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Android Messages for web goes live today

Android Messages for web goes live today

Android Messages for web is launching today, bringing the chat service another step closer to rivaling Apple's iMessage. Desktop support, Google says, is one of the most requested features for Messages, and as you'd expect from the company it has looked straight to the browser to deliver it.

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Installing Signal isn’t enough to make your chats secure

Installing Signal isn’t enough to make your chats secure

Encrypted messaging apps may have gained traction over the past few years, but even if you use Signal your conversations may not be as secure as you think. As the indictment of former Senate Intel panel security director James A. Wolfe this week shows, overlooking a few key settings can make your messages all too easily accessed.

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After 20 years, Yahoo Messenger is shutting down

After 20 years, Yahoo Messenger is shutting down

Yahoo Messenger will shut down on July 17, 2018, the company has confirmed today, marking the end of two decades of the instant messaging service. Although Yahoo is experimenting with a new chat service, right now the company says it's looking to new communications options "that better fit consumer needs."

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Apple lifts Telegram block

Apple lifts Telegram block

Apple has lifted its alleged block on updates to secure messaging app Telegram, after the company's CEO accused the Cupertino firm of unfairly locking down the software. Pavel Durov, chief exec of Telegram, announced earlier this week that the messaging app had gone more than a month without receiving a single update, blaming Apple's over-zealous reaction to complaints from Russia.

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Apple is blocking Telegram updates worldwide says CEO

Apple is blocking Telegram updates worldwide says CEO

Secure messaging app Telegram has gone without iOS updates since mid-April, CEO Pavel Durov has claimed, accusing Apple of blocking updates globally for more than a month. The allegation comes after Russia demanded a ban on Telegram in April, when the app-maker refused to hand over the keys to its encrypted chats.

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Discord’s big birthday update makes a ton of improvements

Discord’s big birthday update makes a ton of improvements

If you're a Discord user, you may have noticed a rather long changelog upon logging into the app today. Discord turned three years old this week, and what better way to celebrate than with a massive update? That's precisely what Discord's developers thought, and the update they've delivered makes a lot of big changes across the board.

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Android Auto is getting a slick new interface

Android Auto is getting a slick new interface

Android Auto is about to get better looking and easier to use, cutting down on driver distraction in the car while putting your favorite media at easier reach. The in-car smartphone projection system is being updated at Google I/O 2018, complete with new UIs for third-party apps and smarter messaging.

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Galaxy S9, S9+ Messages chatbot support appears in leak

Galaxy S9, S9+ Messages chatbot support appears in leak

Samsung's Messages app on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will soon support chatbots. Screenshots of the new capability have appeared ahead of its arrival; they show "Chatbots" listed in Messages' upper menu alongside "Conversations" and "Contacts." The new feature is made possible via Rich Communications Services (RCS), the protocol that is essentially set to replace SMS with a richer experience.

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Amazon threatens Signal over censorship circumvention plans

Amazon threatens Signal over censorship circumvention plans

Signal says that Amazon is threatening to suspend the company's AWS account over its plans to circumvent censorship. The company published an email it received from Amazon over the matter, one that states, "We will immediately suspend your use of CloudFront if you use third party domains without their permissions to masquerade as that third party."

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Facebook Messenger Kids sleep mode: Here’s how to use it

Facebook Messenger Kids sleep mode: Here’s how to use it

Facebook is adding a sleep mode for Facebook Messenger Kids, allowing parents to control when young users get access to the app. The new feature follows the launch of the child-friendly version of the instant messaging app last December, intended to quiet concerns that younger users of the social network could be talking with predators.

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Chat is Google’s industry-backed answer to Apple iMessage

Chat is Google’s industry-backed answer to Apple iMessage

Google's communication services are a mess, and that's describing it nicely. It has made multiple attempts, some of which continue to exist independently, to offer the best messaging platform ever. Almost all of those have failed miserably. Why can't Google just make a straight out iMessage clone? Well, it could but it's choosing not to do so. Instead, it is trying to push for a more industry-supported messaging standard that it will simply be calling "Chat". Not "Google Chat", just "Chat".

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Android Messages for Web setup process is nearly complete

Android Messages for Web setup process is nearly complete

Google might be criticized for having a confusing array of messaging services but it is at least doing one thing right. It is giving most of them equal features so you won't have to be jealous over another service or app. Then again, that could also make choosing between them even harder. Now that Allo for Web is a thing, it seems that Google is putting its focus on bringing that same convenience to SMS-based Android Messages. And judging by the functionality already in the Android app, it could come any time now.

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