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Report: Google has WhatsApp competitor for Android One

Report: Google has WhatsApp competitor for Android One

Google’s Android One initiative is going to have a big impact in the emerging markets, especially India. Those markets are just now starting to realize smartphones, apps, and the great things they bring to the table. Those markets are also well behind when it comes to connectivity, which is reportedly prompting Google to build a messenger app for that market.

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Path Talk update lets you text businesses (sort of)

Path Talk update lets you text businesses (sort of)

Path updated their Talk app today, and it brings in one striking feature that might have you using their messaging app. You can now text your questions to a business, and get an answer back in a few minutes. Well, on your end it looks like you’re texting a business — it’s a bit more complex than that, though.

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iOS 8 Continuity arrives in October, perhaps with OS X

iOS 8 Continuity arrives in October, perhaps with OS X

If you were excited to get the chance to hand-off MMS and SMS messages in iOS 8, you’ll have to wait a bit longer. Apple has quietly revamped the page on their site discussing the new feature, noting it’s coming — in October. That’s a solid two weeks after iOS 8 officially launches on September 17.

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Stanford Engineers create tiny radio for IoT

Stanford Engineers create tiny radio for IoT

Stanford Engineers have created a radio the size of an ant. The tiny transmitter can send out signals that may not reach far, but have bigger implications than we know. In addition to being extremely small, it’s believed they can be mass-produced for very little cost, and embedded nearly anywhere.

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T-Mobile announces free WiFi texting on a plane

T-Mobile announces free WiFi texting on a plane

If you’ve got a newer smartphone via T-Mobile, you might have the ability to text for free when you travel. Today, at their Uncarrier 7.0 event, T-Mobile announced they were working with Gogo to allow customers to text worldwide while at 30,000 feet. Rather than relying on slow WiFi for an email, you can now fire off a quick text in the air.

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Snapchat valued at $10 billion, has 100 million monthly users

Snapchat valued at $10 billion, has 100 million monthly users

Snapchat is becoming ubiquitous with messaging, and that’s never been more evident than with today’s news of their valuation and user-base. A fresh funding round tells us that those backing Snapchat are doing so at a $10 billion valuation. That’s not just rare air for a messaging app — it’s an exclusive club not many startups can claim to be in.

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New T-Mobile plan offers unlimited prepaid flexibility

T-Mobile already has the market cornered on low-cost, prepaid plans. They’re also not content to simply be the leader — they seem to want total ownership of prepaid. A new plan, breaking all kinds of molds in offering up ten-cent minutes and texts, speaks to that.

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FCC says all carriers must support 911 texting by year’s end

FCC says all carriers must support 911 texting by year’s end

The Federal Communications Commission voted earlier today in favor of requiring all carriers in the US to support 911 texting. The support will have to be in place by the end of 2014, according to the Washington Post, but it won't necessarily be available in your region any time soon -- approximately 2-percent of emergency dispatchers can accepts texts.

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These two iOS apps make text messaging fun (finally)

These two iOS apps make text messaging fun (finally)

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.

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Wiper may be the first true private messaging app

Wiper may be the first true private messaging app

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.

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GM’s new app lets you scan license plates and text the drivers

GM’s new app lets you scan license plates and text the drivers

The folks at GM's China R&D division have been hard at work thinking up new ways to connect drivers, and the by-product is a prototype app called DiDi Plate for Android smartphones. With the app, drivers can snap a picture of someone's license plate, which is then used with an identification database to send that driver unsolicited text messages.

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Apple sued over iMessage texting snafu

Apple sued over iMessage texting snafu

The iMessage issue that has been gathering attention in recent times is the source of a new lawsuit against Apple, with a former iPhone owner pursuing litigation after being unable to receive text messages on her new Android handset. The lawsuit was filed in California yesterday.

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