MESSAGING

  • Meerkat launches beta version for Android 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Meerkat has finally introduced a beta version of its app for the Android platform that will allow users to live-stream videos with a single touch of an on-screen button. The company had announced its plans to launch the Android version in April and on May 1, the Twitter-integrated messaging...
  • Anonymous-messaging app Secret shut down 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Anonymous messaging app- Secret- is shutting down after a year of going public and raising about $35 million in funding. Co-founder and CEO David Byttow said that he removed the Secret app from the App Store and the company is taking steps to permanently delete the content. The Secret app...
  • Viber crosses 40 million user mark in India April 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Instant messaging player Viber has crossed 40 million user mark in India- its largest user base globally. "We have crossed 40 million registered users, and India is now our biggest market. It's a key milestone for us and this is a clear sign of the surging popularity of the...
  • WhatsApp voice calling finally comes to iOS April 22, 2015

    New Delhi: WhatsApp's iOS users will finally be able to place calls over the Internet with the company's latest free calling feature which is now being extended to the Apple platform. Only a few weeks back, calling on WhatsApp was rolled out for the messaging app's Android users and now the...
  • Twitter now lets you receive DMs from anyone, even if you don't follow them April 21, 2015

    New Delhi: Twitter has tweaked its Direct Messages feature that will now allow you to send a one-to-one message to anyone without them having to follow you first. The new Direct Messages setting will make private conversations easier, without the need to go through the usual 'follow' profile rule. All you need...
  • WhatsApp now lets you backup conversations to Google Drive. Here's how you can do it April 19, 2015

    New Delhi: WhatsApp has rolled out an update to its Android app that lets you backup your conversations to Google Drive, a feature that had been long requested by users. While there already had been an offline conversation backup option, the online backup feature is more convenient. It is available...
  • WhatsApp reaches 800 million monthly active users milestone April 19, 2015

    New Delhi: WhatsApp has reached the 800 million monthly active users mark on Friday, retaining its position of being one of the largest platforms for messaging around the globe. CEO of the Facebook-owned messaging service, Jan Koum took to the social network to announce the news and clarified that active...
  • WhatsApp for Android gets a new look: 5 design changes in the restyled app April 17, 2015

    New Delhi: The WhatsApp for Android app has got a new design. While the redesigned app is not yet available to download from the Google Play store, you can get an early look at it by downloading the latest build (Version 2.12.41) of the app from the company's official site....
  • Apple Watch to include Line messaging app April 17, 2015

    Tokyo: Apple's highly anticipated smartwatch will feature a Line Messaging application, the system used on the iPhone, enabling the watch to receive new messages and reply with "stickers" and "emoticons", Line's spokesperson in Japan confirmed to Efe news agency on Thursday. The new Apple Watch, set to hit stores on April...
  • Did WhatsApp introduce a blink-and-you-miss-it feature? April 16, 2015

    The WhatsApp Android has just received a makeover that is congruent with Google's material design principles.The new WhatsApp for Android is currently available on the official WhatsApp website and is expected to roll out via Google Play soon.While much of the new features that the latest build of WhatsApp for...
  • Yahoo all set to launch its first mobile messaging app; likely to take on Skype, Snapchat, Meerkat April 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Under the leadership of Marissa Mayer, Yahoo is set to unveil its first major consumer product which is said to be a messaging app that would combine live videos and text. The app will pull elements from apps like Meerkat, YouNow, Skype, and Snapchat. A report on The...
  • Facebook tests new Messenger app feature that brings back 'away' status messages April 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Facebook has brought a new feature to its Messenger service for mobile that brings back the 'away' status option to let your friends know what were you doing when you were away from the device for a while. The feature, is a kind of away message that a user...
  • 2 women read the creepy messages they received in the 'Other' folder on Facebook April 15, 2015

    Have you ever checked the 'Other' message folder on Facebook? Irrespective of your gender you are like to find it filled with trash. Not very unlike the spam folder in your email account, this other folder is a cesspool of creeps, advertisements and just plain 'no idea what that was'. But...
  • WhatsApp for Android gets a new design, and here's how you can get it April 15, 2015

    New Delhi: Popular cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp is on an update spree. After introducing the much-awaited voice calling feature, WhatsApp has now revamped the app for Android with a new design. The latest WhatsApp build (Version 2.12.41) that brings with it a new layout design and fresh icons, among other...
  • Reliance Jio launches Jio Chat, a full-featured messaging and calling app April 10, 2015

    New Delhi: Reliance Industries Limited's telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm has launched its own instant messaging and calling application Jio Chat. "With Jio Chat, you not only get to chat with your near ones but also have video and audio conferencing with them. You can also chat in groups, enjoy the...
  • Messaging app Line set to re-file for IPO this year April 2, 2015

    Tokyo: Line, the popular messaging app launched in the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, is set for an initial public offering as early as this year, a report said Thursday, after shelving plans for a listing in 2014. The leading Nikkei business daily reported that the company has applied to...
  • WhatsApp to soon roll out video calling with Meerkat-like live streaming abilities April 1, 2015

    New Delhi: Amidst plans to roll out the much talked-about free voice calling feature to iPhones, WhatsApp is reported to be parallelly working on introducing video calls on its immensely popular instant messaging app. The plans to bring video calling to WhatsApp are still in its closed alpha stage and it...
  • China begins crackdown on sexually explicit content on WeChat March 26, 2015

    Beijing: China's Internet regulator issued on Wednesday new guidelines prohibiting sexual and vulgar content on Tencent Holdings Ltd's popular messaging app, the latest step in the agency's perennial campaign to clean up China's Internet. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said sexually explicit pictures and text, including nude photos and erotic...
  • Line app hopes cute factor will help accelerate global usage growth March 19, 2015

    Seoul: Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty: Move over. And make way for laidback Brown bear and his irrepressible girlfriend Cony the bunny. Once just digital stickers that users of mobile messaging app Line send to each other like emoticons, the bear, the bunny and their seven friends will soon be unleashed through...
  • Free WhatsApp voice calling: How to get it on your phone in 2 easy steps March 14, 2015

    New Delhi: The voice calling feature that WhatsApp had been teasing and testing for some time now is finally going mainstream. The WhatsApp voice calling feature is enabled in the latest build of the WhatsApp Messenger that is now available for download for Android devices on Google Play (version 2.11.561)....
  • Barack Obama says doesn't text, tweet, or have a smart phone that records March 13, 2015

    Los Angeles: US President Barack Obama doesn't send text messages, rarely composes his own tweets, and isn't allowed to have a smart phone that contains a recording device, he said on Thursday. And don't ask him for Hillary Clinton's email address. He won't give it to you. "I do not physically tweet...
  • Alibaba to invest $200 million in photo-messaging app Snapchat: Source March 13, 2015

    Bloomberg: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is investing $200 million in photo-messaging app Snapchat, a source familiar with the deal said, striking its latest Silicon Valley deal as the Chinese ecommerce company builds up mobile services. The investment values the company at around $15 billion, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with...
  • Judge orders suspension of WhatsApp in Brazil February 27, 2015

    Sao Paulo: A judge says he has ordered the suspension of the globally popular instant messaging system WhatsApp across Brazil because it has allegedly failed to help in an investigation. Judge Luiz de Moura Correia ordered the suspension earlier this month, though the service has continued to operate normally. The newspaper...
  • Goodbye GTalk: Google to shut down Google Talk Windows app today February 16, 2015

    New Delhi: The much-used Google Talk application for Windows (also referred to as GTalk or GChat), that had been ignored by Google for quite some time now, is finally shutting shop. Google had been alerting users that the Google Talk app for Windows will stop working on February 16, 2014....
  • Hike Messenger rolls out free voice calling for Android January 28, 2015

    New Delhi: Home-grown chat application firm Hike Messenger has rolled out free voice-calling Hike Calls, a company statement said Wednesday. The introduction of this feature will allow its users to call each other for free, over 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi and across the globe in over 200 countries. The introduction of...
  • WhatsApp comes to the desktop; only on Google Chrome to begin with January 22, 2015

    New Delhi: A piece of news that many WhatsApp users have been eagerly waiting for quite some time is finally here. WhatsApp is now officially available on your Web browser, a feature that many competing instant messaging services already have. Though the WhatsApp roll out for desktop comes with a caveat...
  • WhatsApp, iMessage, Snapchat could be banned in the UK under new surveillance plans January 14, 2015

    New Delhi: Messaging apps like WhatsApp, iMessage, Snapchat and Telegram could face a ban in Britain as PM David Cameron aims to stop the use of encrypted communication services in his battle against terror. Cameron vows to introduce a legislation to provide intelligence agencies a legal framework to crack down on...
  • BlackBerry announces BBM for Android Wear; coming soon January 8, 2015

    New Delhi: BlackBerry has announced at the 2015 International CES that BBM will be available on wearable technologies for a wide range of Android Wear smartwatches. Through Android Wear smartwatches, BBM users will be able to access their BBM messages directly on their smartwatch without the need to reach for their...
  • A new app that lets you delete sent messages, photos January 4, 2015

    Washington: If you have sent some inappropriate text messages to your friend and want to delete it from his/her device permanently, a new app called Strings could help you do so. The app has been developed by Be Labs, a Seattle-based tech firm. It gives users complete control over their personal...
  • Tech in 2014: The year of nothing December 22, 2014

    2014 has been a happening year. In politics, in sports, in cinema and elsewhere. But not in consumer technology. The year has almost passed by, and we are still waiting for something that we can remember the year by. Though we saw a lot of new products coming, new categories emerging...