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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Windows/Mac/Linux: If you use a lot of different messenger apps to keep in contact with people, say, Slack for work, Facebook Messenger for friends, WhatsApp for people overseas and Steam for your gaming buddies, you know how hard it is to keep track of all those. Franz stuffs them all into one app.

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iOS: Google updated the Hangouts app today and added a slew of new features. The most notable is the integration with Google Voice, so you can now access SMS and voicemails from your Google Voice account (if you have one) right in the Hangouts app.

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If you haven't noticed, Google is making a serious play to make sure everyone signs up for and uses Google+. Whether it's to comment on YouTube, post photos, or even share a Google Map or driving directions with someone else, you need to go through Google+. Not all is lost, though! Let's look at where you can escape the clutches of Google+, and where you have no choice but to submit.