Handy new app turns Notification Center into messaging machine

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Select a pre-written message and send it straight from Notification Center.
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“I’m leaving” is a message I probably send way too often, but not as often as “I’m here.” It’s just become routine whenever I’m making plans or picking someone up. It’s not necessarily a burden, but it’d be a nice luxury to be able to quickly send friends these repeat messages automatically to save a little bit of time. You’re smart so I bet you know where I’m going with this.

Yes, Written is a new app for iPhone that lets you write out five of your most commonly used phrases and save them for easy access in Notification Center. Then when you pull down the Today view from the top, you see the Written widget with your five messages. Tap one to send it along to your favorite contacts. It works with the Messages app and even WhatsApp.

Microsoft Send is like WhatsApp for work emails

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Send is one part email, one part instant message.
Send is part email, part instant messenger.
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The Microsoft Garage has churned out a new iOS productivity app aimed at streamlining the email experience so users can get in, get in contact, and get on with their work lives as quickly as possible.

The new iOS-only app, Send, aims to make email threads more like short IM messages by stripping out the hassle of finding your contacts, writing subject lines, and keeping tabs on your inbox.

Microsoft leaks its brand new chat app for iPhone

Flow will work alongside Microsoft Outlook.
Flow will work alongside Microsoft Outlook.
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Microsoft has inadvertently leaked plans to release a new chat app for iPhone called Flow, which will allow users to have “rapid email conversations.” The service will be a part of Outlook, but it will focus on quick communication with “no subject lines, salutations, or signatures.”

WhatsApp voice calling comes to iPhone along with iOS 8 share extension

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WhatsApp voice calling has arrived on iPhone. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android
WhatsApp voice calling has arrived on iPhone. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

WhatsApp is no longer just an instant messaging service. In a new update now rolling out to users on iOS, the company is introducing new voice calling capabilities that allow you to phone family and friends anywhere and at no extra cost.

The update also brings an iOS 8 share extension and other new features and improvements.

Get your lost iOS files back fast with FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery

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iPhone Data Recovery makes it simple to restore lost iOS files. Photo: FonePaw

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The easy-to-use Mac software is designed to help you recover deleted photos, videos, messages, contacts, call history, notes, etc., either directly from your phone or by extracting and restoring files from iTunes or iCloud. All you need to do is plug your mobile device into your Mac and click “Start Scan.”