By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2014
It’s been nearly two months now since Facebook rolled out its would-be Snapchat-killer, called Slingshot.
Thus far, the software looks like it could be going the way of Poke, the social networking giant’s pathetic take on the popular ephemeral messaging software.
Surprisingly enough, Slingshot currently enjoys a three-star rating out of five stars in the App Store.
Besides, the app doesn’t seem to be languishing as the team released its first major update three weeks ago bringing out much-needed new features, including a My People tab and brand new reactions.
Today, a second major update has landed on the App Store. Available to download for free, Slingshot 1.2 improves your experience by letting you jump straight to the list of shots by tapping a notification and more… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2014
Today, BlackBerry pushed an update to its BBM for iPhone application (also known as BlackBerry Messenger) featuring an all-new contact-adding experience.
In addition to the obligatory bug fixes and performance improvements, BBM version 188.8.131.52 makes it easier to add new contacts by PIN, email, SMS and barcode.
Among other new features, the revamped software also permits you to search for BBM users, as well as review and accept invites from other people using the cross-platform messaging service… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 31, 2014
Facebook today issued a small update to the Messenger client for iOS. Now bumped to version 9.0 (yeah, their versioning scheme is a bit odd), the refreshed iPhone and iPad application finally makes it possible to share and view fullscreen photos and videos.
Previously, sharing a photo or a short video clip would render content in a smaller section within the larger conversation view, similar to Apple’s iMessage… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 24, 2014
Facebook-owned Instagram may have unintentionally (or intentionally, perhaps?) leaked an image advertising its rumored Snapchat competitor, indicating the official launch could as well be around the corner. A banner for an app called Bolt was spotted by several online users in Instagram’s Android app.
Tapping the banner would yield a dead end in the Google Play Store. Although the banner went away a few minutes later, people have already screenshoted it and the image is now making rounds on Twitter and other social media channels online… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014
The popular ephemeral messaging app Snapchat today introduced Geofilters, basically custom filters that only work on photos taken in specific geographic locations.
Geofilters are available by swiping to the right from the Preview screen after taking a photo. This will produce custom-designed text or graphic stickers that can be overlaid on your image to make it more attractive.
As the name suggests, Snapchat Geofilters are location dependent and available for locations in Los Angeles and New York City… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 7, 2014
Having unceremoniously removed voice messaging from the recently remastered Skype 5.0 for iPhone, the Microsoft-owned VoIP provider on Monday pushed a minor update that has brought the useful feature back while adding two others.
The new Skype 5.2 for iPhone is rolling out this morning. In addition to voice messaging, the refreshed Skype app has also brought back the ability to access contact profiles while allowing you to add participants to the existing conversation at any time… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2014
Yo, that stupendously simple viral messaging app which lets people exchange ultra-short two-character “Yo” messages, now has over a million users.
The free of charge app, born out of an April Fool’s Day joke and released just four days ago as a single-tap zero character communication tool for the iPhone, immediately got featured on the App Store’s Top Free charts and is currently sitting at the ninth place… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2014
Path, the private social network for families and close friends, is jumping on the messaging bandwagon with launch of a new privacy-focused, standalone messaging software for the iPhone.
Available free in the App Store, Path Talk is basically a spin-off of Path’s in-app messenger. For starters, your message exchanges get automatically wiped out from the servers after 24 hours.
And, Path Talk has a nice Ambient Status feature that automatically lets your friends know when you’re in transit, in the neighborhood and even low on battery, possibly helping reduce some misunderstandings in online communication… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 20, 2014
Yesterday, I told you about Yo, a ridiculous new messaging app which lets people exchange two-character “Yo” messages. Some like Stephen Colbert have eviscerated Yo for being utterly useless and plain dumb while others point out the fact that it’s received more than $1 million in VC-backed funding as a proof that the mobile messaging space is booming with innovation.
Be that as it may, turns out the controversial software poses something of a security risk as a pair of college students have found a vulnerability allowing them to compromise any Yo user’s phone number, spam them with unsolicited messages and more.
Yo founder Or Arbel has confirmed that the app was “having security issues” and has promised to deliver a fix “in next few hours”… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 19, 2014
Precisely a week after releasing the remastered Skype 5.0 for iPhone featuring a Windows Phone-like interface, the Microsoft-owned company has released the first update containing a few messaging enhancements customers have been asking for.
In a bid to close the gap between desktop and mobile, the free Skype 5.1 for iPhone update brings out new options to manage your favorites.
The app now allows you to filter the People list with new “Skype” and “Online” filters, with filter settings saved across mobile and desktop Skype apps. Other improvements to conversations and favorites are also included in this nice little update… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 19, 2014
There’s a new messaging app in town and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever tried. It’s lightweight and efficient, doesn’t require you to provide a screen name, won’t ask for your cell phone number nor will it pester you with ads – and boy is its Home screen icon unique.
It’s called Yo. (with the full-stop) and could easily be the simplest and most efficient communication tool in the world, with an insane twist on the mobile messaging concept… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2014
Microsoft-owned Skype is putting finishing touches on a major new version of its free iPhone messaging and VoIP calling software. The software giant has just announced some of the new features making their way to the upcoming 5.0 iPhone release soon and boy are we excited.
The sleeker UI is only part of the story because Skype 5.0 focuses on speed. In fact, in redesigning the app developers have rewritten much of the code with iOS in mind.
As a result, Skype 5.0 for iPhone is up to five times faster than before. Additional tidbits and a cool promo video can be found right after the jump… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2014
Remember BBM? Good, because Canada-based BlackBerry has announced on its blog a new version of its free cross-platform messaging application coming.
The software is about to get a nice little update for iOS and Android aimed at removing some of the friction associated with signups and friending, new emoticons and more. Jump past the fold for the full breakdown… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 28, 2014
One-on-one video calls have always been free on Skype and now the Microsoft-owned communication platform is making the group video calling feature, unveiled in 2010, available free of charge to desktop users running OS X or Microsoft Windows, with no expiration date, as well as to owners of the Xbox One console which has Skype deeply integrated.
Up until now, group video calling used to be limited to Skype’s Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac, which costs $4.99 for a day pass or $8.99 per month. Microsoft has said it will make the feature free on all platforms “in the future”… Read More