Emojis Among Us – The Documentary

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…)

Voxer Business updated with Walkie Talkie mode for businesses

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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.

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Muuzii launches real-time mobile translation service in North America

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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.

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Line turns three as Line family of apps crosses one billion downloads

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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.

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Tango launches Channels for brand interaction within the app

Mobile messaging company Tango has announced the launch of Tango Channels, its new media-focused feature for brands and users. After updating the Tango app, users can browse Channels from a variety of brands, and in a variety of genres, from entertainment and news companies to those centered on comics, musicians and more.

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.

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Dumbstruck expands reaction-based photo and video messaging app on iOS

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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 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.

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Infographic: should you use emoticons at work?

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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 Messenger updated with new tools for deciding who to connect with

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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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FCC Warning: new text-to-911 feature is not widely available for use

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The FCC issued a statement warning users not to use its new text-to-911 feature for emergencies, unless no other options exist.

Text-to-911 is a new way of reaching emergency operators and has been widely adapted by major cellular carriers since July of 2013. In January of 2014, the FCC issued an official policy announcement detailing cross-carrier implementation of text-to-911 service by December 31, 2014. (more…)

Weeby.co brings Bubble Pang to Tango messaging platform

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Mobile developer Weeby.co has announced the launch of its first game for the Tango messaging platform, Bubble Pang. Weeby.co specializes in creating tools, tech and games specifically for messaging applications, and launched its first game, Doki Stars, on Kik in February 2014.

Bubble Pang is a social bubble shooter, inspired by classic desktop games like Snood. The title sees players competing with friends for the top spot on the Tango leaderboards, which reset each week. Friends can also send extra lives to their buddies to help them play more often.

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