messaging

PushBullet now lets you reply to BBM and GroupMe as well

PushBullet is shaping up to be one very useful but also somewhat rather odd app. What once started as a simply way to "push" links and files is now slowly but surely becoming a courier as well. Just weeks after it opened the doors to WhatsApp, Hangouts, Facebook and other popular messaging services, now it is welcoming BBM and GroupMe into the family. And like those other apps, you not only get a notification about the message on your computer, you can actually reply to them as well right then and there.

Invite your loved ones to go out through Swarm’s private messaging

Have you ever wanted to send an invite to a group of friends to eat out in this new restaurant, but didn't want to broadcast it to your whole social network? Well, yes, there are a ton of group messaging services out there, but what if you didn't want to go out of the app you're currently on, and what if that app was called Swarm? Well, now you have a solution to that if your answer to both questions is yes.

Pressenger: send custom message before making the call

Have you ever not answered a call from a friend because you were busy or unable to (or just reasons) only to find out later that the "missed call" was actually something pretty important? Of course your friend could have sent a message (yawn) ahead of the call, but if you had a more fun way to do so, wouldn't you choose an app instead? That's what Pressenger: Pre-Call Message is all about, and the app has a new update to make your before call messages even more interesting (and multi-lingual).

Disa to unite your messaging, comm services in one place

There are numerous instant messaging and messenger apps available for mobile devices but I know are clamouring for a more all-in-one messenger. Looks like Disa will be that one app to unite all your communication and messaging services right on your mobile device. This app reduces the clutter on your phone as it brings all messages in just one location. Some of the apps you can access include Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and YouTube among others.

Ikea helps solve household problems with Emoticons app

If you live with other people in a house or apartment or room, whether it's family members, spouses and partners, or just college roommates, chances are you've had at least one misunderstanding because of misplaced items, chores that have been left undone, and other housekeeping related mishaps. Swedish furniture stalwarts Ikea believes that if you just had the right communication tool, those fights could be kept to a minimum. Their solution? There's always an app for that.

WhatsApp now available on desktop but only on Chrome (for now)

There are times that some intense conversations are better had with you typing away on your desktop keyboard rather than swiping away on your virtual one. Or there are also times when you can't use your mobile phone but need to keep a conversation going. If you have a WhatsApp account and Google Chrome on your desktop, that's now possible as the messaging service is now available on the Web.

WhatsApp institutes ban on unofficial 3rd party clients

For something that is as private (and should be secure) as personal messaging, there are still some users that use unofficial 3rd party apps of their free messaging service of choice. Chances are, those apps probably don't use the official API of the real one, and might be subject to either viruses or security breaches. WhatsApp has now already started cracking down on those unofficial apps and in the process, punishing users that use them.

WhatsCloud [ROOT] update brings improved power efficiency

The WhatsCloud Root app has been around for a while now and as the name implies, it requires root access to your device. The app is designed to allow you to message friends from your desktop or a tablet and is meant to be secure with 256-bit AES end-to-end encryption.

UK PM vows to ban messaging apps that won’t allow backdor acceess

In a move that might get him to lose more votes, particularly from the liberal sector, UK Prime Minister David Cameron vowed to mete sanctions on software developers that would not allow backdoor access when the government requests it. That is if he wins the national elections set this May. He is the most vocal among the Western governments that are going for an anti-encryption propaganda.

Viber Games to come soon to your Android smartphones

Nowadays, just being an "ordinary" messaging service may not be enough anymore, given the fierce competition with all the free messaging apps available for mobile devices. Viber is one of the most popular ones, but they're not resting on their laurels. They recently announced a new platform called Viber Games, which will be rolling out to several countries in the next few days and is expected to launch worldwide by January 2015.
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