Apple could be developing Project Catalyst versions of Messages and Shortcuts for the Mac

We’ve heard quite a bit about Project Catalyst and what it means for developers who want to bring their iPad applications to the Mac with macOS Catalina. Apple is using Catalyst itself to improve existing Mac apps like News and Home, as well as bring new apps like Podcasts to the Mac. Now, evidence within […]

Instagram testing support for Direct messages on the web, including on iPad

Instagram is planning to bring direct message support to the web, helping make its web experience more app-like. According to a new report from TechCrunch, Instagram is testing Instagram Direct on the web with support for desktop and mobile, including the iPad. more… The post Instagram testing support for Direct messages on the web, including […]

Facebook tries to explain why Netflix & Spotify were given access to user messages

Yesterday evening, a report offered details on Facebook’s data sharing relationships with over 150 different companies. One of the more jarring allegations related access to messages data. Facebook, however, disputes the details and says it did not disclose people’s private messages to “partners without their knowledge.” more… The post Facebook tries to explain why Netflix […]

Instagram launches live video for Stories, disappearing photos & videos in direct messages

After a tease earlier this month, Instagram today announced its new live video functionality available within the app’s Stories feature. The app also gets disappearing photos and videos within direct messages including group chats. more… Filed under: Apple 9to5Mac

Apple Debuts New ‘Balloons’ Ad Focusing on New iOS 10 Screen Effects Feature in Messages

Apple today shared a new television ad on its YouTube channel, designed to introduce people to the new Screen Effects feature in iOS 10. In the minute-long spot, a sole red balloon drifts through mountains, over the sea, and through hilly terrain to reach the city, where it’s joined by hundreds of additional balloons floating […]

Sticker App ‘Phoneys’ Nixed by Apple for Mimicking Messages Chat Bubble Design

Over the past week, a sticker pack that mimics the design of the iconic bubbles in the Messages app has rocketed to the top of the Messages App Store charts, but its popularity will be short-lived as Apple is going to pull it from the App Store. Phoneys, currently the number two paid app in […]

Snapchat introduces new Geostickers feature as another way to customize images and messages

Hot on the heels of a new Snapchat-esque Stories feature coming to Instagram, Snapchat today has announced Geostickers, which is a new feature that gives users yet another way to decorate their snaps. Geostickers are location-based overlays that can be applied to images before they are sent, as well as sent via the messaging feature […]