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Google uses lax encryption for Hangouts; wiretapping very possible

Google uses lax encryption for Hangouts; wiretapping very possible

If you’re on iOS, you likely use Facetime for video chats and iMessage for more casual text-based back-and-forth talks. If you use Android, Hangouts likely handles the same workload, but maybe not in the same way. While Apple’s chat services use end-to-end encryption, it’s now been discovered Google doesn’t subscribe to that school of thought. In a recent Reddit AMA, an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) employee prompted a Googler to disclose just how secure Hangouts is. Spoiler: it isn’t very secure.

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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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Kim Dotcom’s MEGAchat promises encrypted video chats in browsers

Kim Dotcom’s MEGAchat promises encrypted video chats in browsers

Recent world events have gotten many tech companies concerned about security and privacy. Some of them have scrambled to add, enhance, or even enforce security measures like encryption while governments and their leaders, like Cameron and now Obama, have scrambled to have them blocked or at the very least weakened. Chat apps and services are one of the common targets and we've seen many old and new ones wave the encryption flag as a major feature. MEGAchat is just one of the latest to join that roster and it comes from a man who should know the situation all too well.

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Firefox Hello lets you make video calls without fuss

Firefox Hello lets you make video calls without fuss

Mozilla has just rolled out version 35 of the popular Firefox web browser and it is bringing in a handful of new features. Highlighting this release, however, is something that they have been working on for quite a long time now. Leveraging the power of what is called WebRTC (Real Time Communications), Firefox Hello lets users create and share video chats without the hassles of third party accounts, services, or plugins. All you need is a Firefox browser, and sometimes you don't even need that.

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Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

As we've mentioned before, tech companies are now getting into the health business as well. Although Google already has its hands partly inside the health cookie jar, with thrusts like Google Fit, it seems that that company is planning on getting deeper and more involved with people's medical needs. Google has hinted that it is considering a new service, integrated into its already many services, that would let users consult a proper doctor for whatever concerns they may have, like a Helpouts but with certified physicians.

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Google offering video chat sessions via Search

Google offering video chat sessions via Search

We already use Google for everything, so much so the word has become a verb (Google it!). Searching for a medical condition or some minor aches and pains often leads you down the wrong path (WebMD is evil sometimes). Now it looks like Google is priming another of their services, Helpouts, to aid you in your queries. Someone recently spotted a new option for speaking with a doctor when searching for “knee pain”, which offered up a video chat. Though not specifically mentioned, it has Helpouts written all over it.

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