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Signal desktop app ported to phones running Mobian Linux

Signal is a popular open source, cross-platform messaging app with an emphasis on privacy and security thanks to end-to-end encryption for all text messages and voice or video calls. There are versions of Signal available for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, and Linux. But until recently folks who wanted to use Signal on a Linux phone […]

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Microsoft is pushing users to upgrade to Skype 8, will stop support Skype 7

Microsoft has released an updated version of Skype 8 for desktop users… and encouraging users to upgrade soon. Starting in September you won’t be able to use Skype 7 for desktop anymore. The company actually rolled out an updated design for its video, voice, and text chat app that was met with mixed reviews last […]

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Amazon Brings Alexa Calling To Android and iOS Devices

Drop In effectively turned Amazon’s Echo Show into a slick (if not somewhat creepy) video intercom. Echo and Echo Dot owners could get in on the action, too… at least the voice and instant message part of the equation. Now, Amazon has expanded its calling and messaging reach to Android and iOS device owners. The […]

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Google’s Allo chat app is coming to desktop/web

Google has a habit of launching new messaging apps. Sometimes it even keeps developing them. And it looks like the latest is coming to new places. The company launched the Allo messaging app last year, but it was only available for mobile devices running Android or iOS at the time. So while you could use […]

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Google Allo messaging app debuts to… mixed reviews and some confusion

If you’ve read a tech blog today, you may be aware that Google launched its new messaging app last night. It’s called Allo. It’s available for Android and iOS. And it seems a lot like WhatsApp… if that hugely popular messaging app had Google’s Assistant software baked in. Right now Allo is only available for […]

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Google launches Duo video calling app for Android, iOS

Google is starting to overhaul its mobile communication apps. In May the company announced plans to launch a new text-based chat app called Allo which would be like a cross between WhatsApp and Snapchat, as well as a new video chat app called Duo to offer a simple solution for 1-on-1 calls. Now Duo is available […]

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Google’s Allo chat app is like WhatsApp and Snapchat combhined

Google is launching yet another messaging app. But Allo is a lot more than just an updated version of Google Hangouts. It’s a mobile app that combines some of the best features of WhatsApp, Snapchat, as well as integration with the Google Assistant and smart reply features that help you quickly respond to messages with just […]

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Google Spaces app is for sharing things with small groups

Google’s latest messaging app is a tool designed to make it easy to share pictures, videos, articles, and other items with small groups. Google Spaces basically a group messaging app for phones, desktops, or web that has built-in YouTube, Google Search, and Chrome components, letting you look up and share internet content without leaving the app. Google […]

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With nearly a billion users, WhatsApp ends subscription fees, seeks new revenue models

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp has about 990 million users. That’s more than twice the number the company had when Facebook acquired the business two years ago. You’d think it would be easy to make money with an app with that kind of user base, but WhatsApp has focused on expansion more than monetization. Now the company […]

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Google Hangouts 4.0 launches for Android: New look, more speed

Google’s messaging app for Android has received a major upgrade. Hangouts 4.0 has a new user interface based on Material Design, improvements to the contact list and compose message experience, and other improvements. Google says Hangouts 4.0 is also faster and uses less power than its predecessor, which helps give you better battery life. Hangouts […]