Here’s How Google is Hoping to Speed Up its Big Upgrade to SMS

RCS, or Rich Communication Services was supposed to be the messaging protocol that banished SMS to the dark ages and upgraded today’s texting experience with modern features like read receipts, better multimedia sharing, way bigger character limits, and more. Read More >>

What’s the Best Chat App of All Time?

In case you haven’t heard, your once-favourite chat apps are going the way of the dinosaur. Yes, following the recent demise of AIM, Yahoo Messenger is saying goodbye next month, the company announced today. It’s got me thinking about my relationship with the concept of chats, especially chats in apps so intertwined in our lives. Read More >>

Google is Making Another Goddamn Messaging Service Because of Course it is

Google, apparently unsatisfied with the already incredibly long list of short-lived communications solutions that it has produced, is taking one more shot messaging. According to The Verge, the latest attempt is called Chat. Read More >>

Signal You’re a Clingy Over-sharing Weirdo With a “Tube Chat” Badge

London is recoiling in horror at the latest idea to try to get people on the Underground to be nice to each other, with attempts to get commuters to wear "Tube Chat" badges and signal they're up for a conversation going down about as well with the population as that time the Nazis flew in all those bombs. Read More >>

AI Lawyer Successfully Argues Against 160,000 Parking Tickets

A 19-year-old tech-minded chap claims to have automated the parking ticket appeals process, saying that his AI appeals chatbot has somehow managed to get 160,000 parking tickets and associated fines issued to drivers in London and New York overturned. Read More >>

NSA Chief Blames Encryption for Enabling Paris Terror Attacks

National Security Agency director Michael Rogers has come out with quite the incendiary statement on the current security hot potato, claiming that today's modern encrypted communications methods made it easier for the Paris attackers to coordinate their evil-doings -- going so far as to say the attacks "would not have happened" had the world's security agencies been granted access to all encrypted communications methods. Read More >>

Facebook Messenger May Be About to Get Way More Bots

Facebook’s Messenger has recently started dabbling with chat bots, such as the one used by Uber to help you order a ride. Now, reports suggest that Zuckerberg & Co. may be about to open up such possibilities much more widely. Read More >>

Skype Will Now Work Straight From Your Browser Without Any Software

Skype for Web makes chatting face-to-face with your aunt easier by eliminating the need to download a pesky app. Read More >>

BitTorrent Bleep: The P2P Plan to Make the World’s Most Secure Chat

Last autumn, BitTorrent (the company) announced and experimental plan to build a secure chat system using the protocol that's most famous for enabling file sharing. Today, we're getting our first look at the what will eventually become a finished product: BitTorrent Bleep. Read More >>

Hey Google, Here’s How You Win Messaging

This week I saw a demo of the best messaging system yet. One where SMS and non-SMS messages, all calls, come to all your devices automatically. It only had one major flaw. It's trapped on an iPhone. Read More >>

Blackmail DDOS Attack Takes Out Major Online Chat Service Campfire

The popular group chat system Campfire is currently being nailed with a DDoS attack. It turns out some blackmailing hackers are trying to extort money from the provider. They're refusing to negotiate. Read More >>

Why Google Killing Google Voice Would be Fantastic

Brace yourself Google Voice fanboys, your treasured service is probably not long for this world. But don't you worry; the sooner it's dead the better we'll all be. Read More >>

BBC Typo Nightmare Described WhatsApp as a “Massaging Service”

Some poor late-night content generator for the BBC had a rather bad evening late yesterday, managing to describe WhatsApp as a massage service in a headline about the Facebook purchase. Sadly, Facebook hasn't pivoted into the sports injury or grim sauna sex business. If it had, we wouldn't mind it having our personal data so much. [Huffington Post] Read More >>

Google Patents Social Network That Can Talk to Itself

Google software engineers have patented the concept of a sort of social network auto-responder, mooting a system that learns your usual responses (LOL, haha, :(, etc etc) and then offers to respond to people in a similar manner on your behalf. Read More >>

Self-Love Portal Instagram May be Launching Direct Messaging Tools

It'll soon be much easier to make contact with those people you occasionally stalk on Instagram, thanks to a rumour that suggests the sandwich and sunset photography portal is about to bring direct messaging to its 200 million aggressively confident users. Read More >>