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Steller Storytelling App Gets A Huge Makeover

Steller is a storytelling app that has been around since the beginning of 2014, but today the company has announced a huge overhaul of the app’s UX to make editing and creating that much simpler.

Steller allows users to upload videos, photos, and add text to create a storybook experience on mobile. …

Storytelling

Caliber Debuts A Messaging App Designed For Business Professionals

A number of startups in years past have tried to carve out their own niche in the business networking space under the looming shadow of LinkedIn by offering an alternative way to connect with industry colleagues, often on mobile. But today, a new app called Caliber is offering a slightly different …

Startups

We Heart It, An Image-Sharing App Used By 30M Young Women, Adds Messaging

We Heart It, a visual bookmarking service popular with teenaged girls, is transforming itself into a messaging app with the launch of new feature called Postcards.

In a previous era, young girls sat around with fashion magazines and scissors and cut out their favorite inspirational images, turning …

Women's News

Facebook’s Messenger Platform Preserves WhatsApp’s Clarity Of Purpose

We demystified it last month, but Facebook’s $18 billion acquisition of WhatsApp should begin to make more sense to people today after the company announced that its Messenger service will become a platform for third parties — as TechCrunch first reported last week.

The Messenger Platform will allow …

Facebook

WhatsApp cofounder: Voice calling coming to iOS in a ‘couple weeks’

SAN FRANCISCO — Voice calling on WhatsApp will be coming to iOS in a “couple weeks,” said WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton today.

At Facebook’s F8 developers’ conference here, Acton, speaking on a panel with Instagram cofounder Mike Krieger and head of Facebook Messenger David Marcus, said that …

Co-founders

Facebook Messenger will soon let you chat with stores

Facebook's Messenger won't just be for chatting with family and friends in the near future. The social network has unveiled a business feature for Messenger that lets you talk to a store about your orders. The option not only spares you from a flurry of email for receipts and shipping, but gives …

Facebook

Facebook Is Making Messenger About Much More Than Chat

Facebook has an ambitious plan to fix junk mail. You know the stuff I’m talking about. The numbingly distracting notifications that arrive after …

F8

Moju for iOS adds chat and face recognition to its motion-based photo app

Moju, the motion-based photo app launched last year that bills itself as an Instagram on steroids, lets you take a series of shots that automatically fuse for animated viewing with a twist of the wrist.

The app lets you shoot up to 24 frames that combine to form a shareable “moment” viewable from …

Recognition

Giphy’s First Acquisition, Nutmeg, Is A Big Step Towards Mobile

Giphy, the betaworks-backed Google of GIFs, has today announced its first acquisition.

Nutmeg, an GIF messaging app, will be joining the Giphy squad. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Giphy founder Alex Chung says that Nutmeg will remain alive with the entire Nutmeg development team …

Nutmeg

Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

Next week at its F8 developer conference, Facebook will announce new ways for third parties to offer experiences through its Messenger app, according to multiple sources. Facebook hopes to make Messenger more useful, after seeing Asia’s chat apps WeChat and Line succeed as platforms that go beyond …

Facebook

Skype for Business adds integrated landline calling for Office 365 subscribers

Microsoft just revealed its technical preview of Skype for Business – the client that will unify Lync and Skype – on Monday, but it’s not done sharing news yet.

In a blog post detailing the future of its business communication platform, it’s announced that it will offer its Enterprise Voice feature …

VOIP

Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages

When you chat with friends about settling debts or splitting the bill, Facebook doesn’t want you to have to open another app like PayPal or Venmo to send them money. So today it unveiled a new payments feature for Facebook Messenger that lets you connect your Visa or Mastercard debit card and tap a …

Facebook

Big at SXSW: FireChat Bypass Cellular and WiFi Networks - Yahoo Tech

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Big at SXSW: FireChat Bypass Cellular and WiFi Networks

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Traditionally, data and text messages travel over a mobile network by going …

Wi-Fi

Foursquare updates Swarm with private messaging, ditches Plans feature

Foursquare’s location check-in app Swarm has been updated with a new private messaging feature. The latest version also does away with the Plans tab, which allowed users to publicly request their contacts to catch up with them.

The direct messaging system lets you chat with your contacts one-on-one …

Foursquare

Understanding Alibaba’s Snapchat Obsession

Raising funding isn’t just about “how much?” but rather “from whom?” Beyond just providing the capital necessary to keep a startup growing — or even, simply, to keep it alive — taking “smart money” can unlock relationships, open doors and more.

Snapchat is back in the news alongside Alibaba, which …

Alibaba Group

VaporChat Scores $1.5M For Its Private Messaging App That Puts Users In Control Of Their Texts

A startup called VaporChat has raised $1.5 million for its newly launched mobile application which pushes the concept of “ephemeral” messaging further by not only allowing users to un-send text and photos, but also control whether or not message recipients can copy or save the content being shared …

Vapor

TeamNote is a Hong Kong-born answer to Slack and HipChat

With Slack reaching an estimated valuation of US$1 billion and HipChat resting cozily in the arms of its acquirer Atlassian, enterprise chat remains …

This app makes encrypting calls and messages easy for everyone

If you tell someone their messages and phone calls should be encrypted, you’ll probably get a glazed-over look before they tell you it’s too hard. Signal 2.0 aims to bring powerful, easy-to-use encryption to the masses.

The app, which doesn’t require a login, uses your existing phone number and …

Encryption

Why is live video app Meerkat suddenly popular, and can it last?

Meerkat, the mobile live video-streaming service that we first wrote about three days ago, had something of a viral growth bump yesterday. Seriously, my iPhone lock screen was busy with notifications all day as new people signed up to the service and tried it for the first time.

Let’s take a look at …

Meerkat

The Ultravisual Team Acqui-Hired By Flipboard Leave To Found Apple Watch-Focused Messaging Startup

Just six months after being acqui-hired, the original team behind ‘visual storytelling’ app Ultravisual are leaving Flipboard to venture out on their own once again.

The group’s yet-unnamed startup aims to make messaging — either one-to-one or one-to-many, Twitter-style — more context-aware, so that …

Startups

The challenges of SMS on a global scale

This post is part of a new series titled, 'Future of Communications,' and is brought to you by Nexmo.

Going global with anything is never an easy task. There are various legal, cultural and resourcing standpoints to consider in order to successfully scale.

While SMS can be straightforward on a local …

Google Talk for Windows will close down tomorrow to make room for Hangouts: here are some alternatives

As the search giant continues to focus on building out its Hangouts communication platform, Google Talk for Windows will be closed down tomorrow.

It’s surprising that Google Talk still works at all, given that the company has been working on adding features to Hangouts on mobile and desktop, like …

Google Talk

Tencent Backs Mobile Jobs Startup With Its First ‘WeChat Africa’ Investment

Tencent has made its first investment in Africa under the banner of its WeChat messaging service. WeChat Africa, a joint venture between Tencent and Naspers, announced an investment in M4JAM (Money For Jam), a South Africa-based mobile job service that connects to WeChat.

The service is much like …

Startups

Pop Launches An App That Makes Video Chat As Easy As SMS

A new video messaging app, Pop, founded by Josh Nguyen, who previously ran product at both Tumblr and Flickr, is launching today to make video messages as easy to send as traditional SMS. Using a simple, one-screen interface, Pop connects with your phone’s address book and lets you send out a short …

SMS

The 'holy sh*t' moment: Facebook's blockbuster WhatsApp acquisition one year later

Chris Best was working at his desk late in the afternoon on Feb. 19 of last year when he saw the news: Facebook had agreed to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion. With a B.

"Holy shit that's a big number," Best, cofounder and CTO of Kik, a messaging startup based in Canada, recalls thinking at that moment. …

Facebook

PushBullet for Android now lets you respond to WhatsApp, Google Hangouts and more from your desktop

PushBullet for Android, an app that provides mirrored notifications and file transfers between your smartphone and desktop PC, has today announced that you can now respond directly to IMs from its pop-up notification panels on the desktop.

Released today, the update works with WhatsApp, Google …

Facebook Uses Atlas to Analyze Messenger Campaign

Talk about corporate synergy: Facebook used its Atlas ad platform to analyze its recent campaign backing its Messenger application.Facebook …

Atlas

Line launches a new app to connect brands and personalities with their fans

Mobile messaging service Line has launched a new app to allow business and personal brands to connect with fans, clients and customers. It’s kind of like a branded Facebook page in an instant messaging format.

Dubbed Line@, the app is available for free on iOS and Android and allows account holders …

Mobile Messaging

Apple beefs up iMessage, FaceTime security with two-factor authentication

Apple has added two-factor authentication to iMessage and FaceTime, adding an extra dose of password security to two important iPhone and Mac features.

Two-factor authentication sounds simple enough, but it actually adds a good deal more protection to an account. In most cases, it is a second, …

Security