MESSAGING

  • A new ephemeral photo-messaging app that blurs your image when someone tries to take a screenshot 2 days ago

    Washington: A new photo sharing app called Yovo protects your pictures and messages from screenshots. Developed by a privacy software company called ContentGuard, the iOS-enabled app uses a common optical illusion to make your sent snaps a lot harder for the receiver to screenshot. The photo-messaging app allows you to capture photos,...
  • Messaging app Line reaches 30 million users in India; to partner game developers 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Messaging app Line today said it has touched the 30 million userbase milestone in India and is on track to reach the 50 million-mark by the year end. The Japanese company, which has over 560 million users globally, had launched its services in India in May last year. "We make...
  • Skype Qik: Microsoft launches new video messaging app; available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone 1 week ago

    New York: Microsoft-owned Skype unveiled a new app enabling users to send short video messages to stay "connected between calls." The smartphone app called Skype Qik allows users to create and send videos up to 42 seconds long. The new service seeks to help Microsoft catch up to rivals in the...
  • Facebook has no near-term plan to make money from WhatsApp: Mark Zuckerberg October 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook, which closed its acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Monday, has no near-term plan to make money from the service, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday. Zuckerberg, who is visiting India to participate in an event to boost Internet usage, did not give details. Facebook's final WhatsApp...
  • Facebook may launch a new anonymous messaging app October 8, 2014

    New York: Facebook is reportedly working to launch an app that gives users an option to share posts anonymously with one another. The standalone app may also have health-focused features to connect users suffering from the same illnesses to create a kind of support network, New York Times reported. According to the...
  • Yahoo plans to invest in messaging app Snapchat: Report October 4, 2014

    Bangalore: Yahoo plans to invest a part of the proceeds from the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd stake sale in mobile app Snapchat, which lets users send messages that disappear after a few seconds, the Wall Street Journal said. Yahoo and Snapchat held talks that are expected to lead to an investment...
  • Google plans to launch new mobile chat app; aims to take on WhatsApp, Line October 3, 2014

    Mumbai: Software giant Google plans to launch a mobile messaging app it is likely to test in India and other emerging markets, the Economic Times newspaper reported on Friday, citing sources. The daily said Google was in the early stages of development of the app, which will not make it mandatory...
  • Talko messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones September 23, 2014

    San Francisco: Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media posts instead of calling each other. "When you see nothing but words...
  • China shuts around 1.8 million accounts in pornography crackdown: Report September 20, 2014

    Beijing: China's Cyperspace Administration has closed nearly 1.8 million accounts on social networking and instant messaging services since it launched its antipornography campaign in April, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday. The campaign has been focused on shutting down websites showing pornography and services used to solicit prostitution. Most of the...
  • Serverless, anonymous chat client BitTorrent Bleep now available for Android, Mac September 18, 2014

    New Delhi: BitTorrent is fast expanding its Bleep P2P messaging platform, that it first launched in July this year as an inviteonly prealpha release for Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. In the first major update since its launch, Bleep is now publicly available for users to try it...
  • Google Voice integrated into Hangouts messaging app; allows users to make free voice calls September 11, 2014

    San Francisco: Google began letting people use its Hangouts message application for mobile devices to make free or lowcost voice calls over the Internet. "Hangouts already makes it easy to send a quick message, or start a group video chat," Google product manager Amit Fulay said in a blog post. "But, sometimes...
  • Stranded people use CNN IBN's camera to reach out to their family September 9, 2014

    CNNIBN helps people stranded in Jammu and Kashmir to reach out to their friends and family. ...
  • People stranded passes their message to family September 9, 2014

    CNNIBN helps people stranded in Jammu and Kashmir to reach out to their friends and family. ...
  • CNNIBN commutes stranded people's messages to their family September 9, 2014

    CNNIBN helps people stranded in Jammu and Kashmir to reach out to their friends and family. ...
  • CNNIBN helps stranded tourist to reach out to her family September 9, 2014

    CNNIBN helps people stranded in Jammu and Kashmir to reach out to their friends and family. ...
  • 'Telepathy' experiment sends 1st mental message from India to France September 5, 2014

    Washington: For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, thousands of miles apart in India and France. Research led by experts at Harvard University shows technology can be used to transmit information from one...
  • WhatsApp to soon launch free voice calling feature: Reports September 1, 2014

    New York: If media reports are to be believed, mobile messaging service WhatsApp is set to launch a free voice calling feature for its 600 million active users. Recent changes in the interface of the app suggests the feature is coming soon. "The leaked images of the upcoming user interface shows that...
  • Facebook tries to assuage Messenger app privacy fears with a 'Get the Facts' clarification August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Even though the widespread privacy concerns about Facebook's Messenger app did not deter over 500 million from downloading the app from Google Play, Facebook has issued a 'Get the Facts' clarification to assuage some of its users' concerns. Facebook is now pushing an alert to users that directs them...
  • Watch: Actor Robin Williams' message of hope to a terminally ill woman will bring a lump to your throat August 19, 2014

    Robin Williams, who committed suicide last week, was an actor who brought warmth to audiences across the world. A few months ago, Williams sent a short video message to a 21yearold cancer patient from New Zealand. Vivian Waller had listed "meet Robin Williams" in her Bucket List.In his signature style,...
  • Facebook's Messenger app gets poor reviews from users August 15, 2014

    New York: The newly launched Facebook Messenger app has received poor reviews from its users, with most criticising the popular social networking site for forcing them to download a separate app to access their messages. The Messenger app has received nearly 50,000 reviews with a rating of one star across all...
  • Facebook's messenger app and privacy: 5 things you must know August 12, 2014

    New York: Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacyconcerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive. One blog from the Huffington Post published in December has gone viral, making the rounds on the social network recently because...
  • Facebook Messenger app's terms of service may scare you, but is nothing new August 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook is cajoling its users to install its new Messenger app and soon the company intends to leave users with no option but install the app if they want to continue to use the feature on their smartphones. Amidst this, a months old post from Huffington Post is...
  • Your Facebook messages will soon disappear from the mobile app. Here's how you can retrieve them August 9, 2014

    New York: Smartphone users will soon see their messages disappear from the main Facebook app to the new Facebook messenger. The change will take place in coming weeks, Mashable reported. Users have already started noticing the change, but it will not affect all of Facebook's mobile users. Only iPhone and Android users...
  • China to block Line, Kakao and other messaging apps as an antiterror measure August 7, 2014

    Seoul: China has confirmed its decision to block popular foreign messaging services like Kakao and Line as an antiterrorist measure, South Korean authorities said Thursday. The messaging apps have been disrupted since July 1, triggering queries from the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning in Seoul. KakaoTalk is operated by South...
  • BlackBerry finally brings BBM to Windows Phone August 1, 2014

    Toronto: BlackBerry said on Thursday its popular messaging system BBM, or BlackBerry Messenger, would now be open to those using the Windows Phone platform, a move that potentially makes the messaging service more appealing to its enterprise clients. BlackBerry, which is seeking to reinvent itself as a more software and services...
  • BitTorrent unveils Bleep, a serverless messaging platform July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: BitTorrent has unveiled its P2P messaging platform BitTorrent Bleep. The prealpha release of the serverless chat client will be initially available to selected users on Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. In a post on the official BitTorrent blog, Jaehee Lee, senior product manager, explained the reasons...
  • Instagram launches new messaging app Bolt, lets users tap once to send a photo and long press to send a video July 30, 2014

    New York: Social network Instagram has launched its messaging app called Bolt which makes sending visuals easy. The easy to use app allows you to tap once to send a photo and long press to send a video. Undoing a send is done by shaking your phone. For now, Bolt is...
  • How the singlemessage app 'Yo' found fame and fortune July 19, 2014

    San Francisco: A messaging app that allows users to send the word "Yo" to friends has discovered newfound fame and fortune. San Franciscobased startup Yo, which got its start in Tel Aviv and moved to California after becoming a hit in Israel, boasted new backers on Friday as reports estimated its...
  • Messaging app Line files for IPO valued over $10 billion: Source July 15, 2014

    Tokyo: Japanese messaging app operator Line Corp applied for an initial public offering (IPO) valued at over 1 trillion yen ($9.85 billion) around two weeks ago at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, a person with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday. Line, owned by South Korea's Naver Corp, has hired Nomura...
  • Text messages can help reduce binge drinking in youth July 13, 2014

    Washington: Text messages can motivate young adults to reduce their binge drinking by more than 50 per cent, according to a new study. Young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more than 50 per cent after receiving mobile phone text...