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7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Passport

Your passport is, quite literally, a ticket to the world.<p>Turns out most of us are naturally pretty passport-savvy -- research suggests we're just as good at spotting fake ones as real passport officers (which is also somewhat troubling).<p>That being said, it's time we all got to know our favorite …

Samsung's ChatON App Gets SMS/MMS Support

Samsung has updated the Android version of ChatON — its cross-platform mobile messaging service — with support for SMS and MMS. Users who download the newest version of the app will now see their phone’s native messages combined with their ChatON messages inside the app.<p>ChatON is by no means the …

Privatext launches for Android, promises ultra-secure messages

In the wake of Snapchat’s security concerns related to the partial leak of 4.6 million user phone numbers, we imagine there are a number of folks that now consider themselves former-Snapchat fans, with no plans to go back to using the service.<p>To Snapchat’s credit, they have since released an app …

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Skype finally syncs notifications across all platforms, remedying its biggest flaw

Skype is rolling out a multi-platform update that it promises will make for a more seamless experience across multiple devices, and rectifies one of the most frustrating parts of using the chat platform.<p>Announced in a blog post today, Skype said it was revamping its platform for its “mobile future” …

Shocker! Nobody uses Samsung bloatware

If you used a Samsung app recently it was possibly a mis-click, according to a <i>Strategy Analytics</i> survey of 250-plus Galaxy S3 and S4 users. While Samsung recently trumpeted 100 million users for ChatOn, for instance, the report said US users spent a mere six seconds per month on the app, compared …

FireChat Now Lets You Chat In Groups While Offline

FireChat, a messaging app that launched to quite some fanfare in March this year, lets you talk anonymously to people around you even without an internet connection. To make this happen, it uses Apple’s Multipeer Connectivity Framework in iOS 7, while on Android it makes use of its own mesh …

Ringo is a Call App That Doesn't Need Internet Connection

Many apps have been trying to take on Skype — among them Viber and recently, messaging app Line which launched a cheap calling service.<p>Now another app has surfaced, called Ringo. What’s notable is that the app doesn’t need Internet connection for you to make calls. Essentially, this means that the …