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WhatSim dedicates your smartphone solely to WhatsApp

WhatSim dedicates your smartphone solely to WhatsApp

What's up with WhatsApp these days? The popular, or sometimes unpopular, messaging service, now owned by Facebook, is back in the spotlight. First it is moving to shutdown third-party WhatsApp apps, for the sake of security and privacy of course, and then it revealed a so far Chrome-only web app. Though not exactly its doing, the announcement of this rather odd SIM card, called, what else, WhatSim, puts the service again on a pedestal, letting users worldwide chat to their hearts content.

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WhatsApp gives us another reason not to side-load apps

WhatsApp gives us another reason not to side-load apps

Those reports we see now and again about malware for Android always have a pretty strong narrative thread: don’t download apps outside of the Play Store. When you side-load apps, you open yourself up to all kinds of bad things, which is typically when malware takes hold. WhatsApp Plus, an app created for use as a WhatsApp client, has been an issue for users lately. WhatsApp has begun issuing 24-hour bans for users, but it’s not them — it’s their app.

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Alibaba developing DingTalk, social app for small-medium businesses

Alibaba developing DingTalk, social app for small-medium businesses

If Facebook and LinkedIn weren't enough, China's Alibaba is looking to dip its toe in the enterprise service waters, specifically with a social app for businesses. The world's largest e-commerce company is currently developing DingTalk, which at first sounds like another run-of-the mill messaging app for smartphones, but has specific features meant to appeal to enterprise users. In beta testing since December, DingChat will offer the standard group messaging, as well as conference calls, and the ability to connect with Alibaba's platforms that its customers already use.

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Snapchat charging top dollar for ad space

Snapchat charging top dollar for ad space

Snapchat has already given way to advertising, with the service letting loose their vanishing ads to unwitting users late last year. The ads show up under the ‘recents’ tab for both iOS and Android, with the obvious goal being clicks from users and returned revenue for Snapchat. Ads don’t just show up, though; they’re carefully seeded, with proprietary content often cajoled from an advertising partner. A new report suggests Snapchat is taking a hard-line stance on ad space, demanding — not asking — for $750,000 per run.

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UK Prime Minister to messaging services: backdoor or get out

UK Prime Minister to messaging services: backdoor or get out

In his bid for re-election, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is threatening to have popular messaging services banned in the country unless a requirement is met. These services, which can be used as a vehicle for any type of communication, legal or otherwise, must provide a backdoor for the government to use or face being banned from the country. It's not exactly a novel or shocking idea but its is probably the boldest and most outright support for such methods from a head of state.

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Strings messaging service lets you take back what you sent

Strings messaging service lets you take back what you sent

Now that you’ve done your partying and charged your phone up, check out your messages. did you send anything you maybe shouldn’t have? Do you regret any of those “Happy New Year!” messages? Well, they’re all out there now, aren’t they. If only there was an app that would let you pull back your messages or photos. Wait, there is — Strings. The new messaging platform lets you yank sent messages back, even if the recipient has received them and laughed at you already.

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Snapchat Windows Phone apps yanked by Microsoft

Snapchat Windows Phone apps yanked by Microsoft

Windows Phone users addicted to ephemeral messaging service Snapchat have found themselves without a way to access their self-destructing photos, with Microsoft yanking all third-party apps offering the system. The news leaves Snapchat completely absent from Windows Phone, since Snapchat itself still lacks a homegrown client. The writing was on the wall for workarounds like 6snap, however, after Snapchat had asked users not to use third-party clients over security concerns, following a spate of photo and data leaks blamed on unofficial apps.

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Facebook ‘Stickered’ app lets you overlay stickers onto your photos

Facebook ‘Stickered’ app lets you overlay stickers onto your photos

Int heir ongoing attempt to dominate your home screen, Facebook is announcing another app today. An accompaniment to Messenger, Stickered is a new app that lets you plaster stickers all over your photos before sending them along to friends via Messenger. Facebook Messenger is also getting some festive new tweaks in time for the holidays, with a “festive frame” for New Year’s Eve pics as well as snow-globe chat heads. Messenger will also get a holiday inspired sticker pack in addition to it’s new app.

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Secret app redesigned, gets chat & work features

Secret app redesigned, gets chat & work features

Anonymous messaging apps have their intrigue, there’s no doubt about it. Spilling your most intimate secrets to a group of people who won’t know it’s you can be both frightening and cathartic, but like the messages themselves, not lasting. After an intense launch that saw it reach the top of the App Store charts, Secret has lost its mojo, and given way to several other apps similar to it. Now it’s been refreshed, has a new look, and some new functionality that makes it more of an interpersonal chat platform.

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WhatsApp tipped to be developing desktop web client

WhatsApp tipped to be developing desktop web client

Recent Facebook acquisition WhatsApp is known for being one of the best multi-platform mobile messaging apps, available on a number of devices beyond the standard iOS and Android. The only catch is that the app can only be used on a mobile phone, since users' account are directly tied to their phone number. But that may finally change soon, as there is evidence the company is already at work on a web client for desktops.

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