Instant Messaging

  • Octane AI boldly bets that Convos are the future of content

    Octane AI boldly bets that Convos are the future of content

    One billion people use Facebook Messenger every month. And no matter how bad the current perceptions of the bot scene are, that number is hard to ignore. Octane AI is counting on celebrity content creators to build conversational experiences that people actually want to have. With its public launch and the rollout of its content creation platform Convos, the Octane team is taking a gamble on… Read More

  • Snap reportedly looked at drones as a product option

    Snap reportedly looked at drones as a product option

    Snap’s camera company ambitions included exploring drones as a possible product line, according to a new report from the New York Times. The drone plans would’ve given users the potential to take photos and videos from an eagle-eye perspective to share on Snapchat, its social network, and would’ve offered another hardware option alongside Spectacles as a way to help users… Read More

  • Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says Gartner

    Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says Gartner

    It’s the beginning of the end for smartphone apps as we have known and tapped on them, reckons Gartner. The analyst is calling the start of a “post-apps” era, based on changes in consumer interactions that appear driven, in large part, by the rise of dominant messaging platforms designed to consume more and more of mobile users’ time and attention. Read More

  • Encrypted chat app Wickr opens code for public review

    Encrypted chat app Wickr opens code for public review

    Security researchers have wanted a peek at Wickr’s code since the secure messaging app launched in 2012, and now they’re finally getting that chance. Wickr is publishing its code for Wickr Professional, the subscription-based enterprise version of its free messaging app, today for public review. The public review builds on private third party code reviews by security experts like… Read More

  • Snapchat’s next Lenses could identify and add to landscapes as well as faces

    Snapchat’s next Lenses could identify and add to landscapes as well as faces

    Snap, Inc. is working on an updated version of its in-app Snapchat lenses that would be able to recognize landscapes as well as faces, according to The Information, and intelligently overlay augmented reality animations and objects overtop of scenes captured through your camera. This is different from its existing smart Lenses, which can add features like snowfall to scenes, because it… Read More

  • Encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp denies “backdoor” claim

    Encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp denies “backdoor” claim

    A security issue has been flagged in the hugely popular mobile messaging app WhatsApp that could allow for messages sent via the encrypted platform to be intercepted and read. Read More

  • Microsoft officially outs another AI chatbot, called Zo

    Microsoft officially outs another AI chatbot, called Zo

    What are chatbots for? I asked Zo, Microsoft’s officially launched chatbot, currently available on the Kik Messenger app, what she does — and she was remarkably coy in answering this question, initially complaining that our conversation felt like a job interview and then qualifying this hugely with the intimate confession that “our convos give my life purpose tbh”. Read More

  • Zenly lays out its plan to become a must-have social media app

    Zenly lays out its plan to become a must-have social media app

    French-based location sharing app Zenly hopes to be the next Snapchat and co-founder Antoine Martin came onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt London to talk about how it plans to get there. The original idea came from Foursquare check-ins but Zenly allows users to check-in and share their location with friends and family. Martin spent two to three years with ex-Google and Apple engineers perfecting… Read More

  • Atlassian’s HipChat gets group video chats

    Atlassian’s HipChat gets group video chats

    In Atlassian‘s view, video is the next battlefield in the enterprise chat wars (a war it is mostly fighting with Slack, it seems). Its HipChat group messaging app launched one-on-one video chats back in 2014, but today, it is pushing this further by launching group video chats, as well. To enable this, Atlassian built a new video platform based on its acquisition of BlueJimp and… Read More