messaging

  • You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat

    You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat

    PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning. The deeper integration with Messenger’s platform, which will also include PayPal’s first customer service bot for handling customer questions and requests for help, follows a series of tie-ups between the two companies. Last year… Read More

  • Cortana will now interrupt your Skype chats

    Cortana will now interrupt your Skype chats

    Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana has finally arrived in Skype. Announced at last year’s Microsoft Build 2016 event, the assistant’s integration was also previewed when the company released an overhauled, Snapchat-inspired version of its mobile messaging app this summer. But Cortana for Skype wasn’t ready at that time. Now, the feature is live, offering users… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Amazon’s New High-End Echo

    Amazon reveals its high-end Echo, MIT’s CSAIL developed a robot that can wear different exoskeletons, Ford and Lyft tie the knot and Delta gives people free messaging on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and iMessage on flights. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Chatbot startup founder sees Southeast Asia potential despite slow start worldwide

    Chatbot startup founder sees Southeast Asia potential despite slow start worldwide

    Chatbots may have underwhelmed thus far, but the impact of the technology still has bags of potential in international markets where mobile messaging has been mainstream for years. That’s the view of one startup that’s working to bring the benefit of bots to the mainstream in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country and the largest economy in the growing region… Read More

  • Echo’s messaging service may add support for SMS texts from your own ‘Alexa number’

    Echo’s messaging service may add support for SMS texts from your own ‘Alexa number’

    Amazon appears to be planning an expansion of Alexa’s existing messaging capabilities to support sending SMS text messages to friends using your Echo device or Alexa app. That means Echo users could then text anyone using voice commands, not only other Echo owners. According to code found in the Amazon Alexa app, there are references to a new type of phone number – referred to… Read More

  • Mark Cuban behind new blockchain messaging platform

    Mark Cuban behind new blockchain messaging platform

    Entrepreneur and investor Mark Cuban has been advising chat app Dust for the past few years. And now, Radical App, the group that oversees Dust, is adding two more properties. The team will be releasing its Mercury Protocol blockchain messaging technology by the end of next month, and will be introducing Broadcast, a social media platform that targets online harassment. Read More

  • Younger consumers use two or more apps for streaming music, mobile messaging, says Nielsen

    Younger consumers use two or more apps for streaming music, mobile messaging, says Nielsen

    Millennials’ reputation for a lack of brand loyalty extends to digital services, according to a new report out from Nielsen this morning. The measurement firm’s latest study looks into how the generation consisting of 18- to 34-year-olds uses communication apps and streaming music services, among other things. Read More

  • Google Allo arrives on the web, only pairs with Android phones at launch

    Google Allo arrives on the web, only pairs with Android phones at launch

    Google’s consumer-facing chat application Allo, a successor of sorts to Gchat, is today available on the web for desktop users. The service, which lets you chat with friends while taking advantage of features like stickers, “smart replies” for one-tap responses, and Google Assistant integration, among other things, has been in the works for some time. In February 2017, Google… Read More

  • Viber acquires Chatter Commerce, the startup behind its shopping keyboard

    Viber acquires Chatter Commerce, the startup behind its shopping keyboard

    Messaging app Viber earlier this year made its first foray into shopping services with Instant Shopping, a feature that lets you search for items for sale via a keyboard when you have the messaging app open. Today, the company is announcing some more e-commerce related news: it’s buying the startup that helped build that feature. Viber has acquired Chatter Commerce, maker of a… Read More

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