FireChat app gets boost from Hong Kong protests

Downloads of the FireChat messaging application have spiked as a result of its use during the Hong Kong protests. The app lets people contact nearby individuals without a cell connection, and it does so with WiFi or Bluetooth. The government has tried to stop protesters from organizing, and on top of that, the networks are congested as a result of the thousands of people who are using their phones.


Delaware doesn’t think you’re entitled to online privacy once you’re dead

Well, I’m not moving to Delaware anytime soon. As if the immense grief of my untimely passing wouldn’t shake my family members to the core, having access to all my online accounts (i.e. Facebook, Google, email) wouldn’t help. However, Delaware seems to think all your online accounts are more or less physical assets which should be distributed to your family members upon your death.

Chaatz’s new feature improves communication with strangers

Messaging app Chaatz has introduced a new feature that lets you communicate with total strangers without having to give them your real phone number.

Colbert’s take on the Yo app is brilliant

This Yo app is creating quite the buzz. First, the app’s simplistic concept baffled everyone – It’s an app that literally just sends the word “Yo” to your friends. That’s it. It’s received $1 million in funding, and it’s already up to 50,000 users. I guess we really are a generation of few words. Then, we got word that Yo had been hacked allowing hackers to send any message they wanted. This was confirmed when the App’s founder, Or Arbel, said the app was having “security issues.” But my favorite tidbit of news surrounding Yo was Colbert’s coverage of the app on last night’s Colbert Report.

The most ridiculous Twitter acronyms from the FBI’s Twitter glossary

This list is not to be believed. It is massive and some of these acronyms are so ridiculous, I just had to share them. I assure you, this is a morning well spent. Check out some of the 15 most ridiculous FBI Twitter acronyms.

The 4 Tinder predators all women have encountered

I have enlisted the help of my amazingly talented coworker, Devon Razey, to illustrate the four predators all women have encountered on Tinder. Please send all compliments her way, as I have officially named her the Rembrandt of our generation.

Kik wants to remain independent

With messaging apps either being created or acquired left and right, it is no wonder that people have begun to assume that a popular app like Kik is on limited time before it announces that it will be acquired by a big-name company as well. For people who like using the messaging application and don’t like the idea of Google or another tech company owning it, you may be able to sleep easier tonight.

Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview coming this April

Just before the weekend, we have learned that the Windows Phone 8.1 is headed to Lumias running WP8, Samsung, and HTC mobile devices too. This week started with Job Belfiore, Corporate Vice President and Manager for Windows Phone Program Management, tweeting an update about Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview: that it will be finally available this month of April.

The 20 best tweets about Google’s Gchat being down

I’ll admit it – I’m one of those people who utilizes Gchat during the workday. So if you’re like me and you made the horrifying realization that Google’s Gchat feature is not working, you’re not alone. Supposedly, it’s back up! Thank goodness! But you can still relive the horror with the 20 best tweets about Google’s Gchat being down.

Rand Paul Makes Snapchat Debut with a Butt Joke

Is nothing sacred? Not even Snapchat is safe from politics. I thought Snapchat was a safe place where people could send “appropriate” photos without the risk of their personal files being stolen. What’s that? Snapchat was hacked last week?

Gogo Talk & Text Allows Users to Text and Make Calls In-Flight

Are we on the heels of a technological revolution in the air? Between the recent changes in the FAA restrictions and this news about Gogo Talk & Text, the things they are a changing. Although this is not the first time a in-flight calling has made it’s presence known, it seems to be the first time it’s actually going to be successful. Now, with Gogo’s Text & Talk service, travelers will be able to use in-flight WiFi to make calls and send and receive text messages.

Rumor: Blackberry Messenger For Android Coming in September

Blackberry officially announced that it will release it’s exclusive Blackberry Messenger app for other platforms including Android and iOS. However, the company failed to give an exact dates of when the software can be expected in respective App Stores. Since the announcement, many people predicted the dates for the availability of the much awaited Blackberry more »