Tag Archive: Direct


Instagram users can now share Stories via Direct messages

A new feature is currently rolling out to Instagram users on Android and iOS which gives them the ability to share Stories via direct messages. Now, whenever you watch a Story, a new direct message icon will appear in the bottom right corner. Tap on it and select the friend or group you want to […]

Twitter now separates Direct Messages from people you don’t know

Don’t know the guy? That’s fine, because now he can’t bother you.

Twitter now enables you to preview Direct Messages in your inbox from anyone that you don’t follow. Those sending the messages won’t receive a read receipt unless you select the “Accept” option. Media won’t be displayed in the preview either, unless you actively opt in to show the media prior to accepting the message.

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Instagram update adds infusion of new sticker features to Stories and Direct

A few days ago Instagram announced it was adding disappearing photos and videos to its Direct Messages platform. Now the Facebook-owned app is celebrating hitting its 200 million user milestone (up from the 150 million it had in January) with a new update which adds a bunch of new sticker options in both Stories and […]

You can now send disappearing photos/videos in Instagram Direct messages

Instagram is slowly turning into a Snapchat twin. With the latest update, the Facebook-owned image-centric app is adding the option of sending disappearing photos and videos in Direct messages. Instagram is looking to unite permanent and ephemeral messaging which is now present inside the permanent chat threads. So far, ephemeral photos and videos were displayed […]

Instagram Direct disappearing messages work exactly like Snapchat’s

Thus continues Instagram’s efforts to remain relevant among the messaging-obsessed millennials — and it seems to be working.

It appears Facebook’s Instagram will stop at nothing until it’s fully bumped out Snapchat in the social media wars. At least, that’s sure what it seems like with all the Snapchat-like copycat features.

Instagram is rolling out new Direct messaging features to both Android and iOS devices. These new features employ the same disappearing  [Read More…]

Facebook adds reactions and direct mentions to Messenger

One step closer towards becoming a robust messaging app; one giant leap towards adopting features typically heralded by Slack users.

First, it was Google Hangouts, and now it’s Facebook Messenger. Companies appear to be particularly drawn to those features that have made Slack so popular, but can you blame them? Slack’s communication dynamic truly is a deligh to use, and those other companies want people to say the same about their messaging  [Read More…]

Android 7.0: What is Direct Boot, and how will it improve your experience?

Direct Boot mode allows apps to communicate and interact with us before we have unlocked our phone after a reboot. This is more important than you might think.

We all hate it when our phone reboots. Sometimes we mean for it to happen and sometimes we don’t, but a reboot means we aren’t logged in, preventing many background tasks from working. It’s even worse if you use your phone as an alarm clock or reminder.

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Video Direct is Amazon’s new way to give content creators access to its millions of customers

Amazon has announced Video Direct, a new way for video providers to reach Amazon’s huge customer base. With this, content creators will have a number of new self-service ways to put their videos in front of Amazon’s millions of Prime customers. The company will be offering royalties based on the number of minutes streamed, and more.

Amazon notes that some of the benefits include:

Access to Amazon’s most engaged streaming audience—video providers can distribute their content directly  [Read More…]

Google Keyboard: High performance direct from Google [review]

Third-party keyboards are an essential part of the Android experience. Throughout the years, our beloved operating system has given users the choice of using different keyboard apps if they didn’t like what their manufacturer provided. As is always the case, talented developers throughout the world have come up with innovative and useful ideas to change how

Twitter now lets you record and share videos in direct messages

Twitter isn’t done rolling out new features today, as the company has just announced that users can now capture and share videos in direct messages. Twitter has long allowed users to send pictures via direct messages by tapping a camera icon next to the text box. However, users will now be able to use that button to record and send private videos back and forth, much like Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts.

Starting today,  [Read More…]