Best Mobile Messaging Apps
Most people use their phone more for sending SMS text messages than they do for making calls. If you are looking for ways to get the most out of your messaging and are looking to stay more connected with your friends, these SMS+ apps seem to be the way text and in some cases, video-based communication on phones are heading.
The downside of this trend is you need to get on the same service as most of the people you interact with. You aren't really much further ahead if you pick an app that no one else you text with is using. From the popular WhatsUp app that boasts 300 million users, to GroupMe, which focuses on group discussions, to the teen-friendly Kik, there are seemingly endless options if you want to abandon traditional texting and move to these new messaging apps.
Don't forget that popular social-networking giant, Facebook, also has its own messaging app that is already integrated into its digital ecosystem. That means you won't have to worry about being an early adopter of one of these messaging services. You already know that everyone, including your boss, grandma and next-door neighbour are already on Facebook.
If you are an Apple user and most of the people you interact with are on iPhones or iPads, most of these apps won't seem useful as iMessage/Facetime. Most of the functionality you find in these standalone apps is already taken care of. But if you are looking to interact with people on a number of different devices and platforms, this list from thenextweb.com should give you the pros and cons on most of the major messaging apps out there.
The Walking Dead Bingo
With more than 16 million viewers tuning into the fourth season of AMC's The Walking Dead, Sunday nights belong to the zombies. With two episodes already behind us, there is still time to add a little more excitement to the zombie apocalypse. Pick your favourite survivor, get ready for the surprises from the undead, watch out for showmances and focus in on what zombies Darrel is going to kill this week on Paste Magazine's The Walking Dead Bingo.
Stream of the Week: The Bonaduces -- Armadillo
A staple of the '90s indie rock scene, The Bonaduces are back (sort of). While the group hasn't released new material since 1998's Democracy of Sleep, the four-piece has played a few shows over the years and is gearing up to release some new songs on local imprint, Parliament of Trees. The group performed over the weekend, so if you missed the reunion show, you can stream the band's first single in more than 15 years on its Bandcamp site.
Video of the Week: The Gaslamp Killer Crate Diggers
Anyone who saw The Gaslamp Killer's performance at the Pyramid during last summer's jazz festival knows that the Los Angeles-based DJ isn't someone who is confined by genres. From forward-thinking bass to old psychedelic bands to avant-garde jazz, Benjamin Bensussen's record collection is as eclectic as one of his DJ sets. Filmed for Fuse's on-going Crate Diggers series, The Gaslamp Killer is one of the most interesting profiles to be featured on the show.
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