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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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WhatsApp beta update adds real security and QR codes

WhatsApp beta update adds real security and QR codes

The next major update for WhatsApp will add some real encryption for chat history in iCloud. That's not to say that WhatsApp was necessarily unencrypted in any other way in the past, but this newest update adds a key component to the mix, specifically for iOS user. There's also a QR code element that'll soon - we can only cross our fingers and hope - be added to the system to make the sending of user details faster and simpler.

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Google Meet now free for anyone with an email address

Google Meet now free for anyone with an email address

After fighting over the team and office chat space, the next arena has quickly become video conferencing. Although Zoom unfortunately still seems to be the buzzword, others have risen up to take advantage of its ongoing privacy and security scandals. Google is now taking the biggest bite out of that Zoom pie by announcing that anyone can now use its own Google Meet video conferencing service absolutely free and you can use any email account, not just Gmail.

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WhatsApp update expands features: Group Video chat, stickers, forwards

WhatsApp update expands features: Group Video chat, stickers, forwards

Today the folks at WhatsApp - owned by Facebook - increased the number of people that can join a group video meeting to 8 users. WhatsApp calls this Group Video - and before now, the service was slightly more limited, with a max of 4 users at a time. Per WhatsApp officials, this boost is due in part to the drastic increase in use of WhatsApp over the past month, during our current global pandemic.

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Telegram group video chat will soon compete with Zoom

Telegram group video chat will soon compete with Zoom

Telegram is one of the premiere systems with which people securely and privately initiate group chats. Now they've revealed they're about to expand into secure group video calls. After being inundated with requests for the feature over the last few years and especially the last few weeks, Telegram confirmed that they "will focus on bringing you secure group video calls in 2020."

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These Community TV show background images for video calls really pop-POP!

These Community TV show background images for video calls really pop-POP!

As the global quarantine for pandemic continues, the need for entertainment in every aspect of daily life rises. Here, alone at home, people of many sorts take to systems like Zoom to video chat with friends and associates. The system has the ability to give you a custom background - a wallpaper with which you can hide your actual home environment with ease. As such, we've begun speaking with the internet community about the backgrounds they've been using. One popular option is a set of environments and elements from the TV show Community - take a peek!

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