Posts tagged with: Whatsapp
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    Just how seriously do you take your communication security? The data connection to your email server may be protected by encryption, but what happens once the message gets there? Are you cool with Gmail having to those unencrypted conversations? Or do you place a higher value on your privacy, insisting on end-to-end encryption such that not even the companies controlling the servers over which your message travels are capable of reading it? Last month we told you about some efforts to bring just that kind of security to WhatsApp, expanding beyond end-to-end-encrypted text communication to ...

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    While Apple’s legal battles with the FBI, San Bernardino County, NYPD and US Department of Justice remain at a standstill, the tech giant’s many declared allies might be looking to take further action against potential government snooping on people’s private data and e-conversations. The world’s most popular messaging application in particular will reportedly add voice call encryption before long to a set of security features that already includes end-to-end text protection. WhatsApp would thus become essentially impenetrable from the ground up, and unless crystal clear laws are ...

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    Smartphone software development is a numbers game, and coders want to be sure that the effort they put in to making apps is going to pay off. That's exactly why we talk about the “app gap” between platforms, as devs preferentially prepare software for the most popular operating systems – at the expense of those that don't have quite as large user bases. It turns out this practice is just as important for software maintenance as it is for initial development, and while an app may have once been available for a certain platform, the migration of users to its peers can cause devs to ...

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    Technically, the world’s most popular email service and the hottest cross-platform instant messaging client for smartphones aren’t direct rivals. In fact, the vast majority of the latter’s adopters also probably use the former app on their handhelds or desktops. But Google (or should we say Alphabet?) and WhatsApp (or rather Facebook) came forward nearly simultaneously with official word of both their user bases exceeding a billion people, and that’s unlikely to have been a coincidence. Clearly, Mark Zuckerberg wanted to rain on Gmail’s parade, presenting an achievement that’s ...

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    Uh, well this is interesting. The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as Daesh, has taken advantage of the same mobile security measures that many of us lay people have to communicate under the law enforcement radar. Governments have been looking to force messaging services to provide decryption tools for investigators to use in accessing potentially useful exchanges. In the meantime, while Daesh operatives have had tough goes with finding a stable, accessible encrypted conversation medium impenetrable by investigators. With WhatsApp being pried open and an ally-made app called ...

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    Typically, when a product or service reaches the dizzy popularity heights of WhatsApp, its creators and overseers start thinking of new ways to make money. But Mark Zuckerberg is taking the literally opposite approach for the evolution of the mobile cross-platform instant messaging client, ditching subscription fees just as WhatsApp exceeded 900 million active user accounts. The app’s seemingly insignificant $0.99 yearly charge was its only direct means of income, so naturally, you must be wondering whether intrusive third-party ads are in store. Fortunately, the answer is a definite no, ...

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    The success of WhatsApp is a bit of a miracle. Despite lacking any ties to an existing platform or major service, the messaging app managed to grab the interest of smartphone users in a way few other apps have, and the massive user base it grew to command was enough to convince Facebook to spend a jaw-dropping $19B acquiring the company last year. In the time since then, we've seen WhatsApp expand beyond text to also offer voice support, and now new rumors claim that WhatsApp is looking into taking the next logical step, with the introduction of video calls. While the evidence you see ...

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    How do you go about being the biggest messaging app out there? Delivering the features your users want the most? Having the most reliable service to be found? Solid business models, sure, and no one would fault your app for trying to rise to prominence on their backs. But sometimes apps appear to take some slightly underhanded measure to help secure their market position, and that's just what's happening today as reports come in of WhatsApp going out of its way to keep users from spreading the word about Telegram. Telegram, as you may already be familiar, is a cross-platform messaging app ...

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    WhatsApp may have started life as a simple messaging service, but after building up a user base that numbers in the hundreds of millions, the app's been working to expand its feature set into new modes of communication. Following some teases last year, WhatsApp for Android gained voice call support and the end of March. Windows Phone users are still waiting for the feature to come their way, but another platform is going to get there before them, as voice calling arrives for WhatsApp on iOS today. Well, the new version of the app is out, at least, updating WhatsApp to 2.12.1. That contains ...

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    The Android flavor of the WhatsApp popular instant messaging client has been recently updated. While the latest version is not yet on the Google Play Store, we're positive it will start reaching devices soon. Until then, if you want to check it out, go to the source link and download the APK directly from WhatsApp (make sure your security settings allow installs from unknown sources). What's new? While a changelog is missing, we're seeing the obvious (and welcome) change: the WhatsApp update brings new design, which tries to follow Google's Material Design guidelines. Earlier, WhatsApp ...

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    Whatsapp is clearly popular enough to get Facebook to spend millions on it, and that's mainly because of the amount of users it has around the world. We're still having mixed feelings on how beneficial this acquisition has been for Whatsapp, mainly because features like the Whatsapp voice calling service that was announced exactly a year ago, are still not reaching end users at the speed at which Whatsapp performed in the past. If you're wondering if there is still light at the end of the tunnel for this feature to reach Windows Phone, the news are both good and bad. We'd say the news are ...

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    If you're running out of battery while in the middle of an important WhatsApp conversation because of all that screen-on time (or simply because you type faster on your computer than on your smartphone), you can take your chats to your computer, with the new WhatsApp Web functionality officially announced today. While all your messages "still live on your phone", as the official blog post states, WhatsApp Web basically mirrors your chats on your computer's browser. However, only Chrome is supported at the moment (with the promise of more browsers to be added soon), but the set-up process ...

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    WhatsApp is a fantastically popular way to send messages to other smartphone users, no matter what platform they're on – so popular, in fact, that Facebook saw fit to throw $19 billion at the company in an effort to acquire it earlier this year. And while WhatsApp may do text messaging quite well, sometimes we crave the sort of communication you only get when speaking directly to a person. Voice call support has been expected to come to the app for a while now, with early hints popping up months back, but now it looks like the pieces might finally be falling into place, as the latest ...

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    If there's one thing it seems really difficult to accuse Google of, it's not giving users enough ways to communicate with each other. We've got Google Mail, Voice, Hangouts (above), and Google+, not to mention self-publishing tools like Blogger. With all these options, it almost seems ridiculous to think about adding new ones, but that very well may be what Google's up to right now, as rumors suggest that it's putting together a new platform for instant messaging. The big difference compared to existing offerings, especially in light of pressure these past few years to get everyone on ...

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    Android Wear is still what many of us like, but not necessarily what all of us want. It's clear that we need more developers to embrace the platform, and some of us agree that we also need better watches to drool over. There is still much room for both Google and developers to take advantage of the platform, and as such we're seeing this come first from WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned company has just launched a new extension to allow you to interact with WhatsApp through your Android Wear smartwatch, and what makes this hot is that it allows you to voice replay to messages. If you think ...

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    Last month the app returned to the Windows Phone store after a hiatus, and the WhatsApp new version brought some new features to the table. The client got functionalities already present on other platforms, but, needless to say, welcome additions if you're using the service on your Microsoft-powered smartphone. If you're heading over to the source link below, or check your Store app on the phone, you'll see that there's a new version of the app available, 2.11.516. While the changelog isn't extensive, you should receive "various enhancements and bug fixes" which will improve your user ...

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    Back in February, Facebook announced it was buying popular mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, for a whopping $19 billion. We later compared WhatsApp to Facebook's in-house chat service, Facebook Messenger. We learned that, despite their core differences, they had a lot in common. But how does WhatsApp compare to, say, another popular mobile messaging service like Kik? WhatsApp is powered by your mobile number – it requires a working number for activation. Kik, on the other hand, doesn't require a working number and it doesn't require other people to have your number to work. One of its best ...

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    WhatsApp has been missing from the Windows Phone Store for almost two weeks, as the application got unpublished due to some users having difficulties in fully utilizing the offering. Yesterday, Joe Belfiore reassured everyone that the app would be back soon, as they were working on a fix, and that's exactly what happened. Not only WhatsApp returns to the Windows Phone Store, but it does so with a new version, that brings some features (present on other platform clients though) to the table. In version 2.11.490 you'll find chat backgrounds, broadcast lists, privacy settings, media ...

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    WhatsApp, the now Facebook-owned instant messaging service, has been available on Windows Phone since September of 2011. After the Windows Phone 8.1 update has started powering phones -- more than a million have reportedly installed the Developer Preview -- WhatsApp started acting weird. Notifications were reportedly delayed, and a nasty no compatibility message popped up every time the app was launched. Now, with WhatsApp removed from the Windows Phone Store, we can only hope a Windows Phone 8.1-compatible version will be republished soon, as the OS refresh is not too far out. Searching ...

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    Just over one month ago, the incredibly popular chat application WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for over $19 billion in cash and stocks. Why did the social media giant want WhatsApp? It's no secret, honestly – to break into emerging markets and capitalize on WhatsApp's popularity in the eastern world. The question now is, which of the two chat services is better? WhatsApp or Facebook? How do they differ and how are they alike? Most importantly, which one of Facebook's two chat services should you be using? We aim to answer those questions and more in this WhatsApp vs Facebook ...

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    Thanks to last month's big Facebook acquisition, WhatsApp has been attracting a lot of attention lately. While that should only help grow its already impressively large 450-million-person-strong user base, that extra attention also means that more people are placing the app under a critical light. Today we learn of a potential security vulnerability in how WhatsApp saves logs of your conversations; what exactly is the problem here, and is it one you need to be concerned about? WhatsApp uses your phone's SD card for storage (whether physical or a virtual part of the internal file system), ...

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    When we're talking about Facebook and messaging acquisitions, Snapchat is the name that first comes to mind, following the much-publicized news last fall that Snapchat turned down a $3B offer from the social network. Since then we've been wondering in the back of our minds if Facebook might take another stab at buying the company, or at least go after some of its competition. Tonight we get news that Facebook has indeed gone ahead with plans to purchase a smartphone messaging service, but it's not Snapchat this time around; instead, Facebook has announced an arrangement that will see it ...

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    The end of the year in tech is already dominated by lists - best of, worst of, top 5, bottom 50 - you get the picture. So rather than foist another array of numeric bullet points upon you on our last podcast of the year, we've decided to dedicate this show to you, the listener ... and more specifically, to those of you who've written to us. That's right - just like we did back in the summer, for the last show of 2013 we're focusing entirely on listener mail on this, episode 076 of the Pocketnow Weekly. The backed-up emails in our inbox span the full array of tech topics, ranging from ...

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    We apologize for the late upload due to some technical difficulties that just got solved. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's Android Device Manager, which just went public for all markets. Microsoft follows with an announcement of their Bing app suite for Windows Phone 8, though with some boring services. Whatsapp is next as the company has reached 300 Million users and is now offering voice messaging. Samsung's 384GB storage chip takes the spotlight next, even though it's hard to tell when we'll get it. We end today's show talking about the LG G2, our first ...

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    The competition for the dominating service of cross-platform messaging has lasted for a while, and with BlackBerry working hard on bringing BBM to Android and iOS, it was only a matter of time before the existing incumbent did something about it. Whatsapp has proven to be one of the best options that we all have to communicate with just about any smartphone platform in the market, and they've got more up their sleeve. The company has now officially confirmed that they've reached a staggering 300 million users, which shows a growth of as much as 50 million in just six weeks. To celebrate, ...

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