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Emoji 13.1 adds seven new emoji, plus tons of skin tone variations

Emoji 13.1 adds seven new emoji, plus tons of skin tone variations

The Unicode Consortium has announced the finalized lineup of emoji for Emoji 13.1, adding a total of seven new images, as well as a huge number of skin tone variants for couples. These new emoji have been listed in the 'Emoji Recently Added v13.1' release on the Unicode website where anyone can browse the additions and their related keywords.

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Threema encrypted messaging apps will soon be open source

Threema encrypted messaging apps will soon be open source

Threema, an encrypted messaging service that offers a substantial number of features, has announced a big business change that may increase some otherwise skeptical users' trust in the platform. In its announcement, the Threema team said its messaging apps will soon be made fully open source, making it easier to independently review the apps' security and verify their code.

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Zoom is down, but a fix is incoming [Update: It’s back]

Zoom is down, but a fix is incoming [Update: It’s back]

Zoom is down this morning, leaving businesses and schools that rely on the video conferencing service without - for better or worse - a way to log in and chat. The issue began at just before 9am ET on Monday morning, August 24, with Zoom saying that it had "received reports of users being unable to visit the Zoom website and unable to start and join Zoom Meetings and Webinars."

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Facebook wants permission to merge your Instagram with Messenger chat

Facebook wants permission to merge your Instagram with Messenger chat

Instagram's inevitable absorption into Facebook continues, with users beginning to see notifications that Instagram messaging is now merging with Facebook Messenger. It's the latest step in a strategy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apparently been focused on since 2019 or even earlier, bringing together the various apps the company operates with a single, unified backend.

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Zoom gets fun new filters, plus lighting, smoothing and audio tweaks

Zoom gets fun new filters, plus lighting, smoothing and audio tweaks

Many people are still working remotely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and there's no sign of that changing any time soon. Though a number of software applications make it possible for coworkers to see each other face-to-face, they don't quite offer the personality of an office setting. Here to change that is Zoom with an update that adds amusing filters, among other things.

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WhatsApp hopes new Search the Web tool will debunk fake forwards

WhatsApp hopes new Search the Web tool will debunk fake forwards

WhatsApp is adding an easier way to fact-check forwarded messages, a shortcut to potentially better debunking viral information and fake news. The new tool adds to the messaging service's limits around forwarding that were added back in April, and which were billed at the time as a way to stem the spread of conspiracy theories and false claims which had proved to be rampant.

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WhatsApp may soon link one account to multiple devices

WhatsApp may soon link one account to multiple devices

Many people these days own multiple devices, at least a phone and a laptop. Many people also use multiple messaging services, not even counting the venerable SMS. Juggling these two pluralities is no easy task, especially in cases where a messaging service puts limits on how many devices you can use the same account on. WhatsApp is one such service but that might soon be changing with a new Linked Devices feature that was just added to the latest beta version on Android.

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Did you know? Facebook reminds us they own these companies

Did you know? Facebook reminds us they own these companies

This week the Facebook for Android app updated the way they show their brand - with all sorts of icons. You'll see Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus. This is just the tip of the iceberg, really, as Facebook's ramped up acquisitions of companies over the last several years. Do you know if your favorite app and/or service is owned by Facebook? Let's take a look at the list of names that are actually owned and/or run by Facebook, from top to bottom.

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Signal on iOS gets a data transfer feature for new device owners

Signal on iOS gets a data transfer feature for new device owners

Encrypted messaging app Signal now features the ability to transfer data from the app on one iPhone to another iPhone, making things easier for users when they upgrade their devices. The feature doesn't compromise one's security, Signal notes in its announcement about the feature, which started rolling out to iOS users days ago. The transfer can be performed using an iPhone or iPad.

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Riot Games teams with Crisis Text Line to support troubled gamers

Riot Games teams with Crisis Text Line to support troubled gamers

Riot Games has teamed up with Crisis Text Line to help support gamers who are experiencing mental health issues. The company announced the new initiative on Monday, stating that gamers can seek help by texting "RIOT" to the support organization. The service is available to users located in the United States and Canada -- and it is free, of course.

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Telegram messaging app gets its own built-in video editor

Telegram messaging app gets its own built-in video editor

The messaging app Telegram has been updated with some new features, the most notable of which is the addition of its own built-in video editor. The new feature joins the integrated photo editor that was added to the app in past years, enabling users to edit their videos directly within the messaging app. As well, users can expect better GIFs and more going forward.

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Google teams with T-Mobile USA for global RCS messaging

Google teams with T-Mobile USA for global RCS messaging

T-Mobile USA introduced RCS (rich messaging) to T-Mobile users back in the year 2015 for their USA-based network. Here in 2020, T-Mobile USA and Google teamed up to expand T-Mobile users' ability to work with RCS "when texting with Android users on other networks across the globe." This system will be interesting to see expand, as it requires a smartphone that supports RSC Universal Profile 1.0 while the person receiving messages to have the official Google Messages app.

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