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Messenger Kids rolls out passphrases so kids can initiate friend requests themselves

Facebook is making it easier for kids to add their friends on its under-13 chat app, Messenger Kids. Starting today, the company is rolling out a new feature that will allow kids to request parents&#8

Messenger Kids launches in Mexico

Messenger Kids, Facebook’s parent-controlled messaging app that lets kids text, call, video chat, and use face filters, has now arrived in Mexico. The launch follows Messenger Kids’ recent

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 c

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 k

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 mobi

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 o

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,

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 Sp

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 f

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 la

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 S

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.

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,

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 broadl

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

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 simp

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 h

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, a

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 <i>Injury Prevention</i>, one in three walkers will wan

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-defunc
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