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WhatsApp back up again: The Chumbawamba of apps

WhatsApp back up again: The Chumbawamba of apps

By Rik Henderson

This morning, WhatsApp users worldwide reported issues with the chat service. Instead of being able to communicate with friends and colleagues, they were experiencing connection issues today, Friday 3 November.It now seems to be working again, however,... Read more

WhatsApp now lets you delete sent messages - here's how it works

WhatsApp now lets you delete sent messages - here's how it works

By Elyse Betters

Have you ever sent a quick message that you quickly regretted?Yeah, same here. It really makes us wish messenger services had, like, some sort of undo button. Enter: WhatsApp. Starting now, it lets you delete sent messages. But there are a couple of... Read more

WhatsApp with soon be able to play YouTube videos in chats

WhatsApp with soon be able to play YouTube videos in chats

By Rik Henderson

WhatsApp is soon to add a new feature and it's one that many will have had on their wishlist for years. You will soon be able to view YouTube videos in chats rather than just send links back and forth.The new feature was discovered in the latest WhatsApp... Read more

15 secret WhatsApp tricks you might not know about

15 secret WhatsApp tricks you might not know about

By Britta O'Boyle

WhatsApp. Wonderful, wonderful, WhatsApp. The messaging service that made BBM look boring and text messages redundant.Of course there are now heaps of messaging services around, but WhatsApp has had a massive head start on almost all of them, meaning... Read more

How to get Siri to read out your WhatsApp messages

How to get Siri to read out your WhatsApp messages

By Rik Henderson

After the recent WhatsApp update for iOS the messaging app now works with Siri. You can get Apple's voice assistant to read out your messages, reply to them and even send new ones to people in your WhatsApp contact lists. It can also be used to call... Read more

How to enable WhatsApp's two-step verification on iPhone and Android

How to enable WhatsApp's two-step verification on iPhone and Android

By Cam Bunton

WhatsApp recently implemented two-step verification in its popular messaging app for both Android and iOS, and you're going to want to enable it as soon as it's available for your phone. Two-step verification, also often called two-factor verification,... Read more

BlackBerry users get reprieve from WhatsApp cutoff

BlackBerry users get reprieve from WhatsApp cutoff

By Elyse Betters

Although WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps available, it will stop working for several users in the new year. Early last year, WhatsApp announced it would end support by late 2016 for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:... Read more

WhatsApp gets video calling at last, move over FaceTime

WhatsApp gets video calling at last, move over FaceTime

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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?

By Britta O'Boyle

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,... Read more

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

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

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

By Elyse Betters

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,... Read more

ChatSim gives you unlimited messages worldwide for just £8 a year, including WhatsApp

ChatSim gives you unlimited messages worldwide for just £8 a year, including WhatsApp

By Rik Henderson

ChatSim is a new network idea that enables you to use any of the messaging apps on your phone or tablet as much as you like, all for just one yearly fee of £8. It works in countries around the world, and you don't even have to be on Wi-Fi to make use... Read more

WhatsApp now completely free for all, subscriptions scrapped

WhatsApp now completely free for all, subscriptions scrapped

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

By Elyse Betters

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."... Read more

WhatsApp tips and tricks: Amazing features you never knew about

WhatsApp tips and tricks: Amazing features you never knew about

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

WhatsApp's voice over internet calling finally arrives for iOS

WhatsApp's voice over internet calling finally arrives for iOS

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

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

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

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

By Chris Hall

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... Read more

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

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

WhatsApp is offering a SIM with unlimited messaging for free

WhatsApp is offering a SIM with unlimited messaging for free

By Luke Edwards

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... Read more

WhatsApp to get voice calling feature in next few months

WhatsApp to get voice calling feature in next few months

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

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?

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

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

By Jake Smith

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... Read more

WhatsApp CEO: No ads or change after the Facebook deal

WhatsApp CEO: No ads or change after the Facebook deal

By Jake Smith

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:... Read more

Facebook buys WhatsApp messaging service for more than $16 billion

Facebook buys WhatsApp messaging service for more than $16 billion

By Jake Smith

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... Read more

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

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

BBM takes on WhatsApp: Should you switch?

BBM takes on WhatsApp: Should you switch?

By Britta O'Boyle

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... Read more

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

By Elyse Betters

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... Read more

In-app chat overtakes SMS texting for first time

In-app chat overtakes SMS texting for first time

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

WhatsApp availability expands to BlackBerry Q10, ahead of wide availability

WhatsApp availability expands to BlackBerry Q10, ahead of wide availability

By Jake Smith

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... Read more

WhatsApp not being sold to Google, says exec

WhatsApp not being sold to Google, says exec

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

WhatsApp Android update brings new design, more native feel

WhatsApp Android update brings new design, more native feel

By Chris Hall

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... Read more

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

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

By Jake Smith

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... Read more

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

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

By Rik Henderson

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... Read more

WhatsApp Windows Phone 8 app now available

WhatsApp Windows Phone 8 app now available

By Stuart Miles

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... Read more

Whatsapp selling to Facebook? Silicon Valley sources say yes

Whatsapp selling to Facebook? Silicon Valley sources say yes

By Stuart Miles

The company behind Whatapp, the multi-platform instant messenger app, is rumoured to be in talks to sell the business to Facebook.According to gossip in Silicon Valley courtesy of TechCrunch, the usual "sources close to the matter" are spilling some of... Read more

APP OF THE DAY: WhatsApp review (Android)

APP OF THE DAY: WhatsApp review (Android)

By Chris Hall

Smartphones are great for keeping in touch, be that with friends, family or colleagues. It really doesn't matter what device you have, there are plenty of options available to you.SMS and MMS messaging is great, but sometimes you want something more immediate,... Read more