terrorism
Why Islamic State Recruitment Is Thriving on Telegram

New research coming out of George Washington University provides one of the most exhaustive looks yet at the vast and complex network of self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) supporters permeating the encrypted messaging platform Telegram. Read More >>

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RIP BlackBerry Messenger (As We Know It)

BlackBerry is finally shutting down the consumer version of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on 31 May. In a blog post, the company said that “users have moved on to other platforms” and that it was “sad to say goodbye.” So in a little over a month, refunds for stickers will be issued. BBMoji will disappear. The app will stop working. BBM as we know it will die. Read More >>

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Google Maps is Getting Instant Messaging

It looks like you'll soon be able to send and receive messages via Google Maps on your phone, but it's not for talking to your pals about where you're going. It's for chatting to businesses. Read More >>

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Whatsapp’s Latest Update Makes Your Messages Less Secure

One of Whatsapp's most bragged-about features is its end-to-end encryption. Basically, every message sent and received through the service is secure along every step of its journey – the encryption means that nobody but the sender and intended recipient can read the message. But Whatsapp's latest update introduces free backups via Google, and these backups don't use the same encryption. That means that old messages on the service might not be quite as secure as they were before. Read More >>

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What the ‘Someone Is Typing’ Bubbles in Messaging Apps Actually Mean

Whether it’s a series of blinking ellipsis or an explicit notification that “someone’s typing,” the messaging feature known as a typing indicator is both a useful tool and a source of anxiety for many people. But knowing more about how it works can at least limit the guessing games that cause us stress. Read More >>

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What’s the Best Chat App of All Time?

In case you haven’t heard, your once-favourite chat apps are going the way of the dinosaur. Yes, following the recent demise of AIM, Yahoo Messenger is saying goodbye next month, the company announced today. It’s got me thinking about my relationship with the concept of chats, especially chats in apps so intertwined in our lives. Read More >>

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Squirrel Is a New App That’s Just Like Slack but Made by Yahoo, and We’ll Leave It at That

Well this is odd. It looks like Yahoo is releasing a new messaging app. The invite-only service is called Squirrel, as Android Police reports, and honestly it looks a lot like Slack, but with a focus on families instead of office productivity. It might turn out to be a huge hit, just a new, creepy way for Yahoo to gather more data about you, or maybe it’s simply yet another messaging app doomed to failure. Read More >>

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BlackBerry Goes After Snapchat in Saddest Patent Lawsuit Ever

BlackBerry is gradually feeling out its new niche as a veritable patent troll. Following a complaint it filed against Facebook last month, the company has filed fresh litigation against Snap, creator of Snapchat, for allegedly infringing its messaging patents. Read More >>

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Apparently Drowsy Samsung Files Trademark for Social Network Called ‘Uhssup’

While Samsung is dominant in the chip and Android smartphone game, it’s lagged behind in the social networking world. But based on a trademark application filed in the EU, it looks like Samsung could be working on some sort of location-focused messaging app—called “Uhssup.” Read More >>

politics
Counter-Terrorism Programme That Partners With Facebook to Refocus Its Efforts Only on Islam

The latest development in Donald Trump’s controversial treatment of the Muslim community is a new plan to rename the “Countering Violent Extremism” programme to “Countering Islamic Extremism.” The plan calls for the programme to no longer focus on all terrorist groups—like white supremacists—and solely target potential Muslim extremists. Read More >>

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WhatsApp May Soon Let You Edit and Delete Sent Messages

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a feature that would allow users to delete or edit sent messages -- even if they’ve already been read. Read More >>

apps
The Best Group Messaging Apps

Getting in touch with several people at once is thankfully much easier than it used to be. Gone are the days of calling everyone in your book club or painstakingly typing out individual SMS messages for everyone coming to Sunday lunch. Here are five apps particularly suited to keeping group conversations going without any hassles. Read More >>

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4 Ways to Send Messages That Self-Destruct

Sometimes you don’t want your messages to live forever. Maybe you have something secret you want to tell someone, or maybe it’s something time-sensitive. Or maybe you just don’t want to be trapped by the permanence of the digital age. Whatever the reason may be, here are three tools you can use to go all Mission: Impossible. Read More >>

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Google’s New Messaging App is So Useful I Don’t Care That it’s Creepy

People use their phones for messaging more than almost anything else. That’s why companies like Apple, Facebook, and Snapchat are dumping truckloads into making it easier and more fun to send messages. In May at I/O, Google announced Allo, its latest foray into the brave new world of messaging. Now, the app is finally available for everyone to download. Read More >>

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Here’s How to Change Your WhatsApp Font, Just Because

It’s hot today. A bit too hot really. Seriously, who’s even pretending to work? Days like this are supposed to be spent frolicking through meadows and doing pointless stuff you can boast about. Read More >>