WhatsApp will ditch its $1 per year subscription fee

WhatsApp will ditch the service’s annual subscription fees, after founder Jan Koum admitted that the $1 per year payment concept “doesn’t work that well.” As a result of ditching the payment model, Koum explained that WhatsApp will be looking at new ways that businesses can use the service to connect with individual users, although it’s […]

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Photo picker to attach images to message apps fixed in new Windows 10 Mobile builds

A common annoyance with Windows 10 Mobile is the frequent crashes of the Sharing app while attempting to attach an image to a messaging app, Gabe Aul has confirmed this is fixed in later builds. Read more…

Meet the messaging app that will save your ass

reTXT is a radical new messaging app that wants to fix everything wrong with online communication as it exists now. It landed back in April and includes a number of unique features — like being able to edit a message you already sent — all of which are currently patent pending. The app just updated today for […]

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WhatsApp reaches a whopping 900 million active monthly users

Mobile messaging application WhatsApp has hit an astounding 900 million active monthly users. Since Facebook’s $22bn acquisition, it became the second Android app to hit 1 billion downloads. Read more…

WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone

WhatsApp has updated its website with instructions on how to access WhatsApp Web on iPhone, and the new settings appear to be rolling out for some users now. To access WhatsApp Web from iPhone, open the app, tap on Settings and a WhatsApp Web menu option should appear once live.

WhatsApp Web settings on iPhone (Image: Reddit)
WhatsApp Web connects to your iPhone to sync messages with your computer, allowing you to send and receive messages from your web browser and view conversations on both devices. The service is also available for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and select Nokia smartphones.

WhatsApp Messenger [Direct Link] is free on the App Store for iPhone.



WhatsApp Web Begins Rolling Out on iPhone

WhatsApp has updated its website with instructions on how to access WhatsApp Web on iPhone, and the new settings appear to be rolling out for some users now. To access WhatsApp Web from iPhone, open the app, tap on Settings and a WhatsApp Web menu option should appear once live.

WhatsApp Web settings on iPhone (Image: Reddit)
WhatsApp Web connects to your iPhone to sync messages with your computer, allowing you to send and receive messages from your web browser and view conversations on both devices. The service is also available for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and select Nokia smartphones.

WhatsApp Messenger [Direct Link] is free on the App Store for iPhone.



Microsoft is working to bring WhatsApp Web support on Edge

After the service launched as a Chrome exclusive in January, Microsoft is now working to bring the web client for WhatsApp to Edge, it’s new browser for Windows 10. Read more…

Handy new app turns Notification Center into messaging machine

“I’m leaving” is a message I probably send way too often, but not as often as “I’m here.” It’s just become routine whenever I’m making plans or picking someone up. It’s not necessarily a burden, but it’d be a nice…Read more ›

Instant messaging apps could be monitored in the UK under new ‘Snoop’ law

A controversial law proposed by the UK government to control communication over the internet could result in monitoring of popular messaging applications as well as log user activity. Read more…

Facebook Planning Music Streaming Service to Compete With Apple Music and Others

Facebook is in the early stages of planning a dedicated music streaming service, with the intention of competing against the just-released Apple Music along with other industry heavyweights like Spotify and Rdio (via Music Ally).

A few reports earlier in the month tied the company to record labels with the idea of creating an ad-supported native video service, but according to sources speaking to Music Ally off the record, the bigger picture is to build an in-house music streaming service for Facebook users across the globe.

Sources told Music Ally that talks for the music-video side of things are at an advanced stage, with a rollout expected to happen in the next few months.

It’s Facebook’s plans to build on this with a Spotify-style audio streaming service that are making waves within the music industry, even though the launch date and specifics of the business model and payout formula have yet to be nailed down. Sources have told Music Ally that an audio service is very much on Facebook’s roadmap, but that both the social network and rightsholders realise that it has to get the monetised-video service right first.

Given Facebook’s history of acquiring various technology companies into itself – Oculus, Instagram, WhatsApp – it’s easy to see the social media giant doing the same in attempting to build its own streaming service. All the same, Music Ally‘s sources suggest Facebook wants to „build rather than buy,“ but at this point nothing is „set in stone.“

Competition in the music streaming business is beginning to heat up with the launch of Apple Music. Just yesterday, Spotify began encouraging customers to cancel their subscriptions made through the App Store and to sign up again on its website to save $3.