messaging apps

  • Telegram encourages devs to build useful bots with $1M giveaway

    Telegram encourages devs to build useful bots with $1M giveaway

    In the scramble to build bots that live up to the hype, messaging app Telegram has just announced a $1M giveaway to developers to try to incentivize them to build cool stuff. The messaging startup launched its own bot platform back in June last year, long before Facebook started its photocopiers in case you’re keeping count. 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

  • Email is dying among mobile’s youngest users

    Email is dying among mobile’s youngest users

    In case there was any doubt that messaging apps were the future of communication in the mobile-first era, a new study released this morning puts some solid numbers behind their traction – and their increasing dominance over email, among today’s youngest users. According to a report from App Annie, email is effectively dying among this crowd. Those aged 13 to 24 now spend more than… Read More

  • After Jibe Mobile Buy, Google To Provide Carriers With Android RCS Client

    After Jibe Mobile Buy, Google To Provide Carriers With Android RCS Client

    Here at Mobile World Congress 2016, the annual Barcelona-based flesh-pressing of the telco industry, Google and a bunch of carriers have put out a press release talking up how they are apparently ‘aligning’ to try to drive adoption of RCS. Read More

  • WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee, Tests Business Accounts But No Ads, Says CEO

    WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee, Tests Business Accounts But No Ads, Says CEO

    Today at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany, the CEO of Facebook-owned WhatsApp made a couple of big announcements about how the messaging app plans to evolve to its next phase as it approaches 1 billion users: the company plans to drop its $0.99 annual subscription fee, and it will start to test out more commercial services — specifically a B2C business for companies to… Read More

  • Tumblr’s Instant Messaging Now Available To All, Adds Support For Sharing Posts

    Tumblr’s Instant Messaging Now Available To All, Adds Support For Sharing Posts

    Last month, Tumblr rolled out instant messaging on the web, iOS and Android to a subset of Tumblr users ahead of a broader launch. Today, the company says that all users will now have access to this feature, which introduces a way to communicate directly with others on the service, in a private, chat-like interface. Originally, the product itself was fairly bare-bones – you could… Read More

  • WhatsApp Is Blocking Links To Rival App Telegram On Android

    WhatsApp Is Blocking Links To Rival App Telegram On Android

    Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp appears to have started deliberately blocking links to rival messaging app Telegram so users can’t share clickable Telegram-associated URLs in their chats. The URLs just appear as unlinked text. Read More

  • Messaging Apps And Revenge Of The Computer Science Nerd Crunch Network

    Messaging Apps And Revenge Of The Computer Science Nerd

    Early websites were simple HTML. They followed a pattern of a long-form equation, with perfectly balanced sides. There was no CSS to make the HTML code appear a three-dimensional hyperbole, which it is today. I hated CSS then, and I still do today. I feel that designers, whom I both love and hate, took over my web. They took over my simple long-form HTML code and poured it in to the boiling… Read More

  • Kibo iOS App Lets You Hide Messages In Your Messages

    Kibo iOS App Lets You Hide Messages In Your Messages

    Just when you thought the wonderful world of digital messaging couldn’t get any more rich and layered, along comes another app to prove there are more ideas in the digital sphere than can be contained within the average web user’s philosophy… Just don’t call Kibo a messaging app. Read More

  • Forget Apps, Now The Bots Take Over Crunch Network

    Forget Apps, Now The Bots Take Over

    As the number of mobile apps increases while the size of our mobile screens decreases, we’re reaching the limits of the mobile “OS + apps” paradigm. As an alternative, messaging apps are becoming the new platform, subsuming the role played by the mobile operating system. Just as websites replaced client applications, messaging bots will replace mobile apps. Bots, therefore… Read More

  • Formerly Known As Bolt, Charge Messenger Raises $1.7M Seed Round And Launches Web Client

    Formerly Known As Bolt, Charge Messenger Raises $1.7M Seed Round And Launches Web Client

    With messaging apps like WhatsApp, Line, and Viber fighting for growth around the world, is there room for smaller, newer players? Charge Messenger thinks so and to prove that point, it just announced $1.7 million in seed funding and a new web client that lets users sync chats on their iOS and Android devices to desktop. Read More

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