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Google announced, in late 2017, that it was planning to shutter Allo, its messaging service that never quite resonated with users. Today is the day when Allo bites the dust.

If you've been relying on Allo, it's time to swing your Plan B into operation and to download your chat history.

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Between Slack, WhatsApp!, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Hangouts and Telegram, I've been known to miss a message or two as I suffer from notification fatigue and forget to go back to an app. Volt aims to end that pain by delivering a single messaging platform that brings a bunch of different messaging systems to a single screen on Mac, Windows and Linux systems.

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A little while ago, it was revealed that Mark Zuckerberg and other high-level Facebook execs had access to a special feature that allowed them to erase messages they had sent to user inboxes. So, if The Zuck sent you a message, you might find it gone days or weeks later. Last year, Facebook said a similar feature would be made available to everyone. That new feature as now arrived in Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android. Here's how it works and how to use it.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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If you're a user of Messages on Mac, then you might have noticed that the app tends to keep track of all your conversations automatically. That's great for most of us, but if you need to delete those conversations, it's a little difficult. Tech blog Addictive Tips shows how to do it.

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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.