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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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GO SMS Pro on Android has been leaking users’ shared files for months

GO SMS Pro on Android has been leaking users’ shared files for months

Google made a big splash about the completion of the global rollout of RCS and its next steps to ensure its security on Android via end-to-end encryption. Coincidentally, this latest bit of security news highlights why this development is critical in a post-SMS world. A once-popular alternative SMS app on Android has apparently been exposing any photo, video, or file that its users have been sharing and its developers have conveniently gone silent when notified of the security lapse.

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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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Twitter finally turns off SMS service, removes millions of accounts

Twitter finally turns off SMS service, removes millions of accounts

It may seem almost unimaginable but one of the world's largest social networks was actually built upon SMS, that service we often refer to as old-school text messaging. That explains, for example, why tweets were limited to 140 characters up until recently. Twitter shed off the latter limitation last year and is now dropping the last traces of its true origin. But in dropping SMS support, it also reportedly dropped millions of accounts, most of them inactive, that relied on the technology.

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Reintroducing Telegram: privately funded private chat with open source apps

Reintroducing Telegram: privately funded private chat with open source apps

I started to write an article about the latest update for Telegram, when I realized I might only be speaking to a select few in-the-know users. Far fewer than I think should be interested, anyway. Telegram is a private chat system with end-to-end encryption support and cross-platform functionality. It's privately funded by a guy named Pavel Durov, whose only goal seems to be "fast and secure messaging that is also 100% free."

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RCS activated for all Android phones in USA

RCS activated for all Android phones in USA

As of this week, the RCS chat protocol was activated for Android devices in the USA. This means that when you've got the official Google Messages app and the latest version of Carrier Services, you'll have a slightly more advanced version of SMS TXT messaging on your hands.

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Twitter two-factor authentication no longer requires a phone number

Twitter two-factor authentication no longer requires a phone number

Humans seem to be terrible at creating and using strong passwords, let alone remembering them. Various technologies have popped up to alleviate those flaws, like password managers and two-factor authentication. The latter has been particularly popular especially with the rise of fingerprint and face recognition. Many, however, still use SMS as the second factor, which is just a half-step above having no 2FA. Fortunately, Twitter has finally seen the light and will allow users to opt for a more secure option.

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Google just enabled Android RCS SMS+ chat in the USA

Google just enabled Android RCS SMS+ chat in the USA

Users will soon get a more comprehensive and "rich" experience in SMS text messaging in Android. This is thanks to Google's push for RCS (Rich Communication Services) in SMS text messaging over the past few years, enabled here in the USA in late 2019. To enable this newly-enabled more powerful chat system, users will need the official SMS text messaging client from Google called Messages - which can be downloaded as the Messages app in the Google Play app store.

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Valentine’s text messages sent 8 months later due to buggy system update

Valentine’s text messages sent 8 months later due to buggy system update

Despite the proliferation of instant messaging services, our mobile-centric culture is still dependent on good old text messages. But what if those text messages never reached their recipients or only months after they made any sense? That's the rather strange situation that many in the US just experienced when Valentine's messages they sent months ago only reached their intended targets in November in the middle of the night.

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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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Microsoft SMS Organizer offers text message sanity to more countries

Microsoft SMS Organizer offers text message sanity to more countries

While it may seem that most of the world has moved away from SMS and towards instant messaging, the fact is that the world still revolves around good old simple and insecure text messages. It may still be limited in length compared to email but, just like email, the volume of text messages one can receive in a day can be quite harrowing for some people. That's why Microsoft introduced the SMS Organizer app to bring the same features email apps and services provide to keep those text messages from overwhelming users.

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