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Facebook Messenger Getting 500 Million Users

Facebook Messenger Platform 2.3 Gets Powerful Business Tools

Facebook’s craze to get more audience glued to its social network is eminent. Whether it’s general audience or business people, FB tries hard to convince them that there’s no one better than Facebook when it comes to features.

Facebook Messenger Platform 2.3 Business Tools

Now, the social network is adding teeth to it Facebook messenger platform 2.3 with mighty business tools to ensure more businesses utilize it. The social juggernaut has announced new improvements to its Messenger platform version 2.3 with a range of noteworthy new business tools.

Among the features introduced, ‘quick replies for contact info’ is the one.  As name suggests the feature gives users an option to share their contact info in one click. The feature is a visible improvement to quick replies feature that Facebook introduced back in 2016.

This is how Facebook explains the feature-

“Starting today, if a business asks for a person’s contact info, they can send a quick reply button that will auto-populate with the person’s email or phone number that is associated with their Facebook profile. Now, the person can select and share contact address with the business. If the person has more than one email address or phone number connected with their profile, they will be given the option to select which they would like to share with the business.”

The social network is also adding Customer Chat plugin presentation tools which will give businesses more power to customize and personalize the way they communicate via Facebook messenger.

As the screenshot tells it all, businesses can now customize the color of their Messenger bubbles to match their website presentation. To recall, the color selection capacity was introduced earlier in the month, but with the update in place, it’s now getting more customized for easy implementation with a new, easy set-up tool.

In addition to above, the social network added the following:

Notifications –

The feature as name suggests notifies a business when a person starts a chat with. Consumers are notified when businesses responds by badging the Messenger icon with a red dot, as well as triggering a notification sound and page title change.

Persistent menu –

The feature allows businesses to incorporate the ‘persistent menu’ from their existing Messenger experience into customer. This is to let people access chat at any point during their conversation.

Support for Internet Explorer –

Now, the messenger platform 2.3 platform will offer support for Internet Explorer. This is to ensure greater overall stability and performance for your customers visiting your website using the Internet Explorer web browser.

apple pay update

Apple Pay Update: Support for More US Banks and Credit Unions

Apple has updated its Apple Pay platform with 26 new US banks and credit unions being added to its platform. Apple pay already offers support for most of the major credit and debit cards from the top banks in the United States.

Apple Pay Update : New Banks and Credit Unions Added

apple pay update

However, there are still financial institutions that yet to come into the periphery of the Apple pay mobile payment service. Below is the list of the names of the new banks and credit unions that now support Apple Pay:

  • ACIPCO

Amazon Fire TV Firefox Browser Supoort

Amazon’s Fire TV Brings Firefox Browser Support

Firefox browser is finally coming on Amazon Fire TV. That means you can now use Firefox to browse the web on your TV. All credits go to Amazon and Mozilla’s joint announcement that Firefox will now be eventually available for all your browsing needs on Amazon Fire TV.

Amazon Fire TV Firefox Browser Supoort

Amazon Fire TV Firefox Browser Supoort

Firefox said in its announcement:

“Bringing Firefox to Fire TV is an exciting new way to reach our users and serve up more of the full web to everyone. Firefox has always been about bringing the web directly to people no matter what device they’re using. Starting today, we will be able to expand the already great Fire TV experience by enabling viewers to surface a multitude of web content — including videos — through Firefox.”

In another development, YouTube won’t be available on Amazon devices in app form from January 2018. In that case users can use Firefox browser to watch YouTube videos.

Having Firebox on-board, Fire TV users can easily watch videos from YouTube and other video streaming sites by launching them right from the Firefox.

Top Upcoming Home Entertainment System

Top Upcoming Home Entertainment System Trends for 2018

The home entertainment sector is always pushing boundaries. Entertainment is steadily getting confined to personal spaces like home. Compare this to people going to the local movie theater with family not so long ago. Movie lovers now prefer to consume entertainment content in the privacy of their residences using laptops, handheld devices, or home theaters.

Apple Podcast Analytics Feature: All What You Should Know

Apple is now making it easier to know how podcasts are performing and what’s needed to be done to make them more engaging. Apple’s latest podcast analytics feature appears to be beneficial for both advertisers and podcast makers.

Apple Podcast Analytics Feature

Apple Podcast Analytics Feature

Apple podcast analytics feature was long awaited and is finally here. The feature, as name tells, will give podcast creators an insight into the way people listen (or don’t listen) to shows on Apple’s Podcast app.

The tool, for instance, will tell podcast creators data about when listeners stopped listening to a particular episode.

In many ways, the Apple Podcast Analytics Feature appears to be a significant addition by Apple. Until now, podcasts creators had little or almost no way to get the idea how their podcasts are being consumed. The only stats they could have talked were if someone had downloaded an episode or started to stream it.

The feature is also very important to podcast advertisers as well, since they can now get to know if people are listening to the ads they pay for.

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Skype for Mobile Gets ScribbleChat’s 3D Handwriting and animated Stickers

Your Skype experience goes to be more innovative with a tiny yet significant improvement to its platform. Skype brings 3D handwriting and animated stickers by integrating ScribbleChat, a platform known for humanizing the digital chat experience.

Skype ScribbleChat Integration Announced

As of now the feature will only be available for Skype’s mobile users but will be rolled out for other users in 2018, said Skype.

ScribbleChat was launched by Handwriting.io, a software startup that’s behind over 200 authentic digital handwriting styles for business communications. Having big names like 1-800 Flowers, Hallmark, and Bloomingdale’s being its clientele, ScribbleChat is now looking at opening up its technology to the consumer side.

“The mobile communications industry has reached a point of stagnation, where emojis are no longer meeting our desired needs when it comes to expression,” said Handwriting.io CEO and cofounder Eloise Bune, in a statement.

Currently, ScribbleChat has more than 1 million users. ScribbleChat is used worldwide on iOS and Android platforms. Its 3D handwriting and animated stickers are also very popular on chat platforms such as iMessage, Kik, Facebook Messenger, and now Skype.

Users can choose a handwriting style that they like. They can also change the color, paper background style, and animated text effect to further personalize their messages. As of now, the handwriting is only available in English.

Skype ScribbleChat

Facebook Messenger Kids App Launched with Parental Controls

Facebook, the social networking magnet announced a new version of its most popular messenger app specially designed for kids and adolescents. The app dubbed ‘Facebook messenger kids’ aims at allowing children to safely video chat and message with family and friends without risking their privacy and safety.

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