Tag Archives: Messaging

Instagram launches Bolt, its Snapchat competitor, in selected regions

Photo-sharing service Instagram has launched its new app Bolt in selected regions. Bolt, a Snapchat-style messaging app, is the latest attempt by Instagram and its owners Facebook to dethrone Snapchat as the ephemeral messaging app of choice. Instagram has quietly launched the one-tap photo sharing app in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa, for…

Apple News from Around the Web – CarPlay in pictures, Apple beefing up workforce for product release and more…

Here at TiP, we’re taking a slightly new direction for our written and video content. We’re focusing more on exclusive features, app reviews, accessories, tutorials, opinions and such, while news will be taking a bit of a back seat. But, we know you still want to keep up with it. So, that led me to the decision to – each day – round up the Apple stories…

Talk.to aims to redefine texting with cross-platform apps

iMessage, Hangouts, Viber, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger…what do all of these have in common? If you guessed messaging apps (was it that hard?), you are right. But what about Talk.to? I hadn’t heard of it until today, but now I’m glad I have. Talk.to’s main point is this: no signing up. logging in, making an account, or having to be online. It just…

Best alternative messaging apps: BBM, LINE, Kik, Viber and more

Unfortunately, the messaging ecosystem is a mess across all of today’s smartphones. Instant messaging does not have a universal protocol that all apps can tap into (like email, for example) so our conversations are tied to the messaging services that we use. That makes switching between messaging apps difficult as our friend lists, conversations, account…

WhatsApp announces 400 million active users

In a big announcement yesterday, popular messaging service WhatsApp has announced that it now has 400 million active users. The news marks the culmination of several mobile messaging services revealing a number of shady figures regarding their user base. Last most Line said it had 300 million users, and Kik Interactive announced that it had 100 million…

Instagram previews Instagram Direct at NYC event

Instagram said it had something to show us at its New York City event this morning. We guessed it might be some sort of messaging functionality, and it seems as if we were right. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom just previewed Instagram Direct, a new way to share photos and videos on the service with just the people you want to see them. Instagram…

A first look at WhatsApp’s new iOS 7 redesign [VID]

I’ve never hidden my dislike for WhatsApp. Not necessarily because it’s a bad service. It isn’t, and I’m sure I was one of the early adopters when it first released. But, in that time, there’s been very little done in terms of design work from the developers. So, when iOS 7 came around, I was certain that all my distaste would finally be appeased. To…