messaging

BitTorrent Chat promises encrypted P2P chat away from NSA prying

BitTorrent Chat promises encrypted P2P chat away from NSA prying

BitTorrent has revealed BitTorrent Chat, its secure take on instant messaging using the peer-to-peer technologies that made it notorious for file-sharing so as to escape the eyes of the NSA. Described as "a pre-Alpha experiment in server-less messaging" the new chat client promises to shuttle conversations across an encrypted, peer-to-peer network rather than routing them through a central server, as iMessage, Skype, and other services currently do.

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BBM for Android and iOS release dates confirmed

BBM for Android and iOS release dates confirmed

While the app is not yet available for download, we can finally put the BBM release date rumors to rest. BlackBerry has confirmed that BBM will available for Android on September 21st and for the iPhone on September 22nd. Specifically, BBM for Android will be available from the Play Store at 7AM EDT and BBM for iPhone will be available from the App Store at 12:01AM local time.

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Path download rate dropping, app hits bottom of Top 1000 chart

Path download rate dropping, app hits bottom of Top 1000 chart

Path managed to get on quite a few users' bad sides this year as it ran afoul of the FTC for collecting user data without permission, soon after drawing ire over a feature that many considered to be nothing more than spam. Despite millions of dollars in funding over the months, having apparently a valuation of hundreds of millions, download charts are showing that popularity for the app is dropping fast.

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Text Message sender could be liable for car wreck in NJ appeals court

Text Message sender could be liable for car wreck in NJ appeals court

A New Jersey appeals court has found true an interesting set of conclusions this month in going over a case involving a car wreck from 2009. In this case, the driver of a vehicle in Mine Hill Township, New Jersey, was texting and driving when he hit a motorcycle carrying Linda and David Kubert - who both subsequently lost their legs as a result of the crash. The Kuberts settled their case against Best, continuing then to sue Shannon Colonna - the person on the other end of the phone.

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Google Hangouts go HD with VP8 switch [UPDATE]

Google Hangouts go HD with VP8 switch [UPDATE]

Starting this month, users will be experience an increased bit of quality in their Google+ Hangouts video chat as result of the company switching over to a new form of video codec. The video codec itself isn't new, it having been released all the way back in 2010, but it's new to this Google system, and just as video chat begins to hit the likes of smartphones and tablets with Hangouts, Google has let it be known that they'll be bringing a higher definition to the web as well. Speaking with Janko Roettgers of GigaOM, Google's Vice President of Engineering Chee Chew let it be known that Google is switching from H.264 to the codec known as VP8.

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WhatsApp for iOS drops fee in favor of annual subscription

WhatsApp for iOS drops fee in favor of annual subscription

WhatsApp is arguably one of the most popular messaging apps today, but its $0.99 price tag on iOS was a bit disappointing considering that every other platform had the app for free. However, the makers of WhatsApp are moving iOS over to the subscription model of other platforms, charging users only $1 per year to use the service.

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Podio Video and Audio Chat hands-on

Podio Video and Audio Chat hands-on

Project management and online workspace service Podio just launched its new video and audio chat feature today that allows collaborators to communicate face-to-face (virtually). The new video and audio features are being added to Podio's current instant messaging service, and we took some time to give it a spin for ourselves.

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