Competitors take note: Google just committed to delivering game-changing messaging apps later this year. Google's newest messaging apps for text and video boast encryption, ease of use, and integration of the new A.I. Google Assistant. That means they're secure, simple, and ready to help you do things faster.
Working at Popular Science, you tend to develop a decently strong stomach when it comes to blood, guts, gore, and various other organic compounds — stuff that people outside of the biological sciences may find gross. But even I've been surprised to see how quickly people have taken to using Facebook Live and other social video streaming apps to broadcast the human body in biologically dramatic situations, sometimes in graphic, intimate detail.
Giphy, a startup company spun out of New York-based tech company Betaworks, wants to make finding and sharing the right GIFs easy across every platform. From Facebook, Twitter and Slack to Gmail to Chrome and Firefox extensions, Giphy is making sure the communication tool of the future is easily accessible. That's why Giphy CEO Alex Chung and his colleagues made the Giphy search app for your smartphone, to pinpoint and share moving images on the go. Now the startup is taking things one step further with Giphy Keys.
Today Apple announced the arrival of a new green-initiative known as “Apps For Earth” to coincide with Earth Day next week. The project aims to spread environmental consciousness through its millions of customers by injecting environmental themes and motifs into 27 of its most popular apps. The tech giant plans to run “ Apps For Earth,” in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, for ten days, starting today and ending April 24. Earth Day is Friday April 22.
Messaging giant WhatsApp, which transmits conversations consisting of text, photos, videos, and location sharing, just turned on complete encryption for nearly one billion people. This means that no matter what happens, neither WhatsApp nor anyone else (including governments) can see the messages sent within the app. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, which recently voiced support for Apple in its fight against the FBI.