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Skype and Paul McCartney designed 10 new Valentine’s emojis

Skype and Paul McCartney designed 10 new Valentine’s emojis

It's not everyday that an app's developers get to work with someone as big as Sir Paul McCartney, which is why when Microsoft's Skype got the opportunity, they didn't waste it. That's why, with Valentine’s Day approaching, Skype users are getting 10 new love-themed "Mojis" featuring music from the legendary Beatles member himself. It's one of those things where you didn't realize how badly you needed it in your life until you heard about it.

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Google Hangouts now offers peer-to-peer on Android

Google Hangouts now offers peer-to-peer on Android

Google has released a small update to the Android version of it Hangouts messaging app this week. In an effort to improve the quality of audio and video during calls, Hangouts may now use a peer-to-peer (P2P) connection when possible. This means that users on both ends of the call will be directly connected with each other, and Google's servers will be bypassed.

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Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

Pebble Time now lets Android users start text conversations

The Pebble Time smartwatch and its accompanying mobile apps received a number of updates already this week, with the wearables getting new software and both iOS and Android users getting improved Health tracking features. But those with Android as their platform of choice also got something new just for them: the ability to send a text message initiating a conversation directly from the Pebble.

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WhatsApp hits billion monthly users milestone

WhatsApp hits billion monthly users milestone

WhatsApp has announced the service has one billion monthly users, its latest milestone. Says the company, the number means that almost one out of every seven people on Earth are using the app. “We’re humbled by the extraordinary ways all of you have used” the service, WhatsApp said in a statement.

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WhatsApp opens doors to businesses, drops subscription fees

WhatsApp opens doors to businesses, drops subscription fees

WhatsApp has been growing steadily for the last couple of years. Today, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum announced that they're about to hit one billion active users. But that's not the only big announcement that he had.

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Facebook Messenger might be getting a Mac app

Facebook Messenger might be getting a Mac app

It is one of those unofficial rumors that both make sense and don't. Based on a blurry photo, it seems that Facebook is working on a dedicated Mac app for its Messenger chat service, independent of the Facebook instance that run inside your browser. If it's true and if the app ever sees the light of day in public, it would be the first time Facebook would provide a separate chatting experience on the desktop, something that it has already done for the mobile counterpart.

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WhatsApp is down, causing New Year’s Eve mayhem

WhatsApp is down, causing New Year’s Eve mayhem

Wildly popular messaging service WhatsApp has suffered significant downtime today, throwing many New Year's Eve plans into disarray. The service, notorious for being acquired by Facebook for a hefty $19bn back in 2014, celebrated more than 900 million active monthly users in September.

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Google’s newly tipped messaging app has chatbot assistants

Google’s newly tipped messaging app has chatbot assistants

Google’s artificial intelligence is being used to create a new mobile messaging app, according to sources. The messaging service will differ from Hangouts via the inclusion of chatbot assistants tasked with answering questions and following commands issued through the messaging app. Sources say the chatbots will hunt down the answer to users’ questions by searching the Web and “other sources," check the weather, set reminders, and more.

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Google might be divorcing Hangouts and SMS

Google might be divorcing Hangouts and SMS

It seems that Google can't seem to make up its mind about its messaging solution, particularly when it comes to text (SMS) and multimedia messages (MMS). After deprecating Google Talk, and later Google Voice, in favor of its Hangouts brand and merging SMS features into it, insider sources are claiming that Google is making a U-turn, at least on the latter part. Developers are supposedly testing a version of the Hangouts Android app that was strangely divested of SMS and MMS functionality, leaving many to wonder what Google's ultimate plan really is.

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Sony breaks out PlayStation Messages into its own app

Sony breaks out PlayStation Messages into its own app

Almost anyone and everyone has a messaging platform these days and it seems that Sony isn't going to be left behind. Sort of. The Japanese tech giant does have its messaging service but it is one that is intimately tied to its PlayStation Network and, therefore, to gaming. That, of course, doesn't mean that there's no room for yet one more messsagin app, right? Welcome PlayStation Messages, the standalone yet connected messaging app sprung forth from its former all-in-one PlayStation App on smartphones.

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Yahoo Messenger revamp counts on GIFs and regrets

Yahoo Messenger revamp counts on GIFs and regrets

Remember Yahoo Messenger? Since the answer may very well be no, Yahoo has a problem, and it's hoping a shiny new version will fix it. Launched today, the new Yahoo Messenger has both smartphone versions for iOS and Android, as well as a browser interface and integration with Yahoo Mail.

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Signal encrypted messaging platform arrives on desktops

Signal encrypted messaging platform arrives on desktops

Secure and encrypted chatting on mobile devices is well and good, but sometimes you do need to use all ten (or just 8 or 9) fingers to better express what you have in your head. For that reason, Open Whisper Systems is bringing its Signal messaging app to desktops and laptops after being available first on iOS and, just last month, on Android. Now you can be sure that your super secret messages remain super secret, even from the government's prying eyes and ears.

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