Soon, you’ll be able to send messages across Instagram and WhatsApp using just Messenger. There’s also a Messenger desktop client in testing that might roll out later this year.
Apps/Software May 1, 2019
A beta version of WhatsApp labels shows users messages that have been frequently forwarded. This feature could help users avoid sharing content that’s potentially spam or fake.
Apps/Software March 25, 2019
After adding an unsend option and dark mode, Facebook is now bringing message replies to Messenger. The new feature will allow users to quote a specific message in their replies for a less-confusing conversation thread.
Apps/Software March 21, 2019
A beta version of WhatsApp allegedly exists, which has an in-app browser for reverse image search. Users can take advantage of this tool to verify whether images are legitimate.
Apps/Software March 19, 2019
It's time to delete Facebook, says WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton. The entrepreneur, who sold the messaging app to Facebook for $19 billion, has been vocal in criticizing the company's policies on privacy and advertising.
Apps/Software March 18, 2019
Facebook-owned apps have been down for hours across the globe. The worldwide outage is one of the longest the social media platforms experienced, with some users still not being able to access the apps at the time of writing.
Internet March 14, 2019
It might take a long time before Facebook’s unified messaging platform arrives. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook is still in the early stages of the proposed integration.
Apps/Software January 31, 2019
Facebook is once again facing privacy issues. After reports surfaced about the company’s plan to merge its messaging apps, lawmakers are now raising concerns on how it’ll affect users’ privacy.
Security January 28, 2019
If not by the end of this year, nearly all of major apps owned by Facebook will have a unified messaging system by early 2020. They’ll have end-to-end encryption as well, as so ordered by CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Apps/Software January 26, 2019
WhatsApp announced that users can only forward messages five times from the previous 20 times in a bid to fight the spread of fake news. This followed the six-month experiment in India, where malicious news caused lynching last year.
Apps/Software January 21, 2019
Facebook is ready to roll out ads on the WhatsApp messaging service. The company plans to put them in Status, which rolled out just last year.
Apps/Software November 2, 2018
Group video and voice calls are now possible in WhatsApp. The company says the feature is rolling out now, and like every interaction in the app, it’s going to have end-to-end encryption.
Apps/Software July 31, 2018
WhatsApp introduced a new feature aimed to curb the spread of fake news, spam, and scams. Look for the new 'forwarded' label and think twice whether to pass the message along.
Apps/Software July 11, 2018
Facebook owns four of the top five most downloaded iOS apps of all time, according to App Annie. The report, which was released to celebrate the App Store's 10th birthday, also revealed the top games for the operating system.
Apps/Software July 3, 2018
The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism released its annual Digital News Report. They found that younger social media users are turning to WhatsApp to talk about current events.
Apps/Software June 14, 2018
WhatsApp gives iOS users exclusive features that will connect the app with two social media networks. Users will now be able to freely watch videos from Facebook and Instagram without leaving the app.
Apps/Software May 7, 2018
A WhatsApp prank message, featuring a black dot, is causing the app to hang and crash on Android smartphones for users who accept its dare. Here is the secret behind the seemingly innocent message.
Apps/Software May 7, 2018
WhatsApp co-founder and Facebook board member Jan Koum announced his departure from the social media company. Koum joined the Facebook leadership team when WhatsApp was purchased in 2014.
Internet May 1, 2018
WhatsApp gets two new much-needed features. The first lets users remove a member’s administrator privileges without kicking them out of the group, and the second lets them pin high priority notifications at the top.
Apps/Software April 19, 2018
Police in the UK was able to extract a fingerprint from a picture sent on WhatsApp to catch a drug dealer. Police are calling the work 'groundbreaking' and implying that it is the future of law enforcement.
Apps/Software April 17, 2018
On March 20, Whatsapp cofounder Brian Acton has started a viral #DeleteFacebook campaign. Three days later, SpaceX and Tesla's pages just disappeared on Mark Zuckerberg's social media platform.
Apps/Software March 24, 2018
WhatsApp quietly updated the Delete for Everyone feature to extend the time allowed for users to delete the messages that they sent. From seven minutes, the time was extended to a strangely specific one hour, eight minutes, and 16 seconds.
Apps/Software March 13, 2018
A new iOS 11 bug is wreaking havoc, crashing iPhones and disabling access to several third-party apps. The bug entails a message with an Indian language character.
Apple February 15, 2018
Apple is adding its first third-party messenger to its automotive platform. WhatsApp latest update adds CarPlay support but the functionality is limited to in-car use.
Apps/Software January 30, 2018
The standalone WhatsApp Business app has officially launched in five markets, including the United States. Here's what you need to know about its tolls, perks, availability, and more.
Apps/Software January 18, 2018
Skype plans to soon roll out Private Conversations, a new messaging feature protected by end-to-end encryption. Microsoft is collaborating with Signal Protocol to make privileged communications possible with Skype, and perhaps catch up with rivals Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
Apps/Software January 12, 2018
Researchers reported an alleged security flaw for WhatsApp that supposedly violates privacy. The group claimed that a hacker can discretely add another member into a group chat to view future messages.
Apps/Software January 11, 2018
WhatsApp users can now delete messages seven minutes after sending them, preventing potentially awkward things from happening. However, the app’s new delete feature includes plenty of caveats to keep in mind.
Apps/Software October 29, 2017
Sharing your location in real time is now possible with WhatsApp thanks to Live Location, a popular feature borrowed from Facebook. As with other WhatsApp features, location sharing also offers end-to-end encryption.
Apps/Software October 18, 2017
China has decided to block WhatsApp ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, leaving Facebook without significant presence in the country. It marks yet another exercise in censorship by the Great Firewall of China.
Internet September 26, 2017
WhatsApp has announced that it will release a free business app that’ll allow business and enterprise owners to keep in touch with their customers. The company might also charge larger companies as a way to make money.
Apps/Software September 6, 2017
WhatsApp has now shot to 1 billion daily users, according to Facebook’s most recent earnings report. As its user base across apps grows, however, so will the number of ads.
Apps/Software July 28, 2017
China appears to have tightened its internet crackdown, and the latest victim is WhatsApp. Several users have experienced disruptions with the app recently, with speculation suggesting that it will be blocked in the country eventually.
Internet July 19, 2017
Amazon might soon unveil a brand-new messaging platform. Reportedly rivaling Facebook Messenger, Amazon Anytime will feature much of the same features as others, but with encryption, for good measure.
Apps/Software July 17, 2017
WhatsApp for iOS got a new update, bringing new features to enhance the experience. The latest app version now sports quick replies, photo albums, and filters for images, videos, and GIFs.
Apps/Software June 7, 2017
WhatsApp is charging for lifetime subscription in the UK but experts say this is a new scam. WhatsApp users are advised to ignore the message.
Apps/Software June 4, 2017
The European Union's watchdog slapped Facebook with a 110 million euro fine ($122 million) for providing misleading information about its WhatsApp deal back in 2014. The fine doesn't affect the Commission's previous decision to authorize the deal.
Business Tech May 18, 2017
Opera released the latest version of its browser and the main highlight is improved communication. The new Opera Reborn has a new messaging sidebar build right into the interface, offering quick access to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram.
Internet May 10, 2017
WhatsApp went down again, and to no one's surprise, the internet went crazy over it. Here are the reactions some of the users had because of the short outage.
Internet May 4, 2017
The UK's bid to gain access to WhatsApp following the London attack has stirred another round of controversy in the encryption debacle. WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption to secure communication and a backdoor would create a dangerous security loophole.
Security March 28, 2017
United Kingdom Home Secretary Amber Rudd is calling for WhatsApp and other encrypted communication services to open up their platforms to intelligence teams. Last week, the man behind the London incident checked his WhatsApp account shortly before the attack.
Security March 27, 2017
WhatsApp is bringing back its text status message after it faced user backlash when the functionality was removed in favor of new 'Status' feature. WhatsApp rolled out the new feature in February this year.
Apps/Software March 17, 2017
WhatsApp and Telegram, two messaging apps renowned for their security, had a severe security flaw that left 'hundreds of millions of accounts' exposed. Check Point Security researchers recently notified the two companies and both WhatsApp and Telegram have since patched the vulnerability.
Security March 15, 2017
WhatsApp is reportedly working on a version of its app for businesses as a way to monetize its platform.
Apps/Software March 9, 2017
Google announced that it is leading an industry-wide initiative to adopt Rich Communication Services for text messaging. Naturally, this would mean that all stakeholders and partners will be using one SMS app only, which is the so-called Android Messages.
Google February 24, 2017
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