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WhatsApp Is Axing Its $1 Subscription Fee

Prepare to save a whole $1 every single year. WhatsApp has announced that it’s dropping its annual subscription fee.

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Jamie Condliffe

January 18th

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Brazil Has Temporarily Blocked Whatsapp Over a Legal Dispute

Whatsapp has proven to be insanely popular in Brazil, as the number-one most used app in the country. But that doesn’t matter to a Brazilian court, which has ordered a 48-hour blockade of the service over an injunction from a mysterious third party.

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Chris Mills

December 17th

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Sony’s new PlayStation Messages app is the messaging companion to its PlayStation app—the equivalent

Sony’s new PlayStation Messages app is the messaging companion to its PlayStation app—the equivalent of Messenger to Facebook—for all those times you only want to talk to PlayStation-based friends.

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Jamie Condliffe

December 8th

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Instagram enhances its Direct messaging feature w/ chat threads, giant emoji, more

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After mostly letting it sit stagnant for nearly two years, Instagram is ready to show its Direct messaging feature some love. Instagram Direct, which lets you share photos, videos, and messages privately with other Instagram users, was seen as a play at Snapchat and similar apps when it launched in 2013, but it’s so far experienced limited appeal within the photo sharing app. Now Instagram hopes to change that with new features including message threads, giant emoji, sharing from your timeline, and more.

For its part, Instagram says that over 85 million people use Direct each month to “send inside jokes, family videos, photos from road trips and other moments meant only for a handful of people,” but use among my friends and colleagues has mostly been ironic instances (which may fit into the inside joke category) since its initial launch in 2013.

Now Instagram is shaping Direct up as a better messaging solution with threaded conversations that make keeping up in group chats easier, group names as seen on other messaging services, and a quick camera feature for sharing selfies quicker than before. Instagram is also adding giant emoji messaging and allowing users to share photos and videos from the main timeline to Direct privately.

Besides some enhanced messaging features, the real story here is that Instagram seems to be giving Direct another go rather than just letting it get more stale. Instagram Direct is still a rather sub-feature within the app for now, though, but maybe the new enhancements are a sign of things to come.

Instagram 7.5 for iPhone is available on the App Store.


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September 1st

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WhatsApp Web feature now supports iOS, available for some iPhone users

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The highly popular WhatsApp messaging service owned by Facebook appears to be adding a new feature that allows iPhone users to chat in the browser using a web app. The feature is called WhatsApp Web and became available on various platforms including Android and Windows Phone earlier this year, but the feature was absent for iPhone users at the time “due to Apple platform limitations.” Using the chat service on the web requires running WhatsApp on a corresponding smartphone.

WhatsApp users on Reddit first noticed the mention of WhatsApp Web support for iPhone users listed on the service’s website. As with all platforms that support WhatsApp Web, the service requires the latest version of the app although the most recent update released earlier this month doesn’t specifically mention it.

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The update appears to be hitting users around the world without an App Store update and instead with a server-side change per account. As advertised, WhatsApp Web appears to only function in the browser when WhatsApp on the iPhone is actively running.

While Apple’s iMessage is available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and Mac, WhatsApp’s popularity around the world is largely due to its cross-platform support. It’s low cost replaces pricey SMS/MMS in some regions and especially for friends and family communicating between countries.

Once available, the WhatsApp Web feature can be setup in the iOS app’s settings plus visiting web.whatsapp.com with Google Chrome. WhatsApp for iPhone is available for free on the App Store; service is free during the first year and 99¢/year after that.

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Zac Hall

August 19th

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Kaboom Gives You Self-Destructing Messages You Can Share Anywhere

Android/iOS: “Self-destructing messages” are mostly BS. There’s no way to ensure the message is ever really gone, and most apps require all your friends to sign up just to share messages. Kaboom solves at least the latter problem, by letting you share those timed messages anywhere, with anyone.

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August 9th

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I’ve Ignored 1,383 Emails in the Last Three Weeks and Haven’t Missed a Thing

I had a sort of epiphany a few weeks ago when I was sitting in the sun looking at my phone one afternoon; How much nicer would my life be if I didn’t spend half of it deleting the emails of no consequence that appear on my phone every 15 minutes?

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July 26th

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Go Install This Chrome Extension For Sending Self-Destructing Gmails

Gmail’s Undo Send feature gives users of Google’s free email service up to 30 seconds to change their mind on a sent email before it leaves their outbox. But a new Chrome extension called Dmail lets you send messages with a self-destruct timer—or the ability to remotely delete them whenever you want.

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Andrew Liszewski

July 24th

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BitTorrent’s Encrypted P2P Chat Service Is Now Live

Announced a year ago , BitTorrent’s charmingly-named Bleep P2P chat app is finally live, for all your secretive anti-governmental murmurings.

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Chris Mills

May 13th

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Calling Dick Tracy: Glide iOS app brings live video messages to Apple Watch

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Glide, the app that lets users send live video messages, today becomes the first to bring the feature to Apple Watch. With an update to Glide’s iOS app, users of Apple Watch will be able to receive live videos messages right on their wrist, although it’s a one-way experience for Apple Watch as the device doesn’t yet include a camera; your responses will be limited to text.

A front-facing camera and FaceTime was one feature we predicted Apple could include in a future version of the Apple Watch. It’s a feature we all hoped would be included in a true Dick Tracy-style smart watch experience, but something that companies have yet to completely deliver on.

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But for now Glide’s feature is about as good as it gets. You’ll get a notification when a contact is about to record a live video message, allowing you to tune in on your watch and view live as they record.

The updated Glide app is available on the App Store now.


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Jordan Kahn

April 15th

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