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    Last year, Facebook caught a lot of flak for releasing a Snapchat clone last year, dubbed Poke. However, the app never really caught on and Facebook pulled it from the App Store back in May. Just last week, Facebook tried its hand at the destructive photo sharing app again by releasing another Snapchat competitor, Slingshot. It's easy to mistake Slingshot as a Snapchat knock-off. And while the two services have a lot in common, like the same basic function, Slingshot has its fair share of differences from Snapchat – the UI, the "pay to play" mentality, and other small details. Which app ...

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    Back in February, Facebook announced it was buying popular mobile messaging app, WhatsApp, for a whopping $19 billion. We later compared WhatsApp to Facebook's in-house chat service, Facebook Messenger. We learned that, despite their core differences, they had a lot in common. But how does WhatsApp compare to, say, another popular mobile messaging service like Kik? WhatsApp is powered by your mobile number – it requires a working number for activation. Kik, on the other hand, doesn't require a working number and it doesn't require other people to have your number to work. One of its best ...

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    Like most members of the Pocketnow team, I tote a lot of gadgets. After all, "Captain2Phones" isn't just a Twitter handle - it's a lifestyle. It's also a massive, ridiculous understatement: at any given time, my online persona is logged in to many different mobile devices, all of which titter and chirp incessantly when even the most minor of messages arrives. Couple that with a very busy inbox and a slew of friends for whom the enter key is a form of punctuation all its own, and sometimes I just want out. I want a way to say to everyone, all at once, "I'm gone for a while. Your messages ...

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    There is no shortage of options when it comes to communicating with a modern smartphone. There are literally hundreds – likely even thousands – of different ways to communicate. There's the voice call, which is no longer a staple in mobile communication for many. And there is an endless supply of different IP messengers available, free of charge, depending on what mobile OS you use. There's email, for the more traditional feel of correspondence. And there are several popular social networking sites around the Web that are (generally) easy to access via mobile and, likewise, great for ...

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    I've been using Facebook's new Chat Heads feature on my HTC One for a grand total of two hours. In that time, I've become convinced that the concept behind it is bigger than Facebook Home, Facebook Messenger, and could become bigger than even Facebook itself - at least insofar as it relates to smartphone UI design. The quick rundown for those not yet indoctrinated into the new club of bubble-tappers: Chat Heads are floating overlays on your smartphone's home screen. They're circular icons containing avatars of friends you're currently talking to via Facebook Messenger, and they can be ...

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    Earlier this month, Verizon Wireless announced that it was targeting a date sometime in 2013 for delivery of a new service to its customers. The new feature isn't a high-speed data option or device upgrade policy, but something much more mundane or critical, depending on your perspective: an SMS-to-911 backbone. Developed in partnership with TeleCommunication Systems, the system will allow customers in the United States to send SMS text messages to emergency-response call centers. This is something that's been in the works for a very long time, and it makes a lot of sense: I've talked ...

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