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Signal beta gets some neat design tweaks and opens up payments to more users

Signal beta gets some neat design tweaks and opens up payments to more users

The latest beta version of the Signal Android app brings a few incremental design changes as well as an expansion to the privacy-focused payments it introduced back in April. MobileCoin transactions were only available to beta testers in the UK before, but they're now being rolled out to three more countries.

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Signal begins testing Telegram-style broadcast groups

Signal begins testing Telegram-style broadcast groups

Signal's been enjoying a massive uptick in users in 2021. This was, in part, thanks to WhatsApp's not-so-slightly invasive new privacy policy, which users rallied against in anticipation of it going into effect. Signal is an amazing option if your priorities are privacy and security, and support for end-to-end encryption as well as the backing of a non-profit foundation help keep users feeling that their information is safe and sound within the platform. Now it's taking a page from Telegram with a new feature: broadcast groups.

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Signal's latest move shows why it's the messaging choice for users who value privacy

Signal's latest move shows why it's the messaging choice for users who value privacy

Why do you use the messaging app you do? You've certainly got enough options to choose from, but what makes each stand out? For Signal, that's long been the app's commitment to putting privacy first and foremost. That starts with robust end-to-end encryption, but there's much more going on here — including what happens to your messages once they reach their recipient. Signal's been giving users the ability to make their messages auto-delete for a while, and now a new change hopes to make this ability lower-effort and more accessible than ever before.

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There's only one carrier in the US with 5G you'll actually appreciate

There's only one carrier in the US with 5G you'll actually appreciate

Opensignal is an analytics company that uses aggregated data from smartphones to generate reports on carrier performance. For the July edition of its US metrics, in both its overall mobile experience and 5G-specific reports, T-Mobile edged out its competition in the "big three" US carriers. It seems the acquisition of Sprint has truly leveled the playing field, as no carrier between AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile was able to make a clean sweep of either report.

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Signal is catching up to WhatsApp in the voice messaging department (APK Download)

Signal is catching up to WhatsApp in the voice messaging department (APK Download)

Signal is probably the best option out there if you want a truly secure and private messenger on your phone, even despite the recent controversies around its server code and its crypto features. The private chat app has long been trying to outdo WhatsApp in the feature department to give people even more incentives to switch, and now, the service is continuing this effort with new features concerning voice messages.

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Signal and Facebook embroiled in very public squabble about Instagram ads

Signal and Facebook embroiled in very public squabble about Instagram ads

When there was a public outcry regarding WhatsApp's change of privacy policy, Signal made most of the opportunity to push its privacy-focused messaging service. Now, the company is taking a dig at Facebook's behavior of commodifying troves of data about its users with hilarious Instagram ads. Signal claims the ads were rejected and its ad account was disabled although Facebook denies this and calls it a stunt. Go grab some popcorn.

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Signal wants to replace your Venmo and Cash apps with private crypto payments

Signal wants to replace your Venmo and Cash apps with private crypto payments

Signal was being really secretive about its open-source server code over the last year, and now we know why: the nonprofit has been working on a payments feature and didn't want to spill the beans ahead of the announcement. Starting now, people living in the United Kingdom can send and receive a cryptocurrency using Signal beta builds.

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Signal updates open-source server code after it failed to for nearly a year

Signal updates open-source server code after it failed to for nearly a year

Signal has always been heralded as the security-aware alternative to WhatsApp and Co. due to its open-source nature, but the nonprofit behind the chat app hasn't always stuck to its original open-source promises. While it regularly publishes the code of its client apps, Signal failed to update the Github repository for its server for almost a year, as reported by German publication Golem — though earlier today, the company pushed out an update with a more recent release.

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It looks like Signal has been blocked in China

It looks like Signal has been blocked in China

The blocking of popular Western social media platforms in China is nothing new, and regulators appear to have gone after the increasingly fashionable chat app Signal. Users in the country report that the service has been down since yesterday.

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Signal makes it easier to move your chats to a new phone (APK Download)

Signal makes it easier to move your chats to a new phone (APK Download)

Signal got a lot of attention on the heels of WhatsApp’s new privacy policy that was widely criticized in recent months. This free publicity pushed the privacy-focused app to expedite the addition of more consumer-centric features. In line with that, Signal has added a tool to its beta app that makes transferring your chats to a new device quick and easy.

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