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Telegram adds new web apps and tap-to-jump video

Telegram adds new web apps and tap-to-jump video

Today Telegram revealed a set of new web versions of its chat app. Two new web apps for Telegram were released today. According to the developers at Telegram, ever since they first released a Web Version of the app back in 2014, their "pet demon of internal competition" kept whispering "Why have one web version when you can have two?" So now there are three web versions of Telegram.

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Twitch is finally rolling out threaded replies in chat for everyone

Twitch is finally rolling out threaded replies in chat for everyone

Following a limited test of the feature, Twitch is finally rolling out threaded replies in chat for everyone, adding some organization to conversations that, historically speaking, tend to be chaotic and hard to follow. As you'd expect, the threaded replies feature indents replies under the original comment, making it easier to follow the conversation.

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WhatsApp might soon have chat history transfer between iOS, Android

WhatsApp might soon have chat history transfer between iOS, Android

Despite the many privacy concerns WhatsApp has recently been involved in courtesy of parent company Facebook, there are still many users that remain heavily invested in the messaging service. To be fair, WhatsApp does currently have strong privacy safeguards, at least for now, and it is expanding its features to support a multi-device world. Ironically, those two goals don't always align, as seen in the case of transferring between Android phones and iPhones, something that might finally become easier once this chat history migration feature becomes available.

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Telegram Voice Chats 2.0 jumps on the Clubhouse bandwagon

Telegram Voice Chats 2.0 jumps on the Clubhouse bandwagon

Every so often, someone comes up with an idea so simple yet so ingenious that even the giants scramble to copy it or even buy it. That was the case with TikTok and history seems to repeat itself with Clubhouse. Now almost everyone from Facebook to Twitter is trying to make their own version of the increasingly popular mass voice chat. Unsurprisingly, Telegram, which has been stepping up its game since the WhatsApp brouhaha earlier this year, is jumping on the train as well in its latest update to its Voice Chat feature.

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Zoom just added lip and hair color effects: Here’s where to find them

Zoom just added lip and hair color effects: Here’s where to find them

Zoom just added a feature to video chat called Studio Effects. This feature allows users to add oddities to their face in augmented reality in odd colors and combinations of colors. With this feature, users can add a moustache and beard in human hair color, new lip color, and more.

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WhatsApp alternative Telegram wants your old chat app’s messages and photos

WhatsApp alternative Telegram wants your old chat app’s messages and photos

This week Telegram announced that they'd be accepting chat history from other apps. Starting today, a Telegram representative suggested, "everyone can bring their chat history - including videos and documents - to Telegram from apps like WhatsApp, Line, and KakaoTalk." This system will work for all sorts of chats, including groups and "private chats" alike.

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Google Messages is quietly adding a new text scheduling feature

Google Messages is quietly adding a new text scheduling feature

Google Messages, the company's chat app, is adding the ability to schedule text messages. The feature started rolling out to users through a server-side update, but not everyone has access to it yet. Reports about the feature began surfacing on social media earlier today, showing multiple scheduling options.

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Steam Chat Filtering lets you decide which words to bleep out

Steam Chat Filtering lets you decide which words to bleep out

Gaming platforms have started to realize that harm doesn't simply come from seeing or having access to age-inappropriate games, it can also come from seeing inappropriate or hurtful messages. Gamers, especially in highly competitive titles, have long used colorful language, to put it mildly, in communicating with others, sometimes without considering whether the recipient is comfortable with it or not. Valve is now rolling out a chat filtering system for Steam that puts gamers in complete control while keeping its own hands off moderating these chats.

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NatGeo virtual backgrounds released for video chat

NatGeo virtual backgrounds released for video chat

Today the folks at National Geographic released a wild collection of virtual backgrounds / wallpapers for students doing video chats for school. Virtual school, remote schooling, remote classroom work is currently more popular than it's ever been before, thanks to COVID-19 and the likely resurgence of the global pandemic thanks to winter - so National Geographic just stepped up to the plate.

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Discord issues in the afternoon, down but not out

Discord issues in the afternoon, down but not out

While some parts of the Discord universe remain in action, other bits are down for the count. Users started to have issues at around 1:49 PM Central Time in the United States, and issues escalated over the following hour. At this time it would appear that the majority of complaints are about Server Connection issues.

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Video call “Eye Contact” for Windows released for Surface Pro X

Video call “Eye Contact” for Windows released for Surface Pro X

In the future, it's likely we'll have a whole bunch of artificial intelligence-based features like "Eye Contact" for all video calls. It's an interesting bit of tech that uses AI to modify the video feed the person sees on the other end of your video call. With this feature, you will always appear to be making eye contact with the person on the other end of the call, even if you're not looking directly at the camera - because that's awkward.

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WhatsApp fixes huge number bug: You might never have known

WhatsApp fixes huge number bug: You might never have known

WhatsApp just fixed a system with which WhatsApp phone numbers were available to view and copy through a simple Google search. All WhatsApp needed to do was change a bit of code to de-index the lot of webpages created by their wa.me system - which they've done, this week. Users might never have known that their phone number was made public with this setup - but they might as well have suspected.

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