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Flock messaging: communicate and colllaborate for work purposes

We know what you'll say after reading the headline: do we really need another messaging app, with all the FB Messengers, Vibers, LINES, WeChats, Hangouts out there? But Flock claims to be different from all these as it has one purpose only, and that's not to talk about the boss behind his back while at work. It's a messaging app created for you and your team to be able to collaborate and communicate while working on projects, both at the office and if needed, when you're outside.

Evernote to add Work Chat feature for better collaboration

If you didn't love Evernote enough before, a new upcoming feature for the note-taking and productivity app might make you fall in love with it even more. That is, if you're the sort who likes to (needs to) collaborate with other people on work or school projects. The Work Chat feature lets you stay on Evernote even while discussing changes and tasks with other members of your team.

Skype chat notifications adjusts to device you’re using

While having multiple devices is the new normal for most people, it can be a pain to receive notifications on all of them. Your desktop, tablet, smartphone and smartwatch all buzzing at the same time for the same app can be tedious and alarming. Skype has found a solution to that for their chat notifications, as you can will now only receive it on the device that you’re currently using.

Google’s Emu buy seen to bring some brains to Hangouts

Wouldn't it be swell if you could easily turn chat messages into calendar appointments or todo items right then and there, without having to leave the chat app or switch back and forth between chat, email, calendar, and whatnot? That bit of smartness might soon be a reality on Hangouts if Google's acquisition of startup and chat app Emu is what we think and hope it means.

FireChat update adds off-grid chatting between Android and iOS

FireChat first arrived back in April. The app came courtesy of Open Garden and served as a method of chatting off-the-grid. FireChat uses Open Garden's mesh networking technology which means users can chat from device to device without any Internet connection. But while that all sounded good -- there was an initial limitation that may have kept some from joining the off-grid message party.

FireChat off-grid messaging app arrives for Android

Following a few weeks of being available for iOS, FireChat has been announced for Android. FireChat is an off-the-grid messaging solution courtesy of Open Garden. The app makes use of Open Garden's mesh networking technology which allows users to chat even without any Internet connection or cellular coverage.

BBM 2.1 update adds stickers, group photo sharing, more

BlackBerry began teasing an update for BBM earlier in the month. There were some details offered at the time, however BlackBerry opted to keep any sort of release date a mystery. Well, it seems April 1st was the date they had been waiting for. The latest BBM update brings the app to version 2.1 with new features to include stickers, group image sharing and larger file transfers.

Google Hangouts currently down for many [Updated]

Google is currently showing a "service disruption" for Hangouts. While that may not make the outage any easier, you can take at least take some comfort in knowing you are not the only one with an issue at the moment. A recently updated Apps Status Dashboard page confirms the issues, but has yet to offer anything in terms of when a resolution can be expected.

Russia’s Mail.ru brings email, chat and games to the US as My.com

Arriving with mention of being from Russia with love, Mail.ru has announced a handful of services for the US market. The mix here touches on email, chat and gaming along with a promise of an image editor coming soon. Mail.ru has launched in the US as My.com and the services include myMail, myChat, myGames and as for the coming soon item, myCamera.
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