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Messages on iOS, macOS crash when receiving this link

Messages on iOS, macOS crash when receiving this link

Gone are the days when instant messaging pranks simply involved clicking on links that would take you to some scary, funny, or shocking image or video. These days, a prank can cause your messaging app or, worse, your phone, to crash and restart, sometimes repeatedly. That has exactly been the case with Apple’s Messages app, for both iOS and macOS, which has, time and again, been vulnerable to such bugs. The latest one, nicknamed “chaiOS” is at least less destructive but still very disruptive.

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Facebook Messenger Kids for Kindle Fire brings safe chatting to Amazon tablets

Facebook Messenger Kids for Kindle Fire brings safe chatting to Amazon tablets

Last month, Facebook announced Messenger Kids, a child-friendly version of its messaging app that enables parents to keep a tight grip on their child's digital communications. The app is a standalone product -- a child can use it without having their own Facebook account, with their parent instead tacking it onto their own account. As of today, the Messenger Kids app is now available to use on Amazon's own tablet lineup.

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WhatsApp just gave BlackBerry and Windows Phone an ultimatum

WhatsApp just gave BlackBerry and Windows Phone an ultimatum

WhatsApp has called time on BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0, confirming that it will cease supporting the smartphone platforms at the end of the year as it focuses its development attentions elsewhere. The decision won't mean instant death for the WhatsApp app on those platforms, but it does mean the end is in sight.

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AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead

AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead

After more than 20 years, AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead. We've known this day was coming for some time now - AOL originally announced its plans to shut down AIM back in October, but now the day has come. As of this morning, AIM has been shut down for good, so hopefully you got one last chat session in before it went dark.

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Domino’s on Slack lets you order a pizza between chats

Domino’s on Slack lets you order a pizza between chats

Domino's has expanded beyond its Facebook Messenger bot, announcing a new integration that allows customers to place an order through Slack. The integration makes Domino's the first national pizza chain to provide ordering on the messaging platform, though definitely not the first company to hawk its products through the platform. Ordering lunch at work just got a little easier, however.

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Slack is still down, but some fixes are in the pipeline

Slack is still down, but some fixes are in the pipeline

Earlier this evening, Slack users began experiencing issues accessing the service. A few hours have passed and the messaging platform is still down, forcing companies, groups, and others who rely on the platform to resort to more archaic measures like email. The service disruption is a big deal given the huge number of groups and companies that rely on Slack for their daily communications.

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Skype for Desktop redesigned with new social features and cloud support

Skype for Desktop redesigned with new social features and cloud support

Beginning today, Skype is going to look a lot different, at least on desktop. For some time now, the team behind Skype has had a new desktop app available in preview, but now it's ready to roll that redesign into full release. The update offers a number of new features that should allow Skype to better compete with other messaging services like Slack and Discord.

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WhatsApp message recall could be a life-saver

WhatsApp message recall could be a life-saver

WhatsApp users are spotting a new feature that hasn't officially been announced yet, but that has appeared on the service's FAQ page. The feature has been a popular request and gives users a way to recall -- that is, to delete -- a message they sent (hopefully) before the other person sees it. This is a life-saver if you accidentally send the wrong message or, in a moment of inebriation, say something dumb.

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Discord Verified Servers bring official game channels for fans

Discord Verified Servers bring official game channels for fans

Official game channels have arrived in the game chatting service Discord, and they're made possible via the new Verified Server program. The Verified Server program is available for publishers and game developers. These official game channels will provide a destination for fans of a particular game to chat with each other, get official news, and more.

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Galaxy S8 has a missing text messages problem

Galaxy S8 has a missing text messages problem

Is every new Samsung flagship cursed to have a major fiasco? While not as explosive, pun totally intended, as the Galaxy Note 7, it seems that something is amiss with the otherwise commendable Galaxy S8 and S8+. Owners across different carriers in the US are reporting cases of "missing" text messages. On the one hand, it's unlikely to cause physical harm (unless you violently hurl the phone at someone). But, on the other hand, the bug is a serious issue for concern, especially when emergency cases are involved.

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AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) just got its death sentence

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) just got its death sentence

AOL Instant Messenger, also known as AIM, just received it's final date of operation. It's about to die, gone, dead forever. And I'll bet you didn't even know it still existed. Or if you were born after 1995, you might never have known it existed in the first place. AIM was a key element in the evolution of the internet, from a series of pages in stasis to a live communication tool through which we still (and forevermore) connect one end of the world to the other.

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Delta will add free mobile messaging to some flights on October 1

Delta will add free mobile messaging to some flights on October 1

Delta has announced that it will offer free mobile messaging to its passengers on certain flights, enabling them to send and receive messages from the sky. The support will launch on October 1 and will be a complimentary service with support for WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage. This makes it the first US-based global carrier to offer this support, according to Delta.

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