As part of his company’s fourth quarter earnings call held recently this week, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive officer of Facebook, also took the opportunity to reveal that WhatsApp now has reached 1.5 billion users on a monthly basis, with a face melting 60 billion messages sent every day.
During a recent meeting it convened just this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had granted its approval on a new measure that should ensure that all text messages sent via the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system to mobile devices be more geographically accurate, and should only be received by people affected by the crisis or natural disaster.
Florida is one of the last states in all of America that have not yet enforced a full ban on texting while driving. But that soon could change, as the state’s lawmakers prepare to review a bill that proposes such a ban.
According to the results of a study recently conducted by the Kinsey Institute of Indiana University (jointly done with Clue, a women’s health startup firm based in Berlin, Germany), 67 percent of the polled participants have claimed that they have tried sexting somebody.
Like any other mom or dad of a normal teenage son or daughter, you are probably flummoxed or at a total loss when decoding some of the codes used by your kid when he or she is texting. Well, a recent report published by CBS New York sheds some light on the matter, and it turns out some of the messages texted by teens actually have interesting (and even disturbing) meanings.
According to the world’s most popular social media platform, it is already exploring a way in which mobile users can receive, read, and reply to their SMS driven conversations within the Facebook Messenger app for smartphones and tablet devices. If this feature is deployed widely, it will be made optional to users, basically serving as a new option especially for those who want to try something other than their default text messaging application, and consequently, increase usage time on Facebook Messenger.
It is sort of a common sight these days -- a teenager glued to his or her smartphone, busy text messaging somebody. But what is starting to become disturbing is that when you interrupt a teenager texting, the youngster seems to snap always or most of the time; or begins to actually lack sleep because of texting; or starts to lose track of chores or homework because of too much texting.
With the new rules that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has put in place, it is now increasingly difficult for companies to send unwanted marketing messages to people's mobile devices. Under these new rules, mobile users now have expanded options in unsubscribing or blocking marketing messages or pre-recorded telemarketing phone calls.
Blackberry recently introduced an improved version of the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), the instant messenger and videotelephony app built in BlackBerry devices. The updated BBM now comes with new features that include message retraction, timed messages, and HD picture transfer, just to name a few.