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Google Messages scheduled sending released – go check!

Google Messages scheduled sending released – go check!

As of this week, scheduled sending was released to a wide variety of Android smartphones in Google Messages. This new system allows users to set a time for sending any individual message. If you've never used this feature in any sort of app before - now's a good time to start.

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Delete GO SMS Pro now – and avoid apps like these

Delete GO SMS Pro now – and avoid apps like these

This week it was revealed that the app GO SMS Pro uploaded shared files (photos, videos, audio) to public URL hosting on the internet. This is a privacy nightmare, and one that could have been avoided. The app GO SMS Pro is one of the most popular messaging apps for Android because it's simple and it appears to be free. But they've got to make their money somewhere, right?

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RCS standard now global – here’s what that means for you

RCS standard now global – here’s what that means for you

Today we're taking a peek at Rich Communication Services (RCS) and what it means for you as it's reached global coverage. RCS is an open standard for messaging services on mobile devices that works with your data connection rather than your cellular connection. RCS chat features upgrade the abilities of SMS text messaging to take advantage of the abilities of smart devices and mobile data connectivity - and it's ready to roll now, around the world.

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Zoom now scans social media to spot ZoomBombing before it happens

Zoom now scans social media to spot ZoomBombing before it happens

Zoom has released a new scanning tool that hunts down publicly-shared meeting IDs, aiming to warn of potential "Zoombombing" incidents before they take place. The attacks - where uninvited participants join video calls, often sharing obscene content to disrupt meetings - have proliferated over the course of 2020, as online conferences take the place of in-person meetings.

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WhatsApp gets a new Shopping button for browsing product catalogs

WhatsApp gets a new Shopping button for browsing product catalogs

WhatsApp is launching a new shopping button that enables users to find businesses and browse their offerings directly in the app. The move expands WhatsApp for Business, an e-commerce platform similar to what we've already seen on Instagram. The existing voice call button is being replaced by the shopping button.

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WhatsApp’s latest feature scrubs old unwanted messages automatically

WhatsApp’s latest feature scrubs old unwanted messages automatically

WhatsApp has announced a big new feature that is already available on a number of other platforms: disappearing messages. With this feature, users can ensure their messages will automatically disappear after a predetermined amount of time. WhatApp's disappearing messages have a big limitation at this moment compared to platforms like Wickr, but it's better than nothing.

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Discord rolls out animated Stickers, but only for some users

Discord rolls out animated Stickers, but only for some users

Stickers are nearly as important as GIFs when it comes to modern messaging services, so it's no surprise that Discord has added them. The company announced the change today, citing its desire to give users the things they want most as the catalyst for this change. The new Stickers feature began as an employee Hack Week project last year, according to the company.

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As Google sunsets Hangouts, here’s how Chat, Voice and Fi will fare

As Google sunsets Hangouts, here’s how Chat, Voice and Fi will fare

Google's approach to messaging has a reputation for being confusing, and so the search behemoth is trying to make a little clearer what's happening with Hangouts, Google Chat, and integration with other products. At the moment, Chat co-exists with Hangouts, with the latter also integrated with Google Fi and Google Voice, and you could also be using Chat within Gmail.

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Instagram Facebook Messenger merging day is here

Instagram Facebook Messenger merging day is here

Facebook's latest move with Instagram - this week - was to integrate several "familiar features" from Messenger. If you have no issue whatsoever with Facebook as a company or a social media entity, this shouldn't be much concern to your personal wellbeing. If, on the other hand, you've been using Instagram since inception and have been bummed to find Facebook's acquisition of the property meant it'd be integrated into The Social Network further, and further, and further... today is another dark day.

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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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