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Expensive Chat launched as a ‘social experiment’
A new internet chat service has been launched, but there’s an interesting twist. Expensive Chat, launched by entrepreneur Marc Köhlbrugge, will charge you a cent for every character you use. On the face of it, you wouldn’t think that it would really catch on. Though, rather surprisingly, scores of... Read more
Here are the 230 new emojis that have just been approved for 2019
Everybody has been talking about the latest batch of emojis, following their approval earlier this week. Unicode Consortium, the group which approve the icons before they appear on the likes of Android and iOS, has given the green light for no less than 230 new emojis. This means that... Read more
WhatsApp Business to add new web and desktop features to celebrate birthday
To celebrate its first birthday, WhatsApp Business has added some handy features to its desktop and web services. The WhatsApp Business features now available, via fresh web and desktop designs, have been confirmed. Published in an official blog post, the changes are hoped to speed up day-to-day business and... Read more
Kim Dotcom Launches MegaChat, End-To-End Encrypted Messaging Platform
Kim Dotcom might be bankrupt, but that hasn’t stopped him launch the new MegaChat service, an end-to-end encrypted messaging platform to compete with Skype. Going under the ‘Mega’ brand, Dotcom claimed MegaChat would be much safer than Skype due to servers being based outside the U.S., alongside end-to-end encryption... Read more
MegaChat Encrypted Service Launched
Kim Dotcom, the Internet entrepreneur, has just announced the release of an encrypted chat service, called MegaChat. The service is to compete with the widely used and Microsoft-owned, Skype. The new features will be rolled out gradually, with the initial services starting off with video-calling, Dotcom said. This news has... Read more
WhatsApp Bans Unofficial App Users
The messaging service WhatsApp is starting a ban on some users for a 24 hour period because they were sending and receiving messages via an unofficial client, which wasn’t made by WhatsApp. Many of the users that were affected were using Whatsapp+. This is one of the most popular third-party... Read more
Kim Dotcom Working On Encrypted Messaging Service, Named MegaChat
Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom has announced his team at Mega is working on an encrypted messaging service, named MegaChat, to apparently kill Skype. Kim wrote on Twitter: “Mega will soon release a fully encrypted and browser based video call & chat service including high-speed file transfers. Bye bye Skype... Read more
Snapchat Clones Disappear From Windows Phone, Real Version Coming?
Snapchat is starting to crack down on third-party apps, after the SnapSaved incident where thousands of photos were leaked onto the internet. Windows Phone has been the first targeted, with Snapchat removing almost all third-party apps using its API. Snapchat is legally allowed to push for removal, due to... Read more
WhatsApp Potentially Coming to Desktop
WhatsApp is available on almost every mobile platform, including discontinued platforms like Symbian and Nokia Series 40, but has never developed a web client. New reports say WhatsApp will finally come to the desktop, after five years of availability. The new web client will use OAuth, sending a message... Read more
Skype Can Now Translate Video Calls!
When you actually stop and think about it for a moment, a service like Skype is pretty amazing. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, Skype allows you to share a video call with any other user. We’ve used it for so long we’ve probably gotten a... Read more
TextSecure Protocol Now Used to Encrypt WhatsApp
Are you ever concerned that the messages you share between friends can ever be read by others? Most messaging services such as LINE and WhatsApp have more features than just text support; you can send audio and video as well. So should you be overly concerned about your data?... Read more
Apple Adds New Online Service to Deregister from iMessage
Apple will make it easier for ex-iPhone users switching to Android or Windows Phone to receive text messages, after iMessage was reportedly stopping users from receiving SMS messages on their new device. Instead of calling Apple Care to make sure the system recognizes the new smartphone, users can now... Read more
The End of Microsoft Messenger is Near
Back in 2011 when Microsoft purchased Skype, many people surely expected changes. Then last November, Microsoft announced that it would shut down its long running instant messaging client, Windows Messenger Live. As expected, it has now been announced to users that the messaging service would close up shop on March 15.  ... Read more