All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘messaging’

Google Has a New Messaging App In the Works

Google Has a New Messaging App In the Works

It looks like Google has new plans to make a bigger mark in the messaging space beyond its Messenger and Hangouts apps. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company has been working on a new mobile messaging service that utilizes artificial intelligence and chatbot technology for over a year. From the sound of it, Google has Facebook Messenger …

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Microsoft Buys Talko To Add to Skype for Business

Microsoft Buys Talko To Add to Skype for Business

Microsoft announced that it has acquired technology from mobile communications app Talko to bring it to Skype. Specifically, it will become part of Skype for Business. In addition to the tech, the Skype team is getting Talko employees. “Together, the new technology and talent will help us deliver great new features and capabilities in both Skype and Skype for Business,” …

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Slack Gets Do Not Disturb Feature

Slack Gets Do Not Disturb Feature

As we learned from a recent report, Slack has been readying a Do Not Disturb feature. Now, the company has officially announced it. Users now have the ability to snooze notifications, and as Slack puts it, you can now send messages to people anytime without earning a reputation for interrupting people. If you have Do Not Disturb turned on, you …

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Slack Getting ‘Do Not Disturb’ Feature

Slack Getting ‘Do Not Disturb’ Feature

Slack is getting a feature that it has been sorely lacking: the ability to turn on Do Not Disturb for those times when you just don’t want to be bombarded with messages during your off hours. According to a report from The Next Web, the feature will roll out in the next few days. A help center article from the …

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Yahoo Relaunches Yahoo Messenger With Redesign, New Features

Yahoo Relaunches Yahoo Messenger With Redesign, New Features

Yahoo just announced a new version of Yahoo Messenger, which features a complete redesign of the platform across iOS, Android, and the web as well as within Yahoo Mail. “The new Yahoo Messenger provides a super fast, beautiful and smart way to send messages, photos and animated GIFS in 1:1 and group conversations,” a spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews. The …

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Tumblr Messaging Is Now A Reality

Tumblr Messaging Is Now A Reality

Tumblr announced that it is rolling out messaging, which should go a long way in making the service more social while making users happy about a much-wanted functionality. Frankly, it’s hard to believe Tumblr hasn’t had this until now, but better late than never. To be fair, Tumblr has had ways for users to communicate with one another before now, …

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LinkedIn Develops New Email And Notifications Platform

LinkedIn Develops New Email And Notifications Platform

LinkedIn announced that it has been working on a new email and notifications platform called Air Traffic Controller aimed at making its experience more enjoyable (or at least less annoying) to users. Back in July, LinkedIn announced that it was starting to make changes to how it sends users emails so that they would be less frequent and more relevant. …

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Slack Expands /remind Function To Include Other Users

Slack Expands /remind Function To Include Other Users

Slack announced on Twitter that its /remind function, which previously let users set reminders for themselves, now works for reminding other people about things. Some might find this annoying, but considering that Slack is for teams, it could actually be an important feature for helping ensure things get done. Beyond that, reminders can now be set for entire channels as …

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Slack Adds User Groups

Slack Adds User Groups

Slack announced the availability of User Groups, which enable people to target messages at specific groups separate from entire channels. The feature enables you to send a message to only the engineers or only the marketing team, for example, regardless of how you have your channels set up. “User Groups also help you manage channel membership and bring an additional …

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Instagram Direct Gets Some Helpful New Features

Instagram Direct Gets Some Helpful New Features

Instagram launched Direct in 2013 as a way to share images directly with specific people or groups of people as opposed to all of your followers. On Tuesday, Instagram announced a couple of improvements to it – the ability to send content via Direct directly from your feed and threaded messages. The latter simply makes having conversations on Instagram easier. …

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LinkedIn Gets New Messaging Experience

LinkedIn Gets New Messaging Experience

LinkedIn announced a new messaging feature that is more in line with similar features from Facebook and Twitter than its current private messaging feature. The company describes it as an “easier and more lightweight” way to have professional conversations with LinkedIn connections. “We’ve rebuilt everything from the ground up so you can expect a cleaner and more streamlined look and …

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Slack Launches ‘Add To Slack’ Button For Apps And Sites

Slack has been getting a lot of big improvements over the past month or so. In July, it got an adjustment that made it better for communication. Then, earlier this month, Slack announced the ability to direct email to channels. Now, the company has introduced a new “Add to Slack” button that will appear in apps and on sites to …

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Twitter Really Wants You to Use It for Messaging

Twitter Really Wants You to Use It for Messaging

Twitter is taking steps to make itself a destination for messaging. Starting today, you will be able to receive notifications in your browser when you receive a direct message. Clicking on the notification will direct you to the DM interface on Twitter.com The option is available in your settings, and it appears to be opt-out. Direct Message notifications are now …

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iPhone Users Can Now Use WhatsApp on the Web

iPhone Users Can Now Use WhatsApp on the Web

WhatsApp Web, the web app that lets you chat via WhatsApp on your desktop, has just added support for the iPhone. Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and Nokia s40/s60 owners could already use WhatsApp Web, but this marks the first time it’s been available for iOS users. All you have to do to enable WhatsApp Web is to head over to …

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Google Hangouts Gets Its Own Website

Google Hangouts Gets Its Own Website

Google has finally given Hangouts its own dedicated site. Head on over to hangouts.google.com, and you’ll find a full-fledged web client for Google’s popular messaging service. “We are launching another way to use Hangouts today. From our new site you’ll be able to take advantage of the best of Hangouts in the browser, along with an inspiring image to get …

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Twitter DMs Can Now Be 10,000 Characters, So Ramble On

Twitter DMs Can Now Be 10,000 Characters, So Ramble On

Twitter has officially dropped the 140-character limit … On Direct Messages. Now, you can ramble to your heart’s desire when sending private messages to another Twitter user. Twitter said it would be doing this a couple of months ago, and today the update is rolling out to iOS, Android, Tweetdeck, and twitter.com. The new limit is 10,000 characters, which isn’t …

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Microsoft Launches New Business Messaging App Send

Microsoft just launched a new iPhone app for people to send messages to their co-workers. It’s called send, and the company says it’s designed for “in-and-out email.” The app is for people with Office 365 business and school email accounts for now, but Microsoft says it will expand support in the coming months. “While tools like text messaging and IM …

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Facebook Messenger No Longer Requires A Facebook Account

Facebook is really getting into this standalone apps thing. Facebook Creative Labs currently has eight apps available, and then there’s those Facebook has acquired like WhatsApp and Instagram. Now, Facebook is unbundling Messenger. You might be thinking that they’ve already done that, and you’d be right. Last year, Facebook began requiring users to download a separate app to use the …

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Facebook Messenger Will Now Give Context to That Random Person Messaging You

Facebook has long allowed people to message you even if you’re not friends with them. Oftentimes, those messages wind up in that “Other” inbox inside Messenger. You don’t know what I’m talking about? That’s ok, plenty of Facebook users probably have no idea that they have a whole other inbox full of messages from random stranger, spammers, and more. Anyway, …

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Secret Shuts Down: App Doesn’t Represent Original Vision, Says CEO

Anonymous messaging app Secret is shutting down. In a post on Medium, CEO David Byttow said it was the “hardest decision” of his life. “This has been the hardest decision of my life and one that saddens me deeply. Unfortunately, Secret does not represent the vision I had when starting the company, so I believe it’s the right decision for …

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WhatsApp’s Free Voice Calling Hits iOS

A couple months after WhatsApp debuted its free voice calling feature on Android, the app is finally launching it on iOS. Don’t be surprised if you don’t yet have the option to make VoIP calls, however, as WhatsApp says it’s rolling out slowly over the next few weeks. “WhatsApp Calling: Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even …

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Twitter Brings Back ‘Anyone Can DM Me’ Feature

Twitter just announced the launch of a new feature that lets users accept direct messages from anyone, even if they’re not following the sender. Historically, two users have had to follow one another in order to exchange DMs. That will no longer be the case when a user allows others to send them. That’s right. You have to enable the …

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WhatsApp on Pace to Hit 1 Billion Users by Year’s End

If WhatsApp keeps up its recent pace of user growth, the messaging app will have a billion monthly active users by the end of 2015. CEO Jan Koum recently announced the app has crossed the 800 million MAU mark. This makes WhatsApp the most popular messaging app in the world, with nearly 200 million more users than the messaging platform …

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Snapchat Wants You to Keep Your Clothes On

Snapchat has grown far beyond its initial designation as “that sexting app with the disappearing messages”, and the app is being used for things far beyond your basic boob shot and dick pic. Brands are getting in the mix and there’s even been specific content created for the Snapchat platform (Madonna debuted a music video on Snapchat). But it’s Snapchat. …

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Pandora Is Now Letting Artists Message You

Everyone’s getting in on the messaging craze, even Pandora internet radio. Have you ever wanted Lenny Kravitz to send you a message, just before you listen to one of his songs, explaining his thoughts behind said song? That’s now a possibility, thanks to Pandora’s new Artist Audio Messaging feature. Pandora is now letting artists (a select few for now, as …

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You Can Now Share Tweets via Direct Message

As we told you it would last week, Twitter has now rolled out a feature that lets you share tweets via direct message. “Twitter is already a great place for public conversation; now it’s also easier to privately discuss things you care about,” says Twitter’s Sachin Agarwal. Why would you want to share a specific tweet in a direct message? …

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You Had to Download a Standalone Facebook Messenger App Because Tapping One Tab Was Too Hard

If you want to know exactly why you have to have two Facebook apps to do what one Facebook app could do before, well, Mark Zuckerberg is here to tell you. Kind of. Speaking on a live Facebook Q&A, Zuckerberg fielded a question about his decision to unbundle the main Facebook app and split Messenger off to a separate, standalone …

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The Messaging Apps You Use the Most Are Woefully Insecure

It’s likely that every single day, you use a messaging app to communicate with friends and family. It’s also likely that the messaging app you’re using is unequipped to protect your privacy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has just released a scorecard featuring 39 messaging apps ranging in popularity from the relatively small Silent Phone and CryptoCat to the ubiquitous …

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Yahoo Is Reportedly Investing in Snapchat and Its Sky-High Valuation

Yahoo is one of the backers that’s ready to throw out a funding round that values Snapchat at $10 billion, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal quotes the all-knowing and omnipresent “people familiar with the matter”, who claim that Yahoo and Snapchat have been talking and the former is set to invest an unknown amount in the latter. Snapchat’s …

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Twitter’s Apparently Thinking About Group Chat

Does Twitter need a group chat feature? Would you use it? According to the company’s CFO, group chat is one of the functions high up on their future innovation list. Speaking at the Citi Global Technology Conference in New York, Twitter’s Anthony Noto hinted that the company is looking into direct messaging between multiple users – clearly Twitter’s foray into …

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