MESSAGING

  • Teenagers spend more time on WhatsApp than Facebook: Study 15 hours 45 minutes ago

    New York: A study involving 1,70,000 internet users across 32 countries has found that more and more teenagers are spending more time on instant messaging apps than on Facebook. Nearly 66 per cent of teenagers (aged 16-19) in the US and Britain said they were using Facebook less frequently. While the teenagers...
  • India-made messaging app Catch It to go global 19 hours 36 minutes ago

    Singapore: "Catch It" will be the first India-made app to be marketed globally, its Gurgaon-based producer said. Catch It, which enables users to share images, videos, contacts other communications, was among the six finalist apps in the first SingTel Group-Samsung Regional Mobile App Challenge announced yesterday. "Catch It is designed for the...
  • WhatsApp begins end-to-end encryption for all messages November 19, 2014

    San Francisco: WhatsApp, the globally popular instant messaging system owned by Facebook, has begun using a powerful new encryption program aimed at protecting users' conversations from unwanted surveillance and snooping. The messaging service, which has 600 million users and is especially popular in Europe and Asia, added the new encryption to...
  • WhatsApp now lets users disable 'blue check marks' read receipt feature November 17, 2014

    New Delhi: After receiving flak for its newly introduced 'read receipts' feature from users around the world, WhatsApp has now updated the app with a new setting that lets users disable the feature - giving some a sense of relief. The updated WhatsApp app is not available on Google Play...
  • A new messaging app that lets your friends see what you're typing as you type it November 16, 2014

    Toronto: Imagine if you could read as your girlfriend types, deletes or rewrites a reply to your message. With this new app, there is no hiding the emotions that you pour into your messages. Known as Beam Messenger, "this is the closest you will get to having a verbal conversation in...
  • Google launches standalone Messenger app for Android November 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Google has released its new standalone messaging app for Android. Messenger from Google is a communications app that helps users send/receive SMS and MMS messages to/from any phone. Users can also send group texts as well as pictures, videos and audio messages to contacts. Messenger is supported on devices...
  • Twitter considers creating new mobile apps, improving messaging November 13, 2014

    San Francisco: Twitter is considering creating additional mobile applications beyond its core messaging service and ways of making it easier for newcomers to use its service, as it vies with Facebook Inc and other social media for smartphone users. Shares of Twitter were up more than 6 per cent at $42.14...
  • Facebook Messenger userbase reaches 500 million per month November 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Social networking giant Facebook, which has over 1.3 billion users globally, now has about 500 million people using the messenger service every month. The US-based firm had originally started the messenger service as a chat feature on the website but later rolled it out as a standalone mobile app. "Messaging...
  • BBM users can now delete messages from chats, send self-destructing messages November 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Smartphone maker BlackBerry has introduced new privacy and control features for its messaging app BBM, allowing users to delete messages from chats and share pictures for short duration of time. Similar to popular photo messaging app Snapchat, BBM will now allow users to set a timer for controlling how...
  • A new ephemeral photo-messaging app that blurs your image when someone tries to take a screenshot October 19, 2014

    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 October 18, 2014

    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 October 15, 2014

    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...