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All posts tagged "Whatsapp"

  • Google Now lets you dictate WhatsApp, WeChat messages on the go

    Google has introduced an new feature to Google Now that makes it easier to send an instant message without actually having to type them on your mobile. Since released in 2012, the intelligent mobile assistant has been excellent at aggregating relevant content. Though it has been lacking in other areas. Sending quick emails, using Hangouts or text messages have not been very intuitive nor user friendly. The latest update of the Siri and Cortana contender allows users to dictate and send messages through multiple third party messaging apps. For now these include WhatsApp, Viber, NextPlus, Telegram and WeChat. Read more: Google revamps...

  • You can now read The New York Times articles on WhatsApp

    The New York Times is publishing articles on WhatsApp. For the first time Whatsapp users will be able to read their news from the platform. Though this is a first of its kind, it should not to surprising. WhatsApp has more than 800 million monthly active users and using it as a publishing platform -- like Facebook has done -- should be no brainer. The New York Times began the experiment with a story on Pope Francis. Its vatican correspondent, Jim Yardley, was travelling with the Pope in his Latin America trip. The Pope will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and...

  • This nifty infographic shows you everything you need to know about WhatsApp

    This infographic by ShopOnLess sheds some 47 facts and figures on WhatsApp that will keep you in the know about the world's most popular instant messenger. Started in 2009, WhatsApp has around 800 million active users to date. You probably knew that already, heh? But did you know though that an estimated 27% of the internet's selfies are shared via the instant messaging platform or that India is the company's most active demographic, representing 10% of its users. Oh, and it only has 55 employees. Read more: WhatsApp continues to surge, gaining 100 million new users in just four months Last year, WhatsApp...

  • WhatsApp, Snapchat could be banned in the UK

    Snapchat and WhatsApp might be banned in Great Britain if Prime Minister David Cameron has anything to do with it. Cameron said that he would pursue banning encrypted messaging services if Britain’s intelligence services were not given access to the communications. The call for technology companies to cooperate with investigations is nothing new: there have already been calls by European politicians for Google and Facebook to provide greater information about people’s online activities. Following the recent attacks in Paris, France, European leaders called on Internet service providers to report potentially harmful online material aimed at inciting hatred or terror. Cameron...

  • WhatsApp continues to surge, gaining 100 million new users in just four months

    WhatsApp cofounder and CEO Jan Koum has announced that the messaging app has reached 700-million monthly active users, with some 30-billion messages sent every day. Koum wrote, "Today, we’re thrilled to share that WhatsApp has more than 700 million monthly active users. Additionally, every day our users now send over 30 billion messages." In the post, WhatsApp's Koum vowed to continue improving the app. Last year, WhatsApp added encryption for messages sent between...

  • WhatsApp bulks up its Android encryption efforts

    WhatsApp has made end-to-end encryption the default for all Android users, following a partnership with nonprofit software group Open Whisper Systems. Privacy is a big deal with users and it should be. Private messages and information should remain exactly that, private. With this encryption, WhatsApp messages are more private than they have ever been. Open Whisper System’s encryption protocol is also used to secure TextSecure. The encryption does not need users to turn it on. Read more: Yahoo’s end-to-end encryption tool will combat email snooping According to Open Whisper Systems founder Moxie Marlinspike, Android users are the first users to get...

  • Woah. WhatsApp says it now has half a billion active users

    Ah, WhatsApp. The little green multiplatform messaging app isn't a stranger to big numbers. On a good day, it can process 64-billion messages in 24 hours. We already knew it was bigger than Twitter -- which is why any outage has people worldwide all but taking to the streets in anguish. But WhatsApp is still growing -- so fast in fact, that it's headed towards the big 1-billion. While the team is generally quite quiet on the user numbers front (it very rarely releases updates on just how much its app is used), it has just consented to post...

  • Can features like Chat Cards and Newsfeed make Mxit cool again?

    Not so long ago, Mxit appeared to be caught in something of a malaise. Alan Knott Craig Jr, the man who promised to change the company from the ground up had parted ways with it, the board appeared reluctant to appoint a new CEO and its product was stuck in pretty much the same place it had been in for years. No one can accuse it of that now. In the space of a few months and under new CEO Francois Swart, it has launched brand new smartphone and feature phone versions, launched in India and rolled out a host...

  • News via chat app: BBC uses WhatsApp, WeChat to report Indian elections

    When India last held a general election in 2009, the country had fewer than 50-million internet users – a mere four percent of the population at the time. But as voting begins this week in India’s newest general election – a marathon that runs through to the counting of the votes on May 16 – things have changed. And that means, as the country now grows closer to a quarter of a billion web users, the way people access the news is evolving as well. For this election, the BBC is reaching out to readers and the public via...

  • A Game of Social Thrones: here’s what the kingdoms of the web would look like

    What do you get when you combine the most pirated show on the internet with the web's biggest social media channels? This brilliant little video. The team behind social media management software HootSuite took advantage of the Game of Thrones hype, publishing a reworked version of the series' epic title sequence in the days before the season four premiere. In the video, which plays on the clockwork-style overview of the land of Westeros, the social media landscape is imagined as a series of distant islands, connected by bridges with HootSuite in the centre. There's House Facebook, closely accompanied by the...

  • Facebook Messenger joins the free phonecall brigade

    If you're a Facebook Messenger fan, then you'll probably be relieved to find out that the social network hasn't stopped work on the app just because it's bought WhatsApp. The latest update to Messenger has seen it add free phone calls to its list of features. Anyone observing the various moves between the world's various mobile instant messaging apps will know that Facebook's messaging apps aren't the first to include this feature. WeChat and Viber for instance both allow users to make phone calls. Like Facebook, they require both users to have a Wi-Fi connection for the calls to be...

  • Get OTT ‘a here! Facebook’s WhatsApp buyout and the state of mobile messaging

    No one could blame you for wondering how many square meals you could buy for the world’s poor with 45% of US$19-billion (reportedly the stake held by the founder of WhatsApp when it was acquired by Facebook this past week). Or wonder why the Snapchat founders didn’t accept US$3-billion and retire on their own islands before the age of 30. It seems that the mobile messaging space is white-hot in 2014 and if you’re like me, you’re wondering what’s going on here. Our story begins with tweens -- those little people who are not yet teenagers, but also no longer babies. Tweens...

  • 10 pieces of consumer tech that have transformed PR over the past decade

    While we may not yet have the hover boards, flying cars and self-lacing shoes promised in 80s cult movie Back To The Future, the past 10 years have seen the introduction of an unprecedented number of cool, useful tech products and services that have made the life of the modern PR so much easier. Some among us may remember a time before mobile phones, when we had no way of keeping in touch with important calls after hours. Or even worse, who remembers a time when press releases were printed and hand-delivered (in a personalised manila envelope no less)? Since our...

  • WhatsApp’s sellout, Telegram’s rise: how Facebook is becoming Google

    WhatsApp's exit to Facebook and subsequent outage have raised some concerns about the app's ad-free integrity being maintained, especially seeing as Facebook is fast becoming an ad company. It seems the most popular WhatsApp successor will likely be Telegram, a messaging app with very similar functionality. Telegram has surpassed WhatsApp in the App Store rankings, just a week after the sale announcement and, if the tweets are anything to go by, users seem to be getting used to a WhatsApp-less life. In the last week, similar apps have also announced record growth. Japanese-based chat app Line,...

  • WhatsUpp with Facebook buying WhatsApp? An investor’s perspective

    Make no mistake, Facebook buying WhatsApp is absolutely huge. In fact, it is one of the biggest tech deals done in a while. A US$19-billion transaction, the deal will be structured as follows: 183 865 778 A class Facebook shares worth US$12-billion (at US$65.2650 a share), US$4-billion in cash and the balance, US$3-billion Dollars in restricted stock to WhatsApp employees, that will vest over the next four years. The shareholders and employees of WhatsApp will now own 7.9% of Facebook. That means that the average Facebook shareholder will be diluted, but will get WhatsApp, of course. Why? I mean, why...