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Text-to-911 has arrived but support is limited

The nation’s four largest wireless carriers have flipped the switch on a service that allows text messages to be sent to 911 operators in the event you can’t place a phone call. Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean the service will…

How the "Cuban Twitter" aimed to stir unrest in Cuba but failed

If you’re interested in covertly persuading citizens to overthrow their government, apparently creating a phony Twitter-like social network isn’t the best approach. That’s exactly what happened in the summer of 2010 with the launch of ZunZuneo, a text-based social network…

Mobile Messaging Feature-by-Feature: WhatsApp vs. Line vs. Viber vs. Telegram, and more

Messaging is not only among the top activities on smartphones (if not THE top activity), messaging apps are increasingly seen as social networks. After all people use them to send each other texts, videos, photos and other content either one-on-one or as a group. Sounds familiar, right?

Feature-by-feature rundown, PLUS a look at the top contenders' data policies

WhatsApp vs Line vs Viber vs Telegram

Messaging on chat apps now more popular than SMS texting

A growing number of mobile users are turning to chat apps to communicate with friends and family, shunning text messaging plans that once served as major cash cows for wireless providers. Daily traffic from services like iMessage, BlackBerry Messenger and…

A third of Americans still text and drive

Texting while driving is still a major problem in the US despite numerous public service announcements and campaigns advising motorists of the dangers associated with the practice. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,…

MetroPCS launches Joyn, iMessage and Facetime rival

Today MetroPCS announced the launch of Joyn, a bundle of communication protocols which include functionality similar to Blackberry Messenger, iMessage and Facetime. Joyn is based on the interworkable Rich Communication Services standard and promises to (eventually) deliver Metro PCS subscribers IP-based…