Messaging Apps

Best phone apps for iPad: FaceTime Audio, Google Hangouts, Skype, and more!

The best voice calling apps for iPad that let you call all over the world, no actual phone needed!

Looking for the best iPad apps to let you make audio and video calls? Apple doesn't include a Phone app on the iPad, and maybe that's just as well. Do we really need to see people with 7.9- or 9.7-inch devices propped up to their heads? Yet iPad owners may certainly need to make calls too, and like the giant conference phones of old, in some cases, bigger really can be better. So, if you absolutely, positively need to get your call on, and the iPad is what you want to use, you'll need to check out some alternatives. Luckily, there are several excellent voice calling apps to choose from. But what audio and video calling apps for iPad are the absolute best?

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Not only is Yo stupid, it's now also a security risk

Yo! Remember the hit new app that managed $1 million in funding we covered yesterday, which enables smartphone owners to send "Yo" alerts to contacts? The service has been hacked by a student and two roommates. Yo has confirmed they're investigating the hack and expect to have the security vulnerability patched in the "next few hours". The hackers have been able to access any Yo user's mobile number with the ability spam any user with multiple Yo messages.

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These are the best private photo sharing apps for iPhone

From self destructing pictures to secure and encrypted messaging, these are the best private messaging and photo sharing apps for iPhone!

Looking for the best iPhone apps to let you share photos and send messages both privately and securely? Whether you'd like to send photos that you don't want to come back to haunt you or you just value your privacy, there are lots of apps in the App Store that can prevent people from taking screenshots or saving the photos you send. A lot of private photo sharing apps can even make photos self destruct after the intended recipient views them. So what private photo and messaging apps for iPhone are the absolute best?

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Yo, the inexplicable million dollar app that does f*ck all

There's a new app, maybe you've heard of it, Yo. No, seriously, that's the name of the app, Yo. As in, "Yo dawg." Yo does one thing, and one thing only: it sends a contact a notification of "Yo." No message attached to that, no images, no context, just "Yo from RENERITCHIE". It took eight hours to code, and yet somehow it's sweeping the globe in monosyllabic fashion, and even more inexplicably has raised a million dollars in funding to do… what? Hell if we know.

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Best messaging apps for iPhone: Hangouts, LINE, WhatsApp, and more!

iMore's guide to the best, most reliable, and most widely used messaging apps currently available on the iPhone!

Looking for the best iPhone apps to stay in contact with your friends and family? When it comes to messaging, the list of services to choose from is pretty much endless. Whether you need to send messages internationally or just don't care to give out your phone number or iMessage information to everyone you need to be able to communicate with, there's an appropriate option for everyone. But that still leaves one important question unanswered, what messaging apps for iPhone are the absolute best?

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auki for iPhone review: iOS 7 quick reply the way Apple should do it

auki is a jailbreak app for iPhone that provides quick-reply functionality for messages. That means that, with auki, you don't have to spend time switching to and from the Messages app. You can reply to and compose messages from anywhere on the iPhone, be it the Home screen or from inside another app or game. Anywhere. That might sound similar to other jailbreak apps like BiteSMS, but auki takes a different approach, and one I'd really like to see Apple consider for iOS 8.

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All you need to know about BBM 2.0 for iOS

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) version 2.0 for iOS is here, and there's a whole heck of a lot of great new stuff included for us to get our social on. The big news is that BBM Voice and BBM Groups have finally escaped BlackBerry 10 exclusivity, and that's before we even look at location sharing and everything else involved. Fortunately, no-one knows BBM like our buddies over at CrackBerry, and they've got us covered with a full look at what's new!

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Instagram Direct now lets you send private and group messages

Instagram has updated their app to 5.0, bringing their new Instagram Direct messaging feature. With Instagram Direct, you can send messages, pictures, and videos to other people privately. Between one and fifteen people can participate in a conversation, and all conversations must begin with a photo or video.

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Whatsapp finally gets its long awaited iOS 7 makeover

For such an insanely popular app, Whatsapp sure has been dragging its heels when it comes to any form of iOS 7 update. Now, at long last, it's here, and it looks pretty much as you would imagine an iOS 7 styled Whatsapp would look.

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How to set up and start using BBM for iPhone

Now that BBM has officially launched in the App Store, you can start communicating with all of your friends across iOS, BlackBerry, and Android. BBM may look and feel a little different than the messaging clients you're already used to so here are some tips and tricks to getting up and running with BBM for iPhone:

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