iPhone owners who use WhatsApp for their instant messaging needs will now have to pay 99 cents a year for the privilege.
Following a new version of WhatsApp for iPhone released on Tuesday, the developer unveiled the new pricing scheme.
Previously, iPhone users made a one-time payment of 99 cents for WhatsApp with no annual charge. Folks on Android and other mobile platforms enjoyed free service for the first year and then had to pay 99 cents each year. Now, everyone is on the same page.
WhatsApp now has more than 250 million active users.
In a blog posted Wednesday, … Read more
Getting a new device and losing out on past conversations when you reinstall apps is frustrating. WhatsApp Messenger is arguably the most popular cross-platform messaging application on the planet. I honestly can't remember the last time I didn't see it in the top ten paid apps in the App Store.
Today WhatsApp Messenger for iOS received an update adding a few new features. iPhone users can send multiple photos in the same message, use custom URL-schemes for third-party apps, and back up conversation history to iCloud.
To back up a conversation to iCloud you'll first need to … Read more
Gmail for iPhone offers a self-contained alternative to the Mail app built into every iOS device, and for those with Gmail accounts, it is a very good experience, all but eliminating connection issues and delays. While the core functionality is roughly the same between Gmail and Mail, the added features that have been part of Gmail for the better part of a decade are on full display here and they make Gmail for iPhone one of the best all-around mail apps on the App Store.
Gmail for iPhone is a self-contained app that doesn't require integration with any of … Read more
In the wake of people learning about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, it's become clear that phone records and text messages are not entirely private.
The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde and a couple of app developers have decided to do something about it. They are working on creating a messaging app that is spy-proof, according to GigaOM.
"All communication on today's networks is being monitored by government agencies and private companies. The politicians are not going to stop it, they're actually asking for more," Sunde said in a video about the … Read more
Those users looking to get on Apple's iMessage earlier this afternoon were out of luck.
According to the tech giant's system status page, the instant-messaging service for iOS and Mac OS experienced an outage for 40 minutes, between 12:35 p.m. and 1:11 p.m. PT.
A quick glance at Twitter, however, shows that some users are claiming to still be affected by the outage -- nearly two hours after Apple posted the service being restored.
It's not very exciting, but InstaMessage perfectly adds a much-needed chat feature to Instagram. It looks like the people behind Instagram designed it, and it actually has an active membership base. It even lets you control parts of your Instagram profile, but its marquee feature is the real draw.
To make this app work, you have to log in with your Instagram account. Once you do, it feeds in all of your Instagram friends, but you can only message them if they use the app, too. You'll probably have to invite most of your friends before you get … Read more
In an effort to boost messaging, Facebook announced Tuesday that members can now send stickers to each other in private messages from the Web.
The social network introduced stickers in April, adding them first to its Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps for iOS and Android. Stickers are essentially more elaborate, character-driven emoticons, and they give members a more lightweight means to communicate through kooky animations.
Facebook's stickers are accessible from the smiley icon inside messages. Members can download the digital messaging additives from Facebook's sticker store, which currently includes 16 free packs. Last week, Facebook added a "… Read more
Voxer Walkie-Talkie is a communications app that lets you use push-to-talk walkie-talkie features, send text messages and images, and share your location. But it's important to note that the default is to share your location, and not everyone will be comfortable sending that information.
What makes Voxer useful (for those who don't have unlimited voice plans) is that it doesn't use up minutes from your carrier; it only uses your data allowance. And even with a lot of voice messages, photos, and texts, it uses only a small amount of your data pool. Sprint, which was known … Read more
You know you have a hidden inbox on Facebook, right? The "other" message folder is reserved for those people who message you and aren't one of your Facebook friends.
There's a chance some messages from nonfriends will go to your main inbox (depending on your settings), but most of the time these messages make their way to your other messages, without you ever being notified of a waiting message. Unless the sender decides to pay $1 to guarantee the message ends up in your main folder.
Up until recently, the only way to access your other … Read more