Messaging

  • How the single-message 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 Francisco-based 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...
  • After beating Google, Korea's Naver goes global with messaging app Line July 7, 2014

    Seoul: The billionaire founder of web portal operator Naver Corp beat back Google Inc to leave South Korea one of few countries where the US search engine does not dominate. Now, Lee Hae-jin is stepping onto the world stage with Line, a messaging app developed by a subsidiary in Japan to...
  • Intel launches Pocket Avatars messaging app that caricatures a sender's expressions June 20, 2014

    San Francisco: Intel is getting into voice instant messaging with a smartphone app that uses facial tracking technology to caricature a sender's expressions. Pocket Avatars was launched on Thursday by Mike Bell, an Intel senior executive whose job is to make sure the world's largest semiconductor maker is at the front...
  • Line app urges password changes as Japan probes hacking June 19, 2014

    Tokyo: Smartphone messenger application Line, which has hundreds of millions of users across Asia, was urging people to change their passwords on Thursday as Japanese police investigated the hacking of hundreds of accounts. At least 303 cases of unauthorised access were confirmed between late May and June 14, including three that...
  • Messaging app Hike crosses 20 million users June 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Bharti SoftBank's free instant messaging application 'Hike' has crossed 20 million users mark, with 5 million added during the last three months. Bharti SoftBank (BSB) is a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Japan-based mobile communication and broadband services firm Softbank. The application, which was launched globally in December 2012,...
  • Here's how text messages can help control diabetes June 15, 2014

    New York: The unsolicited text messages that ask you every day to buy a flat or visit a massage parlour must have irritated you a lot, but if efficiently used, the short text messages also have the potential to help control diabetes. A text message-based self-management intervention improves glycemic control in...
  • Pope to World Cup: Overcome racism, greed in sport June 12, 2014

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has a message for the World Cup: Let football be a showcase for teamwork and solidarity, not an exhibition of racism and greed. The Argentine-born, football-loving pope recorded a video message that will be broadcast on Brazilian television ahead of Thursday's opening match between Brazil and...
  • DGP gets life threat, told CM will be killed if anti-Naxal operations continue May 29, 2014

    A few persons have been detained for interrogation after Jharkhand Police Rajeev Kumar received a threat SMS, warning him to stop anti-naxal operations or he will be eliminated along with Chief Minister Hemant Soren. "I have received the SMS (stating) 'stop (anti)naxal operation or I kill U and ur CM Hemant...
  • China to crackdown on messaging app WeChat May 27, 2014

    Beijing: China will begin a month-long crackdown on Tencent Holdings Ltd.'s popular WeChat messaging application, state media reported on Tuesday, the latest in a series of curbs on online freedom of expression. WeChat, whose Chinese name means "micromessage", has quickly become a news source for savvy mobile users in China, where...
  • PM Narendra Modi's first message to the country after assuming office June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Narendrabhai Damodardas Modi- the man who led the NDA to a landslide victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections took oath as the 15th Prime Minister of India on Monday. After assuming office as the PM, he reached out to the country with a message he posted on...
  • Yahoo buys Snapchat-like messaging app Blink May 14, 2014

    Bangalore: Yahoo Inc has bought Blink, a mobile messaging startup that lets users send messages that self-destruct and control who sees their messages and for how long. The deal comes just days after rival messaging startup Snapchat settled charges with US regulators that accused it of deceiving consumers by promising that...
  • EC examining Modi's video message, says DEC Vinod Zutshi May 12, 2014

    The Election Commission on Monday said it was examining complaints that BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi violated electoral laws by delivering a video message to voters when polling was underway in 41 constituencies, including Varanasi. "Yes, there was a complaint... The matter is under examination," Deputy EC Vinod Zutshi told...
  • Snapchat deceived customers, says US Federal Trade Commission May 9, 2014

    New York: Snapchat has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service and that it collected users' contacts without telling them or asking permission. Snapchat is a popular mobile messaging app that lets people send...
  • Chadder: John McAfee launches encrypted messaging app; available for Android, Windows Phone May 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee has launched a free private messaging app Chadder that allows anyone to send private encrypted messages. Chadder is claimed to keep your information safe by using key server encryption. When you send a message, all Chadder can see is the encrypted text. No...
  • Messaging app WeChat offers free 1GB cloud storage to users May 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Instant messaging app WeChat has started offering 1 GB cloud storage free to users to help them store documents, pictures and videos. Users of WeChat, which is operated by Chinese firm Tencent, can access the 'Favourite' option on their...
  • Snapchat finally allows users to chat May 2, 2014

    San Francisco: Snapchat is adding a chat feature to its ephemeral messaging service. Despite its name, the Snapchat app has never offered real-time conversation - until now. Previously, users were only able to send each other photos and videos that self-destruct a few seconds after they are viewed. The Los Angeles startup...
  • WhatsApp crosses half-a-billion user mark April 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Instant messaging app WhatsApp has crossed the half-a-billion user mark on the back of strong growth in emerging markets like India and Brazil. The company, which was acquired by social networking giant Facebook in February this year for $19 billion, was founded in 2009...
  • Samsung's messaging app ChatOn now available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone April 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Samsung Electronics launched 'ChatON Version 3.5', a free messaging application, across all major mobile platforms - Android, iOS, Windows and Blackberry - with largest file sharing capacity of 1 gigabyte. "ChatON Version 3.5 is available on all major operating systems-- Android, Apple's iOS, Windows...
  • Messaging app Viber targets 30 million users in India by year-end April 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Considering India as one of its priority markets, Viber - provider of mobile application that allows free voice calls and text messaging - is aiming to increase its user base here to 30 million by December. The company which entered India last November has...
  • Facebook to require separate mobile app for sending and receiving messages April 10, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook Inc will no longer let users send and receive private messages within its main smartphone app, and will require that users install a separate messaging app, the Internet company said on Wednesday. Facebook began notifying users in France, England and several other European countries on Wednesday that beginning...
  • CPI moves EC against pro-Modi WhatsApp msg,calls them communal April 8, 2014

    CPI on Tuesday asked the Election Commission to take urgent steps to stop 'WhatsApp' messages carrying "communal" content and seeking votes for BJP and Narendra Modi. In a letter to the poll panel, party National Secretary Amarjit Kaur said these "communal messages on WhatsApp are also being propagated with impunity for...
  • FireChat app now comes to Android; lets users chat even without Internet connection April 4, 2014

    San Francisco: A new mobile messaging application called FireChat is empowering nearby smartphone users to stay in touch even when there's no cellular service or Internet connection. In just two weeks since its release on the iPhone, FireChat already has provided a flicker of hope for people pining for more effective,...
  • Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba invests $280 million in messaging app Tango March 20, 2014

    San Francisco: Tango, the mobile messaging app-maker, announced Wednesday it has raised $280 million in a new funding round led by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. By almost any measure, the investment amounted to a staggering sum for a mobile app developer. The deal, which came one month after...
  • 'To teach boyfriend a lesson, my uncle sent threat SMS to DM using phone he gifted me' March 15, 2014

    At least three people, including a girl, have been detained in Patna for threatening to blow up the Bodh Gaya and Vishnupad temples in Gaya district, police said on Saturday. Police detained Sunny, Rakesh and a 19-year-old girl from Ranipur-Rasulpur locality in Patna late on Friday, Senior Superintendent of Police Manu...
  • Legal action against those sending objectionable messages on cellphones during polls March 14, 2014

    Legal action will be taken against those who send objectionable or provocative messages on mobile phone during electioneering. "A helpline for informing authorities about objectionable messages has been started and swift action on complaints will be taken in view of the Model Code of Conduct ahead of the Lok Sabha elections,"...
  • WhatsApp update to hide 'last seen at' timestamp now available on Google Play March 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, that is now being acquired by Facebook, has included a much-requested feature - the ability to hide the 'last seen at' timestamp. This feature was previously available only on the WhatsApp application downloaded from its official website but wansn't rolled out on Google...
  • Halt Facebook-WhatsApp deal, privacy groups ask regulators March 7, 2014

    San Francisco: Privacy advocates have asked US regulators to halt Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp until there is a clearer understanding of how the company intends to use the personal data of WhatsApp's 450 million users. WhatsApp, a service that allows mobile phone users to send each other...
  • BBM to soon let users share photos in multi-person chats, send files up to 16MB in size March 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Bringing new features and improvements to BBM, BlackBerry has now announced that BBM will soon support photo sharing in multi-person chats. This comes as an addition to existing sharing options that exist in multi-person chats - sending voice notes, sharing your location powered by Glympse, and sending...