Facebook has two messaging platforms - Messenger and WhatsApp. While imagine many people would have accounts with both services, figures released in parallel with Facebook's quarterly earnings report revealed that WhatsApp boasts over a billion users each day. Messenger has over a billion monthly users.
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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.
The Australian government is at its dithering best (worst?) when it comes a number of things to do with the digital economy. While the NBN is struggling to deliver really fast services, they did a pretty good job with the national cybersecurity strategy. Which is why their flailing attempts at articulating their views on messaging services that use encryption is so infuriating.
Kik Messenger is a popular messaging platform used by about 15 million people each month. And that makes it a place that can be leveraged into a marketplace. From its humble beginnings as a way for Blackberry, Android and iOS users to seamlessly message, it is trying to broaden its horizons as it has been overtaken by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and others. The next addition to the Kik platform will be a cryptocurrency called Kin.
While Chrome has won the crown as the most popular desktop browser, it's not the only game in town. Opera continues to add new features. Last year, it was the addition of an integrated VPN that won it headlines. This week, Opera released a new version. Codenamed Reborn, it allows messenger apps to reside within the browser without the need to install any extensions or apps.
Google keeps on refining their product mix. The next service they're refining out of existence is Google Talk. After eight years, Google Talk is being folded into Google Hangouts. If you're a Google Talk user you can either transition now or you'll get pushed over on June 26, when Google Talk will be terminated.
Even if you don't like Facebook as a social network, its Messenger app is pretty killer. If you'd rather use the latter without the former, you can head to messenger.com, where you'll find Facebook's Messenger in a standalone site.
"Self-destructing messages" are mostly BS. There's no way to ensure the message is ever really gone, and most apps require all your friends to sign up just to share messages. Kaboom for iOS and Android solves at least the latter problem, by letting you share those timed messages anywhere, with anyone.
The BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) chat service is one of the factors that keeps many BlackBerry users loyal, but until now it has only been usable on BlackBerry devices -- a shrinking market however you look at it. Earlier this year BlackBerry announced plans to make BBM available for iOS and Android as well, and now we have release dates for that software.
iOS (jailbroken): iMessage lets you see when someone is typing a message to you from within the app, but it doesn't show up anywhere else in iOS. If you want to track when someone is typing a message to you from outside of the iMessage app, TypeStatus and Predicter are jailbreak tweaks that do just that.
iOS (Jailbroken): QuickIM is a jailbreak app that works similar to biteSMS where you can quickly reply to IM conversations without changing apps. This means you can quickly reply to conversations without ever loading up the app itself.
Windows/Mac: TorChat is an instant messenger client that makes encrypted, anonymous chat and sharing files with your friends incredibly easy. Built on Tor's location-hiding services, nobody will be able to see what you're doing or who you're contacting.
Now that we have SMS and Facebook, are the old instant messaging methods becoming obsolete? We recently posted power-up guides for Pidgin and Adium that were apparently of little interest to most people, despite both being the most popular chat clients on their respective platforms. It seems that IM just may not matter that much anymore.
Adium is our favourite instant messaging application for Mac OS X, not only for all its great built-in features, but for all the features you can add with Xtras. There are heaps of options that let you customise Adium's look and functionality. Here are our favourites.
Pidgin is our favourite instant messaging application for Windows, not only for all its great built-in feature, but for all the features you can add to it via plugins. It comes with a few built-in, but there are a ton of others out there if you know where to find them. Here are our favourites.
Ideally you're storing your usernames and passwords in a secured password management tool like LastPass, but occasionally you need to share a password or some other sensitive piece of information with a friend or coworker. The problem: When you do it over IM or email, that sensitive data just got really insecure and easy to find. So how do you keep sensitive data out of your chat logs and email while still sharing it when you need to?