WhatsApp

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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Pushbullet update lets you reply to messaging apps on your desktop

Pushbullet update lets you reply to messaging apps on your desktop

Pushbullet is great for lots of things, and is especially handy for sending files back and forth between devices. A new update to their Android app might just make Pushbullet much more vital to your daily routine, as the popular cross-platform and browser agnostic service will now support major messaging platforms. Rather than reach for your phone, or have a litany of windows or apps open on the desktop, you can now reply to messages on your desktop, and they’ll scoot away once you send your message.

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Facebook’s new Privacy Policy gives it more reach

Facebook’s new Privacy Policy gives it more reach

Facebook changing its privacy policies is nothing new, but once in a while it manages to hit a nerve that causes privacy advocates and governments agencies to take notice. Especially when Facebook does so rather silently. That might be the case last weekend when the social networking giant made some modifications to its Privacy Policy change that, though still in plain English, is somewhat ambiguously worded in such a way that it can be open to interpretation and abuse. By Facebook, of course.

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WhatsApp calling feature spotted on select Android devices

WhatsApp calling feature spotted on select Android devices

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook and one of the world's most popular mobile messaging platforms, has been working on a voice calling feature for some time now. The company first announced that they were working on the functionality early last year, and it is expected to make an official debut sometime this year, although exact timing remains unknown. However, a small handful of images were posted on Reddit this weekend that show a new WhatsApp voice calling interface running on an Android device.

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WhatSim dedicates your smartphone solely to WhatsApp

WhatSim dedicates your smartphone solely to WhatsApp

What's up with WhatsApp these days? The popular, or sometimes unpopular, messaging service, now owned by Facebook, is back in the spotlight. First it is moving to shutdown third-party WhatsApp apps, for the sake of security and privacy of course, and then it revealed a so far Chrome-only web app. Though not exactly its doing, the announcement of this rather odd SIM card, called, what else, WhatSim, puts the service again on a pedestal, letting users worldwide chat to their hearts content.

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WhatsApp is on the web, but only for Chrome (and not iOS)

WhatsApp is on the web, but only for Chrome (and not iOS)

After doing a little cleaning up of unqualified services, WhatsApp is now coming to the desktop. A long-desired feature for fans, WhatsApp is now available on the browser — but not any browser. For now, Chrome is the only browser supported, and you’ll need the app to log-in. With a scan of the QR code, you can start chatting on the desktop, and leave your phone on the desk next to you. Unless you’re on iOS — the desktop doesn’t support that, either.

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WhatsApp gives us another reason not to side-load apps

WhatsApp gives us another reason not to side-load apps

Those reports we see now and again about malware for Android always have a pretty strong narrative thread: don’t download apps outside of the Play Store. When you side-load apps, you open yourself up to all kinds of bad things, which is typically when malware takes hold. WhatsApp Plus, an app created for use as a WhatsApp client, has been an issue for users lately. WhatsApp has begun issuing 24-hour bans for users, but it’s not them — it’s their app.

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WhatsApp voice calling feature surfaces

WhatsApp voice calling feature surfaces

WhatsApp has been around for a long time now for Android users and what people might not know is that there are two versions of the app for Android devices. One of those versions is offered via the Google Play store and the other is offered directly via the WhatsApp website. If you want the most up to date app, you want to be using the version offered via the website.

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WhatsApp tipped to be developing desktop web client

WhatsApp tipped to be developing desktop web client

Recent Facebook acquisition WhatsApp is known for being one of the best multi-platform mobile messaging apps, available on a number of devices beyond the standard iOS and Android. The only catch is that the app can only be used on a mobile phone, since users' account are directly tied to their phone number. But that may finally change soon, as there is evidence the company is already at work on a web client for desktops.

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