new iMessage app lets you text your favorite music

    Pandora’s new iMessage app lets you text your favorite music

    Tucked away inside Pandora’s rebranded app, launched yesterday, the company was hiding its first iMessage app, too. In fact, it’s the first third-party party streaming music service to launch its own iMessage extension, the company says. That’s not to say it’s the only music-focused iMessage app, of course. Apple Music already lets you share your favorite songs… Read More

  • Adding iMessage support sent app downloads soaring

    Adding iMessage support sent app downloads soaring

    iOS 10 may have only reached roughly half of iPhones and iPads so far, but developers who readied their mobile apps for the new iMessage App Store are already benefitting, a new study finds. Existing apps that added support for iMessage have seen their downloads increase significantly, with early movers like JibJab seeing the largest download growth. With iOS 10, iMessage expanded beyond… Read More

  • Apple’s iMessage App Store already has over 1,650 apps, majority are sticker packs

    Apple’s iMessage App Store already has over 1,650 apps, majority are sticker packs

    In just over a week, Apple’s iMessage App Store has grown to over 1,650 applications and sticker packs – more than the original iPhone had at launch as well as the 1,000 total that were ready for iPad at the time of its debut, but far less than the 3,500+ the Watch App Store arrived with last year. According to a new report from Sensor Tower, the most popular type of mini… Read More

  • Confide brings self-destructing messaging to iMessage

    Confide brings self-destructing messaging to iMessage

    Confide, the confidential messaging app that launched back in 2013, has today announced an integration with iMessage in iOS 10. As part of iOS 10’s new iMessage features, which incorporates apps right within the iMessage application, Confide users will be able to send self-destructing messages direct from their texts. Confide for iMessage will support text and pictures, using… Read More

  • Now anyone can build features for Cola messenger

    Now anyone can build features for Cola messenger

    Cola, a messaging app that integrates apps into chats, is opening up its developer kit today to enable anyone to build new apps. The updated version available today comes with 12 “bubbles” that are essentially applications that run inside the messaging app. Users can share weather and flight information, gifs, and more without creating accounts with individual tools. The… Read More

  • Apple launches iMessage Apps so third-party devs can join your convos

    Apple launches iMessage Apps so third-party devs can join your convos

    At today’s WWDC Keynote, Apple swung open the gates for developers. Not only has the company opened up Siri to third-party developers, but it’s also letting third-party devs into sacred space: messages. With iMessage Apps, users can simply open up an app drawer from right within the Messages app to interact with others (and apps) at the same time. Read More

  • Iran forces messaging apps to move data to Iranian servers

    Iran forces messaging apps to move data to Iranian servers

    Companies behind popular messaging apps have a year to move all the data they have on Iranian users onto servers in Iran, according to Reuters. This raises concerns about privacy. The Iranian government wants to be able to track private and semi-private conversations on messaging apps. Many social networks are already blocked in Iran, but it looks like the government wants even more control. Read More