Social gifting company Cleverbug has announced new changes to its iOS CleverCards app, which allows users to create and send both e-cards and printed greeting cards to friends and family, with personalized Facebook photos. These changes will allow users to add video and audio messages to their digital cards, and also send e-cards via Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
Social messaging platform Chaatz has been updated with new features across iOS and Android. Specifically, a new Chaatz Connect features makes the app even more social than before, encouraging users to meet other people through the platform based on their location in the real world. Rather than focus on location in terms of cities and even individual streets, the app separates users by countries, with Chaatz Connect featuring users in 60 countries so far.
Emojis are evolving into their own language and are gaining just as much popularity as selfies. Isn’t it time they got their own documentary? This one is not even two-minutes short, but it captures the future growth of emojis, their potential assimilation into our lives, and their vague, graphical symbolism. (more…)
Push-to-talk (PTT) company Voxer has announced an update to its Voxer Business app on mobile devices, introducing “walkie talkie” mode for companies. This technology works across all carriers and is cost effective, as companies aren’t forced to purchase specific push-to-talk capable devices for each employee, especially those in other countries.
Mobile translation company Muuzii has released its real-time, free-form translation service in the North American market, via a partnership with AT&T. Muuzii’s technology has been in development since 2009, with a version of the service already available in China. It allows mobile users to enter phrases via text message to receive accurate translations in return, while taking into account jargon, misspellings, auto-correct errors and more.
Line Corporation is celebrating the third birthday of its Line mobile messaging app, and has today announced the Line family of apps has crossed one billion total downloads worldwide. In addition to the original Line app, 14 of these “family apps,” like Line Camera and Line Bubble, have passed 10 million downloads each, with Line Camera having more than 90 million downloads alone.
Tango Channels’ launch partners include Spotify, AOL, Huffington Post, Dailymotion, 500px and many others, giving the platform a little something (or a lot) for everyone.
Photo and video messaging platform Dumbstruck launched on iOS in December 2013, but has recently been updated with a variety of new features, in response to user feedback. The platform focuses on reaction-based messaging, as users send photos or videos to their friends, and can ‘watch them’ react in user-reaction videos.
Via these updates, the Dumbstruck app has been given a complete camera redesign and the ability to upload photos and videos to the platform from the camera roll (useful for sending after a moment has passed). These messages can be edited with new filters, stickers and meme content, in order to make them more entertaining for the recipient.
Language is a constantly changing topography for communication, and it’s morphing faster than ever with the help of texting. A few years ago, one would not dream of even seeing terms like omg and lol outside of a mobile window, but now it’s sprouting up everywhere, along with emoticons. If you’ve ever considered using emoticons, at your workplace, you’re not alone – at least 75% of workers find this acceptable. (more…)
Kik has released the newest version of its popular Kik Messenger app, giving users more options for controlling their conversations, and controlling who can contact them. The platform with over 120 million registered users now allows its community to easily delete, block or report an unknown contact, by creating a separate section for messages from ‘new’ users.
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