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A few years ago, I went on a business trip to Scotland with journalists from other parts of the world. On the trip, we used WhatsApp to stay connected, which encouraged the participants to stay in touch via WhatsApp as well, especially in the form of group chats.


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.


WhatsApp just got a neat new security feature on iOS. With version 2.19.20, iPhone and iPad users can now lock the app using their devices’ biometric locks — Touch ID on iPhone 5-8 and Face ID on the many models of iPhone X. Adding the lock requires you to re-authenticate yourself every time you open the app, even if your iPhone never locked.

It’s a really nice feature if you’re the kind of person who lends people your phone, or has nosy friends and relatives who want to see your private conversations, or swipe through your photo library uninvited.


iPhone users have it easy. iMessage comes preinstalled, and it achieves more than even the best messaging apps on Android. iMessage is end-to-end encrypted, it supports SMS and it’s packed with features that range from gimmicky (Animoji) to can’t-live-without-it useful (Memoji).

The experience of one iPhone user messaging another is seamless, secure, and convenient. The same can’t be said for Android users.


Last week, Apple rolled back one of the key FaceTime features that was supposed to drop with iOS 12 and macOS Mojave this spring: group video chat. The feature, which would let you and up to 31 friends not-quite-make-eye-contact through their phones and laptops, was removed from the beta versions of each OS last week, and will now reportedly launch at a later date.


Android: Earlier this week Google announced that thanks to a partnership with WhatsApp, backups from the app will no longer count against your Google Drive storage limits. That means it’s an even better idea than ever to use Google Drive as a backup for your messages.


In the show I'm in right now, there's an scene when the less-than-pleasant Archdeacon of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Claude Frollo, tells his adopted son, Quasimodo, that "it takes two people to communicate." But it's not just the hunchback that forgets this lesson — I'm surprised, but not that surprised, about how easy it is to ignore this fact in everyday life.


Privacy has always been a key feature and popular selling point for the messaging app WhatsApp. Company co-founder Jan Koum grew up in the Soviet Union under heavy government surveillance, and he promised to keep user data protected after Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014. Now, with Koum on the way out, it may be time ditch WhatsApp before that promise leaves with him.


As the lead product designer at WhatsApp, Charlie Deets makes decisions that affect over 1.5 billion users each month. That means solving some unusual challenges, such as building a chat interface that even illiterate users can navigate. It also means distinguishing WhatsApp's visual "stories" feature from similar features in Snapchat and Instagram.


While WhatsApp boasts great end-to-end encryption of messages which is great for those who crave privacy - but a source of chagrin for many in the law enforcement community - it seems the messaging service is susceptible to attacks on user privacy. A research paper released at a security event this week describes how group chats can be leveraged by snoops.


Whatsapp users with fingers moving faster than their brain will be happy to know the company's rolling out a new feature that lets you retract that last message, and wipe it from the conversation. Right now the feature is rolling out to certain users.

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Big fans of the cloud as we are, there's no doubt relying solely on keeping your stuff stored remotely is a risky strategy. Accounts get hacked. Companies fold. And if you don't have backups of your most precious Snapchats and Gmails, then they can disappear in a puff of data center smoke. Here's how to make sure you've got local copies of everything.


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.