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  • Telegram adds self-destructing media, swanky CDN system

    Chat app Telegram has added a number of new features to its latest version, including self-destructing photographs and videos. "If you set a timer, the countdown starts the moment your recipient opens the photo or video you sent," the company reveals in a blog post. "After the time runs out, the photo/video will disappear forever, just like in Secret Chats." If the recipient attempts to screenshot your self-destructing media, you'll receive a notification. Other quality of life improvements include the ability to set a biography for your profile, post and receive larger obnoxious stickers and quicker downloads thanks to an improved content delivery...

  • WhatsApp flaw lets hackers take over accounts in seconds

    WhatsApp and Telegram's online platforms had a bug that allowed hackers to take full control of anyone's account by sending a simple image to a user. Check Point Software researchers revealed in a blog post yesterday that if hackers had exploited the hack, they would have been in control of all the victims' conversations, photos, files and contact lists. "This means that attackers could potentially download your photos and or post them online, send messages on your behalf, demand ransom, and even take over your friends’ accounts," the blog reads. According to Check Point, the source of the issue was the end-to-end encryption...

  • Telegram adds in-chat gaming to its apps

    Instant messaging service Telegram may not be well known in South Africa, but it's definitely a solid alternative to WhatsApp and Messenger. Back in December 2015, the service had over 62-million signed up to its service, with that figure likely much higher in October 2016. But while its userbase might pale in comparison to its Facebook-owned rivals, it is doing something decidedly different. Telegram now boasts in-chat games thanks to a new bot duo. Adding the @Gamee bot (or the official @GameBot) allows users to jam by yourself or invite a friend to compete in one of thirty games available at present....

  • Telegram now lets users edit messages after they’ve been sent

    Messaging app Telegram might be upstaged by WhatsApp in South Africa, but worldwide, it has amassed over 100-million users in its relatively short existence. Now the company has released an updated version of its app, which allows users to edit messages after they've been sent. "Simply tap and hold on a message, then press ‘Edit’. If you're on desktop, press the up arrow button to edit your last message. The messages will display a small ‘edited’ label so that it's easy to tell which were altered," the company explains in its blog. This will work in both private and group chats. Other new...

  • WhatsApp’s sellout, Telegram’s rise: how Facebook is becoming Google

    WhatsApp's exit to Facebook and subsequent outage have raised some concerns about the app's ad-free integrity being maintained, especially seeing as Facebook is fast becoming an ad company. It seems the most popular WhatsApp successor will likely be Telegram, a messaging app with very similar functionality. Telegram has surpassed WhatsApp in the App Store rankings, just a week after the sale announcement and, if the tweets are anything to go by, users seem to be getting used to a WhatsApp-less life. In the last week, similar apps have also announced record growth. Japanese-based chat app Line,...