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Slack: the hip and modern way to communicate at work

Slack: the hip and modern way to communicate at work

A lot of technologies have grown around the workplace, trying to ease the burden of collaboration, from cloud storage, to task management, to document management, and even video conferencing. Despite these advancements, however, a lot of the core communication that happens between members of a workplace still take place inside e-mails or instant messaging. That's not even considering yet the separate and disparate workflows that these tools impose. What if you could have just one virtual workplace to rule them all? That is partially the promise that Slack is trying to make as it undergoes yet another funding round.

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Google tests a new way to chat with businesses

Google tests a new way to chat with businesses

Modern day businesses are evolving. A few years ago shopkeepers started realizing the importance of social media, but now that isn't enough. Google is giving businesses new ways to keep in contact with their customers. Google is testing a feature that allows customers to use a chat with business owners in real time through Google Hangouts. It's a great idea for today's customers who not only want instant access to store information, but they want it without having to pick up the phone and make a call.

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Microsoft pulls Google and Facebook chat from Outlook

Microsoft pulls Google and Facebook chat from Outlook

If you logged into your Outlook account today, you were likely greeted with a message bearing grave news (or mention of a feature you didn't even realize was available): Facebook and Google chat are going away. Until now, Outlook users were able to tie in their other accounts and chat with contacts on both of those aforementioned services -- something that was incredibly convenient and oft requested. All of it is set to fizzle away in the next few weeks, however, and Microsoft isn't being 100-percent clear about why.

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8 robust chat alternatives to WhatsApp

8 robust chat alternatives to WhatsApp

Texting has become little more than a quick way to fire a simple message off to someone you’ve only a casual acquaintance with, or those few holdouts still using dumb phones. Everyone else is likely connected with you through a chatting app, most of which now offer features like sending audio snippets, files, high-quality emoticons, and more. WhatsApp has been a long-reigning champ when it comes to chatting apps, and there’s a good chance you either use it or have used it in the past…and, like many, you might not be so fond of the app.

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Skype update for iOS, Android good news for other apps

Skype update for iOS, Android good news for other apps

Microsoft has been making several dedicated attempts to make Skype a useful tool rather than an unnecessary legacy add-on of late, with real-time translation being the most headline-grabbing update rolling in. Now Skype is announcing a few upgrades for Android users, with offline photo sharing coming via an update. Now Skype users can send photos to friends who may be offline, which will be immediately viewable once that user logs back onto Skype. Skype for Android also has some other neat tricks, like running in the background while you use other apps.

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Facebook testing voice chat transcription in Messenger

Facebook testing voice chat transcription in Messenger

Chat is a big feature for many Facebook users -- the only feature some of them use at this point -- and so it always nice to see when a new feature is on the horizon. In the past, the social network introduced a feature that allows users to send their friends voice clips through Messenger in much the same way one can in WhatsApp, and it is convenient to be able to speak a message quickly. Those on the receiving end, however, might find listening to that message terribly inconvenient when in public.

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Rooms v. Room: Facebook accused of stealing

Rooms v. Room: Facebook accused of stealing

Have you tried Facebook’s latest app, ‘Rooms’? There seems to be a bit of turmoil about it, as a competing app claims Facebook pinched quite a bit of what Rooms is from their app, the similarly named Room. The team behind Room claims they weren’t working with Facebook, either, suggesting Facebook possibly heard about Room via a third-party, like a Venture Capital firm. However Rooms came to resemble Room, their CTO and Co-founder is none too pleased, and is suggesting his company may take legal action.

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BitTorrent Bleep “bleeps out” your chats from prying eyes

BitTorrent Bleep “bleeps out” your chats from prying eyes

BitTorrent, the company, will perhaps forever be remembered for creating bittorrent, the file sharing protocol. However, the concept of a serverless system of sending packets to and fro the Internet isn't just useful for downloading large videos and files, legally acquired or otherwise. It can also be used to ensure secure and private communication lines, as Bleep, BitTorrent's latest product, tries to demonstrate.

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Tired of Facebook? Try these three social apps instead

Tired of Facebook? Try these three social apps instead

Are you tired of using social media channels like Facebook to share pics, or schedule a get-together? Sometimes, you just want to create your own little bubble, apart from the larger one that is social media. If you’ve been looking for a way to go “off the social grid”, here are three apps you and your friends can use to forge a new path.

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Google Hangouts is down, it’s not just you [Update: Restored]

Google Hangouts is down, it’s not just you [Update: Restored]

This morning Google Hangouts is on the fritz. Users across the United States are reporting outages as well as down-time entirely as the service is experiencing difficulty in both sending and receiving messages. This downtime appears to be at a server level as both desktop (web browser) and mobile versions of the ecosystem are experiencing difficulties.

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