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Google Splits SMS and MMS from Hangouts App with New ‘Messenger’ App for Android

With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat last year, Google appeared to be going in the direction of Apple’s iMessage service, combining its SMS / MMS app with Google Hangouts. Hangouts messages, like iMessage, are sent via your phone’s data connection and don’t use the traditional SMS protocol. The unification of both into one app [...]

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T-Mobile Becomes First U.S. Carrier to Let You Text from 30,000 Feet — For Free

At the UnCarrier 7.0 event in San Francisco today, John Legere and T-Mobile announced their latest bold move. In a partnership with GoGo Inflight Internet, T-Mobile will now become the first wireless carrier in the United State to enable text, picture, and video messaging from the clouds. On flights with GoGo, you’ll be able to [...]

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Text-to-911 Goes Live Nationwide This Month; Is Your County Setup To Support It?

Several years in the making, the official Text-to-911 service is going online on May 15th around the country. If you live in an area that supports it, you’ll be able to send and receive SMS messages with a 911 dispatcher in an emergency. At launch, you won’t be able to send photos or videos, but [...]

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FireChat App Lets You Chat With Anyone Nearby, No Internet Connection Necessary

Just when you thought the world had enough messaging services, a new one appears, and it’s actually getting a lot of attention. Not so much because it’s a messaging app, but more about how it works, what it enables, and the technology behind it. FireChat is basically what would happen if you combined Chatroulette and [...]

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Early Bird Pricing Still Available for MightyText Pro

MightyText, the Android app that let’s you text from your computer, introduced MightyText Pro in April. By subscribing to the service you receive several additional options. The Free MightyText App offers: Texting from your computer via the website, Gmail, or Facebook. Image storing. Battery status and low battery notifications. Incoming text and phone call notifications. [...]

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Send A Text Directly From Facebook With MightyText

Several months ago I wrote a post about MightyText. It’s the Android app (available on Google Play) that allows you to text from your computer. I’ve been using this app for almost a year and absolutely love it. I don’t miss texts or calls anymore if I’m on my computer and my phone is on [...]

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What Is WhatsApp? A First Time User Describes How WhatsApp Works

The tech world was rocked Wednesday with the announcement that Facebook had acquired WhatsApp for $16 billion (or $19 billion depending on how you do the accounting.) It was a staggering business deal that probably left a lot of people wondering what the heck makes WhatsApp worth so much money. Count me as one of [...]

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Facebook Is Buying WhatsApp For Staggering $16 Billion

Facebook will soon complete its 45th acquisition since its inception 10 years ago. WhatsApp, a popular cross-platform smartphone messaging platform, is joining the Facebook family of companies. Facebook is paying a whopping $16 billion for the five year old company based in Mountain View, CA. The acquisition is, by far, the largest for the social [...]

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Apple’s iMessage Encryption Is So Strong The DEA And FBI Are Having Difficulty Intercepting iMessages

Most of us don’t have anything to hide, but this is still a big deal for individual privacy: iMessages sent from one Apple device to another Apple device cannot be intercepted by the government. An except from CNET: Encryption used in Apple’s iMessage chat service has stymied attempts by federal drug enforcement agents to eavesdrop [...]

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Death of SMS – Is Facebook Messenger the Murderer? (via @jkhowland)

The New York Times Bits blog recently posted an article regarding the results of a telecommunications consulting firm report. A research note last Friday reported that “based on measured minutes of use, smartphone users were spending more time on Facebook and thus probably sending more messages with it’s service than they are text messages.” Real [...]

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