Apple Has Been Blocking Updates of Telegram Even Outside Russia

That is, according to Telegram’s Chief Executive and Founder Pavel Durov.

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Pavel Durov, Telegram’s CEO and founder took to Twitter and Telegram (of course) to voice his complaints against Apple. According to him, the latter has prevented the app from updating globally ever since Russia banned the service.

He explains:

“Russia banned Telegram on its territory in April because we refused to provide decryption keys for all our users’ communications to Russia’s security agencies.”

“Unfortunately, Apple didn’t side with us… Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April.”

He also adds that without the updates, the app will not be able to work properly with the latest iOS. Additionally, the company was unable to fully comply with the new European data privacy law because of this.

General counsel of non-profit digital rights group Access Now Peter Micek shares his views: “App updates are essential to bolster the security of users and their data, and to comply with privacy laws and regulation.”

“The burden falls squarely on Apple to justify blocking global updates to Telegram, a hugely popular messaging app,” he adds.

 

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Twitter Plans To Launch ‘Secret’ Encrypted Messages Feature

Twitter is planning to add a new layer of feature in its direct messaging platform. The micro-blogging site has started to build an encrypted messages feature for Android app. This feature was discovered when APK that contains code for the app’s unlaunched features was discovered.

 

Twitter plans to add ‘Secret’ Encrypted Feature

 

The aforesaid Twitter’s Android app encrypted messages feature is similar to other social media app’s “secret conversation” option. This feature was first spotted by Jane Manchung Wong, a Computer Science student, who reportedly discovered the code.

 

So what this new feature would bring to Twitter’s global users? The app’s new messaging feature would allow users to send encrypted direct messages. This means that if such feature would go live soon, users could expect a more secured exchange of communication.

 

 

This is the first time that Twitter was reported to be working on encrypted direct messages feature. In fact, back in 2013, the company was working on the said feature but eventually dropped it in early 2014 without any apparent reason.

 

 

If such rumor is true, then Twitter’s new encrypted direct messages would be similar to the existing feature found in other apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal. What is certain now is that the new feature is present in the app’s unreleased code.

 

 

As to when it would go live, there’s no concrete date yet as a Twitter spokesperson declined to comment for the time being.

Most Used Applications When it Comes to Communication

Most Popular Applications Used In Communication

Applications are now used in communication. With modernization and technology, communication has never been easier. But with numerous apps to choose from, there are those applications which are popular and most used when communicating.

Messenger

This app can be downloaded for free from your respective operating store. Messenger is a product of Facebook. It has over one hundred billion users to date. It is also called Facebook Messenger. This app can be used without logging in to Facebook. It is supported by all operating systems. It has the same functions. But its looks depend on the operating system in use.

WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp is the second most popular messaging app globally. Over one billion users have downloaded it. It has grown in leaps and bound after its acquisition by Facebook. Its improved features is one of the reasons why it has gained more users. WhatsApp does not have any advertisements. That is why people prefer this. In addition, it is free and can be downloaded easily.

WeChat

The origin of this app can be traced to China. It has an added feature, that is you can find new friends nearby by shaking your smartphone. You can also use its GPS function. This app is free, thus making its subscribers grow more and more.

Line

Line has over 200 million users. This is a free app which allows its users to make calls and send messages. This app is popular in Asian countries. Its features include line group, video and voice calls, line timelines, and line stickers. Users can also play games. But you need to register first to have access to its games.

Viber

This is also a free social chatting app. Its 174 million users globally in 2003 has increased through out the years. Just like other messaging apps, you can make voice calls, send messages, and share photos with friends.

Blackberry Messenger (BBM)

You can have fun with features like picture sharing, voice calls, and voice notes. It brings friends and family close r. In the past, only BlackBerry users can have access to this app. But today, it can be downloaded for free on your Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry. BBM has security features for its users.

Telegram Messenger

Telegram is the newest of all the apps. Its developers did their best to upgrade it to ensure satisfaction of its users. One of its interesting features is the bots. It also has seamless integration between various devices, tablets and PCs included. The conversation is stored in the cloud and synced across all registered devices. The problem with this app is its failing crypto inscription. But despite the challenges Telegram has encountered, it has gained popularity.

Kakaotalk

Kakaotalk is somewhat similar to WhatsApp Messenger. It automatically synchronizes the contact list on your phone. It boasts of fast video calls. This app is popular in South Korea. This app is free and can be installed easily.

IMO

IMO is an app that allows its users to make free video and voice calls alongside instant messaging. But this is not a popular app for young people.

Skype

This is the favorite video calling app globally. It offers efficient instant messaging. It has a professional appeal and can transfer files easily. Emojis are available for you to use. It can be downloaded for free on your PCs and devices.

Snapchat

Teenagers surround this because of its amazing Snapchat facts. It enables live video conversations. Instant messaging is the catch and it can be downloaded for free.

KIK

It is just like any messaging app. But it does not use phone numbers. The users have usernames and a group chat can hold up to 50 people.

These apps have been parts of our daily routine. They keep friends, family, acquaintances, and others in touch with each other. This may be for pleasure, business, or any other purposes. As users of this app, let us give credit to its developers and show our appreciation for their efforts. We must use this apps properly as it was developed to help us make communication faster and easier.

Telegram Raises A Total of 1.7 Billion in Coin Offerings

Encrypted messaging app Telegram succeeds in doubling the money they raised to $1.7 billion, the biggest to date.

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Telegram Group Inc., an encrypted messaging app, managed to increase their proceeds to a whopping $1.7 billion in coin of. This is according to a regulatory filing submitted last week.

The British Virgin Islands-registered company was able to raise $850 initially in February. They then raised another $850 million from 94 investors last month. In the filing, the company has also indicated plans to “pursue one or more subsequent offerings”.

Gennady Zhilyaev, a former executive of Templeton Emerging Markets Group in Russia, explains the good results. “Raising the planned amount is a success for Telegram, given that the Bitcoin decline in recent weeks made investors more cautious toward crypto-assets,” he said.

Founded by Russian Pavel Durov, the company plans to use the proceeds to develop the Telegram Open Network (TON) blockchain. This will included their own cryptocurrency aptly named Gram. According to Telegram documents, their transaction speeds aim to surpass Bitcoin and Ethereum. Their service also plans to compete with the likes of Visa and Mastercard.
The success of their ICO was sort of unprecedented given its popularity in the crypto community. The group messaging of the app seems to be used by the majority of ICO projects. A blog from the company in March shared that they have already reached 200,000,000 users within the last 30 days.

 

Telegram: The Alternative Messenger App Now the Choice of 200M Users

Among the popular messaging apps, reaching 200M users may be nothing to crow about but it a singular achievement for Telegram because unlike the other top apps, it has never advertised. Two years ago Telegram had 100M users, sent out 15B messages daily, and added 350k new users every day. This phenomenal but organic growth was made possible because of the high level of trust – existing users who loved the app on mobile (Android, iOs) or desktop invited others because they believed in its speed, robustness, and safety. Last week, this growth went into overdrive when the crash of WhatsApp servers resulted in a spike of downloads estimated to have added between 5-8 million new users – all within a span of 24 hours.

What is Telegram and how different is it from other messaging apps? Like the most popular messaging apps, Telegram is cloud-based and has mobile and desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux) versions. With a native app for every platform, it’s easy to access from multiple devices. Telegram has multiple servers worldwide and this redundancy means that your heavily encrypted messages are safely delivered – probably faster than when using competing apps.

More of anything a messaging app can do is possible with Telegram. Telegram is amazingly powerful and does not put a cap on the size of messages, media, and chat. You can even manage groups up to 100,000 members, coordinate chats across various devices, connect in and to remote locations, video stream, and send any type of personal or business documents that can be encrypted. Though the capability of storing information in the cloud is not unique, the ability get feedback from clients and to build your own messaging app using free and open Telegram API. What’s not to like especially when it is forever free with no ads, no subscription fees and with the ability to self-destruct messages?

Using Telegram requires a SIM but since 2014, it’s now possible for you to change the number the Telegram account is linked to. Telegram features 2-way opt-in to prevent unwelcome messages from strangers or those you know but would rather not connect with. Most importantly, it prevents you from hacker attacks. One of its best features

Although all leading apps like Facebook and WhatsApp announce that their users will always be the top priority, only Telegram can truly claim that there is no conflict of interest because it doesn’t have “shareholders, advertisers, marketers, data miners or government agencies” to worry about. Thus, there is no impetus to monetize by selling and disclosing data to other parties or to compromise on account of the advertisers.

Privacy, data encryption, and speed have been highly valued since Day 1. According to Pavel Durov, founder,” Since the day we launched in August 2013 we haven’t disclosed a single byte of our users’ private data to third parties.”  It evolves daily by improving functionality – faster, easier to use, and smoother animations. Valued at $5B, it is definitely not for sale and will never be beholden to governments or be pressured into divulging encryption keys even at the risk of being blocked.

Telegram is an idea; it is the idea that everyone on this planet has a right to be free …trusted with freedom to share their thoughts, freedom to communicate privately, freedom to create tools .    — Pavel Durov, Founder

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