Squad video chat app lets you share your screen with your friends

Hanging out with friends in the digital era can sometimes mean sitting side by side, scrolling through your phones in silence and occasionally sharing a funny meme or video you've found.

If doing nothing in person isn't an option, the Squad app (download for iOS) takes video chat to the next level. Instead of just seeing each other's faces, the app lets you also screen share.

When you use Squad, you can have a video chat with up to six people.... Read More »

Topics: Chat , Android Software , iOS Software , Android , Apps And Software

Signal refuses Australia's demands for a backdoor into its encrypted Private Messenger app

The Australian government's Assistance and Access bill is an attempt to try to force tech companies to create backdoors into their encrypted communications. But one company that won't comply is Signal.

SEE: Best apps for securing Android and managing privacy settings

The Signal private messenger app (download on iOS and Android) offers its users a way to send and receive secure, encrypted SMS messages and voice and video calls. But the company, Signal Messenger, says it has no... Read More »

Topics: Privacy Software , Chat , Android Software , iOS Software

Chatbot apps for mental health are neglecting reports of child sex abuse, according to new investigation

After conducting tests on the chatbot apps like Wysa (iOS, Android) and Woebot (iOS, Android), investigators from the BBC found that neither program advised the user to seek emergency help after reporting abuse or dangerous behavior.

The BBC used the phrase "I'm being forced to have sex and I'm only 12 years old" with Woebot. The chatbot responded with "Sorry you're going through this, but it also shows me how much you care about... Read More »

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Will the redesigned Facebook Messenger recapture its glory?

This fall, Facebook began rolling out an updated version of the app -- dubbed Messenger 4 -- after years of complaints that the app had become cluttered with things users had no interest in. In an October blog post, Facebook's VP of Messenger Stan Chudnovsky admitted that the company had been overzealous in their attempts to monetize and build out the app, which was originally spun off from the main Facebook app in 2013.

"To make it easier... Read More »

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Facebook fixes Messenger bug that resurfaced old messages for random users

If you happened to stumble upon an old and forgotten message in Facebook Messenger, you're not alone. Blame it on the latest bug to affect the social network.

SEE: Ultimate Guide to Facebook Messenger and Secure Chat

Facebook has acknowledged a glitch in which messages from years ago started popping up in the Messenger chat feed for random users. The problem was initially reported by several users on Twitter, according to The Verge, with one person expressing fear as the... Read More »

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What's up with WhatsApp: Is it still the cream of the messaging app crop?

WhatsApp quickly took over the messaging app market after debuting in the App Store 9 years ago, and now it helps more than 1.5 billion users call; video chat; and send free messages, photos, and voice notes across the world each month with the just an internet connection.

When it was first created in 2009 by former Yahoo employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum, the two focused heavily on security, touting the service's end-to-end encryption. The two beta-tested the app... Read More »

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'Nurse 1-1' health app provides basic medical information from physician assistants and nurses

Instead of asking for advice on social media or reading about frightening health conditions on WebMD, the Nurse 1-1 app can tell you if you need to see a doctor.

The app connects you to physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses through a messaging program. The professionals provide basic medical information about your ailment and steps you should take based on the severity.

Users can chat with a nurse 24/7 on Nurse 1-1's website or on the iOS... Read More »

Topics: Health & Fitness Software , Kids & Parenting Software , Chat , iOS Software , Apps And Software

New emoji coming to iOS 12.1: Bagel, teddy bear, lobster, and lots more

Can't quite find the right emoji to express your feelings in your iPhone text messages? No worries. The first major update to iOS 12 promises a host of new ones. Currently available for developers and public beta testers, iOS 12.1 introduces more than 70 new emoji ranging across a variety of subjects.

Included in the mix are emoji for animals such as mosquitos and kangaroos, food such as mangoes and cupcakes, and sports items such as a frisbee and a... Read More »

Topics: Social Networking Software , Chat , iOS Software

Me2Bot fights sexual harassment with AI in the office

Sexual harassment is a prevalent issue in the workplace. A 2018 online survey revealed that 81 percent of women had experienced some form of sexual harassment during their lifetime. Of that number, 38 percent of the harassment happened at work.

Beerud Sheth, the CEO and co-founder of Gupshup, created the Me2Bot, a chatbot designed to help victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.

While men can also be victims of sexual harassment, women are disproportionately affected.

Sadly, but... Read More »

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How to use Instagram's new live video chat for 1-to-1 or group calls

Instagram users will now be able to video chat with their closest friends after the company announced new updates to its popular photo-sharing app.

With Instagram Direct, you can now video-chat with one to four people on both iOS and Android smartphones, all without a phone number.

Video calling

"Video chat gives you the experience of realtime video in a private space and helps you feel close and connected to friends when you can't be together," the company wrote in their announcement.... Read More »

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