AIM, a pioneer in the world of online messaging, is shutting down after 20 years. The service will officially shutter on December 15, with no plans for an official replacement from Oath, the Verizon-owned company that includes both America Online and Yahoo.
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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.
Team messaging application Slack is upping the ante in the battle of the collaboration platforms. With Slack, HipChat and Microsoft Teams all battling it out to master the collaboration game, Slack has added the ability to time limit guest access to chats and adding some extra information so you know more about guests.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular private messaging apps out there, so it's a little surprising it didn't have support for two-step authentication. Now, the beta version of the app has added the feature so, like always, turn it on now.
Android: Facebook's mobile apps are notorious for hogging battery life and resources. So, you'd probably love a stripped down Messenger app that was only 10MB, right? Well, it exists, but most countries can't use it yet.
Google just launched Allo, a new smart messaging app that comes with stickers, emoji and a powerful assistant who can answer all your questions. Let's take a look at its biggest features, and see if it's worth moving all your conversations over to it.
Android/iOS: Today, Google's rolling out Allo, the messaging app it previewed at I/O earlier this summer. This is also the first real glimpse we get into the new Google Assistant.
Android (5.0+): With Android N, you can finally reply to notifications directly from the shade, but most users don't have N yet. For those on Lollipop or above, QuickReply emulates that same feature for most notifications.
Windows/Mac: WhatsApp is working hard to become your go-to messenger. Now that it's free for everyone, you can use WhatsApp on your computer with the new desktop apps.
Dear Lifehacker, I cannot delete individual text messages for some of the conversations on my iPhone 6s. I hold my finger on them until I see "more", tap more, and nothing happens! Not only is there no trash can, there isn't even a circle to check off to the left of the text. I dont want to delete the entire conversation because there are some texts I need to keep. Any suggestions?
WhatsApp, the popular messaging app, has rolled out encrypted messages for its entire service. The encryption now protects texts, voice calls video and chat rooms.
Snapchat may not be as good at keeping your secrets as it wants you to think, but it's getting better at being a messaging platform. Snapchat's new Chat 2.0 brings a ton of new features that make it comparable to other chat apps.
With office favourite Slack cornering the market in workplace messaging, Rapporr has some big boots to fill -- though they're planning to do so by appealing to a different type of workplace. Rapporr seeks to be flexible where Slack is more fixed, catering to teams who are on the go and can't always access emails -- from storefronts to restaurants and even tradies spread out across multiple worksites.