Skype adds end-to-end encryption to its messaging app via Private Conversations

Microsoft and Signal have teamed up to make Skype conversations as private as possible. The messaging service will soon benefit from end-to-end encryption, something that its rivals, WhatsApp and Messenger already offer for quite some time.

End-to-end encryption will be available for Skype users in the form of Private Conversations, a new feature that’s now being tested by Skype Insiders. According to Microsoft, the new feature is not supported in groups, so you’ll only be able to use when communicated with one other person. Here is how it works:

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Google looking into Pixel 2 XL bug that affects volume of audio clips sent via a messaging app

The latest problem affecting the Google Pixel 2 XL is one that Google is already looking into. Complaints have been posted on the Pixel User Community of the Google Product Forum. According to these posts, voice clips sent through a messaging app by a Pixel 2 XL carrying this bug, are arriving on a recipient’s phone with very low volume. This is occurring with messages sent through WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Google Allo, Telegram and other platforms.
The low volume occurs regardless whether the recipient is wearing earphones or using the receiving phone’s speakers. …

VSCO introduces Instagram-like instant messaging feature

Popular image editing app VSCO has slowly, but steadily, working its way toward becoming a self-contained social network of sorts, where photographers can share their creations and, as of the latest update, get in touch with each other via private messages. The messaging feature is available through the new sharing button, and it lets creators not only text each other, but also share profiles, journal entries, photos, and more.

The news of VSCO’s instant messaging feature come on the heels of Instagram’s announcement that the company is testing a standalone …

It's 2017, and SMS messaging turned 25, are you still texting? (poll results)

Since recently one of the most fortunate developments in the history of mobile, the text messaging system, turned 25, we asked if you still text instead of chat, now that 2017 is closing to an end. Teens have been compulsive texters for a while now, sending sometimes a hundred messages per day, but these were stats from two or three years ago, and Snapchats may have taken over. Well, it turns out they didn’t, as almost half of our respondents say they still text very often, while less than a quarter text rarely. We’ll see if the Animoji trend spices …

It's 2017, and SMS messaging turned 25, are you still texting?

Recently, one of the most fortunate developments in the history of mobile, the text messaging system, turned 25. Developed as part of a Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) project for Vodafone UK in 1992, it was initially meant as a way to deliver testing and carrier messages, but the Finns from Radiolinja noted the potential, and were the first to offer it as a retail person-to-person SMS text messaging service to its subscribers in 1994.

The rest is history, and, contrary to popular belief, the switch to iMessage, WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat, Skype, Viber and the like, hasn’t …

Instagram is testing moving Direct messaging to a new app

Today, Instagram Direct, Instagram’s in-app messaging service, is being tested as a standalone app, and moving out of the main Instagram app for those who download the new one. As The Verge reports, the rollout today is just a test, launching in only six countries: Chile, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, and Uruguay. Essentially, the new Instagram Direct app is a camera-centric messenger aimed at making the messaging experience richer. And if anyone should know how to create a massively popular messaging app, it is Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, and owner of both …

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 …