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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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10 Tips To Make You a Slack Wizard

Slack continues to creep into offices and organisations worldwide, bringing a new and intuitive approach to old group chat model. If you’ve been signed up for the service at your workplace, then here are ten ways to wow your fellow workers with your Slack skills. Read More >>

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A Guide to Apple’s Radically Reimagined Messages App

At WWDC, Apple showed of a crazy new version of Messages. Feeling pressure from other messaging services like Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, and Google’s new Allo, Apple has completely reimagined its app for the youths. In just the few days we’ve spent with iOS 10’s developer preview, we’ve found more than a dozen new features just within Messages alone. It’s likely more are coming. Read More >>

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Google’s New Super-Powerful Messaging App Is Here, and It’s Called Allo

It’s been long rumored that Google was looking to one up its own Messenger and Hangouts messaging apps. Well, Google did just that with a new messaging app called Allo. Read More >>

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WhatsApp Finally Has a Desktop App

The future might be mobile, but for now plenty of us still use a computer. WhatsApp has finally conceded that point, releasing its very first desktop app. Read More >>