SMS

  • Facebook Tests SMS Integration In Messenger, Launches Support For Multiple Accounts

    Facebook Tests SMS Integration In Messenger, Launches Support For Multiple Accounts

    Facebook says it’s testing a way for users to receive, read and respond to their SMS-based conversations in its Messenger application for mobile devices. The feature, which would be optional if broadly rolled out, could help to shift users away from their default texting application and see them increasing their time spent Facebook Messenger instead. Also new is added support for… Read More

  • Google Wants To Text Message You With Holiday Shopping Deals

    Google Wants To Text Message You With Holiday Shopping Deals

    A number of startups emerged this year to offer consumers an easier way to shop: instead of immersive, e-commerce experiences, companies like Magic, Operator, Fetch, GoButler, and others, including Facebook, are testing out messaging-based virtual assistants that help you buy nearly anything from airline tickets to dinner reservations, to great gifts, and more. Now Google is getting in on… Read More

  • Walmart Simple Text Could Be Walmart’s Version Of Magic

    One of the very cool things about hackathons is that you learn what type of technology that people are really using. We’re all wondering what the hot “trends” are going to be at one of these things. At the Disrupt Hackathon, we’re learning quite a bit. An early trend is SMS. Surprise! There’s Magic, Facebook M, Operator and now Walmart Simple Text. The latter is… Read More

  • YC-Backed Outbound Helps Businesses Message Customers Over Both Email And Mobile

    YC-Backed Outbound Helps Businesses Message Customers Over Both Email And Mobile

    With the shift to mobile devices, businesses today have a need to reach their customers wherever they are – and that includes marketing to their customers outside of email alone. A Y Combinator-backed startup called Outbound wants to help today’s marketers run campaigns that go beyond just tracking “opens and clicks,” and can also reach customers using… Read More

  • Blinq Enhances Your Favorite Messaging Applications With Extra Information

    Blinq Enhances Your Favorite Messaging Applications With Extra Information

    A new mobile application called Blinq is launching today into public beta to add a layer of contextual information to your favorite mobile messaging applications. Founder Yossi Ghinsberg, who’s better known for his adventures in the Amazon (not Amazon.com, but the actual unchartered wilderness), described Blinq as “more of a hack than an app,” saying that people are tired… Read More

  • Tinder Spammers Move To SMS After Improvements To Dating App’s Security

    Tinder Spammers Move To SMS After Improvements To Dating App’s Security

    Dating app Tinder for a long time had been flooded with spam bots – fake accounts that flirt with users in order to redirect them to adult sites, and yes, take their money. This summer, security firm Symantec detailed the spam bot problem, and later, Tinder addressed the issue with a technical update. That update, it appears, was effective at cutting down the in-app spam. However, it… Read More

  • The Tech Behind 50 Cent’s New SMS Audio Fitness Tracking Earbuds

    The Tech Behind 50 Cent’s New SMS Audio Fitness Tracking Earbuds

    50 Cent’s SMS Audio is holding an event in NYC tonight, but the cat’s out of the bag: the product to be unveiled is a new fitness tracking in-ear headset, which is entirely Intel inside – the technology used was originally developed by Indira Negi, an Intel engineer who created Intel’s smart earbuds reference design, which is what the SMS Audio product will basically… Read More

  • Tawkers Launches An App For Publishing Your Texts

    Tawkers Launches An App For Publishing Your Texts

    New York-based startup Tawkers has launched a new iPhone app that lets users publish their texts to its platform and creates a public forum for text-based conversations from your cell phone. Let’s say you and a friend were texting each other about this geopolitical train wreck, and that you happened to be a senior analyst of Russian foreign policy at a major university, you might think… Read More

  • Red Hot Remind101 Gets $15M From John Doerr To Bring Free, Secure Text Messaging To Teachers

    Red Hot Remind101 Gets $15M From John Doerr To Bring Free, Secure Text Messaging To Teachers

    Brothers Brett and David Kopf launched Remind101 out of Imagine K12 in late 2011 to tackle what they saw as one of the key problems in primary education: The lack of simple, user-friendly tools that help teachers better communicate with both students — and their parental units. Today, in spite of how critical effective communication is within the K-12 learning equation, schools continue… Read More