Tag: Telegram

Telegram Encrypted Chat App Gains Self-Destructing Video and Photo Messages

Telegram Encrypted Chat App Gains Self-Destructing Video and Photo Messages

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SOURCE:macrumors.comEncrypted messaging app Telegram received an update on Sunday that makes it the latest chat platform to embrace Snapchat-style disappearing messages. Up until now, Telegram users have only been able to send text-based "secret chats" that self-delete, but in version 4.2 of the app they can now share videos and photos armed with a self-destruct timer. Timers are set using the clock icon in the media picker and can be anything up to one minute long. The countdown starts the moment the recipient opens the photo or video that's sent, and the sender is notified if the recipient tries to take a screenshot of the disappearing media. Elsewhere in the update, there's an improved photo editor and a speed boost for media downloads from large public channels, thanks to new enc...
Encrypted Chat App Telegram to Remove Terrorist Content Following Ban Threat in Indonesia

Encrypted Chat App Telegram to Remove Terrorist Content Following Ban Threat in Indonesia

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SOURCE:macrumors.comTelegram is to form a team of moderators to remove terrorist-related content from the encrypted messaging platform in Indonesia, after the country's government threatened to ban the app. Indonesia's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has already blocked access to the web version of the chat platform, citing concerns that it was being used to spread "radical and terrorist propaganda" in the country, according to Reuters. "This has to be done because there are many channels on this service that are full of radical and terrorist propaganda, hatred, ways to make bombs, how to carry out attacks, disturbing images, which are all in conflict with Indonesian law," the communications ministry said in a statement on its website.Telegram co-founder Pavel Du...
Russia Threatens to Ban Encrypted Messaging App Telegram

Russia Threatens to Ban Encrypted Messaging App Telegram

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SOURCE:macrumors.comRussia has threatened to block access to the Telegram messaging platform unless the company that runs the app provides more information about itself (via Sky News). The head of communications regulator Roskomnadzor, Alexander Zharov, said repeated efforts to obtain the information had been ignored by the company and warned that "time is running out" for the app. "There is one demand and it is simple: to fill in a form with information on the company that controls Telegram," Zharov said in an open letter. "And to officially send it to Roskomnadzor to include this data in the registry of organizers of dissemination of information. In case of refusal… Telegram shall be blocked in Russia until we receive the needed information."Telegram's non-response appears to be do
Telegram Encrypted Messenger Gains Video Support, Bot Payments, and More

Telegram Encrypted Messenger Gains Video Support, Bot Payments, and More

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SOURCE:macrumors.comEncrypted messaging platform Telegram received a significant update today, bringing video messaging, bot payments, and other new features to the chat app. In version 4.0 of Telegram, users can activate video messaging with a tap of the mic icon to switch to camera mode, or tap and hold the icon to record a quick video clip. Swiping up while recording enables handsfree mode, which works with voice notes too. Users can also stop and replay the clip before sending. In addition, chat bots can now accept payments, with the developers saying that users will soon be able to order pizza, shop for clothes, and potentially pay their utility bills using Telegram bots. Also included in the update is a new Instant View feature, which is similar to Google's AMP platform. Essenti...
You can now buy stuff without even having to leave Telegram

You can now buy stuff without even having to leave Telegram

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SOURCE:mashable.comImage: Stan Schroeder/Amazing.revealBy Yi Shu Ng2017-05-19 10:17:58 UTC“Imagine a world where you can order pizza, pay for a pair of shoes, hire a cab, or refill your subway pass — all in a few button taps." That's what Telegram — which has some 100 million users — is promising, with the launch of its new Bot Payments. Telegram introduced chatbots nearly two years ago, but it's only now that the company is bringing support for payments for chatbots. The company looks to be following the footsteps of messaging giants like WeChat — where messaging apps are integrated with offline commerce and electronic wallets. The Russian app is working with Stripe to enable payments, and will make payments available through localised options prevalent in developing countri
Telegram now lets users buy things from chatbots in its messaging app

Telegram now lets users buy things from chatbots in its messaging app

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SOURCE:techcrunch.comMessaging app Telegram has dropped a major update today that sees its service gain support for chatbot payments. It has also added short video messages and new design options for its Instant View reading mode. Telegram, which puts a focus on security, introduced chatbots nearly two years ago, and now it is bringing support for payments for chatbots. That’s likely to open up a whole series of commercial opportunities for companies that want to use the chatbot platform to connect with consumers. The most obvious is e-commerce, but real-life commerce through bots — for example, buy a coke in a shop by interacting with its bot — is a possibility that other companies beyond Telegram are considering. Kik CEO Ted Livingston recently told TechCrunch that the introducti