BitTorrent, the company, will perhaps forever be remembered for creating bittorrent, the file sharing protocol. However, the concept of a serverless system of sending packets to and fro the Internet isn't just useful for downloading large videos and files, legally acquired or otherwise. It can also be used to ensure secure and private communication lines, as Bleep, BitTorrent's latest product, tries to demonstrate.
Facebook is cutting chat support from its main mobile app on iOS and Android, following up on its promise to split the Messenger functionality out and drive users to the standalone app. Facebook users are being notified from today with an in-app message warning them that, as of around two weeks time, they'll no longer be able to rely on the chat tab in the regular Facebook app.
Sure, almost all smartwatches have some sort of notification system that will alert you to the latest messages, but rare would a fitness band advertise that same capability. And yet that is exactly what Razer is doing when it revealed that its Nabu smart wearable will integrate with popular messaging and social hub WeChat.
Facebook Messenger and Uber may soon work together, if Mark Zuckerberg has his way. A new report suggest the Facebook CEO has met with Uber to work the ride-share service into Messenger. Now you may not even have to leave your messaging app to get a ride home.
Sending and receiving text messages is like email — boring, but necessary. SMS has never been fun, more utilitarian than interactive. Two free apps could make it fun, though — adding a richer experience to what has become a mundane experience for many of us.
Is messaging truly private, or even secure? Snapchat showed us that even when we think that our conversations are secure, they may not be. A new app, Wiper, aims to deliver on that promise, though; keeping things secure, and you in control.
Facebook Messenger for iPad has finally been released, bringing the social network's standalone IM client to Apple's tablet. Previously only available on the iOS tablet as a doubled iPhone app, the new Messenger supports the same text chats, voice calls, and stickers as its phone counterpart, but in version 7.0 introduces a scaled-up UI.
OpenGarden has a new update for its rather unique FireChat app that users on both sides of the mobile divide would most likely love. With the aptly named the FireChat <3 (Love) update, Android and iOS users will now be able to message anyone of the opposite mobile inclination even when they don't have an Internet connection at hand.