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Controversial Yik Yak anonymous app is shutting down

Controversial Yik Yak anonymous app is shutting down

Yik Yak is shutting down, with the location-based social network confirming today that it's game over for the anonymous messaging board system. The app was launched as a way for people in close proximity - often students on the same campus, much like where Yik Yak creators Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington worked on the first version - to communicate. However, as greater attention was paid to cyber-bullying and online harassment, Yik Yak's potential role in that ended up getting more attention than its other features.

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Telegram debuts voice calls, uses emoji codes to verify security

Telegram debuts voice calls, uses emoji codes to verify security

Messaging app Telegram may not be as popular as competitors WhatsApp and Messenger, but it is working hard to stay caught up with all the latest and greatest features. Chief among its latest efforts is the introduction of voice calls, enabling users to call each other over WiFi or mobile data for free. With this voice call functionality comes a new security verification feature, as well: emojis codes.

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Google Talk getting shuttered in favor of Hangouts

Google Talk getting shuttered in favor of Hangouts

Google's extensive lineup of chat and messaging apps is getting shuffled once again: the company has announced it will be shutting down the Google Talk service and officially replacing it with the existing Hangouts. Talk, also known by many users as "Gchat," is the quick and simple messaging tool that has lived within Gmail since 2005. While most Google users have already migrated to Hangouts, the remaining Talk holdouts now have only a few weeks to make the switch.

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Google Hangouts is dropping SMS support

Google Hangouts is dropping SMS support

And so the Google messaging circus continues. Google has quite a few messaging apps, and some of them overlap with each other and the biggest offender is probably Hangouts. What would have been Google's main, or only, messaging platform supports chat, voice, video, and SMS, but soon it will have one less feature. According to a post on Reddit, Google will be removing carrier SMS support in May, forcing users, at least on Android, to migrate to another app, maybe Google's newly renamed "Android Messages" app.

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Apple is still trying to make iMessage Stickers happen

Apple is still trying to make iMessage Stickers happen

Do you use iMessage stickers? Did you even remember they existed? One of the most fanfared features of iOS 10 was the ability to slap zany little graphics and cartoons into your blue bubble conversations, but the launch of the iMessage App Store was swiftly overshadowed by the platform's other talents.

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Viber launches secret chats to go beyond encryption

Viber launches secret chats to go beyond encryption

We've seen a lot of chat services rolling out end-to-end encryption lately (or, in Facebook Messenger's backwards world, optional end-to-end encryption), but now Viber wants to take that one step further. Viber already launched end-to-end encryption for all conversations held over its service a few months back, but starting today, you can host "secret chats" for a little extra security.

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Google Hangouts overhaul splits service into ‘Meet’ and ‘Chat’ products

Google Hangouts overhaul splits service into ‘Meet’ and ‘Chat’ products

Google has introduced its overhauled Hangouts product, announcing that it now functions with two main experiences: Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. According to Google, Hangouts Meet is a video experience in which people can talk face-to-face with little effort. This is joined by Hangouts Chat, which is exactly what it sounds like: the service’s chatting product for people to talk via text.

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Google’s List of carriers that support RCS messaging expands

Google’s List of carriers that support RCS messaging expands

Google announced today that they were one step closer to "delivering RCS messaging to Android users worldwide." To this end, they've tapped into partnerships with Orange, Deutsche Telekom (parent company of T-Mobile), and Globe. These companies are officially "committed to launching RCS messaging powered by the Jibe RCS cloud from Google and will be preloading Android Messages as the standard native messaging app for their subscribers."

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EPA workers use encrypted messaging to discuss Trump contingency plan

EPA workers use encrypted messaging to discuss Trump contingency plan

It’s no secret that the Trump administration has some issues with the Environmental Protection Agency, and that has raised ample concerns both among the public and within the EPA itself. We’ve already seen alterations surface on the EPA’s climate change site, and critics have expressed worry that bigger, more harmful things may follow. Now, according to a new report, at least half a dozen EPA employees have started using an encrypted messaging app to discuss amongst themselves plans for handling the administration’s possible future undermining of the agency.

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Amazon Chime brings retail giant to the teleconferencing arena

Amazon Chime brings retail giant to the teleconferencing arena

Amazon is, of course, most famous for its retail store first and foremost, and perhaps its digital content second. But for the geekier crowd, Amazon’s name is also synonymous to cloud infrastructure through its Amazon Web Services. Powering not a few critical cloud services, AWS is venturing into the business of directly offering services, particularly for enterprises. Its latest stab at that market is Chime, which, unlike its name, is going to be a more or less noisy service, as it enables companies to chat in groups, whether by voice or by video.

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Viber launches self-destructing secret messages

Viber launches self-destructing secret messages

Viber, the messaging service similar to Messenger and WhatsApp, has introduced a new ‘secret messages’ service that enables users to send self-destructing videos and photos. Once the message expires, it’ll disappear from the conversation, having no part in the permanent chat log stored in the user’s history. Those on the receiving end of a secret message can only view the content once before it disappears.

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Google turns on RCS messaging for some T-Mobile users

Google turns on RCS messaging for some T-Mobile users

Sending messages via our smartphones has become a less than simple affair. SMS, the age-old medium of messages, can no longer meet the needs of modern conversations, many of which include images or, at the very least, emojis. That is why Google is getting behind RCS, short for Rich Communication Services, and has apparently enabled the feature in its Messenger app for a very limited number of T-Mobile subscribers, giving them functionality that people will most likely immediately associate with Apple’s iMessage.

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