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Facebook Messenger tests Google Voice-style transcriptions for sound clips

Voicemail is one of the least efficient ways of communicating, and yet a form of it survives in many messaging apps. Facebook added voice clips to Facebook Messenger in 2013, letting you share lengthy monologues using the app should you ever want to. But while no text can match the emotion and nuance that voice can convey, sometimes you just want a quick overview of a person is saying — and so today, Facebook is beginning to test Google Voice-style transcriptions to your voice clips.


Now when you send or receive a voice clip, you’ll see a text preview of the message. Both sender and receiver can see the text, unless you decide to turn it off. But most of us won’t see the feature any time soon: David Marcus, who runs…

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Screenshots show Facebook may use Messenger to compete with PayPal and Venmo

It now seems all but certain that Facebook will introduce its own payment service and bring the fight to companies like Paypal and Venmo. A TechCrunch tipster has released screenshots and video of a new payment platform that’s secretly built into the current version of Facebook Messenger for iOS. With the service enabled, users can send money to other friends just like attaching a photograph to a message.

Currently, the service only appears to accept debit card payments, which come with lower processing fees than credit cards and are easier to configure than bank accounts. Speaking of fees, from the system that’s been leaked, it appears that there are no fees for users to send money to each other. However, since this is an early leak of…

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MSN Messenger is finally shutting down after 15 years

Microsoft’s MSN Messenger, or Windows Live Messenger as it’s now known, will be fully retired on October 31st. The software maker originally announced its plans to shift users over to Skype last year, but Microsoft kept the service running in China. After October 31st Chinese Messenger users will need to use Skype, bringing an end to 15 years of the service.

MSN Messenger started off life in 1999 as a rival to AOL’s AIM service. Both companies battled over chat dominance, and Microsoft…

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Facebook Messenger coming to Windows Phone soon

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has just announced that Facebook’s popular chat app Messenger is coming to Windows Phone. Although Facebook messaging has been built into Windows Phone since the OS first launched, its new Messenger app offers a broader feature set including the popular ‘stickers.’ The app is has been available on Android and iOS for several years, and although a precise release date wasn’t announced, but it’s definitely “coming soon” to Windows Phone. Facebook’s other, newly acquired messaging app, WhatsApp, is already available for the operating system.

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Facebook finally launches ‘dislike,’ but only for Messenger

Liking comments and status updates on Facebook has been a long running theme of the social network, but you’ve never been able to demonstrate your disdain with a “dislike” until today. While Facebook isn’t introducing a full dislike button, the Messenger part of the service is getting a giant thumbs-down sticker as part of a free pack released this week. Stickers were originally introduced in April, but a recent hackathon has resulted in a “Likes” sticker pack that includes a sore thumb, fiery thumb, poke, and lots more.

The new sticker pack is available from the Sticker Store, which is accessible via the smiley face within a Facebook Messenger chat session on the web or mobile apps. While it won’t bring the highly…

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Blackberry Messenger is now available for iOS, coming soon to Android

Consumers may be bidding farewell to Blackberry, but the Blackberry Messenger service is sticking around. BBM for iPhone is currently available in the App Store, although it doesn’t officially launch until Sunday. The Android app is reportedly arriving this weekend, although it has yet to be spotted in the Play Store. Instead, Android users searching for “BBM” will be met with more than a dozen fakes. The official link should be available soon.

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Here’s how BlackBerry Messenger will work on iOS and Android

BlackBerry is preparing to take its “killer app,” BlackBerry Messenger, multi-platform at some point this summer. Before it can do that, though, the company needs to familiarize Android and iOS users with the world of BBM. Newly uncovered user guides for both platforms suggest that BlackBerry is already trialling Messenger with a group of beta testers. The how-to guides may seem stale and obvious to people who’ve been carrying around BlackBerry devices for years, but that’s not who they’re aimed at. Instead, they seek to explain key features of the app to an audience that isn’t accustomed to BlackBerry IDs or BBM PINs.

Sadly you won’t find any screenshots of BlackBerry Messenger for either OS in the manuals; you’ll only get a preview…

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Red Hook Criterium + Timbuk2 Especial Collection: San Francisco’s original messenger bag-maker releases two exclusive iterations to celebrate Brooklyn’s most notorious track bike race

Red Hook Criterium + Timbuk2 Especial Collection

In 2008 the first renegade race was held by a handful of core individuals on the rough, public streets of Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood. Dubbed the Red Hook Criterium, the unsanctioned bicycle race is open to amateurs and professionals alike, with the alley cat-style course favoring urban cyclists and…

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Halo Zero: San Francisco’s Rickshaw Bagworks teams up with Halo Belt Company for an illuminated messenger bag

Halo Zero

As an avenue for sharing invention Kickstarter has helped introduce a range of safety-oriented cycling innovations to market, the most recent being the Halo Zero, an illuminated messenger bag developed in collaboration between Kickstarter-funded Halo Belt Company and Rickshaw Bagworks. The bag combines Halo’s LED fiber optic bands with…

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