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WhatsApp gets video calling at last, move over FaceTime

WhatsApp gets video calling at last, move over FaceTime

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A feature that many have been requesting for years is soon to be added to WhatsApp: video calling.Engadget reports that the Facebook-owned company will be introducing full video calling to its iOS, Android and Windows apps in the "coming days".You can... >>

Facebook's WhatsApp is testing a Snapchat Stories-like feature

Facebook's WhatsApp is testing a Snapchat Stories-like feature

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Facebook is trying to go after Snapchat again.The company is developing an ephemeral photo feature for WhatsApp, the popular messaging app it acquired a couple years ago for more than $19 billion. Remember, Facebook once tried to buy Snapchat, but the... >>

WhatsApp says it's going to start giving user data to Facebook

WhatsApp says it's going to start giving user data to Facebook

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Ever since Facebook acquired the WhatsApp messaging app two years ago, users have worried about their privacy.The app's co-founder wrote a blog post at the time to alleviate their concerns, saying "respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA, and we... >>

WhatsApp for Android has started beta testing a new video-calling feature

WhatsApp for Android has started beta testing a new video-calling feature

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WhatsApp might update soon with a pretty cool feature: video calling.According to Fonearena, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is testing a video-calling feature. The latest Android beta of the popular messaging app apparently includes a new option to place a video... >>

WhatsApp tips and tricks: Amazing features you never knew about

WhatsApp tips and tricks: Amazing features you never knew about

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There's always a bit of a learning curve when it comes to mastering new apps and WhatsApp is no different. It's wickedly popular (it recently hit a billion users) and extremely easy to get started using right away, but the messenger does have a few quirks... >>

WhatsApp desktop app: What is it, how does it work and how do you use it?

WhatsApp desktop app: What is it, how does it work and how do you use it?

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Instant messaging service WhatsApp has announced a desktop app, offering yet another way to make it as easy as possible to keep up to date with all your WhatsApp messages throughout the day.The desktop app works in exactly the same way as WhatsApp web,... >>

WhatsApp wants to take over your Windows 10 or OS X desktop

WhatsApp wants to take over your Windows 10 or OS X desktop

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WhatsApp is heavily rumoured to be developing a native application for Windows 10 and OS X.It is possible to connect to your WhatsApp profile and display messages through a browser, but that only works through your phone. WhatsApp Web simply syncs through... >>

WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encryption: What does that mean?

WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encryption: What does that mean?

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp has updated with end-to-end encryption.The latest version of the messaging client now ensures all messages, photos, video, files, and calls are completely secure for its 1 billion users (no matter whether they are using iPhones,... >>

Facebook is the latest company to bail on BlackBerry 10

Facebook is the latest company to bail on BlackBerry 10

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BlackBerry has lost support for the Facebook app on its platform after the social media company reportedly announced it has abandoned the phone maker.The Facebook app will no longer be supported on BlackBerry devices, reports the BBC.This follows Facebook-owned... >>

BlackBerry abandoned by WhatsApp, beginning of the end for BB10?

BlackBerry abandoned by WhatsApp, beginning of the end for BB10?

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WhatsApp has announced that it will be stopping support for certain operating systems including BlackBerry's BB10 OS.WhatsApp has said that it will stop supporting certain operating systems as it wants to focus on those used by the majority of people.While... >>

WhatsApp now completely free for all, subscriptions scrapped

WhatsApp now completely free for all, subscriptions scrapped

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WhatsApp is ditching subscription fees to make the service completely free to use, no matter how long you use it for.Until now, the messaging app has been free for the first year of use but then charged a fee of 99 US cents for each extra year. That has... >>

iPhone users can now use WhatsApp on the web: Here's how to set it up

iPhone users can now use WhatsApp on the web: Here's how to set it up

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been ignoring iPhone users for a while.Sure, there's a WhatsApp app for iPhone. But the web client, which has been available for months and works with other mobile platforms like Android and BlackBerry, has never supported... >>

You can now use 'OK Google' to WhatsApp message your friends by voice

You can now use 'OK Google' to WhatsApp message your friends by voice

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If you use the Google app on Android to text someone, you'll be glad to know the app just got an update that now lets you do the same thing with popular messaging apps like Whatsapp.Just say something like “OK Google, send a Whatsapp message to Taylor."... >>

WhatsApp's voice over internet calling finally arrives for iOS

WhatsApp's voice over internet calling finally arrives for iOS

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WhatsApp is continuing its apparent mission to kill traditional voice calls.Traditionally voice calls have long been restricted to your network connection, but with voice-over-internet calling (also called VoIP calling), messenger apps like WhatsApp can... >>

5 apps that give you free voice calling

5 apps that give you free voice calling

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Messaging apps are becoming more and more popular as many offer more than the ability to just send a message to a contact. Using your data connection, they allow you to send images, videos and files, along with make video or voice calls, essentially making the... >>

WhatsApp voice over internet calling is here for Android, iOS incoming

WhatsApp voice over internet calling is here for Android, iOS incoming

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WhatsApp may be about to do to voice calls what its messaging did to texts - kill them. You can now call over internet using WhatsApp.The latest WhatsApp 2.12.5 update for Android will allow for voice calls over your internet connection, be it 4G, 3G... >>

Twitter takes on WhatsApp: New group messaging and video features explained

Twitter takes on WhatsApp: New group messaging and video features explained

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Twitter has updated its mobile apps and website, adding two anticipated and very useful features: group messages and 30-second videos.Twitter revealed a few months ago that it was planning to add video-sharing options as well as a new way for you to privately... >>

WhatsApp Web brings messaging to your desktop: Here's everything you need to know

WhatsApp Web brings messaging to your desktop: Here's everything you need to know

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WhatsApp, one of the most popular mobile messaging apps, has just announced that it is also coming to your desktop, thanks to a Chrome web client.Rather than making a desktop app, WhatsApp Web is simply a web client, so everything is still managed by... >>

9 Windows Phone apps you must download first

9 Windows Phone apps you must download first

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Microsoft Windows Phone has come on leaps and bounds in recent years. As the software has become better so too have the phones and as a result more apps than ever are available on the platform.If you're new to Windows Phone or just aren't sure you've... >>

What's new in WhatsApp? Blue ticks, security, and new features explained

What's new in WhatsApp? Blue ticks, security, and new features explained

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Following similar moves by Apple and Google, WhatsApp has started encrypting data.Apple And Google encrypt data stored on iPhones and Android devices by default, and now the world's most popular messenger - or at least the Android version - will do the... >>

iOS 8 features ruffle a few feathers, WhatsApp CEO accuses Apple of 'borrowing'

iOS 8 features ruffle a few feathers, WhatsApp CEO accuses Apple of 'borrowing'

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WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum has spoken out about Apple's new features coming to iMessage with iOS 8 later in the year. He suggests that the Cupertino company may have been influenced by some of the functionality of his messaging application when... >>

What does Facebook own? Here's the companies it has acquired and the reasons why

What does Facebook own? Here's the companies it has acquired and the reasons why

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Facebook is on a spending spree, shelling out billions and billions of dollars on both small and large companies that the social network will either fold into its umbrella or tap to improve experiences.Facebook has gobbled up roughly 50 companies since... >>

WhatsApp Voice over LTE is going to push networks to compete or die trying

WhatsApp Voice over LTE is going to push networks to compete or die trying

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WhatsApp recently announced that it will be introducing voice calling in the next few months. According to network software engineers this means huge changes ahead for networks that will result in the death of 3G calls, the start of HD chatting, better... >>

WhatsApp is offering a SIM with unlimited messaging for free

WhatsApp is offering a SIM with unlimited messaging for free

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In a world first WhatsApp has teamed with a German network provider to offer its own SIM with free WhatsApp messaging. This is a step towards making WhatsApp an MVNO, meaning a carrier that doesn’t own an actual network – like GiffGaff.Initially this... >>

Google: We never tried to buy WhatsApp, what are you talking about?

Google: We never tried to buy WhatsApp, what are you talking about?

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Google has denied claims on Wednesday that it made a bid for WhatsApp, before the messaging app was acquired by Facebook earlier this month for more than $16 billion. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android and Chrome at Google, called the... >>

Zuckerberg wants to make social networking, messaging and search free for all

Zuckerberg wants to make social networking, messaging and search free for all

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Mark Zuckerberg has said that Facebook wants to create a 911 style service for the internet to allow people to access services like social networking, messaging, and search for free to people around the globe."We want to create a similar dial tone for... >>

WhatsApp to get voice calling feature in next few months

WhatsApp to get voice calling feature in next few months

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WhatsApp will gain voice calling abilities in the second quarter of this year. CEO Jan Koum revealed that the much-requested feature will arrive before the summer, at a press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.The messaging service, bought by... >>

Internet.org is the real reason behind Facebook WhatsApp deal, and here's why

Internet.org is the real reason behind Facebook WhatsApp deal, and here's why

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In less than a month Facebook has gone from being the leading social networking site, to one that could potentially be the leading instant messaging app company as well.If the deal goes through, Facebook will have a further 450m people it can count as... >>

WhatsApp acquisition: Why did Facebook spend more than $16bn on a messaging app?

WhatsApp acquisition: Why did Facebook spend more than $16bn on a messaging app?

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Facebook has bought WhatsApp for a headline figure of $16 billion, but the deal goes well beyond that.The monumental deal involves both cash and stock, but Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, has already promised his public company will not use advertising... >>

Facebook's WhatsApp acquisition is huge: The 10 big company buyouts in recent memory

Facebook's WhatsApp acquisition is huge: The 10 big company buyouts in recent memory

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Facebook has just made the big announcement that it's buying hit messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion. To compare the size of the deal, we've rounded up substantial acquisitions of internet and device companies in recent memory. HP buys Compaq for... >>

WhatsApp CEO: No ads or change after the Facebook deal

WhatsApp CEO: No ads or change after the Facebook deal

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WhatsApp won't see any major changes after being bought out by Facebook for $19 billion. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum took to the company's blog on Wednesday to notify its 450 million monthly active users, saying: "Here’s what will change for you, our users:... >>

Facebook buys WhatsApp messaging service for more than $16 billion

Facebook buys WhatsApp messaging service for more than $16 billion

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Facebook plans to acquire hit messaging app WhatsApp for $16 billion, in a deal that is said will help accelerate growth and user engagement across both companies, the company announced on Wednesday.The deal is made up of $4 billion in cash and $12... >>

WhatsApp reaches 400M monthly active users - without relying on 'distracting features'

WhatsApp reaches 400M monthly active users - without relying on 'distracting features'

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WhatsApp now has 400 million active users. Yes, active. Not just registered. And it got this far without going the way of rivals.WhatsApp is a mobile messaging service that sends free texts, photos, videos, and audio messages, and it just revealed via... >>

Instagram Direct hands-on: Facebook's pursuit of Snapchat

Instagram Direct hands-on: Facebook's pursuit of Snapchat

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Facebook-owned Instagram sits at 150 million users and looks to create the ultimate multimedia experience on mobile, borrowing from other services in the process.When Vine came on the scene in spring 2013, Instagram was quick to add videos too. Now as... >>

Instagram announces Direct messaging service

Instagram announces Direct messaging service

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Instagram, the photo and video social media platform, now also offers messaging thanks to its Direct update.Direct will allow users to send and receive messages with other member in real time, much like WhatsApp. But unlike that this will allow you to... >>

BBM takes on WhatsApp: Should you switch?

BBM takes on WhatsApp: Should you switch?

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After months of waiting, BBM finally arrived on iPhone and Android last week but with so many other great instant messaging services, is it a little late joining the game?We have been swapping between BBM and WhatsApp to see which we prefer and whether... >>

Twitter's direct messages app: Is it really coming, and why now?

Twitter's direct messages app: Is it really coming, and why now?

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Twitter is in the news again, but this time it has nothing to do with adverts, Vine or initial public offerings. Nope. This time it's about a standalone app for direct messages. The company has already made some changes to its direct message feature recently... >>

BBM delayed for iPhone and Android: Here are 7 alternative IM apps

BBM delayed for iPhone and Android: Here are 7 alternative IM apps

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BlackBerry Messenger for iPhone and Android has been delayed, but there are plenty of other ways you can talk to your friends via instant messenger (IM) on your iPhone or Android device. Here are some of the very popular alternatives.WhatsappiTunes, Google... >>

WhatsApp for iPhone now sends multiple photos at once, adds iCloud chat back-ups

WhatsApp for iPhone now sends multiple photos at once, adds iCloud chat back-ups

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WhatsApp Messenger for iPhone updated on Tuesday, introducing a few enhancements such as the ability to send multiple photos at once.Aside from improved photo-sending capabilities, the app has launched URL schema support for third-party apps. It also... >>

In-app chat overtakes SMS texting for first time

In-app chat overtakes SMS texting for first time

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More mobile phone owners are using in-app chat and messaging services rather than traditional SMS text messaging, says a report by research firm Informa.The company claims that 17.6 billion mobile phone text messages were sent worldwide on average each... >>

WhatsApp availability expands to BlackBerry Q10, ahead of wide availability

WhatsApp availability expands to BlackBerry Q10, ahead of wide availability

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Everyone's favourite cross-platform messaging app WhatsApp is extending its availability across the BlackBerry 10 platform, now available on the BlackBerry Q10 catering to the Qwerty lovers. WhatsApp made its BlackBerry 10 debut in March for the BlackBerry... >>

WhatsApp not being sold to Google, says exec

WhatsApp not being sold to Google, says exec

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Contrary to rumours flying about the tech industry, Google is not in talks to buy messaging app company WhatsApp. Only yesterday, reports suggested the developer was to be sold to Google for a touted sum of $1 billion, but a company executive has denied... >>

Google working to acquire cross-platform WhatsApp messenger?

Google working to acquire cross-platform WhatsApp messenger?

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Popular messaging application WhatApp is being courted by Google for an acquisition, according to DigitalTrends. The publication says the acquisition price of WhatsApp could be as high as $1 billion, though Google hasn't given official word on the matter.Google... >>

WhatsApp Android update brings new design, more native feel

WhatsApp Android update brings new design, more native feel

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WhatsApp has rolled out an update to its Android app, bringing with it a host of changes.The biggest change is a shift in design. It's subtle, but brings a fresh new look to the universal messaging service. The details from Google Play say the change... >>

WhatsApp now available for BlackBerry 10: Free cross-platform messaging over data

WhatsApp now available for BlackBerry 10: Free cross-platform messaging over data

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Cross-platform messaging application WhatsApp is now available for BlackBerry 10 users, allowing them to send text messages, audio, photo and video for free over data. WhatsApp was covered at the BlackBerry 10 launch event. It comes with native push... >>

WhatsApp Messenger now free for iPhone, but only for a limited time

WhatsApp Messenger now free for iPhone, but only for a limited time

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WhatsApp Messenger, the incredibly popular cross-platform chat, text and email application, is free for download on iPhone for a limited time.Having been crowned the bestselling app of 2012 by iTunes - and therefore a substantial money-maker for WhatsApp... >>

WhatsApp Windows Phone 8 app now available

WhatsApp Windows Phone 8 app now available

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WhatsApp has released a version of its popular messaging app for Windows Phone 8. The app, which is already available for Windows Phone 7.5 users, has been missing from the WP8 launch roster to date.According to Nokia, WhatsApp has worked with the phone... >>