If you've picked up a new phone recently, chances are you have a couple of instant messaging clients installed on it. I've got eight — too many. In trying to cut down the number of ways I talk to all my different friends and acquaintances and coworkers, though, I've convinced two of my most regularly used group chats — one on Facebook Messenger, and one on iMessage — to move over to Signal. And that's because Signal is the best messaging service out there — here is why.
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Google CEO Sundar Pichai thinks we are now living in an "artificial intelligence-first world". He's probably right. Artificial intelligence is all the rage in Silicon Valley these days, as technology companies race to build the first killer app that utilises machine learning and image recognition. Today, Google announced an AI-powered assistant built into its new Pixel phones. But there's a pivotal downside to the company's latest creation: Because of the very nature of artificial intelligence, our data is less secure than ever before, and technology companies are now collecting even more personal information about each one of us.
Mobile apps are great when you're away from your desk, but there are times when you might just want a full keyboard, gigantic screen, and comfortable chair while you fiddle with your apps. If that's the case, you might be surprised to learn that many of your favourite apps can run on a laptop or desktop with very little fuss. Here's how you can get started.
If you haven't yet heard, the chatbots are coming — ready to take your pizza order, answer your technical support questions, and even help you respond to your friends' pictures in the most predictable way. We're still in the very early days of the bot revolution on Facebook Messenger, but we've found a handful that are actually worth shooting the breeze with.