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  • 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

  • You can text SFMOMA and it will respond with art on demand

    You can text SFMOMA and it will respond with art on demand

    Here’s a cool trick for art fans. You can text San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art at 572-51 and it will respond with a piece of art from its collection. Send Me SFMOMA lets you send a keyword and get back a piece of art that matches that word. You can send colors, subjects, moods and even emojis. The service is powered by SFMOMA’s Collection API, which has data on all of… Read More

  • Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta

    Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta

    Distracted driving has become a national safety crisis because of the rise of smartphones. With the release of iOS 11’s latest beta on Wednesday, testers can now get their hands on one of the new mobile operating system’s most important — if not most glamorous — new features: a long-needed “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode. Read More

  • Microsoft launches ‘Who’s In,’ a social event planning app for iMessage

    Microsoft launches ‘Who’s In,’ a social event planning app for iMessage

    Microsoft’s name isn’t exactly synonymous with social networking, though that hasn’t stopped the company from finding angles into this space – generally, with more of a focus on the business side of socializing, as with its LinkedIn and Yammer acquisitions. It’s own efforts in social, meanwhile, have failed, as with last month’s shuttering of its social… Read More

  • Listen makes phone numbers smarter with auto-responders, muting, reminders and more

    Listen makes phone numbers smarter with auto-responders, muting, reminders and more

    A new mobile application called Listen wants to make phone numbers smarter by giving you more control over who’s texting and calling, thanks to a variety of features like whitelists, reminders, auto-responders, mute buttons and more. The idea, explains the company, is to offer one “inbox” for everything that comes in via your phone number. The end result is a number you can… Read More

  • Google brings RCS, the next-gen upgrade to SMS, to Android phones on Sprint

    Google brings RCS, the next-gen upgrade to SMS, to Android phones on Sprint

    As promised earlier this year, Google is bringing RCS – Rich Communications Service, an upgrade to the SMS standard – to Android devices. Its first carrier partner on the initiative is Sprint, which is rolling out RCS messaging to its customers with Android devices, starting today. Once enabled, RCS will offer Android users an enhanced messaging experience over SMS, with features… 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

  • Shine is rolling out on-demand life coaching via text message

    Shine is rolling out on-demand life coaching via text message

    A startup called Shine is rolling out a new service offering on-demand life coaching via text messages as a paid tier to its free, daily texting service. While a number of today’s chatbots and SMS-based concierge services have been focused on helping people shop via text message, Shine to date has instead focused on helping you become a better person. Through automated texts… Read More

  • On Facebook gunning to go “all video”

    On Facebook gunning to go “all video”

    Reminder: Facebook is continuing to promote video content on its primary platform at the expense of the written word. Read More

  • No More Voicemail is an app that kills voicemail so callers have to text you instead

    No More Voicemail is an app that kills voicemail so callers have to text you instead

    Voicemail is so last century. The idea of phoning someone then leaving a rambling message when they don’t pick up seems decidedly antiquated in the age of instant connectivity, where friends, family, colleagues and others can be easily reached with a text. Voicemail is so over, in fact, that large corporations like JP Morgan and Coca-Cola have ditched the service entirely. If only… Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Pop Launches An App That Makes Video Chat As Easy As SMS

    Pop Launches An App That Makes Video Chat As Easy As SMS

    A new video messaging app, Pop, founded by Josh Nguyen, who previously ran product at both Tumblr and Flickr, is launching today to make video messages as easy to send as traditional SMS. Using a simple, one-screen interface, Pop connects with your phone’s address book and lets you send out a short video with just a tap, even allowing you to add colorful filters on top of the message… 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

  • MightyText, “The iMessage for Android,” Targets iCloud With New Cross-Device Photo And Video Sync

    MightyText, “The iMessage for Android,” Targets iCloud With New Cross-Device Photo And Video Sync

    Today, our lives are spread across a growing array of digital devices, from smartphones and laptops to tablets and connected TVs. While each device tends to perform certain tasks better than others, as we use tablets to read books and shop, laptops for work-related tasks and smartphones to check the weather, stocks and email, increasingly, our devices are working together in concert and… Read More

  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Text And Walk: Distracted Walking Is On The Rise

    Friends Don’t Let Friends Text And Walk: Distracted Walking Is On The Rise

    In this season of mall-going and power-shopping, it behooves us to remember that texting and walking don’t mix. In fact, according to a study in Injury Prevention, one in three walkers will wander into crosswalks, down sidewalks, and in crowds while looking at their phones, resulting in some of the 4,000 pedestrian fatalities that occur each year. Read More

  • Ex-Googlers Launch MightyText, An iMessage For Android Users

    Ex-Googlers Launch MightyText, An iMessage For Android Users

    During their lengthy careers at Google in both senior technical and product management roles, Maneesh Arora and Amit Sangani were able to geek out on products like AdSense, AdWords, and the now-defunct Google Health. Arora tells us that, while his time at Google was defined by smart people and ambitious ideas like these, in development there was often a tendency to “over… Read More

  • Sonalight Lets Android Users Text While Driving Without Touching A Phone

    Sonalight Lets Android Users Text While Driving Without Touching A Phone

    Android users finally have a way to show up their iPhone-toting, Siri-using counterparts. With Sonalight Text by Voice, a new Y Combinator-backed startup, you can perform entirely hands-free texting. And by hands-free, I mean you don’t have to push a button, tap the screen, or perform any other actions that would require you to take your hands off the wheel. Yes, that’s right… Read More

  • U.S. Teens Triple Data Usage

    U.S. Teens Triple Data Usage

    Nielsen is reporting today that teens have more than tripled mobile data consumption and also continue to hold top spot as the most engaged mobile messaging segment. The report states that “In the third quarter of 2011, teens age 13-17 used an average of 320 MB of data per month on their phones, increasing 256 percent over last year and growing at a rate faster than any other age… Read More

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