Yahoo debuts ‘silent’ messaging app

Yahoo has launched a new messaging service called Livetext that features live two-way video chats for mobile device users, but with a ‘silent’ twist. Pitched as “live video texting without sound,” Livetext lets users communicate through facial...

The year in digital: The best (and worst) of marketing in 2014

2014 was another big year for digital marketing, with Facebook buying WhatsApp, the rise of the ‘Internet of Things’ and mobile growth skyrocketing. This was the year that programmatic ads went mainstream, native ads got smarter and online ad revenue...

WhatsApp tightens security with Android encryption

WhatsApp is implementing encryption for the Android version of its app, as the Facebook-owned chat app looks to boost its appeal to users. The move follows announcements by Apple and Google that they are encrypting, by default, data stored on iPhones and Android...

Skype lets users chat direct from browser

Skype has launched a new service that ditches the need for an app to make calls via desktop PCs. Skype for Web lets users simply got to Skype.com and login to access their contacts and use the video calling service. The new service is in and will roll out to everyone...

Skype app lets users swap video messages

Skype has launched a video messaging app called Skype Qik, letting users swap short clips up to 42 seconds long via their mobiles. Skype has been a dominant force in video chat for some time, but has been relatively slow in adapting to mobile, where apps like Apple’s...

MSN logging off: IM pioneer to shut down

Instant messaging pioneer MSN Messenger is finally being switched off after 15 years, as the once popular hangout for teens has been usurped by Skype and mobile chat apps such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat. Launched in 1999, the Microsoft-owned service provided...