Instant Messaging

Recent instant messaging news and analysis from knowledgeable experts.

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How to enable Messages in iCloud on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Keep all your iMessages in sync with the best new feature of iOS 11.4.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update with Messages in iCloud

Your Mac can finally connect to Messages in iCloud.

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'Black Dot' Unicode bug can crash Messages—here's how to fix it

A new Unicode attack can crash Messages in iOS 11.3 and 11.4 beta. If you get hit by it, there's a workaround to get things back in order.

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The case for Apple’s iMessage on Android

Apple should bring iMessage to Android, not just for consumers, but for its own bottom line.

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I don't care if Google's 'chat' for Android is an inferior version of Apple iMessage, I want it now

Google has announced that a new messaging protocol called chat is on the way, bringing RCS support and unifying the scattershot messaging experience on Android. It's about time.

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Google Allo finally gains a web interface but it may be too late

Google has started to roll out the long-awaited web interface for its Allo messaging app, but it still requires a phone to work.

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Google readies Duo, Assistant integration as its elevation of Allo continues

A teardown of the most recent Allo APK reveals that Google is readying integration with Duo and Assistant as it continues to improve the messaging app.

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How to make and send selfie stickers in Google Allo

The latest update to Google's Allo messaging app lets you create stickers in your likeness and send them to your friends. Here's how to do it.

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3 Things I want to see at Google I/O

Google I/O is set to kick off in just a few days, so here are three things we hope to see.

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Now Slack search can look for knowledgeable users and channels

How do you find someone in an organization who can answer a burning question? That’s what Slack is trying to answer with an update to its search feature that was released for larger teams on Wednesday.

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I dumped all of Google's messaging apps for Pulse. Here's how (and why) I did it

I'm tired of waiting for Google to figure out what it wants to do with its suite of messaging apps, so I dumped them all for Pulse. And I've never been happier.

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German court upholds WhatsApp-Facebook data transfer ban

Facebook must obtain the permission of German users of WhatsApp before processing their personal data, a German court confirmed on Tuesday.

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Google tweaks Android Messages to make it easier to start a one-on-one conversation

The latest update to Android Messages brings a useful interface tweak that eliminates the extra tap to start a solo conversation and adds a new group messaging button.

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Hipchat resets user passwords after possible breach

HipChat has reset all its users' passwords after what it called a security incident that may have exposed their names, email addresses and hashed password information.

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Can the enterprise save Facebook bots?

Facebook’s bumpy introduction of bot capabilities inside its Messenger service may be saved by an unlikely candidate: business users.

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Five tips and tricks to improve your WhatsApp experience

The world’s most popular messaging app nails the basics, but there are some other useful features that you also put to use.

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Slack makes it easier to say you're out to lunch

Slack is making it easier for coworkers to see what other people in their organization are up to, thanks to a new status messages feature unveiled Thursday.

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Facebook's M assistant launches in US, will offer chat suggestions

More than a year after introducing a virtual assistant in its Messenger app, Facebook is launching M to the masses. While it was originally conceived as a bot that users would chat with, M now only offers a set of suggestions that are...

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