Data Saver mode is reportedly coming to Facebook Messenger in a few weeks

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

I use Facebook Messenger literally every single day to message my friends and family and have always hated how the mobile app discriminately downloads media content regardless of whether I open the message or not.

Sometimes my friends would attach really long videos or high-resolution shots to their messages, prompting me to completely disable cellular access for Messenger on my iPhone, but then I don’t receive their texts on the go.

Wouldn’t it be better if Messenger handled data-hungry attachments more intelligently when the user is connected to a cellular network? As per a report by The Next Web a few days ago, a new data saver option is indeed coming to Messenger in a few weeks. Read More


WhatsApp update enables drawing on photos and videos, new camera features & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

WhatsApp’s latest update, which surfaced this morning on the App Store, brings the ability to draw on photos and videos and adorn your media with text or emoji. You can also express yourself by sticking huge emojis on top of photos and videos. Users automatically see the new editing tools when capturing a new photo or video or sharing one that’s already on their phone. Coming soon: support for Retina flash for the selfie camera, zooming during video capture and a shortcut for quickly switching between cameras. Read More


Facebook getting ready to ape Snapchat with Messenger Day, a visual storytelling feature

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 18, 2016

If you live in Poland or Australia, you might have stumbled upon a brand new feature at the top of Facebook’s Messenger app, called Messenger Day. As reported by Mashable on Tuesday, Facebook has begun expanding this new feature across the globe following launch of Instagram Stories last month. Available in the mobile Messenger app for iOS and Android, Messenger Day is about sharing what you’re up to in the form of auto-dissapearing updates, stickers and sketches. Read More


How to use iMessage Apps in iOS 10 Messages

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2016

Your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch lets you spruce up your messaging game with stickers, emojireactions, bubble and screen effectsanimated expressions of your feelings and iMessage Apps for things like OpenTable reservations, Apple Music integration, animated GIF creation and more.

This tutorial details important things pertaining to third-party iMessage Apps, including finding and installing them in the App Store, organizing them on the Messages App Shelf, disabling those you seldom use and deleting ones you no longer need. Read More


How to use Digital Touch in Messages for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 6, 2016

Digital Touch debuted as a sort of gimmicky feature of the Apple Watch software. On iOS 10, Digital Touch has made its way into the stock Messages app, making it easy and to add various effects to photo or video attachments, send sketches, taps, kisses, heartbeats and more. In this step-by-step tutorial, you’re going to learn how to express your feelings in style with the Digital Touch features on your iOS 10-enabled iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Read More


How to enable and use Secret Conversations in Facebook Messenger

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 5, 2016

Facebook Messenger supports end-to-end encryption, giving you a piece of mind knowing that any sensitive messages with friends and family cannot be deciphered by a third-party. Facebook kicked off a limited trial of this feature in July 2016 before rolling it out to everyone in October 2016. These Secret Conversations, as Facebook is calling encrypted chats, rely on a device key that ensures only you and the recipient can see the message.

You can verify the device key to confirm that the messages are end-to-end encrypted, set a timer to have secret messages disappear from the conversation and so forth.

Here’s how to set up and use Secret Conversations in Facebook Messenger. Read More


Apple threatens pulling an app for pranking friends with stickers that mimic iMessage bubbles

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 30, 2016

Apple on Friday threatened to pull Phoneys, a 99-cent sticker pack which lets you prank friends by putting words in their mouth. The #1 Top Paid item in the Messages App Store, Phoneys employs a simple trick to make the illusion work: it provides stickers that look exactly like the blue iMessage bubbles. Phoneys developer Adam Howell says Apple told him it would be pulling the app next Thursday unless it’s fundamentally changed so that the stickers looked nothing like iMessage bubbles. Read More


Skype for iOS updated with Siri, Phone, Contacts and Lock screen integrations

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Microsoft today announced availability of freshly updated Skype for iOS apps. Bumped to version 6.25, both Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad now include SiriKit support that lets them integrate with Siri so you can call people and send messages using just your voice. The apps also take advantage of CallKit, which allows VoIP Skype calls to behave like normal cellular calls with fullscreen contact images on the Lock screen and integration with Phone’s Recents and Favorites on iSO 10 devices. Read More


Apple airs new ‘Balloons’ ad highlighting iPhone 7 and expressive messaging

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 29, 2016

Apple’s much improved Messages app in iOS 10 is more expressive than ever, especially with nicely done animations that take over the entire screen.

One of the fullscreen effects in Messages, a bunch of balloons that fly up from the bottom of the screen, is the central theme of a new iPhone 7 commercial that Apple posted on its YouTube channel today.

The 30-second commercial wraps up with the message, “The all-new iPhone 7, with expressive messages. Practically magic.” Read More


How to use emoji like a pro in Messages for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2016

Your expressive Messages app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch packs in some interesting and useful features related to emojis. For added impact, emojis can be made three times their normal size.

But that’s not all.

Apple’s stock QuickType keyboard now recommends emojis as you type and Messages has a cool emojification feature where you tap words to turn them into appropriate emoji characters.

We’re going to take you through all emoji-related features in Messages for iOS and teach you how to use them. Are you ready to boost your emoji game? Read More


How to use stickers in Messages for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 27, 2016

Starting with iOS 10, Messages allows you to tap to send stickers in a thread, adjust their size, rotate them or peel and place stickers on top of bubbles, other stickers and photos in your conversations. Anyone can create stickers without no coding experience and users can download them through the built-in Messages App Store.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to obtain, use and manage Messages stickers like a pro and spruce up your messaging game. Read More


Facebook Messenger gains iOS 10 integration on the Lock screen and in Phone app

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

Facebook just pushed a major update to its Messenger software in the App Store. On iPhones with iOS 10, the app now takes advantage of Apple’s new CallKit framework to make audio (VoIP) calls from Messenger look and behave like normal cellular calls with full support for Lock screen and Phone integration.

Bumped to version 89.0, the app now shows incoming VoIP calls from Messenger contacts right on your Lock screen complete with fullscreen contact images, standard controls like the Mute, Keypad, Speaker, Add Call and Video buttons and more. Read More


Google’s Allo messaging app hits the App Store and it logs all your chats

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 22, 2016

At the annual I/O developer conference in April 2016, Google previewed two new mobile apps: a one-to-one video calling app called Duo, which released in mid-August, and a messaging software called Allo, which surfaced on the App Store this morning as a free download.

It sports features commonly found in messaging apps and includes a built-in Assistant, Google’s conversational artificial intelligence helper, an Incognito mode and more.

While Google originally promised Allo would only store messages transiently and in non-identifiable form, the firm’s had a change of heart as Allo logs all chats by default. Read More


WhatsApp rolls out its iOS 10 update with Phone/Siri support & more

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 14, 2016

WhatsApp is one of the showcase apps for CallKit, Apple’s new framework allowing VoIP calls to integrate with iOS 10’s Phone app and behave like cellular calls. Today, WhatsApp has rolled out its anticipated update which enables integration with Phone and Siri on iOS 10 while bringing out half a dozen other features and improvements like forwarding multiple chats at once, a new iOS 10 widget that lets you go to a recent WhatsApp chat or see which chats have unread messages, and more. Read More


Facebook Messenger picks up live-streaming feature, called Instant Video

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 1, 2016

Facebook today announced a new live-streaming feature on the mobile Messenger app, dubbed “Instant Video”. Similar to the live-streaming feature built into the mobile Facebook app, Instant Video allows you to start streaming live video with a friend on Messenger by tapping a new button found in chat windows. The video streams in a small window so that you can continue chatting while streaming. Read More


How to opt out of WhatsApp-Facebook account data sharing

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

As you may have heard, WhatsApp is starting to share some of users’ account data with Facebook (things like your registered phone number and the last time you used the service) to improve targeted advertising and friend suggestions on Facebook and better fight spam on WhatsApp. Thankfully, you can easily opt out, right when the prompt goes up, or within 30 days of accepting the new terms, here’s how. Read More


Skype for iOS gains connectivity status bar, more informative notifications & other perks

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2016

Microsoft today pushed an update to its mobile Skype application for iOS, bumping the app’s version number on the App Store to 6.22. The new edition includes several enhancements related to notifications and Skype Credit, which can now be purchased from within the app in more currencies than before. Skype for iPhone and iPad are available free on the App Store. Read More


WhatsApp now lets you leave voice messages

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 9, 2016

WhatsApp Messenger was updated this morning with an interesting enhancement in the form of ability to leave other people voice messages on the service. “When placing a WhatsApp call, you now quickly leave a voice message if your call isn’t answered, just like voicemail,” read release notes accompanying WhatsApp’s 2.16.8 update on the App Store. Since enabling Voice over IP (VoIP) calling a year ago, more than 100 million voice calls are made on average every day via WhatsApp, or more than 1,100 VoIP calls a second. Read More


Telegram for iOS gains personal storage, group previews and trending/archived stickers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Telegram, a secure instant messaging service that supports rich media attachments and optional end-to-end encryption, today refreshed its mobile app on the App Store with a few new features. Telegram for iOS, now bumped to version 3.11, offers some interesting new sticker packs and lets you archive those you no longer use.

You can now preview groups before joining them and store your messages and media in the new storage chat.

Telegram is available free on the App Store and Mac App Store. Read More


Snapchat rolls out city-specific stickers that mock local trends and highlight landmarks

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Snapchat for iPhone, an ephemeral image messaging app, yesterday announced a new feature called Geostickers. Basically special stickers available in some of the biggest cities around the world, they can be applied to images and moved around before sending them. You can also stick these city-specific stickers on your Snaps.

Geostickers are available now in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC, Honolulu, London, Sydney, São Paulo, Paris and Riyadh. Read More

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