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Review: GoToMeeting lets you administrate and conduct meetings for up to 25

GoToMeeting allows you to host a virtual meeting with up to 25 attendees. This version of software is a 30-day, full-featured trial, but you will have to register and provide your credit card information. After the free trial, you can purchase the software by paying either monthly or yearly subscription fees. Most of the engine used for this application does not need to be downloaded, so installation of the executable is easy and fast.

The setup goes smoothly, and within minutes you will be able to create and start your online meeting. GoToMeeting allows participants to connect using Windows, Mac, … Read more

MessageMe jumps on sticker bandwagon

MessageMe, one of the newest players in the red-hot mobile messaging space, on Thursday updated its iOS application with stickers, giving members the option to communicate through fluffy, goofy, or cutesy expressive characters in lieu of words.

Founded in 2012, MessageMe launched earlier this year with a sophisticated, yet playful approach to mobile messaging, offering members a polished interface for sending more than just messages in friend and group chats. The San Francisco-based startup has raised roughly $12 million in funding but is a late entrant to a crowded space where dominant forces, like WhatsApp and its 300 million active … Read more

WhatsApp passes 300M active users, adds voice messaging

Watch out for WhatsApp. The mobile messaging smash has grown to a captive audience of more than 300 million people, up from 250 million active users less than two months ago. The 4-year-old service is also expanding in function to include a new type of messaging.

"Today, we're proud to announce that WhatsApp has surpassed 300 million monthly active users worldwide, a milestone on the road to WhatsApp becoming the communication network of the 21st century," a company spokesperson told CNET.

"On this occasion, we are also excited to introduce Voice Messaging, a new feature that … Read more

Report unwanted messages sent from iMessage

Spam is nothing new. But if you are getting spam when using Apple's iMessage service, you can help tackle the problem. Apple has implimented means for you to report iMessage spam. To do this, you will simply need to take a screenshot of the spam message, and send the image to Apple in an email.

The steps for doing so are relatively simply, and only require you to take the screenshot on your Mac or your iOS device and then include the shot in an email attachment. Apple has outlined this process in a recent knowledgebase article.

With the … Read more

BlackBerry 10 users: Update ate our text messages

BlackBerry users seem to be struggling with missing messages in the wake of the latest OS update.

Following installation of a new maintenance release for BB OS 10.1, many users say their text messages have vanished, blog site N4BB reported on Wednesday. Others say the messages appear but the message thread shows no history, while some say that text messaging no longer works at all.

Several tweets uncovered by The Next Web reveal the problem among BlackBerry smartphone owners.

"A small number of customers have reported an issue with their SMS message history after updating to BlackBerry 10.… Read more

Syrian Electronic Army hacks into Viber database

The Syrian Electronic Army sent out a warning over Twitter earlier Tuesday that said, "If you have 'Viber' app installed we advise you to delete it."

The hacking group was claiming responsibility for both breaching Viber's database and defacing its Web site, according to The Hacker News.

Right after the breach, Viber's support page on its Web site displayed a banner that said "Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army" and a note that said "Dear All Viber Users, the Israeli-based 'Viber' is spying and tracking you." As of this writing, the banner is … Read more

Messaging app Line passes 200 million users

Two-year-old messaging application Line said Tuesday that it now has more than 200 million registered users, which puts it alongside WhatsApp and Viber in the top tier of mobile messaging and VoIP services amassing massive audiences.

Japan-based Line launched in June 2011 and initially developed a huge following in Asian countries, but has been branching out to other regions, including Spain, India, and South America.

The application supports messaging and voice over Internet Protocol calling, but is known for popularizing digital sticker packs, or character-driven emoticons, which it sells for about $1.99 a piece. The sticker business is actually … Read more

Verizon offers pricey way to upgrade early

CNET Update rather take the contract:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why Verizon's Edge early upgrade plan isn't worth the cost in the long run.

- See the shows on Netflix getting Emmy buzz.

- Measure up the HTC One Mini -- which really isn't that mini at all.

- Keep an eye on popular instant-messaging apps that work for multiple devices, including WeChat, KakaoTalk, Line and Path.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new … Read more

WhatsApp to charge iPhone users annual subscription

iPhone owners who use WhatsApp for their instant messaging needs will now have to pay 99 cents a year for the privilege.

Following a new version of WhatsApp for iPhone released on Tuesday, the developer unveiled the new pricing scheme.

Previously, iPhone users made a one-time payment of 99 cents for WhatsApp with no annual charge. Folks on Android and other mobile platforms enjoyed free service for the first year and then had to pay 99 cents each year. Now, everyone is on the same page.

WhatsApp now has more than 250 million active users.

In a blog posted Wednesday, … Read more

You can now back up WhatsApp conversations to iCloud

Getting a new device and losing out on past conversations when you reinstall apps is frustrating. WhatsApp Messenger is arguably the most popular cross-platform messaging application on the planet. I honestly can't remember the last time I didn't see it in the top ten paid apps in the App Store.

Today WhatsApp Messenger for iOS received an update adding a few new features. iPhone users can send multiple photos in the same message, use custom URL-schemes for third-party apps, and back up conversation history to iCloud.

To back up a conversation to iCloud you'll first need to … Read more