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Signal encrypted messaging app on iOS now supports iPad

Signal encrypted messaging app on iOS now supports iPad

Popular encrypted messaging app Signal has finally added support for the iPad, enabling Apple device users to link their tablet to their account. Until now, users were only able to access their messages through their iPhone, a minor annoyance for those who enjoy multitasking on the larger slates. The update also brings integrated video trimming capabilities and more.

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RCS on Android can be enabled with a not so simple trick

RCS on Android can be enabled with a not so simple trick

iMessage is one of those things that Apple users have long lorded over their Android counterparts. Various alternatives on Android have popped up but none have really had any staying power. That could change with RCS or Rich Communication Services, especially now that the four major US carriers are promoting their own RCS-based system. Android users might not have to wait for all those pieces to fall in place and can enable RCS on their phones, provided they are willing to jump through some hoops to do it.

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Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile partner on cross-carrier messaging built on RCS

Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile partner on cross-carrier messaging built on RCS

While the big four carriers in the US typically spend their time bashing one another in press releases, today they've announced a new team up to work on cross-carrier messaging. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint revealed what's officially called the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) today, which they say will help "drive the next generation of messaging for consumers and businesses."

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WhatsApp messages may soon delete themselves

WhatsApp messages may soon delete themselves

When it comes to security and privacy, one of WhatsApp's main draws is its use of end-to-end encryption. It may not be long before WhatsApp is offering another feature to pull in the privacy-first crowd: self-destructing messages. As it turns out, the company is currently testing "disappearing messages" functionality that essentially allows users to put a timer on their messages with others.

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WhatsApp monetization is here

WhatsApp monetization is here

Evidence suggests WhatsApp is nearing an age in which advertisements and services with businesses will become a reality. Most WhatsApp users take advantage of the services offered by WhatsApp without paying any sort of dues whatsoever to its parent company Facebook. Income history and the impending launch of several WhatsApp brand-oriented services suggest that Facebook will change the way in which the chat app does business. Today we discuss why we're approaching some of the biggest changes in WhatsApp's decade of history.

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Google just gave Hangouts a temporary stay of execution

Google just gave Hangouts a temporary stay of execution

Earlier this year, Google confirmed what rumors had been saying for quite some time beforehand: Hangouts is on the way out, and in its place, new apps called Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet would rise. At the time, the shutdown was slated to begin in October, and at the start at least, Google said that the shutdown would only impact G Suite users.

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Discord game streaming arrives next week, but Twitch shouldn’t worry

Discord game streaming arrives next week, but Twitch shouldn’t worry

If Ninja's jump from Twitch to Mixer taught us anything, it's that game streaming is big business. People like to watch other people play games and this is something that's been true since long before streaming video on the internet. In some ways, Discord is returning to the roots of all that by rolling out game streaming on its own platform.

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I was wrong: iMessage is Android’s problem

I was wrong: iMessage is Android’s problem

Back in the year 2016 I wrote an article about iMessage and how Android users shouldn't make a big fuss about connectivity. Back then, there were some major issues between users when one used iMessage and the other used a service like Google Voice. You'd get a message, but you wouldn't get a photo. You wouldn't get to use FaceTime, and your life would be a mess. But it wasn't an Android issue - or so I'd decided.

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iOS 12.4 fixes 4 out of 6 “interactionless” iMessage security exploits

iOS 12.4 fixes 4 out of 6 “interactionless” iMessage security exploits

Apple is pretty conscientious about rolling out security updates but, for one reason or another, some users may not be as enthusiastic about installing them. Some may have been burned by previous updates that may have caused more problems than they fixed. Such users, however, may want to immediately update to iOS 12.4 as soon as the coast is clear. It turns out that the maintenance update contains fixes to at least for critical security bugs that, according to the researchers that discovered them, could have been valued at $5 million or more.

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Discord is getting a long-requested feature today

Discord is getting a long-requested feature today

For a free communications platform, Discord is pretty feature-rich. One of its core features is the ability to join multiple servers at a time, which are all arranged in Discord's left sidebar. It seems that everyone has a Discord server these days, from Twitch streamers to subreddits, which means that for some, the server bar can get packed quickly. Today, Discord is rolling out a simple solution to that problem: Server folders.

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Android Messages test reveals several augmented reality image filters

Android Messages test reveals several augmented reality image filters

Google is testing augmented reality filters similar to the kind found on Snapchat with its own messaging app, Android Messages. The test was discovered with five different filter options, including one that adds balloons to images and videos, another that adds glitter, and more. The AR filters aren't available to all users at this time, but hint at future plans Google has for the messaging app.

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Google RCS on Android is coming soon: What you’ll opt-into

Google RCS on Android is coming soon: What you’ll opt-into

Rich communication services (RCS), the replacement for SMS and MMS, has been slow to arrive on Android phones, but that's about to change. In light of the slow carrier response to the technology, Google is taking over RCS deployment on Android devices and will soon give users the option to opt into its own RCS Chat services.

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