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Apple fixing iMessage lock-in bug

Apple fixing iMessage lock-in bug

Apple's frustrating iMessage bug that has left iPhone and iPad users struggling to jump ship to Android could be close to being fixed, with the company saying that it is partway through addressing the problem with the SMS alternative. The glitch - which sees a user unable to extricate their cellphone number from the iMessage system, meaning their remaining contacts using iOS may send them messages they're unable to read on their non-Apple device - has already prompted a lawsuit.

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iMessage hijack fix in works but Android switchers still suffering

iMessage hijack fix in works but Android switchers still suffering

Apple is working on a fix to release former iPhone users from having their phone numbers held hostage by iMessage when they jump platform, though there's no estimate on when it could be available. The issue, observed by an increasing number of smartphone users as they switch between iPhone and other smartphones running Android or Windows Phone, for example, is that there is no easy way to de-register a cellphone number from iMessage once it has been registered.

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Snapchat settles FTC suit, admits guilt about security issues

Snapchat settles FTC suit, admits guilt about security issues

Snapchat, the messaging service promising disappearing messages, has settled a complaint with the FTC. The complaint involved several inconsistencies the FCC said were occurring within Snapchat’s service, running the gamut from the message service itself to the nature of information gathering Snapchat said it wasn’t doing. The settlement closes a chapter in the Snapchat saga, but opens up a can of worms.

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Snapchat gets auto-wiped IM chat and live video sharing

Snapchat gets auto-wiped IM chat and live video sharing

Snapchat has updated its ephemeral photo and video sharing app with instant messaging, with the new Chat feature also including live video streaming support. The new iOS and Android app also indicates presence, so you know when your friends are paying attention to the smutty photos and clips you're sending them, but the chat itself has the same short lifespan as multimedia does.

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Google Hangouts 2.1 for Android merges IM and SMS

Google Hangouts 2.1 for Android merges IM and SMS

Google has updated Hangouts for Android, with v2.1 further blending SMS and Hangout conversations, likely much to the chagrin of carriers. Hangouts 2.1 - which will roll out in the Google Play store over the coming days, Google says - now merges text message and Hangouts chat into a single thread, with a toggle to control whether new replies go out over SMS or through Google's IM service.

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