WhatsApp exploit can reveal when users are messaging or sleeping

Back in July, WhatsApp announced that it had 1 billion daily active users, all of them protected from prying eyes thanks to its end-to-end encryption. That means that no one, not even WhatsApp, can break the code and read the content of messages sent by the messaging app’s subscribers. However, a software engineer named Robert Heaton has come across a vulnerability that allows outsiders to figure out when two WhatsApp users are most likely to be messaging each other, and when they are asleep.

Using WhatsApp online status and last seen features can allow someone to analyze the figures and …

T-Mobile customers turned to messaging apps and social media during the eclipse

So what the heck do you do during a solar eclipse?  Well, if you’re a T-Mobile subscriber you pick up your phone and hit your messaging and social media apps. T-Mobile subscribers in the path of totality during the eclipse, used 4 times the usual amount of data they consume to visit Snapchat. The amount of data used on Twitter by T-Mobile subscribers under the same conditions was up 300%, while Facebook usage was up 260%. The rest of the top six includes Instagram (up 225%), YouTube (up 156%) and Netflix (up 125%).

Overall, T-Mobile data usage in the path …

Sprint rolls out CallingPLUS, new messaging features to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are definitely great smartphones if you measure them against any other Android handset launched this year. But they’re even better since many retailers and carriers are already discounting them like crazy a few weeks ahead of the Galaxy Note 8’s big reveal.

All carriers in the United States offer Samsung’s flagship smartphones, but if you’ve bought the Sprint version, then you’re eligible for a new update that brings a handful of new features and improvements.

For starters, the update brings a new security patch, although Sprint doesn’t …

HTC releases its Messaging app in the Google Play Store

HTC is the second big name in the smartphone industry that releases one of its own apps in the Google Play Store in the last week. OnePlus did the same with its Weather app, which is now available for download for free in the Google’s digital store.

However, neither OnePlus’ weather app nor HTC’s messaging app can be installed on other phones but those launched by these two companies. The release of HTC Messaging in the Google Play Store will make it easier for the Taiwanese company to update the app without having to push software updates for specific HTC handsets.

That will certainly …

Hangouts Meet finally gains in-call messaging ability in latest update

Hangouts Meet is the enterprise part replacing the now defunct Gchat service. Google announced back in March that it will discontinue Gchat and provide consumers with two new services instead: Hangouts Chat and Meet, as well as Allo and Duo.

The former is aimed at enterprise users, while the latter targets consumers. Hangouts Meet is supposed to offer a video calls service, and it’s just been upgraded to provide in-chat messaging capabilities.

According to Google, the chat functionality was the most requested feature in Meet since the service was launched …

"Anytime" is Amazon's entry in the messaging app business?

With messaging apps red hot, Amazon has decided to throw its two cents into the fire according to Amazon focused AFTV News. According to one customer who has taken a survey from Amazon, it appears as though the app is pretty much completed and is called “Anytime by Amazon.” The messaging app will include versions for iOS, Android and the desktop, and will feature text messages and high quality talk and video chat.

A leaked promotional teaser for the service indicates that it will also feature picture sharing. The messages will include the use of GIFs, stickers and emoji. Like Snapchat …

AT&T rolls out Galaxy S7 update that adds June security patch, Knox and Messaging fixes

While many handset makers are already pushing updates that contain the newest July security patch, U.S. carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T are rolling out the last month security update.

AT&T has just confirmed that a new update is now available for Samsung Galaxy S7. Aside from the June security patch, the update brings a couple of fixes and improvements that are meant to further enhance users experience and phone’s performance.

Although not many details about the update have been published by AT&T, the carrier did say what changes Galaxy S7 owners …

Truecaller for iOS updated with Flash Messaging, here is how it works

The team behind Truecaller, the dialer app for Android and iOS devices, has just announced it has added a new functionality called Flash Messaging. The new feature works cross-platform, so you’ll be able to to use it on either Android or iOS devices.

Flash Messaging has been specially designed to fulfill consumers’ need for maximum mobility. There are times when you want to answer a message from your friend as explanatory as possible, but you don’t have the time for it.

Well, Flash Messaging is meant to make these moments of our lives much easier. So, if …

Kik jumps on the cryptocurrency bandwagon in a bid to copy Chinese messaging apps

You may know Kik as the WhatsApp alternative cool kids use to sext each other, but its executives seem to want to turn it into something a bit different. Once accused of being a clone of BlackBerry’s BBM, Kik now seems to be turning its gaze eastward, where messaging services, such as Chinese giant Tencent’s QQ and WeChat have a variety of other uses, including peer-to-peer payments.

Kik CEO Ted Livingston recently spoke at a TechCrunch event held in Shenzhen, China, where he justified the company’s plans to launch its own cryptocurrency (think …

Binky is your digital pacifier, keeping you satisfied while you connect with a fake messaging app

If you need to constantly scroll through social media apps, but are sick and tired of reading all of the bad news on these sites, you might want to install Binky on your phone. This is sort of a digital pacifier because it is designed to mimic all of the things that you like about reading Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, except the stories are as bland as white rice. For example, you might scroll down and see a “Bink” (as they are called) displaying a random picture of a Hippopotamus.

Most anything you can do on a social media site, you can do with Binky such as “like” a story, swipe left …